I was checking out some flights on FlightAware and went onto the "Route" page for a flight and I saw these IFR Reporting Points with really odd names. Is there a regulatory reason why they have such names?

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    $\begingroup$ I think answers here will be quite opinion-based. All I know is that the names need to be pronounceable by humans for communication over radio, and there appears to be a 5 letter limit, which is why you get strange combos trying to make a pronounceable name out of 5 letters who knows how many unique times. $\endgroup$ May 28, 2016 at 1:43
  • $\begingroup$ @RyanMortensen There will have to be at least a regulation for that though. $\endgroup$ May 28, 2016 at 1:47
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    $\begingroup$ It's still not clear what's "odd" about these names. Although I have long wondered how it is decided when you can give a "cute" name to a waypoint. $\endgroup$
    – David K
    May 28, 2016 at 1:48
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    $\begingroup$ Names are chosen for their mnemonic value and often relate to local landmarks and attractions. For example there is a reporting point near Green Bay Wisconsin called LMMBO for Lambeau Field where the Packers play. $\endgroup$
    – Ron Beyer
    May 28, 2016 at 1:54
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    $\begingroup$ ITAWT-ITAWA-PUDYE-TATT ... IDEED $\endgroup$ May 28, 2016 at 2:23


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