Sunday, June 4, 2023

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

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 link:

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 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  The telephone Hotline is manned 24/7 and is 972-973-3192.


Increased Noise over Southlake Expected due to Delay in Airport Construction

Due to weather delays, the runway construction project at DFW airport will not be complete by Saturday, September 22nd as originally scheduled.

According to officials at DFW Airport, the project won’t be complete until the end of next week (week of 9/24).  DFW has also indicated that northeast winds are forecast for the entire day Sunday (9/23) meaning the west diagonal runway will be utilized once again for jet departures.  Southlake residents will notice a noise increase on Sunday as the planes leave the metroplex.  Winds are expected to return to normal Monday morning.

Residents with specific questions about this temporary situation are asked to call the Airport’s Noise Hotline at 972-973-3192.