FBU 4EVER! From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 7 Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1440 times:
I'm not sure but I believe these names are allocated by a department in the International Civil Aviation Organization on a world-wide basis,after co-operating with local aviation authorities to avoid names that may be offending or unpronouncable in the various languages of the regions.Also,they are supposed to be so different from others in an area that no misunderstandings can be made.Experience proves otherwise,though!
XFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4104 posts, RR: 38 Reply 4, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 1410 times:
There are also north pacific tracks and eastern pacific tracks (hawaii routes)... the north pacific tracks have lat long type names if i remember correctly, and the eastern pacific charts actually have way point names (i.e. one 50 miles west of SFO is called BEBOP)
Buff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (12 years 3 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1401 times:
On A331/332, between Canada and Hawaii, the waypoints all start with the same letter (ZANNG, ZEFER, ZIBUD, ZOLTR, ZAALE, ZURIC on A331; HEMLO, HUMOR, HAPPY, HAWWS, HERZO on A332).
The tracks from west coast USA to Hawaii (R463, 464, 465, 576, 577, 578, 585) have similar onomatopaedic (izzat the right word?) names. Other tracks out of Hawaii southbound use similar alphabetical waypoint names.