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Craig airport: A new era begins
2 artists exhibit their work at the airport
Three in the air, one in the nest
Embraer shows off light attack aircraft that could be built in Jacksonville
Company May Bring Jobs To Jacksonville Embraer Facility Could Mean Dozens Of Jobs In Jacksonville
Embraer: Jax facility 'just the beginning'
Cecil Prepares To Launch
JetBlue starts Jax cargo service to Northeast
ASEF dedication gives Aviation students a wing up
JetBlue establishes Jacksonville airport cargo depot
Jet Blue Opens Cargo Facility at JIA
Storms cancel a dozen JIA flights
JetBlue expands services at JIA
New Bus Service Starts for First Coast
Volar sin escalas a San Juan!
Good news at airport
Good News
Dedicated to Jacksonville’s Aviation Future: JAA Exec. Director & CEO Steve Grossman
JIA passengers up more than 2%
JAA lobbies feds to add cost to a round-trip ticket Airlines call the 'facility charge' a tax, but airports say fee is vital.
Flowers for travelers
Tour of Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
JAA made $20.4M in fiscal 2010
Southside Sun Notebook: Student on display at airport
10 Who Make a Difference: Millicent Dangerfield takes on trio of volunteer posts
Jacksonville International Airport starts offering boarding passes at curbside
TSA Retesting Full-Body Scanners Amid Radiation Concerns
Passengers down, flights up at JIA
New hangar to be funded at Cecil Airport
Jacksonville Journal: Pilot tour comes to Craig Airport
SKY BRIDGES - Jacksonville International Airport
Fresh art at Jacksonville International Airport
Non-stop to Puerto Rico
Jacksonville Aviation Authority Unveils New Public Art at JAX
Jacksonville International Airport named one of the most inexpensive airports in the country
JAX a good place to fly cheap
Fitch Rates Jacksonville Airport Bonds
Airports cater to art lovers with intriguing installations
CAP cadets go on 'amazing' ride
New JAA brand at hand
Flowers for moms at Jacksonville International Airport
Business Travelers – And Aviation Queen – Pick Their Favorite Airports
JetBlue flights to Puerto Rico begin Thursday
Aviation industry growing in Jacksonville, despite lack of trained workers Companies planning to expand, add jobs.
JetBlue now offering daily flights from Jacksonville to Puerto Rico JetBlue service taking off today to San Juan, offering a chance to boost tourism
High hopes for San Juan service
JetBlue launches PR flights from JAX
Jet Blue begins Jax to San Juan non-stops
Flight offerings expand
New airline routes launched (17 – 23 May 2011)
Watch video of warplane that could be built in Jacksonville
Jax Chamber, Cornerstone promote aircraft production
Southwest Airlines begins daily nonstop service between Jacksonville and Denver
Southwest adds new Denver routes
Cecil Airport gets state permission to be a spaceport
Cecil Airport designated a Space Territory
VQQ designated ‘Space Territory’
Mayor-elect Brown Highlights Public Safety, Jobs and Education on Westside Tour
JAA courts ‘prime players’
Mica wages war on the TSA
Behind-the-scenes airport tour: DC-3s, military transports and more
New exhibit at JIA to open Friday
2 tax breaks, 1 grant for 205 new jobs
Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Aircraft Painting
Teen Flight: Campers Learn To Soar Students Get Unique Weeklong Experience For Just $20
JAA: FAA shutdown no concern
FAA Director: JIA hurting from furlough
Jacksonville council committee OKs incentive package for companies
Ponte Vedra artists showcase work at airport gallery
Traffic up at Jacksonville International Airport
City Notes-The Financial News & Daily Record
Council approves incentives for Medtronic, KCI Enterprises
Hurricane Irene disrupting flights at JIA
Irene Creates Travel Nightmare At JIA
JIA deal spotlights taxi company president's legal woes
JIA passenger traffic up 4% in July
JIA committee rejects appeal in taxicab contract issue
JAA committee votes against taxicab contract appeal
Since 9/11: Always watching
Small Airports, Planes On Alert This Week
JetBlue flights from JIA to Puerto Rico flying at capacity, but are they profitable?
Security Raised Across Jacksonville
JAA ready to develop forestland to expand Cecil Airport 120 acres for road, larger hangars at former Navy base.
JAA looks at the future of Cecil Airport
Airliner evacuated at JIA after threatening note passed by passenger
Threat Prompts Evacuation, Search Of Jet
Threatening note prompts plane evacuation
Delta Flight from Jacksonville to Atlanta Delayed Due to Threatening Note
Threatening note leads JAX flight to be evacuated
JAA plans study on Cecil air cargo facility
Jacksonville airports CEO gets big raise
Jacksonville Airport CEO Grossman gets $35,000 raise
JAA elects new board chairman
Jacksonville International Airport Manager Gets Big Pay Bump
JIA to hold mock mass casualty event Wednesday Drill designed to simulate aircraft crash to hone skills of responders, staff
JAA to celebrate 10 years as independent entity
The Jacksonville Aviation Authority hits a big milestone
JAA celebrates 10 years as an independent authority
