Sunday, September 22, 2019

DFW Announces Runway Closures to Install Runway Lights: May 3-7

DFW Airport officials are providing an update regarding the ongoing weekend closure of Runway 18L/36R and FAA’s progress on the installation of Runway Status Lights:

Due to the cancellation of the runway closure last weekend, DFW plans a slightly longer closure this week and weekend of its primary departure Runway 18L/36R. The extended closure will take place from Wednesday, May 3rd at 11pm to Sunday, May 7th at 4pm, weather permitting, to accommodate the FAA’s ongoing installation work.

What to Expect:
The shifts in operations may affect the cities of Southlake, Grapevine, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Coppell, Irving, Euless and Arlington, which could experience some additional aircraft traffic, including:

  • Jet departures on Runway 31L during north winds (anticipated);
  • Increased arrivals Runway 31R and 35R during north winds (anticipated);
  • Increased arrivals to Runway 17L and 13R during south winds;
  • Outboard runways will be needed later at night or early in the morning.

Weather forecast:

  • North Winds: The wind forecast for Wednesday through Friday will be north/northwest winds 5-20 mph gusting as high as 25 mph.
  • During north winds, FAA will require the departure usage of Runway 31L by jets on DFW’s west side and arrival usage of Runways 35R and 31R on DFW’s east side.
  • South Winds: Winds are forecast to shift to the south on Saturday and Sunday at 10-18 mph gusting as high as 23 mph.

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

March 25-26; April 1-3; April 14-16; April 21-24; May 3-7; May 13-14; May 20-21; June 3-4; June 10-11; June 17-18; and June 24-25 [Weekend Full Closures of Runway 18L/36R]

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

DFW Airport Graphic May 3

Citizens with inquiries or complaints are encouraged to contact DFW Airport officials. They may be contacted 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.

 

Aircraft Noise Expected to Increase October 15-17

The City of Southlake was reminded by DFW Airport on Tuesday, October 15, that Runway 18L/36R remains closed for scheduled, significant runway rehabilitation and will remain closed until the end of October.

Noise Compatibility Planner for DFW Airport, Harvey Holden stated:

The wind is currently forecast to shift to the north at about 5PM Tuesday, 15 October. The north winds are expected to persist until around 5PM Thursday, 17 October. The winds are predicted to peak at about 13mph. If the forecast is valid, the FAA will be launching jet aircraft from Runway 31L over the cities of Southlake and Grapevine during all or part of that period.

With just two operable runways on the west side and Runway 31L’s inability to accept arrivals in north flow, it must be used for departures when the winds shift to the north. It should be noted that the FAA makes every effort to minimize the number of jet departures from Runway 31L by diverting some of the west side aircraft to other runways for departure, and by only using Runway 31L when the velocity of the north winds require its use.

Citizens with inquiries or complaints are encouraged to contact the DFW Airport’s Noise office by email at DFWNoise@DFWAirport.com or call the 24-hour telephone hotline at 972-973-3192.

Wind Shift and Continued Runway Maintenance Increases Airport Noise over Southlake

The City of Southlake was reminded by DFW Airport on Tuesday, October 1, that Runway 18L/36R remains closed for scheduled, significant runway rehabilitation and will remain closed until the end of October.

Noise Compatibility Planner for DFW Airport, Harvey Holden stated:

With just two operable runways on the west side and Runway 31L’s inability to accept arrivals in north flow, it must be used for departures when winds shift the north.

The wind is currently forecasted to shift to the north at about 5AM Saturday, 5 October. The north winds are expected to persist until around 10PM Sunday, 6 October. The winds are predicted to be 15mph, gusting to 21mph. If the forecast is valid, the FAA will be launching jet aircraft from Runway 31L over the cities of Southlake and Grapevine during all or part of that period.

It should be noted that the FAA makes every effort to minimize the number of jet departures from Runway 31L by diverting some of the west side aircraft to other runways for departure, and by only using Runway 31L when the velocity of the north winds require its use.

Citizens with inquiries or complaints are encouraged to contact the DFW Airport’s Noise office by email at DFWNoise@DFWAirport.com or call the 24-hour telephone hotline at 972-973-3192.