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This New Plane is Absolutely Bizarre

Just when you think you have seen it all, along comes something new. This new plane can not only fly, but can virtually act the same as a Helicopter by landing anywhere. Its VTOL. It almost looks like it could float too in water.

I have only just found this aircraft a short time ago. From what I can see its definitely an aircraft tho it looks more like a flying bathtub. Its a VERY bizarre looking aircraft. BUT HEY, if its works who cares. It certainly looks safe enough. Maybe its my Pilot training that make me uneasy looking at the way it lands, its so damned un-conventional. BUT it is VTOL - Vertical takeoff and Landing. Any aircraft that does this has so many advantages over aircraft that don't.

According to what the promoters say this aircraft has already done 1,400 plus flights and covered 12,000 Kms of distance in those flights.

This is what the say (on the website below):

  • We spend too much time confined to a two-dimensional network of concrete and asphalt. The dream of futurists has always been a flying vehicle capable of efficiently moving passengers from A to B.
  • Opener is realizing this dream in an affordable, safe, easy-to-operate, vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle: BlackFly.
  • Opener's BlackFly heralds a new era of aviation. Time and money spent traveling and maintaining infrastructure will be reduced. People will go places they never thought possible.

Noise dB's

Motorcycle ...... 80+ dBA

Highway....... 76 dBA

BlackFly........ 72 dBA

Measured at 150 ft

Energy ConsumptionBlackFly 245 Wh/mi

Electric Car 270 Wh/mi

Gasoline Car 1233 Wh/mi

BlackFly Specifications

  • Description

    Single seat

    PAV (Personal Aerial Vehicle)

    VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing)

    Fixed tandem-wing aircraft

    Full electric propulsion

  • Classification Ultralight (USA) Basic Ultralight (Canada) Amphibious-capable (freshwater)
  • Controls

    Joystick, fly-by-wire electrical controls

  • Structure

    Epoxy-impregnated carbon fiber

  • Landing surfaces

    Grass, asphalt, snow, ice

  • Safety

    Triple-modular redundancy

    Fault-tolerant design

    8 fixed propulsion units

    4 redundant elevon pairs

    Ballistic parachute (optional)

  • Operating conditions

    25 mph max wind (take-off and landing)

    0 - 30 °C temperature range

    Non-precipitating

  • Operator

    Up to 6 ft 6 in / 250 lbs (USA)

  • Size

    13 ft 7 in wide

    13 ft 5 in long

    5 ft high

  • Weight 313 lbs (empty) (USA) 250 lbs (max. payload) (USA)
  • Battery 8 kWh (USA) 12 kWh (Intl)
  • Charging (Intl) 120 V / 15 A 20% - 100% Charge 7.4 hrs 120 V / 20 A 20% - 100% Charge 5.5 hrs 240 V / 50 A 20% - 100% Charge 67 mins 240 V / 2x50 A 20% - 80% Charge 25 mins
  • Range (with reserve) 25 miles (USA) 40+ miles (Intl)
  • Static thrust (max.) 900+ lbs
  • Performance (Max Take-off Weight) Cruise Speed 62 mph (limited, USA) 80+ mph (Intl) Stall speed 0 mph Max. climb rate 1000 fpm Max. descent rate 1000 fpm Take-off run 36 in Landing distance 36 in

    Further YouTube videos :

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FI8AemQcclY

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jcpq6XYYoY4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhKTCbbqbaE

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l53JKod9yfA

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jozITRIYLL4

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zxTlvv6CDTg

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    For more information see https://www.opener.aero/

    Developing Story

    More to Come.