Non-aviation growth eyed by JAA, but more air flights and jobs, too
Baby or Blue Angels?: Performance Postpones Birth
New Internet system tracks Jacksonville airplanes, helps define noise
Cecil spaceport bill advances -- with a major revision
Jacksonville, FL, Aviation Authority Introduces On-Line Flight-Tracking System
JIA to open extra parking lot for Thanksgiving travel
Airport screenings becoming more discrete TSA makes changes to address privacy concerns
Passengers can see same thing now as JIA scanners, but without revealing body images
No more revealing airport security scans
Watching the TSA Watching You
Advanced Imaging Technology New Tool at Jacksonville International Airport
JIA passenger traffic down in October
New flights in spring?
JAA re-numbers runways because of magnetic shift
Jacksonville Offers Frequent Parker Program
JIA runways get makeover thanks to magnetic pull
Shifts in Earth's magnetic field affect JIA runways
JIA Decorated With Over 30 Trees to Benefiting Dreams Come True
Christmas trees at airport benefit Dreams Come True
Workspace: Jacksonville Aviation Authority Executive Director and CEO Steve Grossman
New service offers quick access to airport security
Aircraft manufacturer to bring high paying jobs to Jacksonville
JIA's Flex pass will speed up airport wait, for a price
Embraer wins contract to build military planes in Jax
Embraer deal ‘tip of the iceberg’
Priva Launches New ‘flex Pass’ Airport Access Program
Law school official named to Jacksonville Aviation Authority board
Lawsuit puts Jacksonville aircraft order on hold
Embraer deal on hold
Kansas company's lawsuit puts wrench in plans for plane assembly in Jacksonville
Letters from readers: Bring it to Cecil
Former Pa. Gov. Ed Rendell Calls for Big Projects, Investment in Jacksonville
Forum: ‘Critical’ need for infrastructure investment
Transportation advocate: Cities like Jacksonville should spend more on infrastructure
Cheers: Acting on Jobs
JAA pumped $29 million into local economy in 2011
KCI Aviation brings new hangar, jobs to Cecil Airport
New business to open shop at Cecil Airport
Rick Scott appoints former Jacksonville undersheriff to JAA board
CNN anchor raves about Jacksonville airport, UNF and city after debate
THE NUMBER: America's Best Airport
JAA gets grant to assess horizontal launches at Cecil Spaceport
American Airlines to lay off 13,000 employees
No danger from suspicious package at Jacksonville airport cargo terminal
Effects of American Airline layoffs unknown for Jacksonville Airport
Florida's Cecil Airport Wins FAA Safety Award
CNN reporter loves JIA
JetBlue's Six Years of Service
Jacksonville International: America's Best Airport?
North Florida hospitality workers honored at awards banquet Tuesday night
Spaceport Moves Step Closer to Reality
Rolling out the red carpet
JAA to host spaceport summit at Cecil Airport
Balfour Beatty wins $2.6M Jacksonville airport project
UNF unveils MLK Jr. statue Life-size King statue first on college campus in Florida
UNF becomes first Florida college campus with MLK statue
Classic airliner offers rides through next week in Jacksonville
Carroll to lobby Air Force for Embraer jobs
Travelers Have Mixed Reactions About Private Screening Companies
1929 Ford Tri-Motor takes First Coast fliers back in time
Good News: Jacksonville residents shines at the Delta Oscars
Jacksonville Aviation Authority holds spaceport summit
Lt. Gov. Carroll: Space industry ‘critical’ for area, state
Clarion could be coming down at airport
JU’s Davis Aviation Center Director discusses workforce training at Cecil Spaceport Development Summit
JAA: Get serious about Cecil Spaceport
Free-spirited St. Augustine 90-year-old woman skydives
Fitch Affirms Jacksonville Aviation Authority, FL's $157MM Revs at 'A'; Outlook Stable
Jacksonville Aviation Authority receives ‘A’ rating from Fitch Ratings
Tourist board wrong place for JAA head, says Council panel
Canstruction® moves to Jacksonville International Airport
Squadron returns to Jacksonville from Afghanistan
LA mayor supports Jacksonville flight, Brown says
KCI Aviation to break ground at Cecil Airport Wednesday
Airports must be protected from intrusion
Airlines consider new routes to boost business
Cecil Airport becomes player in new era of space travel
Scott signs spaceport bill, adding Cecil Airport to Florida’s master plan
Space travel coming closer to Jacksonville
Master plan: Cecil Spaceport could grab market share
Canstruction® moves to Jacksonville International Airport for 2012
Grossman: Air Force contract decision ‘probably after first of the year’
Jax Spaceport becoming a reality
No major incidents with bird strikes at JIA
JIA flyers experience tropical storm delays
Jacksonville adds 3 new weekday flights to Tampa
Silver Airways offers new flights from Tampa to Jacksonville
Florida airports get expedited security lanes
Silver Airways offers new flights connecting Tampa and Jacksonville
3 Jax daily flights to Tampa announced
Jacksonville Journal:Airport economy lots to charge $1 more
Jacksonville JetPort opens new hangar at Cecil Airport
JAA sends $65 million budget to City Council for approval
