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Fix naming history

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I hope this question isn't too off topic for this forum, but based on previous discussions, I hope someone might be able to help me out.

 

While the names for many aviation fixes seem arbitrary, a lot of them are clearly named for something relevant to the area they are near. For example, the RNAV fixes on the west of Atlanta (RMBLN, GEETK, and JCKTS) seem to be references to Georgia Tech, whereas DAWGS, UGAAA, and DOOLY on the east side seem to be nods to the University of Georgia. Others just seem like inside jokes, such as the FAFs for Newark's ILS 4L and 4R: HOWYA and DOOIN.

 

Is there any source or record of the naming of specific fixes, such as when they were established and/or how they got their name?

 

The reason I ask is because I was researching my great uncle, who was a B-24 bombardier who was killed in action during World War 2. There used to be an airport named in his honor in Thomaston, GA, the Reginald Grant Memorial Airport, but it was closed in 1994 after a newer airport was opened up the road. I noticed today that there is a fix in the vicinity of the old airport called GRANT. If I could find a link between the name of the fix and my great uncle or his namesake airport, it would be something interesting I could share with my grandfather, who is still disappointed that the airport closed.

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  1. JessieB on Nov 29, 2013

    Since it is posted on the Low Altitude EnRoute Chart, I would start with the Plans and Procedures Office at ATL Center. If it is a recent change, they should know or at least point you in the right direction. I don’t have the number for that office but you can call 770-210-7622. This is the number for the operations manager on duty. They will have the correct phone number or transfer you if it is during business hours.

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