2022-05-23

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 LADGALatitude: 25.187750 Longitude: 55.488833
Waypoint BASOSLatitude: -45.539153 Longitude: 169.322814
Waypoint BIMGULatitude: 49.753837 Longitude: -92.492600
Waypoint LAMOKLatitude: 9.899319 Longitude: 123.749753
Waypoint KONONLatitude: 43.268056 Longitude: 2.425833
Waypoint TANDILatitude: 44.512500 Longitude: 27.984167
Waypoint MAPUGLatitude: 48.791944 Longitude: -72.691389
Waypoint DR104Latitude: 49.300928 Longitude: 7.140636