Companies Race to Release Copter Cabs


One does not need a pilot license to fly a BlackFly multi-copter, the latest attempt at flying car.

The BlackFly multicopter was developed by Opener and first tested and by the national aviation authority of Canada. BlackFly can be operated in the US without a pilot’s license, the official release said.

The car has a cabin installed on two wings, each having four propulsors.

BlackFly operates on electric motors and on a full charge of the battery can cover up to 25 miles (40km) at a speed of 62mph.

BlackFly’s maker, the Palo Alto-based firm Opener says that the cost of BlackFly on the market will be comparable with the cost of a SUV. The novelty should be on sale in 2019. 

In the meantime, the British company-manufacturer of cars and aircraft engines Rolls-Royce unveiled at Farnborough Airshow the concept of a new hybrid aircraft for passenger transportation. Unlike its competitors, it will have the ability to take off and land in a vertical position.

The concept was called EVTOL (Electric Vertical Take Off and Landing). The initial concept vehicle uses gas turbine technology to generate electricity to power six electric propulsors specially designed to have a low noise profile. It also has a battery for energy storage. 
In this hybrid-EVTOL configuration it could carry four or five passengers at speeds up to 250mph for approximately 500 miles, would not require re-charging – as the battery is charged by the gas turbine – and would be able to utilise existing infrastructure such as heliports and airports.

The device operates on six electric motors, the energy for which generates a generator of 500 kW, which is connected to the gas turbine engine M250.

The maximum range is 800 km. It is noted that EVTOL is able to carry up to five passengers at speeds up to 250 km/h.

So far, Rolls-Royce has only a 3D model of the aircraft.

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