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Space travel coming closer to Jacksonville 12/1/2015

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- We have been lifting off into the final frontier for years. But soon space travel will be happening here in North Florida.
"When you see these vehicles in the air, you can't tell the difference between them and a regular airplane," said Todd Linder, JAA senior-aviation planning and spaceport development.

The Jacksonville Aviation Authority was just awarded a grant that could eventually bring the latest space craft to Cecil Field.
Only this time you won't need a launch pad, just a runway.

"They take of just like an airplane, fly like an airplane, but they propel with a rocket," said Linder. 

JAA Will spend the next six months making sure a space craft called "Concept Y" is safe on the environment before it can be flown here. "This means more jobs, high-paying jobs, high tech jobs coming to the area."

The first space flights out of Cecil Field will probably be to conduct experiments. But JAA says eventually it will be for transportation. 

"As we go forward in the future, there will be more competition and the price will come down. And eventually everyone will be able to fly," said Linder

The first flight into space from Cecil Field could happen in the next year. Cecil Field is one of only 12 air spaces approved for space travel in the U.S.

Source: http://bit.ly/IBwnMe

NAS Planes move to Cecil Airport 2/6/2015

ACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Navy will move its planes from NAS Jax to Cecil Field in June while the primary runway at NAS Jax is renovated.

"They've done a lot of thinking and planning about this," said Russ Stalvey, who serves on the Cecil Airport Advisory Committee.

Stalvey's house and farm are directly in the path of planes taking off at Cecil Field. He's not worried about increased noise in his neighborhood once the planes start taking off from Cecil.

"They have to do some of the parking of some of the aircraft on one of the runways which is not used very much," Stalvey said.

The planes can't stay at NAS Jax because the base is renovating it's primary runway. In September of last year, the runway was repaired after a massive hole broke open in the cement.

Documents obtained by First Coast News estimate the runway and a new LED lighting system will take about 13 months to install.

"The scheduled repair and improvements is necessary to meet Navy Air Operations Safety Criteria and to ensure compliance with FAA airfield regulations," said NAS Jax spokeswoman Miriam Gallet.

"At this point it's can't be pro on con. It's going to happen," said Bill Lewis.

Lewis serves on the Argyle Area Civic Council and lives 3.5 miles from the Cecil Field gate.

With more people and more planes, security and traffic at the base will increase.

The Navy, however, is not releasing how many planes and how many people the temporary move will impact.

"JAA does have security that they will likely beef up as well as bring in additional security to keep the people out there safe," Stalvey said.

The Navy says they have a big campaign that will start in April to advise residents on the Westside of any traffic changes or new security protocols. The planes will officially relocate from NAS to Cecil Field in June.

Source:First Coast News

Callahan Timber moving their equipment this week at Cecil Airport 1/27/2015

Callahan Timber will be moving their equipment this week to the southwest corner of the field.  Callahan Timber will be using gate 10 and 12 to access and haul timber.  Gate 10/Old Middleburg Road will be used as a haul route.  They will stage logging trailers near gate 10 along the Perimeter road

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