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Wings Over Detroit

Detroit Flying Cars hopes to have its WD-1 in the air by next year.

How will the WD-1 differ from other vehicles and concepts that have been dubbed “flying cars”? Detroit Flying Cars founder Sanjay Dhall, the person who designed and is building the WD-1 prototype in a hangar at Canton-Plymouth Mettetal Airport in Canton, Mich., says that some of those machines don’t fly like planes and others don’t drive like cars, but his will do both.

The future of mobility is on display in downtown Detroit, with live demonstrations at the Detroit Moves exhibit sponsored by Quicken Loans Inc.

The event, which runs through Sunday, will showcase innovative mobility technology that is being created in Michigan, coinciding with the Technology in Motion conference presented by Detroit-based Crain Communications Inc. and Detroit-based MSX International Inc.

The outdoor exposition is taking place at the Spirit of Detroit Plaza, Campus Martius and Woodward Avenue Esplanade. The free public event also features art, music and food trucks.

By TYLER CLIFFORD

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the world’s largest fly-in and known for persevering aviation’s heritage — with its annual salutes to war heroes and their aircraft, commemorative remembrances, and anniversary celebrations — but EAA also unequivocally stands for a commitment to ensuring aviation’s future.

That’s why every year, aviation innovation is encouraged and showcased and 2017 will be no exception when The World’s Great Aviation Celebration comes to Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on July 24-30. The event, which annually welcomes an attendance of 500,000 along with 10,000 aircraft, is also the 65th annual fly-in convention for the Experimental Aircraft Association.

A handful of designs already are undergoing testing, while a number of others are set to take to the air over the next few years. Concerns over technology and high costs could affect the flying car market, yet analysts appear to be optimistic about its success.

“Usually, the best indicator for how far away things are is when you start to see people testing them in real-life situations around the world,” says Jono Anderson, principal-strategy and innovation for consultancy KPMG.

“The biggest challenge is the fact that one has to build the right vehicle, and the ones out there are not right yet,” says Mathias Entenmann, Berlin-based partner at consultant BCG Digital Ventures.

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Ultimately, flying cars, just like road vehicles, are expected to operate autonomously, which presents another technical hurdle for developers and further complicates the regulatory picture.

“I think at low-altitude capability and with the kinds of autonomous controls people are talking about, yes, there will be challenges getting the right regulations in place, but it should be achievable,” says Thomas Mayor, national partner-U.S. Aerospace and Industrial Markets Strategy for KPMG.

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OSHKOSH – It’s not yet “The Jetsons,” but someday — perhaps sooner rather than later — flying cars will be as common as both cars and planes.

Commuters stuck in rush hour traffic always think, If only I had a plane, I could be there by now. And plenty of pilots fogged in by bad weather wish they could just drive their plane where they need to go.

, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Published 5:35 p.m. CT July 27, 2017

Even as a child in India, Sanjay Dhall dreamed of flying cars.

“The crowds of people are so large that you are always bumping into others,” Sanjay, founder of Detroit Flying Cars, said while standing in front of his nearly complete prototype. “The idea of flying over it all has always been with me.”

By Randy Dufault | July 28, 2017

The Experimental Aircraft Assn.’s (EAA) annual AirVenture air show features some of the world’s most advanced, futuristic and obscure aircraft and technologies in the aviation industry. 2017 was no different, with several manufacturers unveiling new autopilots, low-cost ADS-B hardware and new flying cars, among other things.

Here are 10 new aircraft, avionics and flying cars that were unveiled at this year’s show.

By Staff Writer | July 31, 2017

OSHKOSH – It’s not yet “The Jetsons,” but someday — perhaps sooner rather than later — flying cars will be as common as both cars and planes.

Commuters stuck in rush hour traffic always think, If only I had a plane, I could be there by now. And plenty of pilots fogged in by bad weather wish they could just drive their plane where they need to go.

, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Published 6:35 p.m. ET July 27, 2017

The concept features a unique configuration, with telescoping and offset wings combined with a telescoping canard and powered by a pusher propeller driven by an aviation engine in flight and battery-powered electric motors on the ground.

The unfinished prototype on display at Airventure reveals a clear automotive bias, with the wheel-base and stance of a sports car, gull-wing doors and steering wheel controls.

That appearance is no accident. Detroit Flying Cars was founded by engineer Sanjay Dhall, who runs a company supplying components to automotive manufacturers.

26 JULY, 2017 | SOURCE: FLIGHTGLOBAL.COM | BY: STEPHEN TRIMBLE

Canton engineer Sanjay Dhall is developing a flying car that he hopes will one day be in every American’s garage.

CANTON, MI — What do Uber, Toyota, Airbus, Google, Skype and Canton resident Sanjay Dhall have in common? All are working on flying cars that may start transforming everything from personal mobility and recreation to business and militaries around the globe as soon as the end of this year.

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“The crowds in India drove me nuts,” he said this week at the CantonPlymouth Mettetal Airport. “If you grow up in India you’re bumping into people all the time. So I always wanted to get away and fly over it all. Part of the reason for coming to the United States was the open spaces here. The ability to fly over this stuff has always driven me.”

, Detroit Free Press | Published 11:55 p.m. ET July 20, 2017

The latest flying machines, including drones, helicopters, flying car concepts, and more will be part of the 65th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention July 24-30 at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The world’s largest fly-in annually draws 10,000 airplanes to Wisconsin and a total attendance exceeding 500,000.

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