JAA hires, promotes officers
One of Us: USO airport operations head runs an 'important oasis'
Air show yields hope for new jobs
Spotlight: 9/11 shaped Tony Cugno's focus
For now, runways at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport will not expand
Gov. Rick Scott signs spaceport legislation for Cecil Airport
Governor declares Cecil Field 'Spaceport'
JAA, airlines agreement results in less financial risk
Up, up and away Wings 'n' Wheels at Craig Airport
First Coast Gears: Wings 'N' Wheels at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport
Into the future: airports to tap multi-billion dollar space industry
Upcoming defense expo features national and local companies
First ever First Coast Defense Expo coming this Wednesday
Inaugural First Coast Defense Expo shines light on economic impact of defense contractors
JIA traffic down in September
JAA chief executive did a good job but not getting a bonus
Defense Expo highlights local companies Ander Crenshaw hosts event to bring to light companies affected by defense cuts
Looking ahead: The future of Jacksonville's logistics industry
Grossman receives ‘outstanding’ review at JAA
Travelers at JIA get stranded; locals head north to help neighboring states
Flying out of JIA? Check with your airline first
Grossman sells the success of Cecil
Juice Jackers: How to outsmart smartphone hackers
Jacksonville businesses drop lawsuit to extend Craig runway
Jacksonville airport will open its seasonal economy lot Wednesday with lower parking rate
JAA opens special parking lot for Thanksgiving, offers tips for travel
TSA offers tips to expedite screenings
TSA reminds holiday travelers how to minimize travel time
Top tips from TSA for quickest security checks
Coaching legend Don Shula opening another restaurant in Jacksonville
Shula's opening at JIA
HMSHost unveils sports bar & grill at Jacksonville International Airport
Shula's Bar&Grill Takes Off at JAX Airport
Shula's Bar & Grill opens at Jacksonville International Airport
Southwest, US Airways, JetBlue fight for open D.C. slots
JAA building $27M hangar for FlightStar's 400 job expansion
JAA to build new hangar at Cecil Airport that will create up to 400 new jobs
Expansion at Cecil Airport to add over 300 jobs
JAA approves $27M Flightstar expansion
Jacksonville Aviation Authority to Build $27M Hangar at Cecil
Decision pending for Embraer contract
JAA prepping for Embraer decision with 50 jobs hanging in the balance
Holiday travel picking up at JIA
Jacksonville International estimates almost 10,200 passengers to travel today
Many left stranded at JIA because of post Christmas storm
JIA experiences delays due to winter storm
Cecil Airport to get 49% of Boeing’s $25M F/A-18 repairs
Jacksonville International Airport Boasts Art At Every Turn
Jacksonville recruiting Brunswick aviation firm to Cecil Airport
Aviation company eyes Jax to relocate, create jobs
Jacksonville International has fewer flights, but higher fares
World Golf Village opens kiosk at JIA hoping to lure golfers to complex
Jacksonville gets work for $427M military plane building contract
Air Force awards contract to Jacksonville to build attack support planes Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-02-27/story/air-force-awards-contract-jacksonville-build-attack-support-planes#ixzz2MChAbY5W
Sierra Nevada, Embraer awarded $427M Air Force contract: Jacksonville aircraft plant to create 50 jobs
Air Force contract brings 50 jobs to Jacksonville
Southwest to offer nonstop flights from JIA to Chicago's Midway airport
Southwest will fly nonstop to Chicago's Midway
Control towers at Jacksonville area airports face closure
Area air traffic control towers could close
Delayed landing: Embraer persistence pays off for Jacksonville
Only award-winning airports in the South: Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida
JIA named top five among North American airports in customer service
Budget cuts could close flight towers
Rick Scott: FDOT's $3.5 Million for Flightstar Expansion at Cecil Field a 'Targeted Investment'
Gov. Scott Applauds $3.5 Million FDOT Grant Tt Jacksonville Aviation Authority For Flightstar Expansion
Aircraft company signs 10-year lease at Jacksonville International Airport to build Air Force planes
Flightstar Aircraft Services Plans $30.5 Million Expansion At Jacksonville, Florida’s Cecil Airport
Embraer Signs Jacksonville, FL Airport Lease For A-29 Assembly Facility
Embraer Signs Jacksonville Airport Lease for A-29 Super Tucano Assembly Facility
Federal government spares Cecil Airport and Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport from closure of control towers
Moody's Affirms Jacksonville Airport Bond Rating
Embraer to begin military aircraft production at JIA
Ribbon cutting held for new plane building facility in Jacksonville
Embraer to open new facility at Jacksonville International Airport
Plane maker Embraer opens for business in Jacksonville
Southwest flight from Jax to Chicago to start earlier
City Notes
Florida National Guardsmen return home for Easter
Embraer Signs Jacksonville Airport Lease for A-29 Super Tucano Assembly Facility
