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User currently offlineDavid B. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5
Posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

Where do the name of waypoints on a oceanic crossing come from? Are they assigned by the controller or the FCC?

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User currently offlineGt1 From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 133 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2206 times:

I can not answer your question, other than to say that the controller does not assign them. They are published in the Jeppesen charts. Many waypoint are the intersection of VOR radials.

Hope this helps


User currently offlineFBU 4EVER! From Norway, joined Jan 2001, 998 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (14 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2185 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!

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User currently offlineXXXX10 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2000, 779 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

On the north atlantic the waypoints are named after the lat & long so 59.00 north 30.oowest becomes 5930N

There are parallel tracks on the north atlantic and I am pretty sure they vary according to the winds but the names of the waypoints stay the same.

On the western side many of the waypoints have names like loach, porgy,,prawn etc.

Does anyone have any details for other oeceans?

User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4300 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2155 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)

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User currently offlineBuff From Australia, joined Mar 2007, 0 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2146 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.

Best Regards,


User currently offlineCYLW From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 461 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 2139 times:

Try this link out. It gives the daily NAT Routes.


User currently offlineCYKA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (14 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2127 times:

CYLW, I hope you read this cause I have a question for you. Did Kelown get its glidepath installed by nav canada already and if so, which runway?

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