Flight Plan Route Decoded


#1

First of all, I am not a pilot, so forgive me for this dumb question.

Below is a picture of a flight plan route. I understand the origin and destination codes (KARB & KMKE). The navaid is a radio beacon that the pilot flies toward. The reporting point is where the pilot reports his position, which I can tell by the Lat/Lon. But what is DUNKS, LESSY, SARAN, etc., etc… Are these the name of the person that the pilot talked to?

Thank You, Bernie.


#2

DUNKS, LESSY, SARAN, etc are actually intersections, the point where radials from two VORs cross each other. The “V2” and “V170” designations are airways defined by the VORs and intersections.


#3

Thanks FlyNYC for the explanation.

I looked at a chart (SkyVector) and I did see V2 and V170. I also found DUNKS, LESSY, SARAN, and the other ones.

Once again, Thank You.

Bernie


#4

:wink:


#5

One thing for sure, not a dumb question as I got the very same question from my passengers asking if ATC was calling me when they heard ATC tell another plane, direct ALLEN as they approach Jackson MS :laughing:

Even spelled the same way as my first name.

Much to my chagrin, that point of airspace was not named after me!


#6

Just make sure you don’t get any ground indentations named after you before your time! :wink: