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NAS Planes move to Cecil Airport

JACKSONVILLE, 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

Space travel coming closer to Jacksonville

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.


Callahan Timber moving their equipment this week at Cecil Airport

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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Master plan: Cecil Spaceport could grab market share -

Cecil Spaceport stands to garner a significant portion, estimated at up to 10 percent, of the emerging space travel market, according to a Jacksonville Aviation Authority administrator.

Todd Lindner, the authority’s administrator of planning and development, presented the figures Monday to the JAA board as part of a Cecil Spaceport master plan presentation.
The plan originated in April 2011.

According to a plan update, a market share summary study by Futron Corp. for 2021-25 said that nationwide there could be 13,000-25,000 annual space tourists generating revenue of $676 million-$1.26 billion.
Cecil Spaceport could support a 10 percent market share with about 250 annual launches that draw 1,300-2,500 participants and generate revenue of $67.6 million-$126 million to vendors.
In the space tourism industry, orbital flights cost between $20 million to $30 million while suborbital flights are $100,000-$200,000.

Lindner said that Jacksonville and Cecil Spaceport have a projected competitive advantage because of location and proximity to federal spaceports.

Other commercial spaceports in California, Virginia and New Mexico are close to federal spaceports and compete among each other for federal funds and launch approvals, Lindner said.

Cecil Spaceport is the closest to a city that could provide additional amenities for space tourists, he said.
Cecil Spaceport’s only weakness was the lack of an agreement with a vehicle developer. Strengths included the existing infrastructure, tourism potential and the technical workforce.

Among the recommendations are development of a visitor’s center, taxiways, approach roads and the revision of an environmental assessment.,

Jax Spaceport becoming a reality

May 23, 2012
With the launch of a privately owned rocket into space earlier this week, the idea of spacecraft launches from Jacksonville is slowly being brought to life.

"I'd love to watch it, certainly come out and watch it," said Doug Hampt, who's excited about a potential spaceport.

Cecil Spaceport, with help from the Jacksonville Aviation Authority, could be the site of that reality.

"Right now we're looking at probably a launch possibly occurring toward the end of 2013 or the early stages of 2014," said Todd Lindner, of JAA.

It may not look like much now, but there are plans for permanent buildings at Cecil Airport on the Westside designed to attract commercial industry heading to outer space.

"They'll be conducting research, conducting experiments, microgravity experiments, also they'll be doing different activities to accommodate the tourism industry," Lindner said.

The thing that makes this spaceport special is the runway. At more than 12,000 feet long, it's the second longest runway in the state.

The runway will offer more than enough room for a horizontal launch. There's a clear vision for what's to come.

"We will extend out the taxiway here right at the approach end of this runway, and it will mirror what's going on on the west side of the airport," said Kelly Dollarhide, of JAA.