Cecil Airport expansion continues as past planning pays off
Cecil Airport preps land for future tenants
Flightstar hangar cost estimates come in high, JAA to pare back design
Memorial day weekend travel tips
Silver Airways to begin flights from JIA to the Bahamas June 15
Silver Airways will bring international flights to Jacksonville International Airport
Airline to offer flights from Jacksonville to Bahamas
Flights from JAX to Bahamas begin in June
Silver to fly Jacksonville–Bahamas
Major projects at Cecil Airport bring jobs and business to city
Tropical storm Andrea believed to be causing flight delays
Fitch Affirms Jacksonville Aviation Authority, FL's $87.3MM Revs at 'A'; Outlook Stable
Runners Prepare to Take Off at Inaugural JAXEX Runway 5K
JAA to host 5K to benefit USO
First annual runway run takes place
Runners step foot on the tarmac for runway race
Jacksonville’s Cecil Airport seeks archery hunters to control deer and turkey
Sunday Business Notebook: New pair of hangars for Cecil Airport
Construction of new airport hanger means hundreds of jobs for Jacksonville
JAA breaks ground on Flightstar hangar
JAA completes 6th new hangar; KCI Aviation to bring 30 jobs
New Cecil hangar to bring 250 jobs to area
Jacksonville Aviation Authority Celebrates New Jobs At Cecil Airport
New celestial mural unveiled at Jacksonville International Airport
New "Celestial Playground" Mural by Artist Amy Cheng At Jacksonville International Airport
Jacksonville airport's art creates first impression of city
Jacksonville International Airport's Arts & Media Day
Arts Notes: New mural unveiled at the Jacksonville International Airport
JAA to hold formal dedication at Jax Executive Airport Ceremony to honor James Craig
JAA Dedicates Pavilion To James Craig
Jacksonville Aviation Authority dedicates pavilion in honor of Navy officer killed in Pearl Harbor
Airport pavilion dedicated in honor of Pearl Harbor victim
City Notes
Viewers donate 5,720 items to USO Positively Jax 'Help on the Home Front' campaign stocks welcome center at JIA
Art plays a role in making air travel through Jacksonville an enjoyable experience
JAA refinances $20 million of bonds, saves $2 million
New security plan for JIA
Gaining altitude with grace and hard work
Consolidation panel to review independent authorities
Embraer says Super Tucano delivery on schedule for 2014
Embraer to open aircraft assembly plant in January
JAA's Rossi reduces debt, seeks profit
City Notes - Davlantes elected JAA board chair
TSA Pre-Check hopes to speed up security at JIA
New program could help negate Jacksonville International Airport security lines
Precheck lands at Jacksonville International Airport, giving some travelers an easier trip through security
Dozens of companies to attend Defense Expo Expo open Wednesday, Thursday at Cecil Airport
Military's Economic Impact on First Coast Showcased at Expo
Memorial to celebrity aviator Bessie Coleman could find home at Jacksonville's airport
Orender's Hampton Golf taking over Mill Cove at Craig Airport
Please return your booze to an upright position: New wine, beer lounge coming to JIA
Cruise business key for JaxPort future
Embraer continues Florida investment, could add 600 more jobs
New Flight School opens at Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport
Vino Volo to make Florida debut at Jacksonville Airport
Delta to begin non-stop flights between JAX and Boston
Bathroom Sign At Jacksonville International Airport Makes Us Incredibly Happy
Who would have thought a toilet sign would make us so happy?
Satellites set to launch from Cecil
Cool loos: Airport restroom art draws attention
State grant helps Cecil Spaceport prepare for launch
Satellites to launch from Cecil Spaceport by 2016 1st 'horizonal launch' of small payload to take place within 3 years
Next generation of manufacturing is here at Cecil
Generation Orbit To Launch Small Satellites From Cecil Field in Jacksonville
Dollar votes for best decorated JIA trees benefit Dreams Come True
JIA opens special events lot for holiday travelers
Jackosnville International Airport offering special rate holiday parking beginning Sunday
Cecil Spaceport signs agreement with Atlanta space launch company
First tenant official at Cecil Spaceport
Three Jacksonville facilities awarded multi-million-dollar contracts this week
Jacksonville aviation chief gets 3% pay hike Board cites oustanding (sic) annual performance review
Pioneering pilot Bessie Coleman will be honored if JIA builds a Jacksonville aviation hall of fame
Kids with autism get airport test run: 'Next time the anxiety level will not be so high'
Cecil stakes a claim to space
Food notes: Vino Volo to open at Jacksonville International Airport
Georgia crash puts Arlington residents on edge Advocates still pushing for longer runway at Craig Airport
Jacksonville International Airport sees gun rates triple, but no arrests since 2004
Everybody wins
Wine bar prepares to open at JIA
Wine flights, arriving daily: Vino Volo debuts at JIA
Silver Airways flying between Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale
