It all sounds too good to be true, right up until you realize the limitations that come from the craft’s classification as an ultralight vehicle. While the pilot of an ultralight is not required to have a license, the ultralight itself must fit some tight parameters set by the FAA.


Powered ultralights must weigh less than 254 pounds (excluding floats and safety equipment), have a fuel capacity no greater than five gallons and must have a top speed no faster than 55 knots (63 mph). Additionally, an ultralight may carry only a single occupant.

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The U.S. model of the Blackfly has a range of 25 miles with an 8 kWh battery and a cruising speed of 62 mph. It has a low 343-pound empty weight thanks to its carbon fiber construction. The Blackfly squeaks by ultralight weight limits because the FAA allows amphibious ultralights to weigh more.

This is not exactly something you’re going to be able to fly between cities for lunch. The international version is a little better, getting over 40 miles out of a 12 kWh battery with a cruising speed above 80 mph.


If those stats aren’t a turn off for you, its payload might be. Its 200-pound payload restricts who can fly it and what they can bring with them. And while this doesn’t require a license, it’s definitely recommended to get some formal flight training for safety’s sake.

Still, even with its limitations, the machine looks like a fun way to go short distances. Opener plans on selling 25 units for about the price of an SUV beginning this fall, but that will require them to meet ultralight regulations, first.