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Opener Aero Appoints Ken Karklin as Chief Executive Officer

Palo Alto, May 27, 2022   -- Opener Aero, a leader in eVTOL aircraft systems, today announced the appointment of Ken Karklin to Chief Executive Officer. Ken assumes day-to-day leadership of the company and will join its Board of Directors. Marcus Leng, Opener Aero founder and eVTOL pioneer, has stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer.

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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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Electrify your commute

Royal Aeronautical Society, October 21, 2022
Opener’s BlackFly eVTOL has been wowing audiences at events this summer. STEPHEN BRIDGEWATER speaks exclusively to company CEO Ken Karklin about the eye-catching craft and the company’s plans for the future.

Testing Paces Opener’s Progress With Personal eVTOL

Aviation Week, September 1, 2022
Ultralight aircraft are usually the simplest of flying machines, often just tube and fabric—no certification, no pilot’s license, no commercial use. But several advanced air mobility (AAM) startups see the FAA’s Part 103 rules for ultralight vehicles as a way to bring electric vertical takeoff and...

EAA AirVenture Draws Record-Setting 650,000 Attendees

Aviation Week, August 4, 2022
In 2021, the Experimental Aircraft Association “tiptoed” into hosting the return of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, the world’s largest air show, following its cancellation in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, organizers went full bore and have not looked back.
 

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