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Opener Names Ben Diachun President

Palo Alto, April 2, 2019 -- OPENER, a pioneer of aerial vehicles for consumer travel, is pleased to announce today the appointment of aerospace industry veteran and innovator, Ben Diachun to the senior leadership team as President. Diachun is coming to OPENER from Scaled Composites, the aerospace company that worked with the late Paul Allen to design and fly SpaceShipOne, an experimental air-launched rocket-powered aircraft. Mr. Diachun will report to Marcus Leng, OPENER founder and CEO, and inventor of BlackFly, the world’s first all-electric fixed-wing personal ultralight vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle.

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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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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...

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