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Montreal air traffic control waypoints named after Canadiens legends

MONTREAL - Montreal's thirst for hockey has reached the skies as five waypoints to help guide planes in and out of the region's airports have been renamed after Canadiens legends.

The names were adapted from those of Hall of Famers Maurice Richard (MORIC), Jean Beliveau (BLIVO), Doug Harvey (ARVIE), Guy Lafleur (LAFLR) and Bob Gainey (GAINY).

The overall standard terminal arrival procedure for air traffic in the area was renamed HABBS ONE, Nav Canada announced Friday.

''Most commercial aircraft, including the ones used by visiting NHL teams, will be flying the HABBS One procedure,'' Guy St-Arneault, manager of the control centre, said in a statement.

The names were suggested by air traffic controllers at the area control centre in Montreal. The area, which includes Quebec and parts of eastern Ontario, previously used generic names.

Most cities put local flavour in their waypoint names, with the only rules being that they be five letters long and easy to pronounce.

A waypoint is a spot defined by longitude and latitude that is used as a marker to guide pilots to the correct routes to follow in the area.

The new names were approved by the International Civil Aviation Organization.

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