2024-07-22

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 PIMAKLatitude: 45.391667 Longitude: 4.014722
Waypoint PIDPILatitude: 49.063889 Longitude: -100.762778
Waypoint UGABOLatitude: -12.179200 Longitude: -171.601267
Waypoint MUSVALatitude: 64.000000 Longitude: -63.000000
Waypoint URAMULatitude: -26.763333 Longitude: 120.451667
Waypoint KANGOLatitude: -37.696667 Longitude: 145.258333
Waypoint MILGULatitude: 51.572031 Longitude: 13.029617
Waypoint MAIKALatitude: 41.955467 Longitude: 139.982478