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.
Tease up your hair and pull up your cowboy boots, we’re heading to “The Lone Star State”. Click on the maps to see the waypoints’ exact location!
Hot Time in the City
Many of Texas’ waypoints tie directly into the cities names and attractions. When you hear “Alamo” what city do you think of? Not Philadelphia, that’s for sure!
Deep in the Heart
Texas is world-renowned for everything from big skies to rattlesnakes. People outside of the state still think Texans ride around on horses. Well…they do. These waypoints celebrate all things Texan. Yee haw!
The Foodie Frontier
There’s not much that Texans love more than their food. From barbecue to Tex-Mex to upscale gourmet to down-home soul food, Texans can’t get enough helpings of their favorite dishes.