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?
In full 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?
Batch production of the first 100 BlackFly vehicles began in the summer of 2019; 30 aircraft are anticipated to be completed by year end. Once the first 30 vehicles have been completed and fully tested, we will be demonstrating them on a North American sales tour.
Is there 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 and white 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 last exhibited BlackFly at EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI from Jul 23-29, 2018. 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 you need a pilot’s licence to fly a BlackFly?
Not in the USA. We do require that all operators successfully complete the FAA Private Pilot written examination and also complete the company-mandated vehicle familiarization and operator training.
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 you move BlackFly once it is on the ground?
We use two small carts. This allows a single individual to easily move our vehicles.
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.