Our Story

VISION

Deliver an all new category of electric VTOL aircraft to do the job of moving people and products within and between cities, faster and safer using validated electric vehicle technology.

MISSION

Leverage the automotive industrial supply base to accelerate design and validation of electric VTOL aircraft.

  • 2007
  • 2008
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2014
  • 2015
  • 2016
  • 2025
  • 2007

    During the Summer of 2007, Red Bull North America contacted Jon Rimanelli and requested a proposal from the City of Detroit to host the Red Bull Air Races over the Detroit River. During the research phase of the proposal, Mr. Rimanelli learned of Detroit’s extensive aviation history, which included the world’s largest aviation holding company, Detroit Aircraft Corp., which was founded in 1922 by Edsel Ford, William Stout, and other industry leaders.

    2007

  • 2008

    Inspired by Detroit’s aviation history, the vision to return aircraft manufacturing to the City of Detroit was firmly planted with the Red Bull Air Race decision to restore air racing along the banks of the Detroit River in 2008.

    2008

  • 2010

    The summer of 2010 would mark the last year of Red Bull Air Racing, and by the fall, Mr. Rimanelli had established a relationship with former NASA Langley Chief Strategist, Dr. Bruce Holmes, who led NASA’s Small Aircraft Transportation Systems initiative to mass produce small, highly automated aircraft to transport passengers.

    2010

  • 2011

    Detroit Aircraft was founded on July 11th, 2011 to leverage Detroit and Michigan’s skilled labor and industrial base to mass produce highly automated freight and passenger transportation systems to network the United States 20,000 airports. The history and vision of Detroit Aircraft inspired many to contribute time and effort toward re-establishing the aviation industry in Detroit. Below is a conceptual design of a 6-seat passenger aircraft designed by Jon Rimanelli and Camilo Pardo, based on a SATS prototype.

    2011

  • 2013

    After several months of research, it was clear that the investment and risks of developing unmanned aircraft were very high. Determined to succeed, Mr. Rimanelli was inspired to pivot toward manufacturing and distributing small unmanned aircraft for first responders, law enforcement, infrastructure inspections, and freight deliveries. Today, Detroit Aircraft has designed and built numerous small unmanned aircraft systems.

    2013

  • 2015

    M.E.T.A.L (Multipurpose Electric Tele-Commanded Aerial Lifter) a High Tech Drone with unlimited capabilities. Was design entirely from T6061 aerospace grade aluminum with integrated power distribution. The aircraft is designed to facilitate a variety of missions for data collection to cargo delivery.

    2015

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