Aviation & Aerospace
With unique assets, including the region’s global accessibility and central location within the U.S. aviation corridor, the world's most recognized aircraft manufacturing companies thrive here.
The continuous growth and innovation of manufacturers like Redwire Space, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Collins Aerospace and others has led NASA Administrator Bill Nelson to claim the Jacksonville region has "become the center for space technology."
Cecil Commerce Center is the largest aviation industrial park in the Southeast, and nearby, Cecil Airport has a mixture of aviation/aeronautical uses including maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) and provides unencumbered air space. The airport has four different runways, including a 12,500-foot main runway, the third largest commercial runway in Florida. We are also home to the only licensed horizontal launch commercial spaceport on the East Coast.
We are one of the few locations in the country that boasts one of the largest military populations. With more than 3,000 highly trained personnel retiring from the military each year, our region has an abundant source of skilled talent.
There are currently more than 6,000 people employed in the industry and nearly 100 aviation-related companies that operate here.