JetBlue adds flights between Jacksonville and Fort Lauderdale
At-risk youth group graduates inaugural JAXEX High Achievers Program
Gov. Scott signs budget that supports Cecil Spaceport
Cecil Spaceport receives $2 million in state budget
Cecil Spaceport gets $2 million budget boost State budget includes money for infrastructure
WWII vet returns home after trip to Normandy
Spaceport test flight is giant leap for launch facility in Jacksonville Generation Orbit runs test launch
Silver Airways beginning Jacksonville-Fort Lauderdale flights
Silver Airways adds flights from Jacksonville to Ft. Lauderdale
New flights announced between Jacksonville and Washington D.C.
Flightstar adding new hangars, jobs and customers come 2015
Guest column: Cecil Airport is poised to become a player in space industry
New military planes roll out of Jacksonville plant
Fighter plane being built on First Coast debuts
Agencies participate in plane crash drill at JIA
Jacksonville International Airport Conducts An Alert 3 Exercise
Boeing drone moves into production at Cecil Airport
Cecil Spaceport prepares for 2016 launch
Allegiant offers new services to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh
Allegiant Air coming to Jacksonville International Airport
Allegiant landing in Jacksonville
Cecil Spaceport seeks to renew operating license, improve infrastructure
After spacecraft explosion, caution — but no fears — at Cecil Spaceport
Jacksonville International Airport offers special parking deal for Thanksgiving
New hangar opens, brings 300 jobs to Cecil Airport
250 aviation jobs coming to Jacksonville
Cecil Airport opens new hangar, its biggest constructed to date
Largest hangar ever built at Cecil opens its doors
JAA Celebrates New Hangar at Cecil Airport
City Notes - Cecil Airport opening new hangar
New hangar brings jobs
New flights could create a "JetBlue Effect" in Jacksonville, driving prices down
Jacksonville International Airport getting flights to Pensacola
Jacksonville International Airport still trying to overcome decline in flights, passengers Recession, airline consolidation caused many mid-size airports to lose flights in recent years
New DoubleTree focuses on business travelers at Jacksonville airport
Naval Air Station Jacksonville planes will move to Cecil Airport during renovations
Laser focused on leisure: Allegiant begins flights to Jacksonville
Jacksonville Spaceport Heading Toward 2016 Target Launch Date
Jacksonville Airport Offering New Routes As Passenger Traffic Increases
JIA ranks third best airport in service quality for North America
Traffic expected to takeoff at Cecil Airport
As NAS Jax plans move to Cecil Airport, JAA prepares with traffic improvements
Lead Letter: Airport receives high honor for customer service
Jacksonville Aviation Authority requesting another $2M for spaceport infrastructure
Jacksonville Aviation Authority fiberoptic project to lay backbone for airport IT
Airport has discount holiday parking
Southwest to fly from JAX to Denver
Disabled Fliers Voice Security Concerns
Flat Fee for Airport Parking over Thanksgiving Holiday
Delta will add four nonstop flights to Miami
Jacksonville Aviation Authority unveils new logo, airport names
JIA passenger numbers up 1% in October
JAA rebrands itself with new logos, names
Authority hopes Jacksonville airports' re-branding will take off with travelers
More travelers, workers expected at JIA for holidays
Jacksonville Unveils New Branding Campaign
TSA Protest No Disruption To JIA Travel
Embrarer seeks incentives to build planes
Scott touts Jacksonville as area of opportunity
Rick Scott's jobs tour has a public and private face
Gov.-Elect Talks Jobs At Town Meeting
Gov.-elect Scott visits Jacksonville, sees job-creating potential
Incentives approved for Embraer
Attack aircraft maker seeks incentives
JIA Offers Special Deals This Season Holiday Parking Specials
American Eagle adds 2 flights to Miami
JIA passenger tally up 8% in November
JIA offers flat parking fee for holiday
Passenger, cargo traffic up at JIA
City of Jacksonville auditors question JAA spending, authority
JIA 1 Of Best Airports To Be Stranded In
JIA's art gallery gets international nod
JIA passengers up 3% in December
JAA to put Craig back into Arlington airport's name
Craig name preserved for Jacksonville airport; but so is distrust of Arlington residents
In-House Police Retained & Reorganized at Jacksonville Int’l
Finance approves Embraer jobs
Arlington airport renamed again; will now be Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport
JIA adjusts parking rates in push for more customers
JAA retains Craig in name, New name: Jacksonville Executive at Craig Airport
Parking rates changing at Jax airport
A good sign that Embraer is coming
Jacksonville airport traffic grows with added flights
Business lifts at Craig, Cecil airports
Craig Airport Renamed Again; 'Jacksonville Executive at Craig'
New roads could give Jacksonville's Northside a boost A trust fund would be used to steer city funds for the airport region.
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Aircraft Maintenance Technology - Aircraft Painting
By Charles Chandler

