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    Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    Anyone have any information about this facility? Anyone work here? Just wondering....thanks.

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    been through there, nice working environment about 2+ years to CPC I think or something like that. level 11 nice pay its in Hilliard that is northwest of JAX, kind of hill-billy town.

    Hit me up if you want to know more (I only went through there once), I have contacts if you want them.

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    If Rick Miller is still the facility manager, he's a pretty good guy. I've been there about 4 times back when I was getting out of the military. The training program seemed pretty good. They have their busy sectors and their slow ones, so there's a good mix.

    Like it's been said, Hilliard is in the middle of nowhere about 45min north of Jax. It's not a bad place to live if you like the country, but if not, it's a bit of a commute from Jax depending on what part of town you live in.

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    Rick Miller is the ATM.

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    Awesome cool guys thanks! I was looking at it on google maps and it does seem a bit on the country side. Any of you guys live in Jacksonville or been there? What is it like? How is the city? Does it resemble Miami in any small minute way?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    Quote Originally Posted by Muneco View Post
    Awesome cool guys thanks! I was looking at it on google maps and it does seem a bit on the country side. Any of you guys live in Jacksonville or been there? What is it like? How is the city? Does it resemble Miami in any small minute way?

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    Not at all... It is still part of America. JAX is still a beautiful part of Florida and I wouldnt mind it, except being so far from family. Miami, no. It is a totally different world up there.... Good people and a good place for a family.
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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    Before getting into CCBC, I moved to JAX in anticipation of Florida Community College of Jacksonville getting the CTI program. I stayed with my aunt and uncle for 6 weeks. Their next door neighbor was actually a retired ZJX lol. I know alot of controllers live in a nice part of JAX called Orange Park too...

    It kind of sucked being there by myself and not knowing anyone, but the city and area I found pretty cool! I could deffinatly see myself living there, and actually, I think ZJX is gonna be my 2nd choice, next to ZOB.

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    Hey, I had an internship last summer in Jax, which by the way was pretty awesome. My Aunt and Uncle actually live in Hilliard so I stayed there. But anyways it is in the middle of nowhere. They have like a WinDixie, Weny's, couple churches, and a couple gas stations. Most of the controllers there live in Orange Park or Fernandina Beach it seemed. I knew one controller, a dad of one of my friends. He makes a commute of about 2 hrs each day. I liked the center a lot, most of the controllers and managers are awesome people. I chose it as my first choice and got it.

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    Quote Originally Posted by Muneco View Post
    Awesome cool guys thanks! I was looking at it on google maps and it does seem a bit on the country side. Any of you guys live in Jacksonville or been there? What is it like? How is the city? Does it resemble Miami in any small minute way?

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    I lived in JAX for 5 years and its an awesome place to be. There is always something going on, concerts, Jaguars, minor league baseball, nightlife, etc. The only downside is that everything is so spread out. I have never been to Hilliard b/c its way out in BFE, but even JAX airport is about 25 min or so north of the city. Its practically in GA.
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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    I grew up in Jax and OP. It's funny, I have NEVER looked at OP as a "nice place to live". FYI, OP is in Clay County, Jacksonville is Duval County. OP is just south of the Westside. OP has the country club, but other than that, it's just like every other place, some nice parts, some not so nice parts. Fernandina area is popular due to the beach, but N. Jax is blowing up with new developments, so that's probably where the newer homes and better schools are going to be.

    Jax is not like any other major city. Downtown is slowly growing, but nowhere near the amount of stuff to do down there as other places. There are plenty of things to do around the city, but like it was posted, it's spread out. It takes about 45min to go from the beach to the Westside w/o traffic.

    You might be able to find cheaper housing up in GA, but GA also has ad velorem tax(car tax) and state tax, both of which FL does not. BUT, FL also has higher home owners and car insurance.

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    I would choose Fernandina...which is Nassau County and just north of Jax. Its a really cool little beach town with a lot of festivals and activities. Youre close enough to Jax (bout 30-45 mins) without having to put up with the crime of Jax.

