Sunday, September 26, 2021

Hearing More Aircraft Noise? Here’s Why.

You’ve likely heard aircraft noise over the past several months and thought there has been more of it than usual. It’s not your imagination, aircraft noise over Southlake has increased.

In June, DFW Airport began rehabilitation on Runway 18R/36L, the primary west side arrival runway. The closure requires a shift in traffic to other runways, including use of 13R/31L that causes flights to travel directly over Southlake. Construction is expected to continue through May 2021.

DFW Runway Map

Aircraft take off and land into the wind. During the fall and winter months, the area is more likely to have more north wind flow days, which significantly increases the use of the 13R/31L runway.

“We have a good relationship with DFW Airport and they are communicating frequently with us with construction project updates because of its impact on our community,” City of Southlake Operations Manager for Customer Relations Melody Andersen said. “We receive many inquiries about aircraft noise and relay this information to DFW Airport. Residents can also contact the airport directly with any questions or concerns they may have about the Airport’s construction project.”

The City of Southlake alerts the community via Facebook, Twitter and Next Door when DFW Airport expects air traffic to increase over Southlake.

DFW Airport launched NoiseLab, a website that allows the public to view near-live flight operations, historical operations, news and statistics.

Citizens with inquiries or comments about aircraft noise should contact DFW Airport by email at dfwnoise@dfwairport.com or on the Noise Complaint Hotline at 972-973-3192. The hotline is staffed 24/7. Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided when requested.

DFW Airport Issues North Wind Advisory and New Tracking Website

DFW Airport has notified the City of north wind days that will impact aircraft noise in the area. North winds are expected to begin the evening of Saturday, August 15 and continue through Thursday, August, 20. The airport anticipates Runway 31L will be needed for jet departures during these days.

DFW Airport recently launched a new website that tracks aircraft takeoffs and landings.

According to the airport, NoiseLab, allows the public to view near-live flight operations, historical operations, news, and statistics. Click here to visit the website.

A few months after NoiseLab launched, the airport began updating one of their North-South runways (18R/36L). On June 1, DFW Airport started rehabilitating runway 18R/36L, the primary west side arrival runway. Work is expected to continue until early March 2021. Afterward, the airport anticipates that nightly closures are estimated to occur through May 2021.

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.

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 was accelerated ahead of its planned schedule to take advantage of the reduced operation levels from COVID-19.

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 are available when requested.

Wind and Weather Forecast to Affect DFW Airport Traffic Through Aug. 4

DFW Aiport has notified the City of Southlake that northerly winds and the weather forecast could affect airport traffic through August 4.

With north flow winds, use of Runway 31L could increase, especially during the day during departure hours. Cities west of DFW Airport may experience an increase in air traffic in the coming days, per the current weather forecast.

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. 

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. 

DFW Airport Announces Runway Closure for Friday, September 20

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

Runway 17L/35R, DFW’s secondary arrival runway on its east side will be closed from Friday, September 20, 2019 at 10:00 PM through Sunday, September 21, 2019 at 4 p.m. in order to accommodate reconstruction of the NAVAIDs road within the runway safety area and other various maintenance activities within the runway environment.

What to Expect:

The shift in aircraft operations during these runway activities may affect the cities of Southlake, Grapevine, Coppell, Flower Mound, Trophy Club, and Westlake, which could experience some additional aircraft traffic, including:

  • Increased arrivals to Runway 13R, 18L, and 17C during south winds
  • Runway 13R/31L may remain open for arrivals during late night and early morning times due to the closure.

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 (manned 24/7).  Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided, when requested.

DFW Airport Announces Additional Runway Activity to Accommodate Heavy Holiday travel on Jan. 1, 2019

DFW Airport has notified the City of Southlake about an increase in aircraft operations that could impact airport noise overnight on Tuesday, January 1, 2019. In order to accommodate passenger loads due to the holiday season, on Tuesday evening, January 1, DFW Airport will experience 72 departures after 11:50 p.m. with the last departures at 2:04 a.m. Wednesday morning.

In light of the anticipated departure activity increase, with Runway 17C/35C being closed for runway rehabilitation, it is anticipated that Runway 17L/35R will remain operational until 1 a.m. Runway 13R/31L and Runway 13L/31R may also experience later than typical operations to accommodate these additional passenger loads.

What to Expect:
The weather forecast is not yet known for this day. In general, because aircraft take off and land into the wind when winds are southerly, aircraft take off to the south and land from north to south. When winds are northerly, aircraft take off to the north (or northwest in the case of the use of Runway 31L) and land from south to north. 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.

