Monday, September 27, 2021

Strong winds from the west could cause DWF Airport runway changes

DFW Airport has informed the City of Southlake about potential west flow aircraft operational conditions due to strong winds from the west, forecasted for Monday, January 22, 2018.

The best chance of west flow based on the forecast is late morning through the afternoon but could extend into evening hours.

What to Expect:
Monday weather forecasts show winds from the west at 15 to 25 mph with gusts as high as 30 mph.

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 morning hours through the afternoon but could extend into evening hours.

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.

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.

Runway Closure of Runway 17L/ 35R and Runway 18R/ 36L Starting Friday, July 15th

The City of Southlake has been informed by the DFW Airport of a partial runway closure from Friday, July 15th through Sunday, July 24th and will also be closing Runway 17L/35R on Saturday July 16th.

There will be a partial closure of Runway 18R/36L starting at 10:00 PM on Friday, July 15th until 4:00 PM on Sunday, July 24th. This partial closure will be occurring in order to replace some deteriorating asphalt shoulders on the southern end of the runway.

DFW Airport will also be closing Runway 17L/35R on Saturday July 16th from 10:00 AM-2:00 PM.  This four-hour closure is in support of DFW’s efforts to conduct a pavement condition assessment on the runway.  These assessments are conducted periodically to determine the structure soundness of the runway pavement which is essential to long term maintenance and rehabilitation schedules for the airfield.  For this weekend’s four hour closure of Runway 17L/35R, the winds are forecast to be from the south at 5 to 10 mph.

During these closures, the FAA must necessarily move an aircraft that would have used the closed runway to other available runways, including Runway 31L in north winds conditions. DFW Airport staff will work closely with FAA and the airlines during these closures to reduce the impact of the necessary rerouting of air traffic while ensuring safe airport and airspace operations.

The City and DFW International Airport would also like to inform the residents of a 90 day east-side runway closure for Runway 17R/35L that will be occurring from the night of Wednesday, August 3rd through Wednesday, November 2nd.

More information about the Airport’s planned runway work is available on the DFW’s website. The DFW International Airport encourages citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact them.  The e-mail 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.

Closure of Runways 17C/35C and Runway 17R/35L on Saturday June 18th

DFW Airport has provided the following information about its runway operations for this Saturday, June 18th.

On Saturday, June 18th, 2016, from 9:30 AM-7:30 PM, the DFW Airport will be closing Runways 17C/35C and Runway 17R/35L for necessary maintenance.

DFW Airport is planning necessary maintenance closures of Runways 17C/35C and Runway 17R/35L, one at a time, for this Saturday, June 18th.  The closure period is planned for 9:30AM until 7:30PM.  The planned closures are necessary to support efforts to conduct a pavement condition assessment.  These assessments are conducted periodically to determine the structure soundness of the runway pavement which is essential to long term maintenance and rehabilitation schedules for the airfield.  During the closure, the FAA must necessarily move aircraft that would have used the closed runway to other available runways.  The planned closure schedule is as follows:

  • Runway 17C/35C is planned to be closed from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
  • Runway 17R/35L is planned to be closed from 2:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

The winds are forecast to be from the south/southeast at 5 to 10mph for the entire period.  More information about the Airport’s planned runway work is available on DFW’s website. 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.

Sinkhole Repairs at DFW Airport Continue; Jets depart from 31L

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

The sink hole hazard adjacent to Runway 18L/36R is not yet resolved.  As a result, the FAA will have to continue to launch jets from Runway 31L until such time as the runway is restored to full use.  Every effort will be made to curtail departures from Runway 31L during the 11:00PM to 06:00AM hours.  Last night departures from 31L were terminated at 9:21PM.

Please be advised that because of periodic peaks in the volume of daily air traffic at DFW, and the closure of Rwy 31L, the FAA has found it necessary to temporarily direct aircraft departing on Runway 31L at peak periods on one of three headings.  These headings provide the required 15 degrees of divergence between successive departures prescribed by the FAA for safe separation.  The headings and corridor descriptions include, 340 degrees, over-flies the Southlake/Grapevine border north of Hwy 114, 310 degrees, flies along the north side of the Hwy 114 corridor, and 280 degrees, which flies along the south side of the Hwy 114 corridor.  Again, these are temporary, measures necessitated by the restricted use of Runway 18L/36R.  Yesterday there were approximately 100  to 140 departures on each heading.

During this difficult period we continue to encourage you to refer any inquiries or complaints to our web address for the Noise Compatibility Office (NCO) at dfwnoise@dfwairport.com.  Follow-up response emails will be provided by the NCO when requested.  We also encourage citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact us at the telephone Hotline, 972-973-3192, which is manned 24/7, but is often inundated with calls at times like this.

