Detroit Design Festival Closing Event to Combine Fashion, Drones, Fighter Jets and Super Cars


DETROIT — Detroit Aircraft Corp. is hosting the Runway Detroit Gala Event, the official Detroit Design Festival Closing Party, on  Sept. 23, starting at 6:30 pm at Coleman A. Young International Airport. During the event, the DAC and its partners will announce a multi-million-dollar investment plan to help meet Federal mandates to research, develop, test, and integrate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs, or drones) into the National Airspace System by 2015.  Applications include aerial cinematography, search and rescue, first response, agricultural surveillance, and freight delivery - a foundation for automated personal air mobility.

To facilitate safe integration, the FAA, NASA, and the Department of Defense will coordinate with six Centers of Excellence positioned across the country for integration. Midwest academic institutions, Industry, Cities, and States are competing and collaborating to win an 1-of-6 “on-ramps” to the new “Highway-in-the-Sky.”  

This is a ticketed event to raise money to fund our proposal, sponsorship and charitable donations are also available. DAC will also announce IKAROS, a hybrid personal aircraft development program designed by University of Michigan Graduate Paolo Bianchi’s - winner of DAC’s 2012 Aerospace Design Challenge.  A team of world-class aeronautics/automotive engineers will build a proof-of-concept vertical-take-off-and-landing  (VTOL) transition aircraft.  A revolutionary design which could take the traveling public to the third dimension.

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