A set of navigation points near Palm Beach International Airport in West Palm Beach that once honored part-time Palm Beacher and President-elect Donald Trump now have more of an equestrian bent.
The Federal Aviation Administration — which announced it would change the names of the navigation points early in Trump’s presidential campaign — said the new so-called “fixes” are now in line with Palm Beach County’s role as a top equestrian destination. In July 2015, when the agency said the points would be renamed, new names had not yet been chosen.
“In general, the FAA chooses names that are non-controversial and relate to the area in which the fixes are located,” the FAA said in announcing its decision. The Trump names had been in place since 2010, part of a batch of fixes named for prominent Palm Beachers including Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and musician Jimmy Buffett.
It’s common for the FAA to give navigation points five-letter code names, each with a local twist. For example, Orlando International Airport has several nearby points named for Disney characters.
The Trump points were UFIRD, short for “you’re fired,” Trump’s catchphrase on his reality TV show, “The Apprentice”; DONLD and TRUMP; and IVNKA.
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One point was not renamed with the western communities of Palm Beach County in mind: The FAA said UFIRD became CRRMN, in honor of an FAA employee named Carman.
Here are the other points formerly named for Trump, with their new names and meanings from the FAA:
• DONLD is now RIDRR, short for “rider,” because Palm Beach County is home to a large equestrian community.
• TRUMP is now RBACK, short for the “rollback” equestrian maneuver.
• IVNKA is now SLIDZ, after the sliding stop some horses are trained to do after a rundown maneuver.