07 May 2007
Waypoints are sets of coordinates that identify a point in physical space.
In the aviation world, they're sometimes defined as intersections between two VOR radials, or in terms of specific distances and headings towards or away from a radio beacon
Look at an aeronautical chart and you'll see random combinations of 5 letters.
Those are your waypoints.
They're mostly constructed so that they can be pronounced like real words, but are normally pretty mundane.
Close to Seattle, you've got
Australia's goes one better, though.
Donate $100 to your favourite aviation charity and you can name a waypoint,.
And it's all official.
And there are some beauts.
SOSIJ SIZZL - close to Sydney.
LEAKY, BOATS, SINNK, DRAIN and PLUGG - not far out of Brisbane.
But the best by far is from Perth
Who ever names these things is in need of serious help...
But here's Tom Waits, Rod Stewart, June Tabor, Concordis and someone else to provide you with the lyrics and some cool music.
And Warren Zevon slips in a hint of WM on "Poor poor pitiful me" from a live Aussie concert on "Learning to flinch"