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SFO Has Waypoints Only A Grateful Dead Geek Could Love

Entertainment | Gabe Zaldivar | April 05, 2016

SFO Has Waypoints Only A Grateful Dead Geek Could Love

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San Francisco aviation officials are a bunch of Dead Heads.

Now that’s not a slight in any shape or form. It’s merely a presumption based on vital waypoints that are named in honor of Northern California band The Grateful Dead.

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em as we dive into an SFGate report that proves the people running San Francisco International Airport know how to have a good time.

Or, at the very least, these officials tasked with an important job appreciate the value of a perfectly named waypoint.

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As the report explains, these navigation points for pilots to utilize are particularly legendary when you consider their names: GRTFL, DEDHD, HYPEE, TRUKN and TYDYE are just a few.

SFGate spoke with Ian Gregor who serves as the FAA Pacific Division Public Affairs Manager.

Gregor explained that not only is this commonplace around the industry, but it also speaks volumes about the area that surrounds the central hub of travel known as the airport: “Typically, the FAA airspace team that designs the routes names them, often with input from local air traffic control facilities. We often name waypoints and procedures for people or subjects of local interest.”

The publication is kind enough to clue us in on other airports and their respective quirky waypoints.

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Las Vegas, for example, utilizes famous casinos while Kansas City embraces its famed culinary prowess that is barbecue.

Los Angeles settles in with SMOGY, possibly because Vin Scully, Lakers and best burritos in the world took too many characters.

Sadly, West Palm Beach dedicates its navigation points to Jimmy Buffet, which is unfortunate only because you will now have “Margaritaville” in your head for the rest of the day.


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