As was already stated they derive their name from the primary fix/navaid in their route. These fixes can be named for local geography (RIVRS arrival into STL
), NAVAID (all of the ORD
STARS), sports teams (SUNSS, COYOT, DBACK arrivals into PHX
), air traffic controllers' names or family members (SWEED arrival into CVG
- S. Weed), in honor of air traffic controllers that have died (DANEI arrival into DAY
) or just local dominant subject matter (PONIE arrival into SDF
- you know horses).
By far the greatest number - at least 80% - are named for air traffic controllers or airspace & procedures personnel and their family members.
We just had a bit of controversy at ZID over the naming of the two parallel STARS that are going to go in effect into CVG
from the southeast. The controllers wanted to name them for two controllers that had recently died, but the union PAR for the area and the head of the airspace and procedures office divied up the fix names amongst themselves for members of their families.