A Guide to RNAV Procedures at KDFW (Dallas Fort Worth International Airport)

Using RNAV To Your Advantage in Infinite Flight - Part I: Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport


This guide is the first in a series of guides by me to help Infinite Flight Pilots properly use RNAV SIDs and STARs into and out of major airports in the United States! The first installation in this series is KDFW (Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport), America’s second-busiest airport and American Airlines’ flagship hub!


Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport is a bustling mega-hub in one of the most crowded airspaces in the country. However, traffic going into and out of this airport gets to enjoy the least complicated set of procedures in the DFW Metroplex, alongside priority traffic flow in the airspace! Basically, it all boils down to this: Follow the RNAV Procedures accurately and you will be out of the airspace without any issues!

Before we get to the guide material, please use the following website for all of your IFR chart needs: DFW - Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport | SkyVector

So, without further ado, let’s get to the guide material!


Departures

RNAV-Equipped Turbojet Aircraft leaving KDFW are directed onto a set of RNAV SIDs that are made to cater to traffic heading in all directions to all destinations in America and beyond.

The primary departure runways (when KDFW is in full operational capacity) are Runway 18L/36R (West Complex) and Runway 17R/35L (East Complex). As with most airports of this size, the complexes are meant to serve aircraft to and from the respective directions (for example, a west departure uses the west complex). For departures to the north and south, the departures are split - with aircraft on two egress routes using the west complex and aircraft on the other two egress routes using the east complex - this applies for both north and south departures.

All turbojet aircraft will accelerate to 240 kts as soon as practicable, maintaining this speed until respective SID says otherwise. All turbojet aircraft will climb and maintain 10000ft until cleared higher by ATC.

The following is a table detailing the different procedures and their corresponding details:

North

Name of SID Departure Runway Serves Routing Past Egress Fix
LOWGN Runway 18L/36R Denver, Portland (OR), Salt Lake City ADM Transition (South Oklahoma Airports): Proceed Direct to Destination Airport after ADM VOR/DME; ROLLS Transition: After ROLLS, Direct TOTOE then Direct LAA VOR/DME, Join J52 Northwest-bound; KDEN Arrivals, Direct HALEN after TOTOE, Join NIIXX Arrival
BLECO Runway 18L/36R Seattle, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Fargo IRW Transition: Join J21 or J23 Northbound; TUL Transition: Join J25 or J87 Northbound; ZEMMA Transition (Oklahoma City Terminal Area Arrivals Only): Join Appropriate STAR at ZEMMA
GRABE Runway 17R/35L Chicago-Area Airports EAKER Transition (Tulsa Terminal Area Arrivals Only): Direct Airport; OKM Transition: Direct HLV VOR/DME, Join J181 northeast-bound
AKUNA Runway 17R/35L Milwaukee, Indianapolis MLC Transition: Direct SGF VOR/DME or RZC VOR/DME, Follow Further Routing

South

Name of SID Departure Runway Serves Routing Past Egress Fix
NELYN Runway 18L/36R Mexico, Waco, South Texas ACT Transition (For Waco and Killeen Arrivals Only): Direct Airport; HOARY Transition: Direct CRP VOR/DME then Join J25 Southbound; SAT Transition: Join J21 Southbound
JASPA Runway 18L/36R San Antonio, Austin WINDU Transition: Join SEWZY (KAUS) or BRAUN (KSAT) Arrival
ARDIA Runway 17R/35L Houston-Hobby, West-Houston Metro Airports ELLVR Transition: Join Blubell (EFD, GLS, LBX) Arrival at ELLVR, or Direct NNEAL and Join KIDDZ (HOU) Arrival; CLL Transition (West Houston Metro Arrivals Only): Direct Airport
DARTZ Runway 17R/35L Houston-Bush, Cancun, Latin America, Severe Weather Routings to Florida/Caribbean TORNN Transition: Join GUSHR/DRLLR Arrival (IAH) or RIICE Arrival (CXO, DWH, T78, 6R3) at TORNN; TNV Transition: Direct IAH VOR/DME then Direct VUH VOR/DME or Join J86/J2 at IAH VOR/DME

East

Name of SID Departure Runway Serves Routing Past Egress Fix
ZACHH Runway 17R/35L Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati BSKAT Transition: Direct LIT VOR/DME or LITTR then Join J137/J131/J66/Q68
TRYTN Runway 17R/35L Nashville, Washington-Area Airports, Philadelphia LOOSE Transition: Join Q34 Eastbound (Nashville Arrivals, Direct MEM VOR/DME then Join CHSNE Arrival)
FORCK Runway 17R/35L Atlanta, Charlotte, New York-Area Airports FORCK Transition: Direct IZAAC then Join Q30 Eastbound; Atlanta Arrivals: Direct ELD VOR/DME then Direct MERDN, then Join HOBBT/GNDLF Arrival at ORRKK
MRSSH Runway 17R/35L Florida, New Orleans, Caribbean ZALEA Transition: Direct SWB VOR/DME then Direct CEW VOR/DME or HRV VOR/DME (New Orleans Arrivals, Direct SWB VOR/DME then Direct LSU VOR/DME, Join AWDAD Arrival); BDDAY Transition: ATC Assigned Only for Severe Weather Avoidance, do not file

