Opener Unveils First USA-Qualified Ultralight All-Electric Personal VTOL Aircraft

Opener Unveils First USA-Qualified Ultralight All-Electric Personal VTOL Aircraft

Californian company Opener has unveiled what it believes is the first flying vehicle you'll want.

We have to admit the craft looks like a ton of fun in the video, so if you have a 25-mile commute, which in LA can take. literally hours, a personal aircraft for the price of an SUV is a very tempting proposition.

Unlike other flying auto models, Leng plans to keep BlackFly affordable, with a price tag near the cost of a traditional SUV.

It was revealed on Thursday the company is funded by Google co-founder Larry Page.

Mr Page is also behind Kitty Hawk, a separate U.S. start-up now testing its personal aircraft in Las Vegas.

Several other rival flying cars are in development across the globe.

BlackFly's creator is the Palo Alto-based firm Opener. The vehicle has been tested in Canada, where the country's aviation authority has authorised its use. Although widely described as a "car", BlackFly has no wheels, making more like a cargo drone with a human payload. It is not created to be driven on roads.

The Blackfly uses eight electric propellors to give it thrust while two large wings then allow you to steer the aircraft. Opener didn't say how much he had invested. We did a thousand-plus flights, ' Leng told CBS.

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"I just saw the future". The BlackFly is a single-seat Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV) that doesn't require a pilot's licence to drive. "Even though not required by FAA regulations, BlackFly operators will be required to successfully complete the FAA Private Pilot written examination and also complete company-mandated vehicle familiarization and operator training". It will eventually cost about the same as a typical SUV, and heralds the start of the Jetson's lifestyle era, according to an Opener exec.

'When you press the thumb-stick to climb, you have absolute full control. When you stop in the middle of the air and go off the joystick, the aircraft freezes.

While flying cars might now be the reserve of tech billionaires, they are slowly but surely heading towards being usable and affordable for the rest of us.

Under current federal regulations, Blackfly is classified as an "ultralight aircraft", meaning it can't fly at night or over urban areas.

The Hiller Aviation Museum in Northern California is a graveyard of failed attempts to create a flying auto.

That sounds very ambitious, but Opener has some serious support, including Alan Eustace, former vice president of knowledge at Google, who sits on the startup's board of directors.

'The future of Aviation begins today, Eustace said in a statement. Probably, but cars crash every day.

"As long as you are not taller than 6'6" and weigh more than 250 pounds in the United States, you should be able to fly the 13'7" wide by 13'5" long aircraft, which is also 5 ft high.

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