IFATC At Home - San Diego

IFATC At Home - Thunderbolt

With Sunday brings a fun, creative idea to the table. Tyler has allowed us to open airports in our homelands, allow us to represent who we are as people, as a group, and as an organization. With so many options, including the ever-so-popular LAX, it was hard for me to make a decision. However, after much thought, I have made my decision. I will be opening San Diego International Airport!


San Diego International Airport (SAN/KSAN) is the busiest single runway airport in the United States and the third-busiest in the world, behind Mumbai and London Gatwick. It is located 3 miles (4.8 kilometers) northwest of Downtown San Diego, California, United States. This airport is also the largest metropolitan airport in the United States without an airline hub. However, San Diego is a focus city for Alaska Airlines.

My Connection

I know I live up the coast in Orange County, and airports such as KLGB, KSNA, or KONT would be better choices. However, it came down to variety. I wanted an airport for people to fly in from everywhere, and San Diego fit the best. LAX was removed from the running, because, you know why. LAX is too popular to begin with, and we at IFATC want to feature everyone’s airports. If LAX was opened, no one else would get any traffic.


Anyways, back to my connection. I have been to San Diego countless amounts of times, for hockey, vacationing, and even to pick up our puppy from the breeder. I have a significant connection with San Diego because of the great city that it is. Everyone there is friendly, it’s clean, and it’s fun! San Diego is a great city, for food, entertainment, and just general relaxation. San Diego, in my opinion, is just a great all-around city, that exemplifies all the qualities of a great city. Also, my uncle does live in San Diego, but that’s not as important.


KSAN Airport Information

San Diego is a focus city for Alaska Airlines. There are two terminals at KSAN, each divided into west and east concourses. Terminal 1 East (Gates 1-10) is dominated by Southwest. Terminal 1 West (11-18) also has a significant Southwest presence. However, other low cost carriers, such as Frontier, Allegiant, Sun Country, Spirit, as well as jetBlue, operate out of this concourse. Terminal 2 East (20-32) is where American and Alaska operate from. Terminal 2 West (33-51) is where you’ll see Delta, Hawaiian, and United, along with international carriers such as Japan Airlines, British Airways, Air Canada, and Lufthansa.

Airport Elevation: 17 feet MSL

Active Runway: More than likely 27

Runway Dimensions Heading (True) Elevation Surface
09/27 9400 x 200 ft 095 or 275 15 ft Asphalt/Concrete
"STARs, SIDs, and Other Charts

Please see here for details.

Featured STAR: TBD

Featured SID: TBD


Suggested Routes

Short Haul
  • Route: San Diego-San Jose [KSAN-KSJC]

  • Flight Time: 1:10

  • Equipment: Southwest 737-700/737-800

  • FPL: KSAN WNFLD KERNL GYWNN PADRZ 3348N/11835W IKAYE TESEA SCTRR 3553N/12051W TROXX SILCN VLLEY KLIDE KSJC

Medium Haul
  • Route: San Diego-Kahului/Maui

  • Flight Time: 5:40

  • Equipment: Alaska 737-900

  • FPL: KSAN WNFLD KERNL GYWNN PADRZ SXC 3302N/11852W MALIT ROSIN FICKY FOOTS ETECO DIALO DUSAC DRAYK DENNS DEKUM 2137N/15511W HAIKU HOMAI COEST HARPO CAMPS PHOG

Long Haul
  • Route: San Diego-London

  • Flight Time: 10:10

  • Equipment: British Airways 747-400

  • FPL: KSAN JETTI ZZOOO JORRJ GRIDR PIEZZ NSHEE MTBAL 3342N/11555W EED KD42Q KD51U KD63A KP75G KG84K SSM YWK FOXXE HOIST 5700N/5000W 5900N/4000W 6000N/3000W 5800N/2000W PIKIL SOVED LUTOV KELLY CASEL PENIL WAL EKLAD 5312N/243W MOGTA NANTI NUGRA TOBID SOPIT 5151N/058W BNN 5129N/010W EGLL

Fun Fact: Did you know that British Airways used to have a fifth-freedom flight on the 747 from EGLL-KPHX-KSAN?


Opening Details

This happens to be my mom’s birthday. However, you can expect me to be open for a majority of the day. I will not guarantee that any time will be open. I do expect to be open from 1200Z to 1330z, and possibly from 1630z to undetermined. I will update the thread if I have updates and/or changes. I will be providing METAR info and active runways, along with any relevant NOTAMs at the time of opening in this thread.


I know it’s a lot, but thanks for reading. I hope to see you all this Sunday!

Also, please stay safe, and have fun flying!
-Thunderbolt

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Super excited to stop by and get some GAT hours!

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Oh yeah I forgot about that! If Thunderbolt is still open when I get back from snowboarding/snowmobiling I’ll have to pop in to get those much needed hours.

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I’m looking forward to Sunday! Since I saw that you play hockey, and you’re from the LA area, are you a Ducks fan or Kings fan? I play hockey in central Columbus which makes me a Blue Jackets fan.

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There’s your answer :)

Looking forward to it too, see you on Sunday!

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This post is so cool! It’s awesome that you got all the information on it and even suggested routes!

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I’ll make sure to take a stop by!

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Thank goodness!

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Nice, looking forward to it

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Can’t wait to stop by! See you there, mate! ;)

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Wow amazing thread! I’ll definitely see if I can pop by and fly some routes! KSAN is an amazing but somewhat underrated airport imo. Let’s change that on Sunday!

Fun Fact Trivia!

Which famous band was started in San Diego?

  • Fall Out Boy
  • Foo Fighters
  • Green Day
  • Blink 182

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@Thunderbolt I may fly to KSAN on Sunday to say hi. General question, is it in violation of IFATC rules to not use thrust reversers upon landing?

No. You’re the pilot, you’re flying the plane, we’re the controllers, we control. It’s up to you if you use reverse thrust or not.

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Ah, ok. Because I’ve been trying to land a plane using only full flaps, spoilers set to armed, and keeping the nose gear elevated for as long as possible.

Just keep in mind that the runway at KSAN is a bit short.

Actually, it’s pretty short…

Schedule Announcement:

Here are my current plans!

2020-04-05T13:30:00Z2020-04-05T14:30:00Z

Break for East Coast Madness!

2020-04-05T19:30:00Z2020-04-05T23:30:00Z

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Hmm ok I’ll see if I can make it. It’s gonna be late night and early morning for me, but we’ll see

Trivia Question!

Which airport is busier than San Diego? (passenger count)

  • Washington Dulles [KIAD]
  • Philadelphia [KPHL]
  • Portland [KPDX]
  • Honolulu [PHNL]

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Home field advantage for me 🥵 see u there and thx for opening up this gem