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188th Gets Federal Money In Transition To Drones

By: 5 News, January 21, 2014

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A recently-passed federal bill includes funding for the 188th Fighter Wing Air National Guard’s transition to drones. The $40 million will be divided among several similar types of units, said Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.).

Pryor said part of that money will pay for six Air National Guard squadrons, including the 188th Fighter Wing’s to switch over to the M-Q-9 drones.

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Arkansas realtor tests photo-taking drone

By John Magsam, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12/9/13

FAYETTEVILLE - The flying camera buzzes like a gigantic bee as it hovers in the crisp November air.

Tim Stein, real-estate executive broker with Bassett Mix & Associates, guides the craft with a remote-control system linked to his iPhone. At his command, the white aerial vehicle obediently whooshes up to about 20 feet powered by four rotors and waits there patiently, parked in midair until its next order is given.

“I was shocked at how maneuverable it is,” Stein said. “I did hit a tree with it once, but it righted itself and went on its way.”

He’s experimenting with the unmanned aerial system, referred to by some as a drone, to see if he can use aerial photos and video to make properties more appealing. Recently, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told CBS’ 60 Minutes that the company is testing the use of drones to deliver packages, sparking more interest in the craft.

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Recovery of Dassault Falcon Jet Benefits Arkansas

 By Luke Jones, Arkansas Business, 12/9/13

One of Little Rock’s most important international companies sits directly under the flight paths of travelers departing and returning from overseas.

The Dassault Falcon Jet completion center comprises almost 1 million SF of hangar and office space at the edge of Clinton National Airport, where it has been situated since 1975. The facility employs 1,700 workers.

Dassault Falcon Jet is one of about a half-dozen subsidiaries of Dassault Aviation Group of Paris.

Before the economic downturn, the completion center sent most — about 70 percent — of its finished planes to customers in the United States.

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Factory orders up 1.7% on aircraft sales



WASHINGTON - Orders to U.S. factories rose in September on a big jump in commercial aircraft demand. But businesses cut back sharply on machinery and other goods that signal their confidence to expand, a sign of slower economic growth.

The Commerce Department said Monday that factory orders increased 1.7 percent in September from August. That followed a 0.1 percent decline in August and a 2.8 percent plunge in July.

The September gain was driven by a 57.7 percent jump in demand for aircraft.

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Airport puts complex on market, Hawker Beechcraft completion center seeks new tenant


By Noel Oman, 11/4/13, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The state’s largest airport will enlist a commercial broker specializing in aviation properties to market the major complex that once housed the Hawker Beechcraft completion center and related facilities, and to look for a new tenant.

But that likely won’t happen before Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport/ Adams Field takes over the property Dec. 1, airport officials said during a workshop last week.

In the meantime, the property will be listed among the available properties on websites operated by the Arkansas Economic Development Commission and the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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