There are many reasons to paint airplanes. Some include protecting them from the elements and corrosion, while others identify them as belonging to a company or organization and to personalize them. I would suggest that it may be something more, something in our human nature that drives us to paint ourselves, our homes, autos, ships, and especially our airplanes. It appears that we love to enhance the features, lines, and form of those objects we favor. Nothing enhances the style and shape of an airplane like a beautiful professional paint job.

The industry rule is that aircraft exterior painting must not only look great but must stand the test of time. Those that own, operate or paint aircraft know this is not an easy or cheap process. Painting aircraft is a labor- intensive, multi-step process that requires a steady hand and intense attention to detail. Generally, the paint process includes these steps regardless of aircraft size:

1. The aircraft is washed and moved into a stable clean environment.

2. At-risk components and flight controls are covered or removed.

3. A nonacidic, environmentally friendly chemical stripper is applied.

4. The aircraft is inspected, flaws are removed, corrosion is treated, and necessary repairs made.

5. The aircraft is washed with an alkaline soap.

6. All aluminum surfaces are etched.

7. All aluminum surfaces are treated with alodine.

8. An epoxy chromate primer is applied.

9. An epoxy surfacer can be applied.

10. A polyurethane basecoat is applied.

11. The paint scheme is laid out.

12. The colors are applied.

13. The colors are topped with a clear coat.

14. Touch ups are made and the aircraft is buffed out.

15. The aircraft is weighed if required.

Over the years painting materials have certainly improved. It also appears that air carriers are contracting out their aircraft painting to MROs that specialize in painting and have facilities that can accommodate both narrow and wide-body aircraft.

