Madison County Executive Airport

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Madison County Executive Airport

Tom Sharp Jr. Field
Madison County Executive Airport.jpg
NAIP aerial image, 2006
Airport typePublic
OwnerMadison County Executive Airport Authority
ServesHuntsville, Alabama
Elevation AMSL756 ft / 230 m
Coordinates34°51′41″N 086°33′27″W / 34.86139°N 86.55750°W / 34.86139; -86.55750
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18/36 6,500 1,526 Asphalt
Statistics (2009)
Aircraft operations34,260
Based aircraft102
Sources: FAA,[1] airport web site[2]

Madison County Executive Airport (ICAO: KMDQ, FAA LID: MDQ, formerly M82), also known as Tom Sharp Jr. Field, is a public-use airport in Madison County, Alabama, United States. It is owned by the Madison County Executive Airport Authority and located eight nautical miles (14.80 km) northeast of the central business district of Huntsville.[1] According to the FAA's National Plan of Integrated Airport Systems for 2009–2013, it is categorized as a general aviation facility.[3]

Although most U.S. airports use the same three-letter location identifier for the FAA and IATA, Madison County Executive Airport is assigned MDQ by the FAA but has no designation from the IATA[4] (which assigned MDQ to Mar del Plata, Argentina[5]).

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

The airport covers an area of 485 acres (196 ha) at an elevation of 756 feet (230 m) above mean sea level. It has one runway designated 18/36 with an asphalt surface measuring 6,500 by 100 feet (1,981 x 30 m).[1] A 1,500-foot runway extension opened July 1, 2013.[2]

For the 12-month period ending April 16, 2009, the airport had 34,260 aircraft operations, an average of 93 per day: 93% general aviation, 5% air taxi, and 2% military. At that time there were 102 aircraft based at this airport: 82% single-engine, 9% multi-engine, 2% jet and 7% helicopter.[1]


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