Opener Flies BlackFly Wo-Manned Flight Electric Amphibious Aircraft

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The Opener BlackFly is an American electric-powered VTOL personal air vehicle designed by Canadian Marcus Leng and in production by his company, Opener, Inc. of Palo Alto, California.

The manufacturer claims that the design is the world’s first ultralight fixed-wing, all-electric, vertical take-off and landing aircraft. Oshkosh 2021 Opener Flies BlackFly Wo-Manned Flight Electric Amphibious Aircraft during demonstration at EAA Airventure!

The aircraft is made from carbon-fiber reinforced epoxy with all-electric battery-powered propulsion. It has two 13.6 ft (4.15 m) cantilevered tandem wings, on the front and rear of a short fuselage. The fuselage has a single-seat cockpit under a bubble canopy. The forward wing is low, and the rear wing high, giving the cockpit good forward visibility.

The aircraft weighs 313 lb (142 kg) empty and can carry a pilot and baggage totaling 250 lb (113 kg). It can accommodate a pilot of up to 6.5 ft (1.98 m) in height. A ballistic parachute is optional. The airplane is powered by eight electric motors, it can reach a maximum cruise speed is 62 mph, climb rate 500 feet per minute, and range 25 miles with 8 kWh batteries.//Experimental Aircraft Channel