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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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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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