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Opener donates historic BlackFly eVTOL to EAA museum

Opener has donated a first-generation manned BlackFly aircraft to the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA’s) Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Opener BlackFly eVTOL in flight
While the BlackFly will initially be sold in limited numbers, Opener aims to eventually see one of these personal air vehicles “in every driveway.” Opener Photo

Opener and EAA announced the donation on the first day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, where the personal eVTOL will be displayed outside the Innovation Showcase through July 28.

“The Opener team tackled complicated problems, innovated modern battery and motor technologies, and showed the world that eVTOL is real,” stated Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of Chapters, Communities and Museum. “It is an honor to showcase this pioneering electric personal aerial vehicle.”

“BlackFly vehicles are intended for everyone,” said Opener founder and CEO Marcus Leng. “We are proud to make history with these single-seat eVTOL aircraft and gratified to donate one of these BlackFly vehicles to EAA on their 50th anniversary of fly-in conventions at Oshkosh.”

Since introducing BlackFly at last year’s EAA AirVenture, Opener said it has logged another 11,000 miles and 900 flights on pre-production models, upgraded firmware and software, and streamlined manufacturing. To date, BlackFly vehicles have cumulatively flown over 23,000 miles during more than 2,300 flights, the company said.

In April this year, Opener announced the appointment of aerospace industry veteran and innovator Ben Diachun as president. Coming to the company from Scaled Composites, Diachun will be overseeing the production and sale of the first 100 BlackFly eVTOL vehicles.

Opener said its ultralight personal air vehicles can easily take off and land on small areas and travel distances up to 35 miles (restricted to 25 miles in the U.S.) at speeds of up to 75 miles per hour (restricted to 62 mph in the U.S.). In May, Diachun told eVTOL.com that Opener plans to sell a limited number of the aircraft later this year.

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