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Voluntary Noise Abatement Program

To file a noise complaint, visit the DAL Noise Lab here

Love Field Environmental Advisory Committee (LFEAC)

An integral part of the overall approach to noise control at Dallas Love Field is communication between the various parties involved in developing, monitoring and improving the program. The Resources – Noise Control – Love Field Environmental Advisory Committee (LFEAC) was established to provide a forum for discussion among airport neighbors, airport operators, and Federal and City aviation representatives on issues related to aircraft noise and noise abatement at Love Field. Members of the committee meet quarterly to review airport operations, propose changes in operations, effectiveness of the noise abatement program, and potential adjustments and improvements to the noise control program. 

The contributions of the Dallas Love Field Noise Abatement Advisory Committee and the continuing communication between the interests represented are two of the most important elements contributing to the success of the program.

A New Generation of Quieter Aircraft

In the late 1960's, the Federal Government established regulations, (FAR Part 36 and Part 91) which resulted in the phasing out of the older, noisier aircraft from the nation's fleet and replace them with newer, quieter and more fuel efficient aircraft.

The Love Field Policies

Love Field is located in a noise-sensitive area of the city near residential neighborhoods, which are essential in their role of providing economic, social and cultural stability for the City. It is important that the airport be operated in a manner that allows it to fulfill its vital role of attracting business to Dallas, while protecting and preserving the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods. In order to balance these needs, the City of Dallas has adopted policies, which not only recognize Love Field's importance to the Dallas community but also establish a noise reduction goal to reduce the impact of the airport's operations on the neighborhoods

Airport Operations: Noise Information

Serving aviation demand, while managing aircraft noise within the airport’s environs, is a challenge for all airports. Annoyance by aircraft noise is a very personal issue. One individual can be greatly bothered an aircraft passing overhead, while another individual may hardly notice the same noise.

The federal government regulates airport operations, airspace, and aircraft.

The Airport is owned and operated by the City of Dallas; however, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulates virtually all aspects of airport operations.

  • The FAA requires that this Airport be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • The City cannot ban any specific type or size of aircraft from operating at the airport, based on noise levels.
  • The City cannot establish any type of curfew without FAA approval. No airport curfews have been approved by the FAA in many years.

The FAA also manages the airspace nationwide, controls aircraft in flight, establishes flight patterns, and determines minimum flight altitudes for aircraft. Aircraft taking off and landing use flight paths established by the FAA, and generally must achieve and operate at a minimum altitude of 1,000 ft. for aircraft and 500 ft. for helicopters.

The reduction of aircraft noise, through development of quieter engines, has been a key goal of the FAA. Aircraft are classified in different noise “Stages”, with Stage 1 being the noisiest and Stage 3 being the quietest. As of Dec. 31, 2015, the FAA prohibits airplanes with a maximum weight of 75,000 pounds or less from operating within the 48 contiguous states in the U.S. unless they meet Stage 3 noise levels. This includes all aircraft currently operating at Dallas Love Field.

Frequently Asked Questions

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Why do planes fly over my house?

  • What is quieter – an arrival or a departure?

  • What causes planes to take off in the direction of my home?

  • How does weather impact aircraft noise?

  • Can a loud aircraft be fined?

  • What are the criteria used by the FAA to evaluate an application for a curfew?

  • Why was I woken up last night by aircraft noise; what’s going on at the Airport?

  • Who tells the pilots where and when to turn?

  • Why are planes flying over this area, we're not under a flight path?

  • Will filing a noise complaint change how the airport operates?

  • What are the guidelines for filing a noise complaint?

Additional Information

The movement to the next generation of aviation is being enabled by a shift to smarter, satellite-based, digital technologies and new procedures. Combined, these elements make air travel safer, more convenient, predictable and environmentally friendly. As the nation’s largest airports continue to experience congestion, NextGen efficiency improvements are enabling FAA to guide and track aircraft more precisely on more direct routes, reducing congestion, delays, fuel burn emissions and noise. NextGen is also vital to preserving aviation’s significant contributions to our national economy. For more information on FAA’s NextGen Initiative and how it relates to DFW:

FAA Optimization of Airspace & Procedures in the North Texas Metroplex (OAPM)
One of the first phases of NextGen implementation is an initiative called the Optimization of the Airspace and Procedures in the Metroplex (OAPM). Also referred to as "Metroplex", a Metroplex is a geographic area that includes several commercial and general aviation airports in close proximity serving a major metropolitan area and a diversity of aviation stakeholders. By optimizing airspace and procedures in the Metroplex, the FAA provides solutions on a regional scale, rather than focusing on a single airport and set of procedures. Redesigning the congested airspace above major centers of operations such as metroplexes creates a more integrated, efficient and predictable system. The North Texas Metroplex Plan is one of several being implemented across the US. The North Texas Metroplex was implemented in September 2014.

DFW RNAV Departure Procedures
FAA, airlines and the Airport worked together to implement Area Navigation (RNAV) departure procedures in September 2005. RNAV is an FAA NextGen initiative that transitions navigation from ground-based navigational aids to satellite based aids. The results include consolidated flight tracks, reduced noise over surrounding communities, and reduced air emissions by shortening the amount of time an aircraft is inside Metroplex airspace.

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