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Dassault unveils new business jet

$45 million Falcon 5X to be finished out at expanded LR plant

By Jack Weatherly, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 10/23/13

"Comfort" is the word that Dassault Falcon is using for its latest business jet model, the Falcon 5X. The long-range jet has an expansive cabin and other improvements, the manufacturer said in a news release.

That translates into breathing room for Dassault Falcon's Little Rock facility that had been squeezed by the federal government shutdown that began Oct. 1 and ended Oct. 16.

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Drone technology touted at LR forum

If approved, test site in Oklahoma expected to benefit Arkansas economically

By Emily Walkenhorst, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 9/14/13

Unmanned aerial systems - better known as "drones" - aren't yet legal for commercial use, but the technology could still bring hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars to Arkansas in the next few years, according to officials and drone commercialization supporters who spoke at a forum in Little Rock on Friday.

Stephen McKeever, Oklahoma's secretary of science and technology, told an audience of a few dozen people that he expects 2,000 more jobs and a multibillion-dollar economic impact in Oklahoma if the state is designated a drone test site by the Federal Aviation Administration by the end of the year.

McKeever; U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Ark; Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., and others spoke at the Arkansas Aerospace Alliance's Unmanned Aerial Systems Forum at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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