Planned Runway Maintenance Closure March 27th Could Lead to Aircraft Noise this Weekend

The City of Southlake has received the following information from the DFW Noise Compatibility Office.  Citizens with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact  the Noise Compatibility Office.   The telephone hotline, 972-973-3192, is manned 24/7. The web address for the Noise Office is dfwnoise@dfwairport.com.

DFW_airpot-300x300DFW plans to close Runway 18L/36R at 10:45PM, Friday, 27 March, through 6PM, Saturday, 28 March. This period will be used to upgrade the runway distance remaining signs.   Aircraft that would have used the runway during the closure period will be dispersed among the operational runways.   The National Weather Service currently forecasts variable winds during the 19 hour maintenance closure period with no significant north winds during the period. However, if this forecast is not valid and significant north winds do occur, the FAA may need to use Runway 13R/31L, the west diagonal runway, for jet departures.

Following this weekend, and over the next two weeks there will be no scheduled daytime runway closures. Below is the tentative schedule for closures for necessary pavement, electrical, navigation aids, signage, drainage, lighting and other infrastructure repair, upgrade and maintenance activities:

April 18-19 Runway 18L/36R
April 25-26 Runway 18L/36R
May 2-3 Runway 18L/36R
May 9-10 Runway 17L/35R

More information about the Airport’s planned runway work can be found on the dfwairport.com link: http://www.dfwairport.com/inthecommunity/aircraft_noise.php

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

Two Week Runway Maintenance Closure

UPDATE 3/17/2015: The City has received the following update from DFW Airport:

As a reminder, Runway 18R/36L remains closed for maintenance this week and is scheduled to open the afternoon of Sunday March 22nd.  The most current National Weather Service (NWS) forecast is for more north winds beginning tonight.  It is likely that  the FAA will again need to use Runway 31L for departures up the Highway 114 corridor.   The forecast indicates that the south winds  will shift to the north around 8PM this evening and remain north until midday tomorrow, Wednesday, 18 March.  The forecast then shows south winds returning midday Wednesday and remaining southerly until around 7AM Friday morning, the 20th.  The winds will then shift back to the north and northeasterly through the end of the construction period Sunday afternoon, the 22nd.  The NWS may adjust this forecast before the end of the construction period.

The airport encourages citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact the telephone hotline, 972-973-3192. The web address for the Noise Office is dfwnoise@dfwairport.com.

On Monday, March 9, 2015 the City received the following notice from DFW Airport:

DFW plans to close Runway 18R/36L at 9:00AM, Monday 9 March, through 4:00PM, Sunday 22 March 2015. This period will be used to perform airport maintenance work on runway markings and pavement repair, as well as construction work to upgrade the distance remaining signs for the runway. No other daytime runway closures are planned during this period. Current forecast weather for the next ten days indicates rain for 8 and 9 March, but, through the 12th, no severe weather is forecast.

Aircraft that would have used the runway during the closure will be dispersed among the operational runways. North winds during the closure period could require the use of Runway 31L for jet departures in order to accommodate safe and efficient movement of aircraft. More information about the Airport’s runway work schedule can be found on thedfwairport.com linkhttp://www.dfwairport.com/inthecommunity/aircraft_noise.php.

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

DFW Airport to Close Runway for Runway Shoulder Repair

DFW_airpot-300x300The City of Southlake has received the following information from the DFW Airport Noise Office 

DFW plans to close Runway 18L/36R for the weekend period of 10:45 p.m. on Friday, May 16 through 4:00 p.m., Sunday May 18.  This closure will be for runway shoulder repair.  The National Weather Service is forecasting south flow winds for the entire period with gusts as high as 23 – 25 mph Friday night and Sunday afternoon.

If this forecast remains valid air traffic will remain in the normal south flow pattern.  If the winds shift to the north during the runway shoulder repair period, the FAA may have to launch jets over the cities of Southlake and Grapevine.

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

Forecast High Velocity West Winds May Require Use of Diagonal Runways for Jet Operations

The FAA may use the diagonal runways, Thursday, 20 February 2014, between about 8:00 a.m. and noon as winds from the west and northwest in excess of 20 mph with gusts in excess of 35 mph are forecast by the National Weather Service.

If the forecast proves valid, the FAA will likely launch jet aircraft from Runway 31L over the cities of Southlake and Grapevine during all or part of that period.  As soon as the wind shifts back to a more northerly direction, forecast for about noon, or the crosswind velocity decreases, jet departures over Southlake and Grapevine will cease. It is possible that Runway 31R could be used for departures as well, depending upon wind velocities.  These aircraft would turn north after takeoff and track outbound as departures from the east side parallel runways normally do.  It is possible that either runway could also be used to receive arriving flights.

High velocity west/northwest winds are a seasonal phenomenon and are expected at this time of year.

We encourage citizens with inquiries or complaints to contact us.  DFW’s web address for the Noise Office is dfwnoise@dfwairport.com.  The telephone Hotline is manned 24/7 and is 972-973-3192.