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.
“OPENER is re-energizing the art of flight with a safe and affordable flying vehicle that can free its operators from the everyday restrictions of ground transportation,” said Marcus Leng, CEO. “We will offer competitive pricing in an endeavor to democratize three-dimensional personal transportation. Safety has been our primary driving goal in the development of this new technology. BlackFly operators will be required to complete company-mandated vehicle familiarization and operator training. In Canada, ultralight pilot licences are also required.”
The OPENER team has spent the last nine years in stealth mode, designing, developing, and testing new innovative technologies which have now evolved into the zero-emission BlackFly vehicles. Fault-tolerant design and triple modular redundancy reside at the core of these vehicles. Eight propulsion systems, spread across two wings, provide for multiple-failure security. Years of continuous testing, combined with 1,400+ flights and 12,000+ miles flown, form the bedrock of OPENER’s development program.
After working collaboratively with Transport Canada for several years, on July 6, 2018, OPENER received permission to operate BlackFly as a Basic Ultralight Aircraft. OPENER hopes to continue to collaborate with Transport Canada to safely and progressively expand the use and operating profile of these uniquely-capable vehicles.
OPENER’s long-term vision is to integrate these highly-efficient vehicles into a rural/urban commuting network. These networks would be powered by renewable energy sources requiring only a fraction of the transportation energy used currently.
DREAM OF FLIGHT
“The future of Aviation begins today,” said Alan Eustace, Director at Opener and former Senior Vice President of Knowledge at Google. “The dream of flight, which was so difficult and expensive to obtain, will soon be within the reach of millions. Opener is putting the fun back into flying and opening up a new world of possibilities.”
"I just saw the future. Watching BlackFly take flight just blew me away. I've never seen anything like it,” said Darren Pleasance, Director, EAA. "The magnitude of innovation that OPENER has been driving in electric motors, aerodynamics, and VTOL operations is stunning and inspiring. OPENER has made a huge step forward in bringing the Jetson's world to life."
CHECK OUT BLACKFLY VEHICLES AT EAA AIRVENTURE
OPENER vehicles will be on display at the 2018 EAA AirVenture Convention in Oshkosh, WI, USA from July 23 to July 29, 2018. The public is invited to view the vehicles in the Innovation Building, booths IC-12A and 13A, and also experience three-dimensional flight by operating the vehicles in a virtual reality simulation.
BLACKFLY - ADDITIONAL FEATURES
- Manufactured in North America
- Super Charging capable (<30 mins)
- Low noise signature
- Automatic Return-to-Home button (localized training feature)
- Ballistic parachute option available
About Opener Aero
On October 5, 2011, history quietly was made near the small town of Warkworth, Ontario, Canada. That day saw the first manned flight of a fixed-wing all-electric VTOL aircraft. This event prompted the formation of a stealth company with the sole purpose of pursuing the development of this new unique technology. In September of 2014, the Company reorganized as OPENER Aero and relocated the majority of its operations to Silicon Valley in California to pursue an unencumbered and accelerated development timeline.
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