Pilots navigate the sky using a route plotted with beacons and waypoints. The waypoints are geographic coordinates usually marked with five-letter, capitalized words that help pilots and air traffic controllers stay on course.
The unique things about waypoints, and probably the most interesting to a non-pilot, are the names themselves. Some of the names correspond to the location itself, such as, waypoints near Kansas City International Airports that read; SPICY, BARBQ, TERKY, SMOKE and RIBBS. And some are just funny like the ode to Tweety Bird at Pease International Tradeport in New Hampshire; ITAWT ITAWA PUDYE TTATT, IDEED.
This blog series will attempt to share all the best waypoints found in the FAA National Flight Data Center, but if you know of any interesting or funny ones, feel free to tweet us at @EnvoyAirCareers using the hashtag #EnvoyWaypoints.
Check out the rest of what Texas has to offer. Click on the maps to see the waypoints’ exact location!
Down, set, HIKE!
Basically every kid growing up in Texas has played organized sports by the time they’re 10 years old – it’s just a Texan thing. Go, Sports!
¡Viva La Tejas!
In 2014, the Hispanic population of Texas was 10.4 million, according to the Pew Research Center. That’s nearly 40 percent of the population! As Mexico’s nearest neighbor and having been part of that great country, it’s no wonder Texas has heavy Hispanic influence.
…and of course, Silly waypoints for good measure!