Sunday, December 17, 2017

DFW Announces Runway Closures to Install Runway Lights

DFW Airport officials are planning a series of runway closures to accommodate FAA’s installation of Runway Status Lights.

The various scheduled closures will begin on March 15 and will conclude on June 20, 2017.  The various partial and full runway closures are detailed as follows:

  •  March 15 – March 28 – A partial closure of Runway 18L/36R (the north 2,000 feet will be closed; the runway will be usable for limited operations)
  • Each weekend from March 18 to June 4th, with the exception of March 25/26 and May 27/28 – Weekend full closure of Runway 18L/36R
  • May 23 – June 1 – A full length closure of Runway 18R/36L
  • June 7 – June 20 – A partial closure of Runway 18L/36R (the south 2,100 feet will be closed; the runway will be usable for limited operations)

What to Expect:

The shifts in operations may affect the cities of Southlake, Grapevine, Coppell, Irving, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Euless and Arlington, which could experience some additional aircraft traffic, including jet departures on Runway 31L and/or night operations on the outboard runways.

The graphics below depict the closures and their effects of the runway utilization:

March 15 – March 28 [Partial North Closure of Runway 18L/36R]

  • During the partial north closure of Runway 18L/36R, the runway will be available for day time only limited takeoffs and landings, as determined by the wind flow.
  • The runway will be closed after sunset as well as during any poor weather or low clouds (due to limited visibility of construction zone).
  • If the winds are out of the north, jet aircraft may need to depart Runway 31L.
  • The use of the outboard runways (diagonal runways and Runway 17L/35R) may be extended at night to 11pm.

March 18-19; April 1-2; April 8-9; April 15-16; April 22-23; April 29-30; May 6-7; May 13-14; May 20-21; and June 3-4 [Weekend Full Closures of Runway 18L/36R]

  • Runway 18L/36R is the primary departure runway on the west side.  During its closure:
  •  If the winds are out of the south, departures will shift to Runway 18R and arrivals will shift to Runway 13R.
  •  If the winds are out of the north, Runway 36L will be the used for arrivals and Runway 31L will be the primary departure runway on the west side.
  • The use of the outboard runways (diagonal runways and Runway 17L/35R) may be extended at night to 11pm.

runway 1   March runway

May 23 – June 1 [Full Closure of Runway 18R/36L]

  • This Runway 18R/36L is the primary arrival runway on DFW’s west side.  During its closure:
  • If the winds are out of the south, departures will continue on Runway 18L, and arrivals will shift to Runway 13R.
  • If the winds are out of the north, arrivals will shift to Runway 36R, and Runway 31L will be the primary departure runway on the west side.
  • The use of the outboard runways (diagonal runways and Runway 17L/35R) may be extended at night to 11pm.

May runway

June 7 – June 20 [Partial South Closure of Runway 18L/36R]

  • During the partial south closures of Runway 18L/36R, the runway will be available for day time only limited takeoffs and landings, as determined by the wind flow.
  • The runway will be closed after sunset as well as during any poor weather or low clouds (due to limited visibility of construction zone).
  • If the winds are out of the north, jet aircraft may need to depart Runway 31L.
  • The use of the outboard runways (diagonal runways and Runway 17L/35R) may be extended at night to 11pm.

runway 2

Runway Status Lights:

Runway Status Lights (RWSL) is a fully automatic, advisory safety system designed to reduce the number and severity of runway incursions and prevent runway accidents while not interfering with airport operations.  It is an in-pavement lighting system that works similar to a traffic light which provides a visual signal to pilots and vehicle operators of when it is unsafe to enter/cross or begin takeoff on runway. The system aims to improve air crew and vehicle operator situational awareness through accurate and timely indication of runway usage.  For further information, please see the link to the FAA’s website: https://www.faa.gov/air_traffic/technology/rwsl/

runway lights

DFW Officials encourages citizens with inquiries or complaints to make contact either by email at dfwnoise@dfwairport.com, or on the Noise Complaint Hotline, at 972-973-3192 (manned 24/7). 

 

 

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