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None of the maps or data presented here should be used for actual navigation
At lunch yesterday some coworkers and I got onto the topic flight waypoints and I was reminded of funny air waypoints. While waiting for some code to run, I decided to look up some for Pittsburgh. I found the STARs and IAPs and saw obvious gems like TERBL TOWEL, MYRON COPPE, PENGN GUINZ, RIVERZ, and HEINZ. I knew I had to look deeper! I had some trouble finding a list of waypoints, but stumbled upon fplan and its 2015 database. With a little `sed` magic, I was able to extract a file qgis could read. I quickly found a handful more!
I attempted to catalouge those as well as some interesting names. The theory on why each of the blue beacons is named as it is are my own. If you have better data or a good theory for some others, let me know!
|COPPE||RNAV-WP||Myron Cope (see MYRON)|
|CRSBY||RNAV-WP||Sidney Crosby (see CYDNY)|
|CYDNY||RNAV-WP||Sidney Crosby (See CRSBY)|
|FLURY||RNAV-WP||Marc Andre Fleury|
|GOLDH||RNAV-WP||Golden Triangle? (Not sure at all)|
|GUINZ||RNAV-WP||Penguins Hockey (see PENGN)|
|HEINZ||RNAV-WP||H J Heinz Corp|
|JOEPA||RNAV-WP||Joe Paterno :-\|
|JOHNB||REP-PT||Former Mayor of Pittsburgh / Constitutional Convention Deligate|
|KEDKE||RNAV-WP||KDKA (1st Commerical radio station)?|
|MYRON||RNAV-WP||Myron Cope (see COPPE)|
|PEETE||REP-PT||Pengiuns’ first mascot??????? (not sure at all)|
|PENGN||RNAV-WP||Penguins Hockey (see GUINZ)|
|RACOO||REP-PT||Racoon Creek State Park|
|STARG||REP-PT||Willie Stargell (see WIILE)|
|TERBL||RNAV-WP||Terrible Towel (see TOWEL)|
|TOWEL||RNAV-WP||Terrible Towel (see TERBL)|
|WIILE||REP-PT||Willie Stargell (see STARG)|
|YINZZ||RNAV-WP||Pittsburgheese Plural You|