david b.
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Thu Aug 09, 2001 2:19 am

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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RE: Waypoints

Thu Aug 09, 2001 12:18 pm

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.

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RE: Waypoints

Thu Aug 09, 2001 10:23 pm

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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RE: Waypoints

Thu Aug 16, 2001 1:04 am

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?
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RE: Waypoints

Thu Aug 16, 2001 4:31 am

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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RE: Waypoints

Thu Aug 16, 2001 12:14 pm

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.

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RE: Waypoints

Thu Aug 16, 2001 1:30 pm

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




Thu Aug 16, 2001 2:43 pm

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