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The Boeing Company is the largest tenant at Cecil Airport and as part of the company’s Aerospace Support Division, its focus is primarily on the modification of F/A-18 aircraft Hornets for the Navy and Marine Corps.  Just recently the facility became the national center of component structural repair for F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet after Boeing closed its Mesa, AZ location.  All of the next-generation F/A-18C and D model Hornets to be used by the Navy’s Blue Angels are to undergo conversion at Boeing’s Cecil Airport facility.


Cecil Airport’s Florida Army National Guard (FLARNG) contingent is part of the 1st Battalion of the 111th Aviation Regiment.  Currently housed on the FLARNG’s leasehold are CH-47 Chinooks, UH-60 Blackhawks, and OH-58 Kiowas, all aiding the Guard in its mission.  FLARNG has recently completed a new hangar facility on the airport. Units of the 111th deploy to various sites around the world in support of U.S. military operations.


The Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) operates three Fleet Readiness Centers within the continental United States. These modern industrial facilities provide in-depth overhaul, repair, and modification of aircraft, engines, avionics, and aeronautical components. Fleet Readiness Center, Southeast (FRC SE) falls under NAVAIR and is located primarily at Jacksonville NAS.  FRC leases a hangar at Cecil Airport for maintenance of Boeing F-18’s. 


Located in Cecil’s largest hangar, Flightstar specializes in maintenance, repair, and overhaul of various types of heavy aircraft.  They service multiple types of commercial aircraft including DC-10, MD-11, DC-9, MD-80, B-727, B-737, and B-757 aircraft.  Federal Express currently contracts with Flightstar for provision of Phase C and D maintenance checks on its fleet of B-727 aircraft.  Various air cargo companies contract with Flightstar to convert passenger 757 aircraft to a cargo configuration.


Florida State College at Jacksonville has two locations in the Cecil area, one in a hangar on the airfield and the other just north of the hangar on property owned by the City of Jacksonville. In the hangar is FSCJ’s FAA-certified Part 147 program where students train to become Airframe and Powerplant mechanics.  The curriculum also includes avionics and airport operations and management.  Students have access to numerous hands-on mock-ups, models, and actual aircraft and airplane engines on the hangar bay.  The complex on city property, houses the school’s state-of-the-art air traffic control training center.  In advancement of its aviation training program, the college is in the construction phase of a new Aircraft Services Educational Facility being built on the north end of the airfield.  This facility will be used for student training and will be operated by a commercial aircraft MRO company.


JFRD Station 56 at Cecil Airport provides fire fighting and rescue response for any aircraft accidents, incidents, or structural fires that may occur on the airport.  The City of Jacksonville funds two ARFF-certified personnel to respond to the airfield at all times. Although Cecil is not a PART 139 air carrier airport, Station 56 provides the equipment equivalent to a Class C ARFF index.


Jacksonville JetPort is Cecil Airport’s sole Fixed Base Operator (FBO).  A full-service FBO, JetPort offers various amenities and services to pilots and passengers traveling through Cecil Airport, including aircraft fueling, basic aircraft servicing, rental cars, a pilot lounge and weather briefing/flight planning room, and tie-down locations. 


Engility Corp. leases an office complex at Cecil Airport and is a leading provider of information and communications products, solutions, and services for the Department of Defense, intelligence agencies, and other government customers.  


LSI provides training and technical support services to the U.S. Government, foreign militaries, and the aerospace industry.  LSI offers its customers a wide spectrum of technical training and publications services. The Cecil Training and Support Center provides computer based simulation and training support to the Department of Defense and the commercial aviation industry. 


Robinson Aviation, Inc (RVA) is the contract tower operator for Cecil Airport and is responsible for staffing and operating the tower seven days a week from 7 am until 9 pm.  At least two controllers are on duty at all times.


The United States Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) is the Coast Guard’s only armed aviation unit and was developed in 1998 to counter seaborne drug trafficking.  HITRON utilizes the MH-65C Dolphin helicopters which are armed with M240 7.62mm machine guns, M107 .50-caliber rifles, and M14 7.62mm rifles.  The HITRON squadron is located inside the fenced-off ramp area on the west side of the airport.


U.S. Customs currently houses a detachment of P-3 surveillance and interdiction aircraft at Cecil Airport.  The P-3s at Cecil are a crucial component of CBP’s Office of Air and Marine.  Along with their sister squadron in Corpus Christi, TX. CBP’s aircraft at Cecil conduct long-range patrols of our nation’s coastlines and the open oceans with the mission of supporting air-to-ground interception of people and contraband illegally crossing land borders, air-to-air interception of aircraft, and air-to-water interception of transportation vessels. 


Wood Group Pratt and Whitney specializes in the overhaul and repair, inspection, modular maintenance and component and control repair of various industrial turbine engines and generators. 

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