Das­sault’s Fal­con 5X takes first test flight

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — Noel Oman

Das­sault Avi­a­tion’s new­est air­craft, the Fal­con 5X, made its maiden flight Wed­nes­day, the first in a lim­ited num­ber of pre­lim­i­nary flight tests be­fore be­gin­ning full-fledged flight test­ing in 2018.

The twin-en­gine lon­grange busi­ness jet will be built in France by Das­sault Avi­a­tion and fer­ried to the com­ple­tion cen­ter of its U.S. sub­sidiary, Das­sault Fal­con Jet, at Bill and Hil­lary Clin­ton Na­tional Air­port/Adams Field, where cus­tom in­te­ri­ors are in­stalled and ex­te­ri­ors painted. The jet is ex­pected to en­ter ser­vice in 2020.

Das­sault Fal­con Jet an­nounced in May that the com­pany would re­duce its world­wide work­force by 6 per­cent. Das­sault de­clined to con­firm how many em­ploy­ees at the Lit­tle Rock com­ple­tion cen­ter would be af­fected. Das­sault has em­ployed as many as 1,800 work­ers at the fa­cil­ity.

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