2020-07-09

Aviation Waypoints

What is a waypoint?

In aviation, a waypoint is a predetermined geographical position that is defined in terms of latitude/longitude coordinates (altitude is ignored). Waypoints may be a simple named point in space or may be associated with existing navigational aids, intersections, or fixes.

Waypoints used in aviation are given five-letter names. These names are meant to be pronounceable or have a mnemonic value, so that they may easily be conveyed by voice. In some cases the names correspond to a notable feature or landmark in the area (for example, a waypoint near Newton, Iowa has the name "MATAG"; Newton was the birthplace of the appliance manufacturer Maytag).

Selected aviation waypoints

Waypoint ALLIELatitude: 35.443736 Longitude: 139.851478
Waypoint GIGETLatitude: 49.701000 Longitude: 8.726744
Waypoint UMAGALatitude: -41.498508 Longitude: 174.795311
Waypoint CANRILatitude: -32.373333 Longitude: 116.455000
Waypoint GRF04Latitude: 49.666288 Longitude: 12.033445
Waypoint DUTSOLatitude: 50.237222 Longitude: -107.604722
Waypoint KEDRULatitude: 53.981111 Longitude: -111.292778
Waypoint TALNOLatitude: 45.000556 Longitude: -74.331111