2020-04-07

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 TULEBLatitude: 44.492610 Longitude: -80.273772
Waypoint TM405Latitude: 48.040261 Longitude: 9.347625
Waypoint FIMBALatitude: -0.140300 Longitude: 129.164900
Waypoint ARMANLatitude: -6.306167 Longitude: -39.685167
Waypoint ROVBILatitude: 53.151183 Longitude: -113.615967
Waypoint DM428Latitude: 48.482686 Longitude: 12.229178
Waypoint KAMARLatitude: 32.650000 Longitude: 60.733334
Waypoint TABALLatitude: -28.255000 Longitude: 159.171667