ROUTE Abbreviations


#1

Could someone please explain the Route abbreviations that I see while tracking my son’s flight from Asheville NC to Westchester Co NY? It says: PSK J150 CYN BUON04…I have tried the search function, but no dice. P.S I am not a pilot, just a proud father of one, so take it easy on me fellas… This site is great.


#2

These are navaids and intersections. Try typing the route into Skyvector.com and it will display their locations against a map.


#3

3 letters are VOR’s

J with 2 or 3 numbers are Jet Airways (roads in the sky)

V with 2 or 3 numbers are Victors airways (roads in the sky)

5 Letters and a number at the end is an arrival or departure procedure.


#4

thanks guys


#5

5 letters without a number and that are pronounceable are fixes.

You can download a complete list of location identifiers as a PDF or view has an

(http://www.faa.gov/airports_airtraffic/air_traffic/publications/atpubs/LID/LIDHME.htm).

Take a look at the 5 letter fixes.  Some of them are quite imaginative.

#6

In theory. :slight_smile:


#7

Hey, I didn’t say that. The good ol’ FAA said that in Order JO 7350.8C LOCATION IDENTIFIERS Effective 2/14/08, Paragraph 1-2-7 Assignment System sub paragraph f:

A single five-letter pronounceable combination serves as the fix name, assigned identifier and computer code. If a new fix is to be collocated with an existing navigation aid, ILS marker, way point, or other type fix, the original name or name-code applies to both.

I do agree that some require a little thought before pronouncing. For example: CAAAS (located in Michigan): Is it prounounced CAS (short vowel sound) CAS (long vowel sound) CA AS (same as before- short or long vowel sounds)


#8

It’s not getting any easier. The pool of available “words” is shrinking with every new approach, STAR and DP. Some of my favorites: SADVE, GAFWY, DUCFI, but hardest one to pronounce that I’ve come across is KATQO. My english speaking brain can’t wrap its self around a word with a Q and no U immediately following.


#9

How would you pronounce QANTAS?


#10

My favorite:
Those coming in here on the GPS-17 are vectored to KESXY, which is usually the initial reporting point for tower. (Kess-key)
New-to-area pilot: “Tower, Cessna 123 is with you at…uh…er…8 miles out on the GPS…”


#11

Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services :wink: