Cecil Airport

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Cecil Airport
Airport type Public
Owner Jacksonville Aviation Authority
Operator Jacksonville Aviation Authority
Location Jacksonville, Florida
Elevation AMSL 81 ft / 25 m
Coordinates 30°13′07″N 081°52′36″W / 30.21861°N 81.87667°W / 30.21861; -81.87667
Website jaa.aero/AirSys/CF.aspx
Direction Length Surface
ft m
9L/27R 4,439 2,439 Asphalt/Concrete
9R/27L 8,003 2,439 Asphalt/Concrete
18L/36R 12,503 3,811 Asphalt/Concrete
18R/36L 8,002 2,439 Asphalt–concrete
Statistics (1999)
Aircraft operations 64,255
Based aircraft 107

Cecil Airport (IATA: VQQICAO: KVQQFAA LID: VQQ) is a public joint civil-military airport and spaceport located in Jacksonville, Florida.[1] The airport is owned by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority and services military aircraft, corporate aircraft, general aviation, and air cargo. The Florida Army National Guard's primary Army Aviation Support Facility and the U.S. Coast Guard's Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) are also located here, the former operating CH-47 Chinook, UH-60 Blackhawk, UH-72 Lakota and C-12 Huron aircraft, while the latter operates the MH-65C Dolphin helicopter. The airport has ARFF and structural fire protection provided by Jacksonville Fire/Rescue Station 56. Fire Station 73 (under construction) will be located on the airfield as well and will include ARFF, structural and rescue (ambulance) protection. A back-up, city wide 911 call/training center will also be located at Station 73.

Cecil Airport, commonly known as either "Cecil" or "Cecil Commerce Center", also houses the FSCJ (Florida State College Jacksonville) aviation course hangar and associated training aircraft. Sunrise Aviation, a flight training school and pilot supplies vendor is the flight training provider for FSCJ's aviation program. Facilities operated by major aerospace firms such as Boeing and Flightstar Aircraft Services are also located at Cecil, providing major maintenance and overhaul services for a variety of U.S. military aircraft.[2]

In 2010, Cecil Airport became the United States' eighth licensed commercial spaceport and the first in Florida authorized to fly space vehicles that take off and land horizontally.[3]

The NZC identifier was the airport's previous FAA identifier when it was Naval Air Station Cecil Field, its former name until its closure as a naval air station in 1999. The NZC IATA code is now allocated to Maria Reiche Neuman Airport (IATA: NZCICAO: SPZA).


The airport is located on the site of the former Naval Air Station Cecil Field, which opened in 1941 and closed in 1999 following the 1993 Base Realignment and Closure Commission decision. Covering a total area of 22,939 acres (92.8 km²), it was the largest military base in the Jacksonville area and supported all Atlantic Fleet F/A-18 Hornet strike fighter squadrons and S-3 Viking sea control squadrons.[4]

Facilities and aircraft[edit]

Cecil Airport covers an area of 6,000 acres (24 km²) and contains four runways:[1]

  • Runway 9L/27R: 4,439 x 200 ft. (2,439 x 61 m), Surface: Asphalt/Concrete
  • Runway 9R/27L: 8,003 x 200 ft. (2,439 x 61 m), Surface: Asphalt/Concrete
  • Runway 18L/36R: 12,503 x 200 ft. (3,811 x 61 m), Surface: Asphalt/Concrete
  • Runway 18R/36L: 8,002 x 200 ft. (2,439 x 61 m), Surface: Asphalt/Concrete

For the 12-month period ending September 30, 1999, the airport had 64,255 aircraft operations, an average of 176 per day: 73% military (46,783) and 27% general aviation (17,472). There are 107 aircraft based at this airport: 64% military (69), 16% jet aircraft (17), 10% single engine (11) and 9% helicopters (10).[1]


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