2022-09-26

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 MUXATLatitude: 57.640278 Longitude: -130.581111
Waypoint ETNEKLatitude: 61.985375 Longitude: 5.712697
Waypoint EPVURLatitude: 52.821111 Longitude: -89.240278
Waypoint NERTILatitude: -13.450000 Longitude: 133.241667
Waypoint LEREGLatitude: 46.540880 Longitude: -84.769292
Waypoint GETSILatitude: 53.236742 Longitude: 6.492892
Waypoint NONVULatitude: 63.525869 Longitude: 10.890075
Waypoint OVDULLatitude: 55.081389 Longitude: -107.588333