    Noid is right about OP. The country club is nice...but you have to put up with Blanding Blvd traffic which is HELL. Otherwise, OP is just okay.

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    I ran into a ZJX controller that lived on Fleming Island. Thats gotta be some kind of commute to Hilliard! I have a house on Roosevelt (US 17) right across from NAS JAX. Close to the Buckman Bridge to get to Southside/Beaches, yet with Westside affordability.

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    "on" Flemming Island? I had a friend that used to call it "da Island". You don't really consider it an island too do ya? It's a little creek that makes it "an island". It's just so the snobby people can feel superior...haha.

    Last place I lived down there was on Collins. A friend of mine has a house in the Riverside area. There are some cheaper places on the westside where crime isn't bad, but still not all that close.

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    I was born and raised in Jax and have lived on the Southside of town my whole life. Depending on what you are into there is a part of town for you to live in. Jax is unlike any other Metro area I have been to in the country because it is so spread out. You can drive from the beach and head west for an hour and still be in Jacksonville. The southside and mandarin area is middle and upper class for the most part with a good mix of people and the most things to do in Jax. If you like the beach and that style of living than, obviously, live at the beach (Atlantic and Neptune are mainly residential and nicer place to raise a family, while Jax is more commercial and full of bars and beach bums). If you like country style living, than I would recommend the far west side of Duval county, Northside, or Yulee/Callahan/Hilliard which are in Nassau county, 25-30 min north of Jax. Orange Park is its own city and much like the Southside of Jax (Just across the river). Lots of things to do, people, and traffic is the highest in these areas. OP is just farther from everthing like the beach, downtown, and ZJX. The northwest side of downtown is the worst part of town. It has the highest crime and is an eyesore, stay away from these areas. All in all Jax is a great place to live and a great place to raise a family. Plenty to do and nice people. It is nothing like Orlando or Miami, thank god so if your looking for a city like that Jax is not your place.

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    Thanks for all the input guys! I'll def keep this as a reference when looking for a place to live.

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    Have any of you toured the Jacksonville Tower or Radar control? I'm an OTS applicant for PUBNAt 7 and scored 93.9 on my ATSAT. Hoping to stay in the area if all possible. I've only lived here 2 years and love the area! Any recommendation of who to talk with while I'm there? I'd certainly love to try and get "the inside" with the right people. Someone told me that Hilliards not that bad and I should try and tour that as well. Any inside scoop is greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    Quote Originally Posted by bwingfield01 View Post
    Have any of you toured the Jacksonville Tower or Radar control? I'm an OTS applicant for PUBNAt 7 and scored 93.9 on my ATSAT. Hoping to stay in the area if all possible. I've only lived here 2 years and love the area! Any recommendation of who to talk with while I'm there? I'd certainly love to try and get "the inside" with the right people. Someone told me that Hilliards not that bad and I should try and tour that as well. Any inside scoop is greatly appreciated!
    I had an internship at ZJX in Hilliard last spring and think it is a great facility, with the long drive from the city being the only negative but I didn't mind it at all. The tower and approach control are pretty cool...the tower is fairly slow but the Tracon is busy with Craig, Navy Jax, Herlong, Cecil, and Mayport right in Jacksonville not to mention Gainesville as well. I would recommend visiting any facility you want to go to just to show your face and do a meet and greet with the chief if at all possible. Call out there and see if you can get a hold of someone willing to set you up on a tour. They are all nice people but the biggest negative about JAX Tower/Approach is the high number of developmentals.

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    For you that think you can certify at some of our busier facilities try asking the NATCA facility rep (not FAA management) how may of you CTI's or OTS are making it to full certification.

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    Are you trying to hint something to us??? From my understanding the washout rate is about 60%.

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    Re: Jacksonville Center - ZJX

    He's just keying on something that has been said quite a few times. It's geared towards the people who request the upper level facilities. When more than half of those who try fail, it would seem that one would prefer a lower facility to start out at. Pride is a hard thing to swallow.

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