Last week at EAA Air Venture in Oshkosh, WI, light eVTOL aircraft developer Opener unveiled its Early Access Program (EAP), a crucial step towards market readiness and successful commercialization of the BlackFly. The EAP not only allows early BlackFly owners to embark on adventures but also gathers valuable feedback from participants to enhance the overall customer experience.

CEO Ken Karklin expressed excitement about the EAP, stating, “Opener’s EAP establishes a two-way communication channel to address customer concerns, refine features, and optimize the user experience. Our partnership with early adopters moves us closer to fulfilling the promise of personal aerial freedom.”

Tim Lum, Opener’s first EAP partner and BlackFly owner, shared his enthusiasm, highlighting the exceptional support provided by Opener, “The connection with my BlackFly goes well beyond the aircraft itself. The level of hands-on service is off the charts.”

BlackFly complies with FAA Part 103 (Ultralight) category, and therefore enables consumer recreation and short-hop travel in Class G airspace without requiring a pilot certificate.

Opener’s pioneering tilt-aircraft design has led to the development of additional light eVTOL systems for public service and military applications, including uncrewed and optionally-crewed operations. Comprehensive flight training is mandatory for all BlackFly pilots to ensure safe operations.

Interested individuals can learn more about Opener’s EAP and register at Limited opportunities are available.

Opener’s mission to create efficient, compact eVTOL aircraft positions them at the forefront of the industry, as the company seeks to transform personal aerial freedom for consumers and public services. More information and videos can be found at

Why It’s Important: Opener’s Early Access Program (EAP) plays a pivotal role in shaping the future of personal aerial transportation. By engaging with early adopters and gathering valuable feedback, Opener can fine-tune its BlackFly aircraft and other eVTOL systems, ensuring safer, more efficient, and user-friendly experiences as they move closer to general release. This program sets a precedent for the seamless integration of eVTOL aircraft into various sectors, including consumer recreation, public service, and military applications.

Posted by Naish Gaubatz