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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.

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Planned Runway Closures



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For your awareness, DFW Airport would like to inform you of an upcoming weekend runway closure that could affect air traffic in your vicinity.  Runway 17L/35R, DFW's secondary arrival runway on its east side will be closed from Friday, September 20, 2019 at 10:00 PM through Sunday, September 21, 2019 at 4:00 PM in order to accommodate resconstruction of the NAVAIDs road within the runway safety area and other various maintenance activities within the runway environment.

What to Expect:
The shift in aircraft operations during these runway activities may affect the cities of Southlake, Grapevine, Coppell, Flower Mound, Trophy Club, and Westlake, which could experience some additional aircraft traffic, including:
- Increased arrivals to Runway 13R, 18L, and 17C during south winds
- Runway 13R/31L may remain open for arrivals during late night and early morning times due to the closure.

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.

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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