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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 would like to update you regarding the ongoing runway rehabilitation work of Runway 17C/35C which had been originally scheduled to reopen in November 2018.  While DFW has made significant progress on the runway work and other concurrent projects, the project has been delayed due to weather and other factors.
As background, DFW Airport began major rehabilitation work on Runway 17C/35C on May 24 as part of DFW Airport’s 10-year Infrastructure Rehabilitation program. The work began with a partial closure of the runway that transitioned to a full closure of the runway on August 3 which is ongoing. The construction work consists of a full-depth replacement of the center third of the runway and resurfacing of the full length of 13,401 foot runway high performance black asphalt, designed for strength, flexibility and weather resistance.
Current Status:
Significant progress has been made on the Runway 17C/35C project; however, unforeseen site conditions and record rainfall has delayed the previously scheduled partial runway opening of November 16, 2018.  Additional resources through staff and equipment have been mobilized to complete the remaining work as soon as practicable.  Upcoming weather (such as rain and cold temperatures) will determined how quickly the remaining rehabilitation will progress. Our best estimate at this time is that the runway will be reopened for day use in early February of 2019. 
An updated Fact Sheet about the Runway 17C/35C Project is available, detailing the project, including its schedule and what to expect during the project.

What to Expect: 

The weather forecast is not known for the majority of 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 for which aircraft take off and land.


Runway closure photo

High Velocity Winds

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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