Jacksonville ARTCC

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Jacksonville ARTCC (1961-Active) - One of 22 Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Air Route Traffic Control Centers (ARTCC)s in the United States. Established in 1961 near Hilliard, Nassau County, Florida. Assigned an FAA ID of ZJX. Active FAA Air Traffic Control Center. Also known as Jacksonville Center.

Jacksonville ARTCC.


Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center opened in December 1941, at Imeson Airport in Jacksonville, Florida. In February 1961, the Jacksonville ARTCC moved to Hilliard, Florida, and is currently located at 37075 Aviation Lane in Hilliard. The Jacksonville Center covers a part of the FAA's Eastern service area.

Initially, the 20 ARTCCs in the lower 48 States were equipped with IBM 9020 computers to automate some of the ARTCC functions. In 1988 the IBM 3083 computer system known as "Host" replaced the old IBM 9020s in these ARTCCs. On 14 Jun 2012, the FAA decommissioned the 4-decades-old En Route Host computer system at the Seattle and Salt Lake City ARTCCs and replaced the system with the new En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) system. As of 27 Mar 2015, all 20 of the lower 48 United States ARTCCs had converted to the ERAM system as had the FAA Academy in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

ERAM technology is the heart of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen) and the pulse of the National Airspace System (NAS), helping to advance the transition from a ground-based system of air traffic control to a satellite-based system of traffic management. ERAM can process data from 64 radars versus the 24 radar processing with the legacy HOST system.


The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) system of 24 FAA Area Control Centers, 20 in the lower 48 United States, one in Alaska, one in Hawaii, one in Puerto Rica and one in Guam. The system operates with radar data provided by FAA radar sites, DoD radar sites, and other federal agency radar sites. These centers provide en route and oceanic services to private, commercial, and military aircraft overflying their respective control areas. As aircraft enter or exit from one control area to the next, responsibility for the aircraft is transferred to the gaining ARTCC. Voice communication between aircraft and the ARTCCs is supported by a network of ground-air radio sites often co-located with the radar sites.

The gathering of radar, beacon and other sensor data are now largely automated and continuous, but the actions necessary to control the airspace are conversational and require some 14,000 FAA air traffic controllers talking directly to pilots in the air and on the ground at terminals. This number does not include military air traffic controllers.

Jacksonville ARTCC (ZJX)
Total Operations (aircraft handled) 2,393,729 FY2016
Total Operations (aircraft handled) 2,485,788 FY2017
Operations Rank 4/24 FY2017
En-Route Air Traffic Controllers 262 a/o 17 Sep 2016
Airspace Area (sq miles) 190,000

Jacksonville ARTCC Controlled Radar Sites (edit list)
FAA JSS NORAD Site St_ Equip_ Status Origin GPS ARTCC Notes
ZNEN J-04 Z-327 Whitehouse
Active 30.34583,
ZCOF J-05 Z-211 Patrick AFB FL FPS-66A
Closed-1998 Patrick AFB 28.21389,
ZJX Gone
ZMLB J-05A Melbourne FL ARSR-4
Active 28.08417,
ZCTY J-10 Z-333 Cross City FL ARSR-4
Active 29.74389,
ZPAM J-11 Z-198 Tyndall AFB FL ARSR-4
Active 30.07583,
ZJX Hurricane Michael (2018) destroyed radome and antenna
Now restored.
Active 31.69583,
ZQRJ J-03 Z-324 Jedburg SC ARSR-4
Active 33.06972,

Notes: From the 23 Dec 2016 FAA "Site listing of Legacy Radars" that identified this ARTCC as the Overlying Enroute Center.

Current Status

Active FAA facility in Hilliard, Nassau County, Florida.

Location: 37075 Aviation Lane Hilliard, FL 32046

Maps & Images

Lat: 30.69892 Long: -81.90829

GPS Locations:

See Also:


  • Administrator's Fact Book, Federal Aviation Administration, May 2019, archived 4 Jun 2019, Pdf
  • 2017-2026 Air Traffic Controller Workforce Plan, Federal Aviation Administration, 2017, archived 5 Jun 2019, Pdf
  • Air Traffic by the Numbers, Federal Aviation Administration, 2018, archived 5 Jun 2019, Pdf
  • Computer system to Improve air safety unveiled in LA, The Napa Valley Register (Napa, California), 11 Mar 1988, page 20, archived 7 Jul 2019.
  • FAA - Facility Orientation Guide Jacksonville Air Route Traffic Control Center]


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