Cecil Airport
Airport typePublic
OwnerJacksonville Aviation Authority
OperatorJacksonville Aviation Authority
LocationJacksonville, Florida
Elevation AMSL81 ft / 25 m
Coordinates30°13′07″N 081°52′36″W / 30.21861°N 81.87667°W / 30.21861; -81.87667
Direction Length Surface
ft m
18L/36R 12,503 3,811 Asphalt/concrete
18R/36L 8,002 2,439 Asphalt/concrete
9R/27L 8,003 2,439 Asphalt/concrete
9L/27R 4,439 1,353 Asphalt/concrete
Statistics (2018)
Aircraft operations104,361
Based aircraft92

Cecil Airport (IATA: VQQ, ICAO: KVQQ, FAA LID: VQQ) is a public airport and commercial spaceport located in Jacksonville, Florida, United States.[1] It 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, and the latter operating 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, citywide 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 Logistic Services International (LSI), Boeing and Flightstar Aircraft Services are also located at Cecil, providing major training, 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 serving Nazca, Peru (IATA: NZC, ICAO: SPZA).


Main article: Naval Air Station Cecil Field

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 (92.83 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

Cecil Airport covers an area of 6,082 acres (24.61 km2) and contains four runways:[1]

For the 12-month period ending February 5, 2018, the airport had 104,361 aircraft operations, an average of 286 per day: 52% military (53,899), 47% general aviation (49,372), <1% air carrier (744) and <1% air taxi (346). There were 92 aircraft based at this airport: 69 military, 17 single-engine, 2 multi-engine, 2 jet and 2 helicopter.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d FAA Airport Form 5010 for VQQ PDF, effective 2021-02-25
  2. ^ "Jacksonville Airport Authority: Cecil Field". Archived from the original on 2007-05-17. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  3. ^ "Florida airport gets commercial spaceport license". Reuters. 11 January 2010.
  4. ^ GlobalSecurity.org: NAS Cecil Field