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CBS Correspondent Takes a Flying Car Up for a Spin

CBS - KPIX 5 News, October 15, 2021
After years of development, the BlackFly personal aerial vehicle will soon be on sale. Reporter John Blackstone set out to see how someone with no flying experience could manage behind the controls.

What Looks Like a Giant Bumblebee, Can Fly Anywhere, and Started Out as a Car?

Autoevolution, August 6, 2021
We’re not going to get into the “which is the first eVTOL to do this or that” thing, because there are several companies creating these types of air vehicles at the moment, in various stages of development. Aptly-named Blackfly, this particular eVTOL is not one of the newest, but certainly one of the most impressive ones. It has come a long way and recently had its first public manned eVTOL demonstration flight, at the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) AirVenture 2021.

This New One-Person Electric Aircraft Will Cost About The Same as a Luxury SUV

Robb Report, August 5, 2021
If some world organization ever creates an award for the strangest-looking, yet practical personal aerial vehicle, Opener’s Blackfly should capture the trophy. Blackfly last weekend performed for the crowds at AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisc., competing against Volocopter to be named as the first piloted eVTOL at a public event.

Experience flight with this personal aerial craft

Autoblog, August 5, 2021
Silicon Valley startup Opener created Blackfly as a personal aerial vehicle that allows operators to take flight and land vertically. The all-electric craft has a range of 25 miles with the ability to reach speeds of 60 mph, though the international model has a top speed of over 80 mph.

Changemakers: Canada faces serious challenges, but these leaders show that solutions are possible

The Globe and Mail, February 26, 2021
The list of challenges currently facing Canada is long and formidable: climate change, racial injustice, gender inequity, Indigenous reconciliation, gaps in our education system, outdated infrastructure and sputtering adoption of digital technology. And now, a pandemic. In the midst of this difficult time, we want to celebrate emerging leaders actively working to find pragmatic solutions to these daunting problems...

Role of flying cars in sustainable mobility

Nature Communications vol. 10, Ford Motor Company, April 9, 2019
Interest and investment in electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft (VTOLs), commonly known as flying cars, have grown significantly. However, their sustainability implications are unclear. We report a physics-based analysis of primary energy and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of VTOLs vs. ground-based cars. Tilt-rotor/duct/wing VTOLs are efficient when cruising but consume substantial energy for takeoff and climb; hence, their burdens depend critically on trip distance...

JUST OUTTA BETA: 8-BIT ASTRONOMY, SOLAR YACHT, AND MORE

WIRED, September 18, 2018
Quadcopters make fine toys, but true flying cars need eight rotors. Opener’s single-­seat octocopter classifies as an ultralight plane, but with its vertical takeoff and landing capabilities, you can skip the runway and touch down in the office parking lot...

EAA Airventure: Sunday 7/29/18 Update

EAA Video, July 29, 2018
We officially close on another AirVenture. Thank you to all of the attendees, volunteers, exhibitors, and supporters that made #OSH18 amazing. We will see you next year!

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2018: Black Fly, the Most Important Plane in Oshkosh History?

Plane and Pilot Magazine, July 27, 2018
Enjoying its world debut this week over at the EAA’s Innovation Center is a thing called Black Fly, which is…oh, we’re tired of figuring out what to call these things. It’s an ultralight (Part 103) polycopter that can be either autonomously or remotely controlled—no, the idea of “flying” a craft that’s being remotely controlled by someone safe on the ground doesn’t appeal much to us, either. But Black Fly, much unlike other futuristic looking craft isn’t flying pie in the sky. It’s been flying for almost a decade now and has amassed a substantial amount of time in the process...

Opener BlackFly, l’auto elettrica volante che costerà come un SUV

GQ Italia, July 26, 2018
Avete presente quella cosa per cui non vi fidate a comprare un’auto elettrica perché avete paura di restare a piedi? Ecco, la canadese Opener ha intenzione di mettere in commercio una macchina volante dotata proprio di un motore alimentato a batterie. Tra le feature su cui insistono i suoi progettisti sembra ci sia una estrema facilità di guida, grazie ad un ampio utilizzo dell’elettronica e a un sistema di decollo e atterraggio automatizzato (possibile anche sull’acqua)...

BlackFly: The Newest Flying Car on the Block Debuts ar AirVenture OshKosh

Robb Report, July 25, 2018
In parts of the Northeast, the black fly is regarded as a pest, an annual springtime annoyance that will make you rethink plans for hiking or camping. But in Silicon Valley, a company called Opener has introduced a flying vehicle that could render the term—when written as one word and with a capital F—synonymous with convenience...

BlackFly electric personal VTOL ultralight aircraft is USA-qualified

SlashGear, July 18, 2018
OPENER has announced that its BlackFly ultralight VTOL aircraft has been qualified for use in the US. The company says that BlackFly is simple to operate and master with no formal licensing needed in the US. BlackFly is fully amphibious and is designed to operate from small grassy areas for distances of up to 25 miles...

