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Jon Rimanelli

Detroit Aircraft and Nextronix Inc.
Founder/ CEO
Jon is an electronics entrepreneur and private pilot with over 1,000 hours of flight time. He is the founder of Detroit Aircraft and Nextronix Inc. As a contract manufacturer, Jon spent 18 years prototyping and producing automotive, aerospace and communications industries. Nextronix developed one of the first Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Antennae systems in partnership with Motorola and Wieson Technologies. He is also the founder of Detroit Air Racing Inc.,which lead and facilitated the 2008 Detroit Red Bull Air Races, resulting in over $100 million in economic impact over three years for both Detroit and Windsor Ontario. In 2013, Jon teamed Lockheed Martin to manufacture and distribute the Indago sUAS VTOL for military, civil and commercial customers worldwide. Detroit Aircraft officially represents the City of Detroit to the Federal Aviation Administration for Detroit's UAS integration and FAA Certificate of Authorization (CoA). Jon is also the founder of the Detroit Mobility Park, a non-profit 501C3, based at Detroit City Airport to facilitate autonomous air and ground mobility testing and fund STEM programming for Detroit area high schools and universities. In partnership with the New York FAA UAS Test bed, drone entrepreneurs in Detroit will be able to develop, test and certify drones in Metro Detroit’s airspace. The test bed will be active by the fall of 2016. The organization currently hosts UPrep Detroit High School and Wayne State’s Detroit Aerial Innovations Club. Detroit Aircraft is currently focused on providing Government and Enterprise customers with aerial data and imaging services leveraging aircraft systems designed and built here in Detroit.