Dassault completes Little Rock expansion
Dassault Falcon Jet has completed a new hangar at its Little Rock Completion Center in Arkansas.
The manufacturer has spent $60 million on a new hangar at Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport for its two new aircraft models:- the Falcon 8X ultra long range trijet and the Falcon 5X very large body twin.
The opening ceremony was attended by Mark Stodola, Mayor of Little Rock, Stacy Hurst commissioner of Bill and Hillary Clinton Airport, Danny Games, deputy director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission.
Eric Trappier, CEO and chairman of Dassault; Loik Segalen, chief operating officer and John Rosanvallon, Dassault Falcon Jet president and CEO, .
guests were welcomed by Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO, Eric Trappier, Chief Operating Officer, Loik Segalen, and John Rosanvallo, president of Dassault Falcon Jet.
“Little Rock is a Center of Excellence for Dassault and a facility that has long been at the forefront of aviation technology.”
Trappier said: “Little Rock is a Center of Excellence for Dassault and a facility that has long been at the forefront of aviation technology. Here we combine the most advanced digital completion techniques – which Dassault pioneered – with a level hand craftsmanship unrivaled in business aviation. This is where the distinct personality of each Falcon comes to life.”
In 2008 Falcon spent $20 million on four new paint bays, along with new production, design and warehouse space, to accommodate the popular very long range Falcon 7X.
In 2010, Dassault Falcon Jet received approval from the FAA for the use of 3D data during the completion process, making it the first OEM to receive approval for both 3D type design and completion.
“These investments reflect Dassault’s wholehearted commitment to the city of Little Rock, one that goes back over 40 years.”
Rosanvallon said: “These investments reflect Dassault’s wholehearted commitment to the city of Little Rock, one that goes back over 40 years. Over that time span, the Little Rock plant has grown by leaps and bounds and is now the largest industrial facility in the Dassault network. I like to say that every moment of every day there is a piece of Little Rock flying someplace in the world thanks to the work done here.”