Up and Away! Watch new Canadian Flying car in Action!

Sputnik International, July 17, 2018
A new flying car is poised to revolutionize personal transportation in the US and Canada. A Canadian company called Opener, which is currently based in Silicon Valley, has successfully tested its prototype electric flying car, the BlackFly – a sleek vehicle that can reach a speed of 62 miles per hour and travel up to 25 miles without being recharged...

BlackFly Flying Car Aims to be on Sale Next Year for the Price of an SUV

Autoblog, July 17, 2018
The semantics of mobility and transportation will revolutionize the word "car," with the BlackFly personal aerial vehicle here to move the goalposts a bit further. A Silicon Valley startup called Opener has been in stealth mode for nine years testing and developing what is effectively a drone that carries a single human...

The BlackFly Is a Flying Car That Doesn’t Require a Pilot’s License

ExtremeTech, July 17, 2018
We at ExtremeTech are as disappointed as anyone that the flying cars we were implicitly promised over the years have not yet arrived. A Canadian firm called Opener wants to finally make flying cars a reality with the newly announced BlackFly. Unlike past attempts, Opener isn’t trying to match the capabilities of a car...

The BlackFly by Opener is a flying car that could turn us all into pilots

Digital Trends, July 16, 2018
Forget self-driving cars. The race to build the first flying car is now very much on. This week, Californian startup Opener officially threw its hat in the flying car ring with the debut of BlackFly, heralded as “the world’s first ultralight all-electric fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft.” ...

A Week in Technology, July 16-20, 2018

Aviation Week, July 16, 2018
BlackFly Recreational eVTOL Unveiled A second recreational electric vertical-takeoff-and-landing (eVTOL) aircraft has emerged from secrecy, following June’s unveiling of the multirotor Kitty Hawk Flyer. The BlackFly, developed by Silicon Valley startup Opener, has eight rotors on tandem wings fixed at high incidence. This allows the single-seat aircraft to take off and land near-vertically as well as hover...

BlackFly d'Opener: un autre jalon dans l’aviation électrique

LeSoleil (Canada), July 15, 2018
Une firme fondée au Canada, Opener a annoncé, la semaine dernière, la qualification de son véhicule volant tout électrique, le BlackFly, dans la catégorie des ultralégers. Il s’agit, selon Opener, du premier véhicule aérien personnel monoplace à être qualifié par Transports Canada...

Opener is the latest startup to reveal plans for a personal aircraft

Engadget, July 14, 2018
The race to build a "flying car" has just become more crowded. This week, the Canadian company Opener revealed its new vehicle, called BlackFly. The one-person aircraft can travel up to 25 miles at a speed of 62 miles per hour. Because the operations are a simple joystick, according to the release BlackFly shouldn't require a pilot's license...

Google's Co-Founder has Unveiled a Flying Car That Anyone can use

HuffPost UK, July 13, 2018
Google’s co-founder Larry Page has helped unveil a brand-new flying car with a difference. Unlike most flying cars, the Opener Blackfly can be flown by anyone because it doesn’t need a pilot’s licence. It can be steered using a single joystick and even comes with the ability to take-off and land by itself...

BlackFly is latest attempt at flying car

BBC, July 12, 2018
BlackFly can travel for up to 25 miles (40km) at a speed of 62mph. Its makers say it will eventually cost the same as a typical sports-utility car, but early models will be more expensive. It was revealed on Thursday the company is funded by Google co-founder Larry Page...

Flying car innovator believes he can finally make it a reality

CBS News, July 12, 2018
No technological dream has captured the minds of the media quite like the flying car. Marcus Leng of Blackfly believes his invention will allow it to become a reality. CBS News correspondent John Blackstone, who has chased down the flying car fantasy for 30 years, reports on this Silicon Valley innovator...

Opener Reveals Ultalight eVTOL

AV Web, July 12, 2018
After nine years of covert development and testing, California-based Opener Inc. revealed what it is calling the world’s first ultralight fixed-wing, all-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft on Thursday. According to the company, the amphibious BlackFly has already completed more than 1,000 flights and flown over 10,000 miles. As an ultralight, the single-seat aircraft does not require an FAA certificate to operate...

Opener Unveils first USA-Qualified Ultralight All-Electric Personal VTOL Aircraft

EAA, July 12, 2018
OPENER, Inc., a pioneer of aero vehicles for consumer travel, today revealed BlackFly, the world’s first ultralight, all-electric, fixed-wing, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. BlackFly is a single-seat personal aerial vehicle (PAV) designed and built for a new world of three-dimensional transportation. BlackFly is simple to master and requires no formal licensing (in U.S.) or special skills to operate safely. Though BlackFly has full amphibious capabilities, it is primarily designed to easily operate from small grassy areas and travel distances of up to 25 miles at a speed of 62 mph (U.S. restriction)...