Tuesday, August 9, 2022

DFW Airport Announces Runway Project and Upcoming Weather Update

DFW Airport has notified the City of Southlake about a runway closure and upcoming weather forecast that could affect air traffic in the Southlake vicinity. 



About Upcoming Weather: 

The DFW anticipates the use of Runway 31L for departures during periods of north winds, though they would likely occur during the day and evening, primarily during departure hours. Cities west of DFW Airport may experience and increase in air traffic during this time. 


What to Expect From the Weather: 

Winds are forecast to shift to the north on Saturday afternoon, June 6 and remain northerly through Tuesday, June 9. The shift could happen sooner depending on the winds aloft. There is a possibility of north winds on Wednesday and Thursday, June 10 and June 11. The path of Tropical Storm Cristobal to our east is expected to be the driver of these winds mid-week. 


About the Runway 18R/36L Project: 

DFW plans to rehabilitate runway 18R/36L, the primary west side arrival runway, beginning June 1, 2020 until early March 2021. Afterwards, nightly closures are estimated to occur through May 2021.  

The runway project includes reconstruction, drainage improvements, new electrical infrastructure and LED conversion, navigational aid adjustments and aircraft rescue and firefighting road realignment. 

The closure will require some traffic to shift to other runways. The project has been accelerated 78 days ahead of its planned schedule to take advantage of the reduced operation levels from COVID-19. 


What to Expect During the Project Timeframe: 

Cities east and west of the DFW airport could experience an increase in air traffic due to Runway 18R/36L being closed and air traffic diverted to runways on the east and west sides of the airport. The runway closure will shift 13R/31L to a primary arrival and departure runway. Traffic on Runway 17L/35R will also increase. Departures and arrivals on Runway 18L/36R may increase or decrease depending on flow. 


As a reminder, aircraft take off and land into the wind. Therefore, the direction of operations is primarily based on winds. Keep in mind that surface winds don’t always dictate flow as winds above the surface and/or operational needs can affect the direction for which aircraft take off and land. 

Citizens with inquiries or comments should contact DFW Airport by email at dfwnoise@dfwairport.com, or on the Noise Complaint Hotline at 972-973-3192 (staffed 24/7). Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided when requested. DFW launched a website, NoiseLab, that allows the public to view near-live flight operations, historical operations, news and statistics. 

We appreciate your patience during this time. DFW staff are always happy to discuss Airport operations and impacts to your city in greater detail if you desire. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Airport for more information. 

Strong NW winds could cause DFW Airport runway changes

DFW Airport has informed the City of Southlake about potential west flow aircraft operational conditions due to strong northwest winds, forecasted for Thursday, January 11, 2018.

The best chance of west flow based on the forecast is between from 12:00 pm until 3:00 pm but could extend beyond these hours.

What to Expect:
Thursday weather forecasts show winds from the south-southwest at 15 to 20 mph, becoming north-northwest at 25-30 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph and a chance of precipitation at 20%.

When strong winds are northerly, aircraft will take off to the north and land from south to north. When winds are westerly or northwesterly (West Flow), the diagonal Runways 13R/31L and 13L/31R may be needed for arrivals and/or departures. Potential northwest weather conditions are most likely during the hours of 12:00 pm– 3:00 pm Thursday.

The shift in aircraft operations during these weather conditions may affect the cities of Southlake, Grapevine, Coppell, and Irving, which could experience some additional aircraft traffic.

DFW Airport encourages citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact them, by email at dfwnoise@dfwairport.com, or on the Noise Complaint Hotline, at 972-973-3192 (manned 24/7). Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided when requested.

Possible Increase in Aircraft Noise over Southlake due to Strong West Wind Flow

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The City of Southlake has received the following information from the DFW Noise Compatibility Office:

The National Weather Service is forecasting strong west winds this weekend.

West wind flow will occur from about 12AM Sunday morning, 13 December, through about 9AM Monday morning, 14 December.

Two periods of west cross winds exceeding 20mph may occur. The first will be from about 12AM to about 3AM Sunday when winds are predicted to reach 21mph. West wind velocities will increase again to as much as 31mph from about 11AM to about 6PM Sunday.

It is likely that the diagonal runways, 13R/31L and/or 13L/31R, will be required for aircraft departures and/or recoveries during periods when west cross winds velocities are highest.

The FAA and DFW have collaborated to use the diagonal runways as little as safely possible.

Ultimately safety of a flight, including the runway used, is the responsibility of each aircraft plane commander, the person best equipped to determine when a crosswind velocity is unacceptable.

More information about the response to high velocity west cross winds is available on DFW’s website at the dfwairport.com link under “High Velocity West Winds”: http://www.dfwairport.com/inthecommunity/aircraft_noise.php.

We encourage citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact us. The web address for the Noise Office is dfwnoise@dfwairport.com. The telephone Hotline, 972-973-3192, is manned 24/7. Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided when requested.

Runway Closure Expected at DFW Airport on November 7th

The City of Southlake has received the following information from DFW Airport Noise Office concerning runway closures.DFWLogo

This coming weekend DFW plans to close runway 18R/36L from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Saturday, November 7th.  This closure is in support of the FAA’s work on the Instrument Landing System for Runway 36L.  North winds with gusts to 20mph are forecast along with a chance of thunderstorms and rain showers for the entire work period.  As with all such maintenance closures the flights that would have used the closed runway will be dispersed among the remaining operational runways.  If this forecast remains valid for the work period the FAA will use Runway 31L for jet departures.

More information about the Airport’s planned runway work is available on DFW’s website at the dfwairport.com link: http://www.dfwairport.com/inthecommunity/aircraft_noise.php.  We encourage citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact us.  The web address for the Noise Office is dfwnoise@dfwairport.com.  The telephone Hotline, 972-973-3192, is manned 24/7.  Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided when requested.


High Winds Come with Potential Increase in Noise Overnight

DFW airport has informed the City of Southlake that the coming high winds in the area could lead to operational changes at the airport causing an increase in departures over Southlake.  High cross winds are predicted for this evening, December 19,  beginning around midnight and lasting to as late as mid-afternoon tomorrow, Thursday, December 20th.  If this forecast remains valid, it is likely that the FAA may be required to use the diagonal runways for some arrivals and departures.  The cities of Irving, Coppell, Southlake and Grapevine could all experience significant numbers of arrivals to or departures from the east and west diagonal runways which could increase noise levels.

For inquiries and complaints:  The Noise Complaint Hotline phone number is 972-973-3192.  This number is manned 24/7 though if the Operations Center is busy you may have to leave a voice mail.   Your complaint or inquiry will be taken and forwarded to the Noise Compatibility Office (NCO).  A response will be provided if one is requested.  Faster responses typically can be achieved by using E-mail which will go directly to the NCO.  The link is dfwnoise@dfwairport.com.  Be sure to include name, phone number, and full address with your inquiry/complaint when making a voice mail or e-mail message.