Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How can I get on your mailing list?
Enter your email address at the bottom of the home page of our website. We will notify those on our mailing list about availability, future demonstrations, etc.
What is the price of a BlackFly?
Excluding initial sales, in mass production, BlackFly will be the price of an SUV. We are vague about the exact price so as not to overpromise.
When will BlackFly be available for purchase?
25 BlackFly units will be sold in the Fall of 2021.
Can I get on a waiting list to purchase a BlackFly?
We do not have a waiting list at this time. If you subscribe to our mailing list, you'll be among the first to know if this changes.
Can I put down a deposit on a BlackFly?
We are not accepting deposits at this time. If you subscribe to our mailing list, you'll be among the first to know if this changes.
What colors does BlackFly come in?
So far we have been using a simple black color scheme. We hope to provide more variety with our production vehicles.
Will a 2- and/or 4-seat version be available?
Not at this time, but the future holds many possibilities.
Can I purchase the motors, separate from a BlackFly?
Our motors are a proprietary technology and will not be sold as separate items.
Where can I see the BlackFly in person?
We will exhibit BlackFly at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI from Mon, Jul 26, 2021 – Sun, Aug 1, 2021. We hope to see you there! We will announce other trade show appearances via our mailing list.
Is all the footage on your YouTube channel of real aircraft?
Yes. There is no CGI in our videos. All footage is of full-scale vehicles. For reference, our YouTube channel is https://www.youtube.com/c/openeraero.
Do I need a pilot’s license to fly a BlackFly?
Not in the USA. We do require that all operators successfully complete the company-mandated vehicle familiarization and operator training, however.
Can I test fly a BlackFly?
Sorry, not at this time.
Do the wings rotate?
No. The wings are fixed to the fuselage to minimize cost, weight, and complexity.
Can BlackFly fit in a trailer?
Yes. Please watch our “Features” video, accessible from the Home page on our website or on our YouTube channel.
How do I move BlackFly once it is on the ground?
A vehicle cart will be provided with each BlackFly. This cart allows a single individual to easily move a BlackFly over unfinished surfaces.
Can BlackFly be an experimental aircraft?
Sorry, not at this time.
Given its weight, how does BlackFly fit in the ultralight category?
BlackFly is an amphibious ultralight vehicle. This subcategory has an increased weight allowance.
How can I invest or purchase stock in Opener?
Thanks for your interest. Opener is a well-funded private company and will not be seeking new investors for the foreseeable future.
How can I work at Opener?
Please visit our Careers page and submit your cover letter, resume, and transcripts. We request that candidates apply for only one position.
Why call it BlackFly?
Black flies are insects with outstanding aerodynamic and VTOL capabilities. They have the same colour as the black carbon fibers in our fuselage. They are disruptive.