Because of Southlake’s proximity to the airport, City Council and City Staff have strived to maintain a strong partnership with the DFW Airport Executive Staff and the DFW Noise Compatibility Office staff.
These conversations over the years have resulted in practices and resources that help ensure noise level rules are followed and flight patterns are enforced.
In early 2020, DFW launched a website, NoiseLab, that allows the public to view near-live flight operations, historical operations, news, and statistics.
The DFW Noise Cone map shows the zone over Southlake where departing planes head from and where arriving planes land to when using the west diagonal runway. The corridor was established in the 1980s to help with land use decisions for development and to minimize the impact of aircraft noise on City residents and businesses.
As a reminder, aircraft take off and land into the wind. Therefore, the direction of operations is primarily based on winds. 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.
For example, any residential development within the corridor built since the late 1980s has what’s called an aviation easement on the property deed recognizing that the property is built within the air corridor utilization zone.