North Flow: When winds are out of the north. Departures will utilize Runway 36R and 35L.

  • Runway 35R will remain operational for arrivals until 1 AM.
  • Runway 31L may be needed if winds or operational needs require

South Flow: When winds are out of the south. Departures will utilize Runways 18L and 17R

  • Runway 17L will remain operational for arrivals until 1 AM.

This increase in aircraft operations to the runways during this flex schedule may primarily affect the cities of Irving, Coppell, Flower Mound and Lewisville. Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, and Westlake could also experience some additional aircraft traffic.

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 (manned 24/7). Follow-up response calls or emails will be provided when requested.

September Southlake Business Spotlight: Delucca Gaucho Pizza & Wine

Delucca’s Gaucho Pizza and Wine eatery is the featured business for September’s Southlake Business Spotlight.

Delucca Gaucho Pizza is a culinary experience unlike anything else, inspired by an old and unique way of enjoying pizzas that has its roots in the gaucho’s land of South America.

Over a century ago, thousands of Italians immigrated to South Brazil and soon, they were sharing their tables, food, and wine, with the native gauchos. Both Italians and gauchos shared a passion for rustic cooking and abundant food. There were large family gatherings and endless celebrations around the grand kitchen tables in the farms.

Decades later, the same gauchos who had created the Churrascaria Steakhouses, with its endless serving of roasted meat, envisioned a place where the guests could enjoy a similar experience, but with unlimited samplings of unique and handcrafted pizzas in a casual yet elegant place warmed by the sight and smells of wood-fired ovens.

The gauchos named this new style of eatery Rodizio de Pizza and almost overnight, it became a huge success that until this day is the place to go for great food, great drinks and wine, laughter, and life-lasting memories with friends and family.

Learn more about Delucca’a Gaucho Pizza and Wine eatery from the previous City Council meeting and the Southlake Business Spotlight blog.

DFW Airport to Begin Runway Rehabilitation Project

Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport will begin a major infrastructure project to rebuild one of its busiest runways.

The project for the refurbishment of Runway 17-Center/35-Center will begin on May 24 with a partial closure, which will still allow the southern portion of the runway to be used during daylight hours. Full closure of the runway will begin in August, with the completion of the project slated for December.

Runway Rehabilitation Fact Sheets (click to enlarge)

“This runway work is a critical need for DFW Airport, and the first major step in our ten-year plan to modernize infrastructure across the Airport,” said Khaled Naja, executive vice president of Infrastructure and Development at DFW Airport. “We’ve taken a long look at our 44-year old facilities and have developed a comprehensive plan to address the upcoming work on runways, taxiways, aircraft ramps, roadways and bridges over the next few years. We’re grateful to our partners in the industry and the community who helped us put together a plan that minimizes the impact to our customers and our neighbors.”

DFW has worked with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and its airline partners to reduce the time required to replace the center third of the runway, utilizing new construction techniques and taking advantage of seasonal air traffic patterns. DFW has six other runways that will allow airlines to continue operating a full schedule of flights. Traveling customers should not experience significant delays due to the closure.

Before the end of 2018, DFW will have replaced a section of the runway about 6000 feet long and 50 feet wide, reaching a depth of more than three feet of sub-base, cement-treated base, and concrete. The runway will be resurfaced with a polymer-modified high-performance black asphalt, designed for strength, flexibility and weather resistance.

The project will include the installation of new technologies, including an updated pavement sensor system for measuring weather impacts and enhanced in-pavement lighting, which improves the safety of the runway and connecting taxiways. In addition, crews will also build connected portions of the planned Perimeter Taxiway for the northeast side of the Airport.

The cost of the project will total about $135 million. DFW received an Airport Improvement Program grant from the FAA totaling about $49.5 million for the runway work.

DFW Airport encourages citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact them.  Contact the DFW Noise Compatibility Office 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.

The City of Southlake has worked with DFW Airport to provide you with this information. For more information about the City of Southlake and its history with DFW Airport, visit  www.CityofSouthlake.com.

DFW Airport Announces Two Runway Closures in April

UPDATE 4/27/2018: Dallas Fort Worth International Airport has let us know that workers have finished its latest runway construction project three days ahead of schedule. Flights are now taking off on the normal 18L/36R north/south runway.

DFW Airport has notified the City of Southlake about two runway projects that could affect air traffic in Southlake. One is the weekend closure of Runway 17R/35L from Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15, and the second closure is the partial closure of Runway 18R/36L starting Monday, April 16 through Monday, April 30. The following information is from the airport.

