Above is a visual of when and where aircraft can see the airport, to report airport in sight. In this scenario KSAN is using runway 27, so aircraft would be flying eastbound. The white line signifies the path the pilot will be able to see the airport, the grey is a path the pilot would not be able to see the airport.
This is a helpful piece of information to have for approach controllers who are learning when to issue a “report airport in sight” command. If they can’t see the airport, how are they supposed to report airport in sight?
The 30 second marker is a projection path line of the aircraft. It is used by Approach controllers to judge when to vector aircraft. The length of the line is dependent on the speed of the aircraft.
Source: Infinite Flight CEO and Developer, Laura Laban
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