Campbell Aviation began developing Indianapolis Executive Airport (TYQ) as Terry Airport in 1957 with a 3,340 feet by 60 feet bituminous runway configured in a north-south direction and a 3,000 feet by 200 feet turf runway configured in a northeast-southwest direction. It was certified by the State of Indiana in 1958. The airport included 10 T-hangars and an administration building. A few
years later, twenty-six additional T-hangars were added. In 1965, the Campbells sold the airport to the Van Sickles.
In 1978, the north-south runway (Runway 18-36) was lengthened to 5,160 feet, widened to 75 feet,
and three aircraft turnarounds were constructed. Other improvements made by the Van Sickles included installing High Intensity Runway Lights (HIRL), Visual Approach Slope Indicators (VASI-2) for both runways and an Instrument Landing System, including a Non Directional Beacon (NDB). Three additional large hangars were also added.
The airport was classified as a reliever to Indianapolis International Airport in the 1980s, which opened the door for the facility to get government funding from the FAA and the State of Indiana. In 1986, TYQ received it’s first federal grant for construction to
install underdrains for Runway 18-36 and acquire 40 acres of land for approach protection. In 1987 and 1988, other grants were received to reconstruct, widen, and groove the
primary runway, which resulted in a 60,000 lb. DWL (dual wheel loading) strength for the runway. Under this grant, 33 more acres of land were acquired, an aircraft apron was constructed, and a
partial parallel taxiway was added. In the early 1990’s, TYQ received three more grants for extending the runway to its current length of 5,500 feet and acquiring 322 more acres of land.
The airport did not receive further grants until 2001 when they mitigated wetland impacts and graded the runway safety area. In 2003, the airport was purchased by Hamilton County and the Hamilton County Airport Authority began receiving a series of grants for reimbursement for that purchase.
The airport recently completed its highly anticipated runway extension project. With our new 7,000' runway, TYQ now boasts one of the longest GA runways in Indiana.
Spearheaded by Jet Access, 12 new "executive hangars" were developed on the western-side of the airport. These hangars are 60'x65'. Construction was completed in Fall 2022. Additional large-sized box hangars are currently being designed with development slated to start within the next year.
The Airport is exploring options to expand its ramp infrastructure. Our current North Ramp area has become highly congested, and is no longer an efficient space to park aircraft. The airport will be exploring options to improve the flow of aircraft traffic in this area over the coming years.
The airport is planning a major LED lighting improvement project that will include new LED runway edge lights, an upgrade to the Runway 18 PAPIs, and a completely new electrical circuit and vault infrastructure. Work is anticipated to occur in 2025.
In 2018, a cooperative land-use study plan was commissioned between Indy Exec and the Town of Zionsville. This study is intended to analyze land around the airport in order to better understand compatible use and future zoning practices. More information can be found on Zionville's website.
Indy Exec is required by the FAA to have a valid Master Plan and Airport Layout Plan which are both used to guide future airport developmental considerations. The most recent iterations of these plans were developed in 2008. These documents can be found by accessing the "Documents" link below.
The Hamilton County Airport Authority (HCAA) is the governing body of the airport. Consisting of a five-member board, the HCAA is responsible for the strategic vision and decision-making of the airport. More information about the Board, including upcoming Board Meetings can be found at the below link.
Additional Documents can be found here.