Runway 17R/35L Closure:

DFW is planning the weekend closure of Runway 17R/35L from Friday, April 13 at 10:00 p.m. through Sunday, April 15 at 4:00 p.m. This is to accommodate installation of electrical duct banks within the runway safety area.

What to Expect:

On Friday night through Sunday, there is the potential for conditions where winds are westerly or northwesterly (West Flow) at 15 to 20 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph, such that the diagonal Runways 13R/31L and 13L/31R may be needed for arrivals and/or departures.  The shift in aircraft operations during these weather conditions may affect the cities of Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, Westlake, Coppell and Irving, which could experience some additional aircraft traffic.

In general, because aircraft take off and land into the wind when winds are southerly aircraft take off to the south and land from north to south.  When winds are northerly, aircraft take off to the north (or northwest in the case of the use of Runway 31L) and land from south to north.  Keep in mind that surface winds don’t always dictate flow as winds above the surface and/or operational needs can affect the direction which aircraft take-off and land.

Runway 17R/35L is the primary departure runway on DFW’s east side.  During its closure:

  • North Flow:  When the winds are out of the north or are light/variable:
    • Departures will shift to Runway 35C, which is DFW’s primary arrival runway on the east side.
    • Some departures may shift to the west side of the airport
    • Arrivals will shift from Runway 35C to Runways 35R and 31R on DFW’s east side and Runway 36L on DFW’s west side.
  • South Flow:  When the winds are out of the south:
    • Departures will shift to Runway 17C, which is DFW’s primary arrival runway on the east side.
    • Some departures may shift to the west side of the airport
    • Arrivals will shift from Runway 17C to Runways 13R on DFW’s west side and 17L on DFW’s east side.
  • The use of the outboard runways (diagonal runways and Runway 17L/35R) may be extended at night to 11 p.m.
  • The shift in aircraft operations to other runways during the closure may primarily affect the cities of Coppell, Irving, and Lewisville. Flower Mound, Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, Westlake, Euless, and Arlington could also experience some additional aircraft traffic.
  • The graphic below provides a visual as to how air traffic will be redistributed during the closure.
Air Traffic Redistribution of Traffic During Closure

Air Traffic Redistribution of Traffic During Runway 17R/35L Closure

Runway 18R/36L Partial Closure

Subsequently, DFW is planning the partial closure of Runway 18R/36L from April 16 at 6:00 a.m. until Monday, April 30 at 6:00 a.m.  The partial closure is necessary to accommodate work on the runway involving urgent asphalt shoulder replacement on the south end of Runway 18R/36L.  In preparation, DFW plans to close the runway overnight beginning at 11:00 p.m. on April 15.  The runway will reopen on Monday, April 16 at 6:00 a.m. with the southern-most portion closed for the repairs.

The runway will be available for use during the partial closure as follows:

  • South winds:  Runway 18R will be available for landings.
  • North winds:  The runway will be closed to arrivals.  Arrivals will shift to the departure runway, Runway 36R, requiring departures to shift to Runway 31L.
  • The runway will be closed at night and during periods of reduced visibility.
  • The runway will reopen to full length on April 30 at 6:00 a.m.

What to Expect:

The weather forecast is not known for the closure period.  In general, because aircraft take off and land into the wind when winds are southerly aircraft take off to the south and land from north to south.  When winds are northerly, aircraft take off to the north (or northwest in the case of the use of Runway 31L) and land from south to north.  Keep in mind that surface winds don’t always dictate flow as winds above the surface and/or operational needs can affect the direction which aircraft take-off and land.

Runway 18R/36L is the primary arrival runway on DFW’s west side.  During its closure:

  • North Flow:  When the winds are out of the north or are light/variable:
    • Arrivals will shift from Runway 36L (arrival runway) to Runway 36R (departure runway) on the west side.
    • Departures will shift to Runway 31L
    • Some departures may shift to the east side of the airport
    • Increased arrivals Runway 31R and 35R on the east side;
  • South Flow:  When the winds are out of the south:
    • Little to no change in operations
    •  Runway 18R will still be available for aircraft arrivals.
  • The use of the outboard runways (diagonal runways and Runway 17L/35R) may be extended at night to 11:00 p.m.
  • The shifts in aircraft operations to other runways during the closure may primarily affect the cities of Southlake, Grapevine, Trophy Club, Westlake and Flower Mound.  Lewisville, Coppell, Irving, Euless and Arlington could also experience some additional aircraft traffic.
  • The graphic below provides a visual as to how air traffic will be redistributed during the closure.
Air Traffic Redistribution During Partial Closure of Runway 18R/36L

Air Traffic Redistribution During Partial Closure of Runway 18R/36L

DFW Airport encourages citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact them.  You may 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.