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David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport (DWH)

David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport is a medium sized, primarily GA airport near the city of Tomball in unincorporated Harris County, Texas. It is located about 23 miles northwest of Houston's central business district and about 10 miles northwest of George Bush International Airport in Houston. The airport has two parallel hard surface runways and a complex system of taxiways. View a printable Pilot Handbook of the DWH information found on this Web page.


Know Before You Go

  • Airport configuration consists of parallel and staggered RWYS 17R/35L AND 17L/35R.
  • In addition to these two hard-surfaced RWYs, there is a seaplane landing area labeled 17W/35W.
  • A complex TWY system connects all parts of the airport.
  • Adding to this complexity are the shared-use TWYs that accommodate both vehicular traffic as well as aircraft.
  • Numerous flight schools are based at the airport.
  • Several ramp parking areas, rows of aircraft hangars, business hangars and hangar-homes line the east side of the airport.
  • With parallel and staggered RWYS, landing on the wrong RWY is an issue.
  • RWY 17L/35R is less than half the size of RWY 17R/35L, making pilots fixate on the first RWY that becomes visible.
  • Hot Spot 1 concerns aircraft taxiing from any of the ramp areas to RWY 17R via TWY C. Aircraft have taxied across the RWY 17R/35L Hold Short Line on TWY C without clearance. The short distance between ramps A and B and RWY 17R/35L may be a factor.
  • Hot Spot 2, locally known as the “Triangle”, is known to cause confusion due to the complexity of the pavement found at this location. 
  • Hot Spot 3 – is located at the intersection of RWY 15R/35L and TWY E. Wrong direction intersection takeoffs have occurred here.
  • Hot Spots 4 and 5 – The dimensions of TWY F and RWY 17L/35R are similar and the distance between TWY F and both hard surface RWYs is minimal. Aircraft rolling out on RWY 17R and instructed to turn left at either TWY G or TWY H then left turn on TWY F have missed the turn onto TWY F and rolled onto RWY 17L/35R.
  • Hot Spot 6 highlights the potential for pilots, taxiing south bound on TWY K, to miss the RWY Hold Short markings for RWY 17L, causing a runway incursion. 
  • Approach Hold markings for the seaplane landing area on TWY J and N are in a non-movement area but still needs to be adhered to when restricted by Ground Control.

Below find various DWH-specific information and things to be aware of, as well as general information to inform your preflight planning. This will be reviewed quarterly and updated as needed. This information is to supplement the From the Flight Deck Videos that are produced by the FAA Runway Safety Group. Here you will also find information provided by the local air traffic controllers at the airport where you intend to fly. The information is subject to change. Not for navigation or legal* pre-flight action. Always refer to official pre-flight materials such as, but not limited to, NOTAMs, airport diagrams, VFR charts and airport construction notices for the latest airport-specific details.

DWH Tower Administrative Office
Business Phone 281-376-9721
Business Hours: Open 0600 to 1600 – Monday through Friday
Tower Operational Hours: Open 0700 to 2200 daily

Last updated: Tuesday, December 12, 2023