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Aircraft Noise


The DFW Noise Compatibility Office is the primary liaison between neighboring communities, residents, municipalities, airlines, FAA, universities, NASA and Board staff to demonstrate noise and land use compliance deliverables, meet, educate, research, assist and advise on aircraft noise, flight patterns, airspace and related actions.

For Noise Complaints: Call 972.973.3192 or
 

Planned Runway Closures

DFW Airport has planned weekend and/or more extended closures in 2017 in order to fulfill necessary maintenance and inspections related to airfield lighting, equipment, markings, signage, and pavement work.  Weekend runway closures are typically scheduled from Friday at 10:00 pm through Sunday at 4:00 pm, subject to favorable weather conditions.  A Go/No-Go decision is made prior to each affected closure as to determine if the conditions are favorable for the planned closure.  If runways cannot close on a weekend as scheduled due to weather or other factors, additional weekend closures may be required.  The schedule for any upcoming runway closures or changes in typical operation is noted below.  We will update this site as more information becomes available

DFW recently announced its receipt of $52 Million in Federal Grant Funds of which nearly $50 Million is for Runway Rehabilitation Project.  These funds will be used to rehabilitate Runway 17C/35C, which is DFW's primary arrival runway on the east side of the airport.  Runway 17C/35C, while is good condition and safe for use, is 43 years old and in need of rehabilitation including replacement of the center portion of the runway which sees the most wear during operations.  The work is expected to begin in mid-2018 and will require an estimated four months runway closure during which time air traffic will be shifted to other runways.  A link to DFW's recent Press Release can be found at: http://dfwairport.mediaroom.com/2017-11-27-DFW-Airport-Received-52-Million-in-Federal-Grand-Funds-for-Runway-Rehabilitation-Project.

Details are still being finalized on the timing of the work and the duration of the closure  We will provide additional information, when available, on the planned runway closure that will be needed to accommodate the construction.  We will also provide runway closure dates when known and information about how the redistribution of flight may ffect local residents.  we are also working with FAA to ensure local communities are considered in their plans to redistribute flights to other runways during the closure in order to minimize noise effects to the extent practicable.

 
Runway closure photo

High Velocity Winds

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Aircraft normally will take off and land into the wind. In the Metroplex, the winds are from the south about 70% of the time (South Flow) and are from the north about 30% of the time (North Flow). DFW typically uses its north/south runways for most arrivals and departures. Aircraft also arrive on the diagonal runways, that is, from the northwest on Runway 13R/31L in South Flow, and from the southeast on Runway 13L/31R in North Flow. On occasion, DFW will experience high velocity cross winds from the west or northwest. This condition is referred to as West or Northwest Flow. Strong west cross winds limit the use of DFW's north/south oriented runways. During West Flow,the FAA necessarily uses the diagonal runways for arrivals and departures in order to align the aircraft to the extent possible with the prevailing, high velocity winds. This situation occurs rarely but when it does, you may notice jet aircraft departing to the northwest from both diagonal runways. DFW and the FAA collaborate proactively on the possible use of the diagonals during the strong cross wind and use the diagonals when winds and safety warrant.

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