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Take to the skies in 2019 (hopefully) with Opener's BlackFly

It's electric, it's claimed to be autonomous, and it could land in your open field as early as 2019.

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Andrew Krok
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Opener is a startup that hopes to have its first product on sale next year.   

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Opener's first craft, called BlackFly, is pretty standard from a personal-air-transport standpoint.    

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It will be capable of vertical takeoffs and landings, operating entirely on electricity from a battery that can be recharged like an electric car.     

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The FAA classifies the BlackFly as an ultralight, which means users won't need a pilot's license to operate it.   

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As an ultralight, it will only be permitted to fly over uncongested terrain.

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And with a max range of 25 miles at a max speed of 62 miles per hour in the US, it won't be much faster than a car across the same distance, if at all.     

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According to Opener's site, once BlackFly is on the ground, two small carts are required to move the craft around.     

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It will accommodate just a single passenger up to 6.5 feet tall and 250 pounds.    

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Eventually, Opener hopes that it can make personal VTOL craft that will be as affordable as a passenger car.     

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It has the backing of Google co-founder Larry Page.     

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While it's unclear how much investment Page has put into Opener, the company's FAQ page claims it's a "well-funded" startup that "will not be seeing new investors for the foreseeable future."

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If you've always wanted to take to the skies without the pain of earning a pilot's license, BlackFly will be one way to do it.

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Just make sure you have the space required to operate it.

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