Dallas Executive Airport is located at 5303 Challenger Dr. Dallas, Texas 75237. From U.S. 67 exit onto Hampton Road, go north, turn left onto Challenger and proceed to the Terminal Building. For additional information or to get directions to a specific business on the airport call an airport staff member at (214) 670-7612 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CST Saturday and Sunday.
The main terminal and the two fixed base operators (FBOs) provide parking for aircraft using Dallas Executive. Information must be obtained from the aircraft operator as to which FBO they intend to use. The FBO’s operating at Dallas Executive are:
Jet Center of Dallas
5661 Mariner DR., LB 19, Dallas, TX 75237
Ambassador Aviation, L. P.
5435 Saturn Dr., LB 12, Dallas, TX 75237
An airfield pavement analysis was conducted in 2012 to determine the load bearing weight and structural integrity of the airport’s runways and taxiways. The results determined that Runway 13/31 pavement is failing and requires full-length reconstruction which involves removing and replacing existing pavement with new pavement section. The life expectancy of the current pavement is 0-5 years with deficient pavement strength.
Tax dollars are not used for projects at Dallas Executive. The Aviation Department is part of the enterprise fund, not the City’s general fund. This means all money spent by the Aviation Department is generated through Airport Revenue, FAA Funding, and TxDOT Funding. The Runway Reconstruction Project is being funded through a TxDOT 90/10 grant. In other words, TXDOT pays for 90% of the project and the City of Dallas pays the remaining 10%. The City’s 10% portion comes from revenue generated through the Dallas Airport System.
The extension is to correct another deficiency in the Runway Safety Area (RSA) and the Runway Protection Zone (RPZ). The extension is needed to provide enough space on the Runway 31 (near US Highway 67) to obtain the 1,000 foot safety area required by the FAA. The extension is simply adding the pavement that was lost to correct the safety area deficiency on the Runway 31 end for aircraft taking off in the 13 direction. Even though the runway is being extended, the runway threshold, or landing point on the runway, will be shifted away from the neighborhoods along Ledbetter and Westmoreland to protect these structures from landing aircraft.
The reconstruction is scheduled to begin Summer 2014 and be completed Winter 2016, pending inclement weather changes.
Construction will have little to no impact on the surrounding communities. Batch plants will be staged on airport property, all dirt and other materials will be contained on site. There may be some increased vehicle traffic between Hwy 67 and Hampton. This project is expected to create jobs and have a positive economic impact in the community.
There are many contributing factors that determine which runway will be used. The type of aircraft, fuel load, wind direction, and temperature all affect which Runway will be used.
An aircraft must take off and land going into the direction of the wind. Therefore, the runway being used is based almost entirely on the direction of the prevailing winds. Operational necessity, safety and the presence of other aircraft are other factors that determine which runways are being used.
Aircraft operating at DEA have a diverse range of noise levels. These noise levels primarily depend on the type of engine used by the aircraft, air density, temperature, size and age of the aircraft, and whether the aircraft is taxiing on the airfield, landing or taking off. A departing aircraft tends to be loudest due to the pilot applying full thrust to the aircraft’s engine. Newer aircraft have a lower noise threshold, as they are federally mandated to have lower emissions.
Federal Aviation Regulation 91.119 states that Aircraft in congested areas are required to be at least 1000’ above the highest obstacle within a 2000’ radius, except during take-off and landing. Law Enforcement and Medical Emergency Aircraft are the only types of aircraft that are granted waivers to operate outside of these regulations. Aircraft often perform practice landings and touch and goes, this may be why you see increased air traffic activity over your home.
As an airport operator, the City of Dallas does not have jurisdiction over aircraft in flight or their altitudes. The FAA prohibits any airport operator from restricting airspace usage.
The Airspace is never closed and the Airport does not close the runways except during hazardous weather. The Airport is available 24 hours a day. The control tower operates from 7a.m. - 9 p.m. 365 days a year. When the tower is not operational, the airport goes to an uncontrolled status meaning pilots arriving and departing announce their intentions over a common used frequency.
The airport has posted signs to ask pilots to use their aircraft’s best rate of climb. We ask they gain altitude as quickly and as safely as possible when taking off and to be a good neighbor over surrounding neighborhoods.
Atmospheric conditions have a major impact on aircraft noise. The reverberation of sound waves caused by weather may actually make noises seem louder than they actually are. In other words, aircraft flying at altitudes that would normally produce no noise may actually produce noise. Common factors responsible for this phenomenon include:
Night time noise events seem louder because the ambient noise is lower. More noise events may be noticed at night compared to daytime hours when there exists a higher ambient noise.
The noise impact area for Dallas Executive has decreased during the past decade and is expected to continue to decrease as a result of new and quieter technology aircraft even with the planned extension.
Three-character IATA code is RBD
The Four-character ICAO code is KRBD
Terminal Lobby & Airport Administrative hours are 8:00am-5:00pm
Airport Runways are operational 24 hours daily
Control Tower operational hours 7:00am-9:00pm
Contact our Fixed Based Operators: Ambassador Jet Center- (214) 623-8800
Or Jet Center of Dallas- (214) 339-3992
The City of Dallas – Aviation
Free ramp space and terminal
Contact our Fixed Based Operators: Ambassador Jet Center (214) 623-8800
Or Jet Center of Dallas (214) 339-3992
Yes. Dallas Police Department patrols and there is onsite security after hours