West

Name of SID Departure Runway Serves Routing Past Egress Fix
HUDAD Runway 18L/36R Grand Junction, Durango, Aspen, Amarillo HUDAD Transition: Direct PNH VOR/DME then Join Q130 or J17 Westbound (Amarillo Arrivals, Direct CDS VOR/DME then Direct Airport)
HRPER Runway 18L/36R Bay-Area Airports, Las Vegas, Los Angeles HULZE Transition: Direct TXO VOR/DME to Join J72 Westbound or Direct TCC VOR/DME to Join J76 Westbound
KATZZ Runway 18L/36R Lubbock, Albuquerque, Honolulu BHRMA Transition: Direct CNX VOR/DME to Join J74 Westbound (Lubbock Arrivals, Direct Airport; Albuquerque Arrivals, Direct RECKN then Join COLTR Arrival)
WSTEX Runway 18L/36R El Paso, Phoenix, San Diego CIKAN Transition: Direct BGS VOR/DME to Join J66 Westbound (El Paso Arrivals, Direct LIFFT after CIKAN then Join SAMMR Arrival); DOSXX Transition: Direct LOWGO, then Join J42 Westbound

NOTE: I did not include the ALIAN Departure in this section because the ALIAN Departure is an ATC-Assigned-route for use only when the airspaces of the Lancer MOA and White Sands Missile Range Airspace Complex are both inactive; as of yet, I have never seen it used.

Arrivals

RNAV-Equipped Turbojet Aircraft approaching KDFW are brought into the airspace by a set of RNAV STARs in each corner of the complex. These procedures roughly follow conventional STARs used around the airspace until around 2015 (some of which are still used as conventional alternatives to RNAV procedures).

Each ‘gate’ into the airport has two STARs - one for North Flow, another for South Flow. There are also offload STARs, to be assigned by ATC only.

The following is a table detailing these procedures and their corresponding information:


Northeast Gate

Name of STAR Arrival Runway(s)
BRDJE (North) / SEEVR (South) 17C / 35R
Routes into STAR Transitions
AXXEE (At or Below FL230): Direct from Airport
HITUG: Direct from COODY
RRNET: Direct RRNET from FSM VOR/DME or RZC VOR/DME
CHMLI: ATC
FEWWW: Direct FEWWW from LIT VOR/DME or LITTR
JRHED: ATC
PROWD: ATC
RRONY (At or Below FL230): Direct from Airport

Southeast Gate

Name of STAR Arrival Runway(s)
BEREE (South) / WHINY (North) Runway 17L / 35C (31R)
Routes Into STAR Transitions
YUYUN: Direct from IZAAC or SARKK
OUTLN: ATC
PNUTS: Direct from AEX VOR/DME
POPSY: ATC
POWND: ATC
CRIED: Direct from BLTWY SID (Houston-Area Airports) or STELL/J33
STUFT: Direct from LOA VOR/DME

Southwest Gate

Name of STAR Arrival Runway(s)
BOOVE (South) / SOCKK (North) Runway 18R / 36L
Routes into STAR Transitions
GUTZZ: Direct from SAT VOR/DME, KLNGR (AUS), or AGJ VOR/DME (SAT)
KIILO (ACT/GRK Departures Only): Direct from Airport
GEEKY: Direct from INK VOR/DME
SNGGL (ABI Departures Only): Direct from Airport

Northwest Gate

Name of STAR Arrival Runway(s)
VKTRY (South) / JOVEM (North) Runway 13R (18R) / 36L
Routes into STAR Transitions
KLAWW: ATC
IBAKE: Direct from IRW VOR/DME
FAWNT: ATC
RBUKL (Oklahoma City Terminal Area Departures Only): Direct from Airport
TYPTN: ATC
HOFFF: Direct from Airport
BELFR: ATC
MDANO: Direct from PNH VOR/DME or NOSEW/Q154
WLLTR: ATC
HNKER: Direct from Airport (LBB) or from DUMPS/J166
TURKI: From TXO VOR/DME (J72)

Offload STARs (ATC Assigned Only)

Name of STAR Gate
CAINE (North) / DAWGS (South) Northeast
FORNY (North) / CABBY (South) Southeast
PAWLZ (North) / TILLA (South) Southwest
SHMPP (North and South) Southwest
GIBBI (North) / SHAAM (South) Northwest

Remember, this information is only of use if you follow the IFR charts on SkyVector, as it will supply you with vertical navigation and speed information essential for the procedures!


With this info in hand, you can hop on over to @Altaria55’s sister guide revolving around ground operations at KDFW!

Your Guide to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport - Ground School / Community Tutorials - Infinite Flight Community

NOTE: I created this guide without any collaboration with Altaria.


Once again, thank you for reading this article - I hope it helps you with the complicated airspace of the Dallas - Fort Worth Metroplex! And also, be sure to stick around for the next article in this series!

Thank You, Good Day!

-Gtmkm98

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