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Opener Completes Four Flight Demonstrations of Human-Operated eVTOL Fixed-Wing Aircraft

Palo Alto, August 3, 2021 -- Opener, a pioneer of electric aerial vehicles for consumer travel, today announced the historic completion of four human-operated flights of BlackFly, the world’s first eVTOL fixed-wing aircraft. Two BlackFly production vehicles soared into the sky in front of hundreds of thousands of attendees at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture 2021 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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Marcus Leng Receives EAA 2019 August Raspet Award for Aircraft Design and Technology Innovation

EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, July 26, 2019 -- OPENER today announced its Founder and CEO, Marcus Leng, has been awarded the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) 2019 August Raspet Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the advancement of light aircraft design. Leng innovated modern battery and motor technologies to produce BlackFly, the world’s first fixed-wing, all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) personal ultralight aircraft.

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Opener Donates a Historic BlackFly eVTOL Vehicle to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Museum

EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, July 22, 2019 -- OPENER, a pioneer of aerial vehicles for general public travel, and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) today announced the donation of a first generation manned BlackFly vehicle to the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, WI. Designed and built by OPENER, BlackFly is a fixed-wing, all-electric, vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) personal ultralight aircraft. The remarkable BlackFly will be displayed outside the Innovation Showcase at AirVenture July 22 to 28.

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Opener Announces Silicon Valley Luminary Backing

Palo Alto, July 12, 2018 -- OPENER, Inc., a pioneer of aerial vehicles for consumer travel, today announced Larry Page is one of the company’s strategic backers. This news comes on the heels of today’s introduction of OPENER’s 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.

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Opener Unveils First Canadian-Qualified Ultralight All-Electric Personal Aerial Vehicle

Palo Alto, 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 extreme short/vertical take-off and landing (ESTOL/VTOL) aircraft. BlackFly is a single-seat Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV) designed and built for a new world of three-dimensional transportation. BlackFly has simple controls requiring no special skills to master and 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 40 miles at a speed of 72 mph.

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

Palo Alto, 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 USA) 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 (USA restriction).

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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.
 

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