Cecil Field Commerce Center in Jacksonville, FL
The addition of the Aircraft Coating and Aircraft Services Education Facility at Cecil Field is an aviation success story. When the U.S. Naval Air Station at Cecil Field closed in 1999, the Jacksonville Aviation Authority (JAA) took ownership of 6,000 acres and 1.1 million square feet of building space on the 17,000-acre airfield. Senior director of Cecil Field, Bob Simpson says, “We inherited an abandoned airport.”

After a decade of hard work and investing $90 million, the JAA has transformed Cecil Field into an active, modern general aviation airport. These improvements made Cecil Field an attractive destination for government, private industry, and educational institutions. In 2006, Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) approached JAA about expanding its presence at Cecil Field with a new aircraft coating facility.

According to Gene Milowicki, aviation programs director for the Florida State College at Jacksonville (FSCJ) Aviation Center of Excellence: “FSCJ obtained a $10 million grant from the state which JAA matched to fund the $20 million Aircraft Services Educational Facility (ASEF). JAA and Florida State College dedicated that facility on Feb. 1, 2010.”

Flightstar Aircraft Services, an FAA-certified Part 145 repair station is the tenant operator of the ASEF. It offers the full range of MRO services from daily line checks to heavy depot level overhauls, avionics and engines upgrades, and passenger-to-cargo conversions at its Cecil Airport location. Florida State College and Flightstar manage the scheduling of the aircraft coating bay and large paint booth at the ASEF hangar. Flightstar leases a large portion of the facility for its MRO and aircraft coatings operations and FSCJ operates two classrooms, a dry lab, and a paint booth in the remaining space.

FSCJ aircraft coatings program coursework
On Jan. 10, 2011, FSCJ students began pursuing their Aircraft Coatings Technician certificates from Florida Coast Career Tech, a division of FSCJ. I contacted Aircraft Coating Technician program instructor, Terry Perry to discuss the brand new program. Perry is a retired Navy aircraft structural mechanic who specialized in aircraft corrosion control and painting. FSCJ had just graduated the first class of nine students and was starting the second. Ages of the first class ranged between 18 and 22, eight were recent high school grads, one a retired Navy vet, and one was from the construction trades.

Perry says, “Aircraft painting is a fast track into the aviation maintenance industry. MRO and painting contractors are always looking for skilled and experienced aircraft painters. Five students from the first class have already found jobs. We have a great program specifically designed to help students quickly develop the fundamentals and practical skills necessary to become a professional aircraft painter.” The Aircraft Coating Technician program is a 16-week, 600-hour program with a 40-hour (minimum) internship.

Students get classroom work in aircraft painting, occupational safety and health, environmental protection requirements, aircraft structures, aircraft corrosion control, paint removal systems and processes, and various aircraft coatings systems. They are taught to paint aircraft ranging from Cessna 150s to B-767s using Aero Chem, Akzo Nobel, DuPont, and Sherwin-Williams painting and chemical stripping products. They practice with DeVilbiss, Binks, and Ransburg electrostatic paint guns, layout tools, and tape and paper rollers.

Students are currently able to practice on aircraft subassemblies and 30-foot fuselage sections that were removed by Flightstar during passenger-to-cargo conversions. Eventually, both large and small aircraft refinishing will be integral parts of the course of instruction. With the schoolhouse directly adjacent to the MRO facility, students have the opportunity to experience not only classroom and curriculum coatings instruction, but also hands-on participation in coatings projects and other MRO maintenance activities in the facility. With the internship opportunities being expanded, many students can expect to find employment immediately following program completion.

FSCJ is also in the process of purchasing two virtual reality spray paint training systems developed by the University of Northern Iowa, Iowa Waste Reduction Center. Students will have the ability to get unlimited practice without having to go through the expensive and time-consuming steps of mixing paints, waiting for their projects to dry, and cleaning equipment, and it completely eliminates hazardous waste. (Editor’s Note: See the article on STAR4D virtual paint training in the next issue of AMT.)

