Groundbreaking held for new hangar at Florida’s Cecil Airport

JACKSONVILLE, Florida — The Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) recently broke ground on a new 150,000-square-foot hangar at Cecil Airport (VQQ) to accommodate the expansion of Flightstar Aircraft Services, Inc. Flightstar’s business expansion is expected to generate 250 new aviation-related jobs.

The $27 million project is the largest building project ever undertaken by JAA at Cecil Airport, and is being financed equally by the JAA and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).

Under the agreement with Flightstar, JAA will build the hangar and office facility on 11.5 acres of airport property. Upon completion, JAA will lease the land and Hangar 935 to Flightstar for commercial aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO).

The project is expected to be completed by late 2014. Flightstar currently leases two MRO hangars and one large warehouse/storage building at Cecil Airport from the airport authority.

“We’re proud to see Flightstar expand their operations at Cecil Airport,” said JAA CEO and Executive Director Steve Grossman. “They’ve been a tremendous tenant, and this project is a huge win for all of us.”

The recent celebration also included an official ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the completion of a new $6 million hangar and office facility for Cecil Airport’s newest tenant, KCI Aviation. The West Virginia-based corporate/private aircraft maintenance and repair organization will utilize the 30,000 square feet of office, workshop and hangar space for its Southeast business expansion.

For more information: FlyJacksonville.com.

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