2019-10-14

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 GIPERLatitude: 51.000000 Longitude: -12.000000
Waypoint AMULALatitude: 21.639167 Longitude: -103.676389
Waypoint IDAMOLatitude: 59.983583 Longitude: 12.171306
Waypoint NOPTILatitude: 46.315278 Longitude: 21.996111
Waypoint TURABLatitude: -12.433167 Longitude: -26.750333
Waypoint DM431Latitude: 48.329472 Longitude: 11.346489
Waypoint PIGTULatitude: 70.369822 Longitude: -68.736287
Waypoint XUGEXLatitude: 53.175812 Longitude: -113.446622