MRO Flightstar and Associated Painters Inc.
Tucker Morrison and Reed Friese gave me a top down view of the aircraft coating operations at the Cecil Field paint hangar. Morrison is the Flightstar Aircraft Services COO and Friese is manager of Associated Painters Inc. - Jacksonville Paint Operations. Flightstar manages the MRO operations and Associated Painters Inc. (AP) is the in-house painting contractor. According to Friese, it takes a 30 person crew seven days, working two and a half shifts, to paint a narrow-body aircraft. It takes eight to nine days to paint a B-767 type aircraft. They typically use about 50 to 75 gallons of paint for a B-737 type aircraft. Most AP customers choose paints that are designated by airline or operator engineers and approved by the aircraft OEM.

FSCJ aircraft coating program internship
I asked Morrison and Friese about their involvement in the FSCJ Aircraft Coating Technician Program. It was very obvious that they were proud of their participation and helping bring this facility and educational program to fruition. Flightstar also donated $26,500 to a five-year scholarship fund. Morrison says that his company is committed long term to working with the FSCJ to facilitate students’ learning experience. Friese agrees as well. They feel that this was a big win for the Jacksonville area and the aviation industry.

Friese says that it has been a challenge for aircraft painting companies to find trained and qualified aircraft finishers. Now they have the opportunity to help develop a training curriculum for refinishers and to meet and observe those technicians that had chosen refinishing as a career field.

“We pair them up with our experienced aircraft painters,” Friese says, “because there is no substitute for one-on-one training. The students perform many tasks from sanding, to sealing, to masking, to equipment setup and takedown, to painting small areas of the airplane. For major paint shoots, the students shadow our painters and observe the teamwork and precision that is required to make a large paint shoot successful.”

Morrison and Friese say that they want to help FSCJ staff develop a “holistic” program that would closely match the actual painting process as it takes place in the paint bay. After the first class both suggested enhancements such as more flexibility in the curriculum, starting hangar work earlier in the program, and extending the internship.

It is obvious that this initiative is a work in progress and a great aviation success story in the making. The charter members: Flightstar, Associated Painters Inc., Jacksonville Aviation Authority, and Florida State College at Jacksonville are totally committed to building an Aviation Center of Excellence that can provide unique, world-class MRO services, education, and training to meet the work force needs of our industry. AMT

Charles Chandler is an A&P based in Michigan. He received his training from the Spartan College of Aeronautics.

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Flight Booking Services provided by Travelocity at flyjax.com and flyjacksonville.com are "as is" with no express or implied warranty for accuracy or accessibility.

Jacksonville Aviation Authority has done its utmost to ensure that the information displayed on flyjax.com and flyjacksonville.com are accurate. However, errors may occur. Jacksonville Aviation Authority accepts no responsibility or liability for any incorrect material or information as a result of using this service.

Under no circumstances will JAA be liable in any way for any flyjax.com and flyjacksonville.com content, including, but not limited to, for any errors or omissions in any content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of or reliance upon any Travelocity booking content posted, emailed, transmitted, or otherwise made available via the this Service.

You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of the flight booking service content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such content.

This website has been translated for your convenience using a machine translation software powered by an Online Translation Engine. Reasonable efforts have been made to provide an accurate translation, however, no automated translation is perfect nor is it intended to replace human translators.

The official text is the English version of the website. Any discrepancies or differences created in the translation are not binding and have no legal effect for compliance or enforcement purposes. If any questions arise related to the accuracy of the information contained in the translated website, please refer to the English version of the website which is the official version.

Este sitio Web fue traducido para su conveniencia por un software de traduccion automatica desarrollado por Online Internet Translation. Esfuerzos considerables fueron hechos para proporcionar una traduccion precisa, sin embargo, ninguna traduccion automatica es perfecta ni fue creada para substituir traductores humanos.

El texto oficial es la version en Ingles del sitio Web. Cualquier discrepancia o desigualdad creadas en la traduccion no son ligadas y no tienen efectos legales para los propositos de aplicacion y conformidad. Si tienen alguna pregunta relacionada a la precision de la informacion contenida en este sitio Web, por favor refierase a la version en Ingles de este sitio Web, la cual es la version oficial.