Take Flight

Florida, the birthplace of commercial aviation, is a premier aerospace and space location, ranks #1 among states for aerospace manufacturing attractiveness and is the air transport hub of the Western Hemisphere.

Our 470+ industry companies excel in areas from aircraft parts and assembly, to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, to missiles.  Florida also offers tremendous space launch assets.

Yulee, Florida-based ALM Technologies, Inc. engineers parts and builds tooling, program and machine parts for Tier I, II and III aerospace manufacturers.  As Nassau County’s link to the aerospace and aviation industries, the markets they serve include:

  • General aviation
  • Commercial aviation
  • Business aviation
  • Military components direct to the U.S. Government
  • Industrial requirements

Located on Amelia Island, the Fernandina Municipal Airport offers three runways from 5,000 – 5,300 feet, fixed base operations and aviation support services.  Available land surrounds the airport and is zoned light industrial.  Nassau County is located less than 15 miles from Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), with non-stop scheduled service to over 30 domestic destinations.  The Hilliard Airpark Airport, located in western Nassau County, has a 3,600 foot public grass aviation landing strip and sits at a surveyed elevation of 59 feet (18 m).

The Crawford Diamond Industrial Park is less than 30 miles of Cecil Airport, a licensed commercial spaceport that boasts the second largest commercial runway in Florida at 12,500 feet.

Since 1961, Hilliard, Florida has been home to the Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center (FAA) and is one of twenty domestic enroute air traffic control centers.  The center is responsible for approximately 160,000 square miles of airspace — airspace that covers parts of five states: Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North and South Carolina.  The northeastern boundary is close to Wilmington, North Carolina, the western is near Mobile, Alabama, the southern lies just north of Orlando, and they are responsible for parts of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.  The Jacksonville Center also controls the airspace over twenty military airports and about 225 civilian airports, with an overall our average daily traffic count of approximately 8600 operations. 

Reach for the sky with top talent

Florida State College at Jacksonville offers students classroom to hangar to cockpit training.  Their Cecil Center site offers students hands-on, state-of-the-art maintenance and repair training.  In addition, FSCJ offers an Associate in Science degree in Aviation Maintenance Management, Professional Pilot Technology or Aviation Operations, which includes an optional Technical Certificate in Air Traffic Control.  Students can also obtain workforce certificates in Aircraft Coating or Airframe and Powerplant.

The NCEDB exists because of the generous support of the Nassau County Board of Commissioners, our local municipalities and economic development partners.
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