If there’s one thing that Detroit is most famous for, it’s its history as an automotive city. The Detroit Auto Show (which is now called the North American International Auto Show) is one of the largest automotive exhibitions in North America and across the world. It has been around for well over a hundred years, and car manufacturers have been using the auto show to unveil new features since the early 20th century. The 2022 Detroit Auto Show will be held between September 17th and September 25th in Hart Plaza and Huntington Place. This year, for the first time, it will be held both indoors and outdoors. This has enabled the show to feature not only cars, but new forms of travel through the air as well.
Detroit’s own Airspace Experience Technologies (ASX) will have its new Sigma-6 aircraft on display at NAIAS this year. This eVTOL plane combines a clean hybrid propulsion system with well-established technology to create a brand-new experience for urban commuters. ASX plans to revolutionize point-to-point air travel, and here at Saker Aviation, we look forward to seeing what a splash they can make in the industry.
ICON Aircraft (which is based in Vacaville, CA) will also make their presence known at NAIAS. They’ll be showing off the ICON A5 amphibious light sport aircraft, which was featured on an episode of “Jay Leno’s Garage.” The A5 is primarily targeted toward recreational pilots: it’s lightweight, it has low operating costs, and its wings fold up neatly, so it can even be stored in a garage.
The world of aviation doesn’t necessarily have to involve airplanes, as the next Detroit Auto Show air mobility events demonstrate.
AERWINS Technologies (from Wilmington, DE) and A.L.I. Technologies from Tokyo have combined their efforts to create the XTURISMO Hoverbike, which will make its US debut at NAIAS. Its revolutionary design and simple controls make it ideal for search and rescue applications, but the hoverbike also shows promise in other fields, including reducing road traffic in congested cities.
Gravity Industries (based in Salisbury, England) will be showing off their 1,000 HP Jet Suit. This suit allows individuals to fly without the need for wings, and Gravity plans on creating two new Flight Training Centers in North America, to boot.
Montreal, Canada’s Omni Hoverboards will also have demonstrations at NAIAS 2022. Their eVTOL Hoverboard has won a Guinness World Record as the world’s first flying hoverboard, and they are proud to be part of the ongoing renaissance of electric vehicles.
If you’re looking for a more interactive experience at NAIAS, you’re in luck. AIR (from Tel Aviv, Israel) will not only be demonstrating their new AIR ONE eVTOL two-seater, but they’ll be bringing a virtual reality flight simulator that allows people to “fly” it themselves, with or without a pilot’s license.
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