Jacksonville Makes Progress Toward Space Tourism Flights

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JAA Looking Toward Space
Financial News and Daily Record

By the end of the year, the Aviation Authority expects to get word from the Federal Aviation Administration that it’s time to look beyond the boundaries of gravity. The FAA is currently in the final stages of reviewing the JAA’s application for Cecil Field to become a Certified Space Port.

“We are not there, but we are close,” said Michael Stewart, director of external affairs for JAA.

Stewart said JAA got a request back from the FAA for a little more information, most of it legal in nature. Because a commercial space is still conceptual in nature, Stewart said he understands the FAA’s caution.

“This is not a process that happens a whole lot,” he said, adding JAA officials fully expect the FAA to award the certification once the current issues are addressed. “I think our odds are good. We are in the game. The wheels of government turn extremely slow, but we feel absolutely certain we will get the license this year. We thought it would be this month.”

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