The Lake Keepit Waypoints Page
Note: For clarity we're using the name "turnpoints" for lists of GPS coordinates suitable for competition use and waypoints for lists of coordinates which may be used for more general or long distance cross country soaring.
This page has links to a bundle of waypoints which are intended for pilots who don't want to emulate goldfish and fly around in circles. Where possible, these waypoints use full names rather than abbreviations or turn point codes so you can cross reference the waypoints with a map or online source.
If you are flying enterprising soaring tasks and want to land at the end of a long day, somewhere you have never been before, or if you fly safaris or further afield than short comp tasks around LKSC, the waypoints here should be useful.
For competition or shorter tasks, use the comps turn points page, Comps turnpoints.
First, a really good format for keeping these lists is the SeeYou cup format. This is also supported by some navigation computers such as the LX series. There are several reasons why this format is good.
- The .cup format is just comma delimited text or .csv. This means you can import the file into a navigation program or, by just changing the file's tag, into a spreadsheet or word processing program.
- With a program such as SeeYou or a text editor like BBedit, it is possible to sort the list, remove duplicates and append new items to the list. Note, be very careful of programs like Word which will try and add styles and formatting. The files should be plain text.
- Being just a simple text format, it is an easy matter to enter tasks directly into the list. In fact this is probably faster with a text processor than using a dedicted navigation program if you know in advance what the waypoints in the task are. Once they are loaded into a waypoints list in text format, they can be read into most navigation computers or software.
- The format of the .cup files is published by Naviter (SeeYou) and it occupies just one and a half pages. Easy. A pdf file on this is included below.
In SeeYou, it is possible to sort the waypoints by distance or bearing, and then select a group of these to export. This gives a list centred around a home waypoint or with a range of bearings from that waypoint, and a quantity that most GPS or navigation computers can work with.
Be aware that the all the waypoints in these lists may not be accurate. If you are flying in remote areas, it is essential to check the coordinates of waypoints using Apple maps, Google Earth and/or waypoint data from ERSA or ExplorOz.com. ExplorOz is a fantastic resource for information about airstrips which are not listed in things like ERSA.
Getting a comprehensive list or database of waypoints can be a tedious task for a number of reasons.
- There are many different waypoint file formats
- The waypoints are often noted inaccurately giving rise to duplicates
- Many navigation instruments only let you store a limited number of waypoints.
- The format used to store waypoint coordinates in .CUP files doesn't allow a simple copy and paste.
It would be a shame to depart from tradition in any way by offering a comprehensive and accurate list, weeded down to a bare 250 waypoints, so what follows is just another series of lists.
The following waypoints are mainly of interest to people based in or near Lake Keepit, +/- 10 degrees either way. NSW, mainly. Well, Australia on the East Coast. And even a few from the Australian territories across the Tasman with that long white cloud.