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Waypoint
Waypoint
A named geographical location used to define routes and terminal area procedures. Modern advanced navigation avionics such as FMS/RNAV units are able to locate and follow courses to and from waypoints that occur anywhere in the airspace.
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source: FAA Advanced Avionics Handbook (FAA-H-8083-6)

A predetermined geographical position used for route/instrument approach definition, progress reports, published VFR routes, visual reporting points or points for transitioning and/or circumnavigating controlled and/or special use airspace, that is defied relative to a VORTAC station or in terms of latitude/longitude coordinates.
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source: FAA Instrument Procedures Handbook (FAA-H-8083-16)

A designated geographical location used for route definition or progress-reporting purposes and is defined in terms of latitude/longitude coordinates.
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source: FAA Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge (FAA-H-8083-25A)

A designated geographical location used for route definition or progress-reporting purposes and is defined in terms of latitude/longitude coordinates.
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source: FAA Weight Shift Control Handbook (FAA-H-8083-5)

A specified geographical location used to define an area navigation route or the flight path of an aircraft employing area navigation.
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source: ICAO Aviation Chart Glossary

a point on the journey to the final destination, i.e. a pilot may fly from Warsaw to London by flying first via Berlin and then Amsterdam
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source: ICAO English Pro Aviation Glossary


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