2021-12-01

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 LOGLOLatitude: 50.240833 Longitude: -107.610000
Waypoint KEPVALatitude: 54.165889 Longitude: -110.193300
Waypoint JA424Latitude: 48.074808 Longitude: 10.163986
Waypoint CHERYLatitude: -12.533333 Longitude: 140.000000
Waypoint PIDSOLatitude: 60.466667 Longitude: -58.000000
Waypoint GISATLatitude: 49.643500 Longitude: 9.950167
Waypoint CEFOULatitude: 47.737222 Longitude: -69.000000
Waypoint PELGULatitude: 49.838889 Longitude: -64.535556