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SkyKar Rebel

SkyKar, Inc
Palo Alto, California, USA

On October 5, 2011, the Canadian engineer Marcus Leng conducted a 20 second manned flight of an eVTOL aircraft known as the "Rebel". According to the company's website, this flight was the "the first manned flight of a fixed-wing all-electric VTOL aircraft."

The company, which is backed by Google co-founder Larry Page, provides a timeline on its website. Leng (now CEO of Opener) began developing the concept in August 2009. After the flight of the Rebel in 2011, Leng continued to develop eVTOL aircraft in what is now known as the BlackFly series. In Canada (unlike the US), ultralight aircraft must be registered. Leng registered three prototype ultralights with Transport Canada under the company name SkyKar, Inc.:

  • The Rebel (serial number 0011) as C-IJQV on Dec. 15, 2011
  • BlackFly (001) as C-IKLT on March 11, 2014
  • BlackFly (002) as C-IKLY on May 6, 2014

The second generation aircraft, the more advanced BlackFly v1 first flew in August 2014; Leng then founded Opener and relocated the majority of its operations to Silicon Valley, "to pursue an unencumbered and accelerated development timeline" with more investment capital. Additional milestones followed:

  • August 2009: Vehicle concept created
  • October 2011: Rebel SkyKar first flight
  • August 2014: BlackFly v1 first flight
  • February 2015: First 2-minute hover with 200 lbs (90 kgs) payload
  • February 2016: BlackFly v2 takes flight
  • November 2016: First 30 mile flight with 200 lbs (90 kgs) payload
  • September 2017: 10,000 miles flown with 200 lbs (90 kgs) payload (minimum 30 mile flights)
  • October 2017: BlackFly v3 first flight of pre-production model
  • March 2018: BlackFly v2 first manned flight
  • September 2018: 20,000 miles flown with 200 lbs (90 kgs) payload
  • March 2019: Pre-production manufacturing begins.

In March 2019, pre-production manufacturing began. During EAA Airventure 2019 (July 22-28, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA), Opener trade show booth displays stated: 23,000 plus miles flown (37,015 plus km), over 2,300 flights had taken place, BlackFly can be disassembled and fit into a small truck, you can quickly assemble the aircraft in 30 minutes and fly, it has supercharging which means it can charge to 80% in 25 minutes and it has take-off and landing assistance.


  • Single seat
  • PAV (Personal Aerial Vehicle)
  • VTOL (Vertical Take-Off and Landing)
  • Fixed tandem-wing aircraft


  • Ultralight (USA)
  • Basic Ultralight (Canada)


  • Epoxy-impregnated carbon fiber


Specification SkyKar
First Flight October 5, 2011
First Manned Flight October 5, 2011
Passengers 1 Passenger
Structure Epoxy Impregnated Carbon Fiber
Max Operator Height 6 ft (1.83 m)
Max Operator Weight 160 lb(72.6 kg)
Propulsion N/A
Width 8 ft 3 in(2.5 m)
Length 8 ft 3 in(2.5 m)
Height 3 ft 9 in(1.1 m)
Empty Weight 237 lbs(107.5 kg)
Max Payload 160 lbs(72.6 kg)
Battery (USA) N/A
Battery (Int'l) N/A
120 V @ 15 A (20% to 100 %) N/A
120 V @ 20 A (20% to 100%) N/A
240 V @ 50 A (20% to 100%) N/A
240 V @ 2x50 A (20% to 80%) N/A
Max Wind N/A
Temperature Range N/A
Takeoff in Precipitation N/A
Performance (@ Max Take-off Weight)
Cruise Speed (USA) N/A
Cruise Speed (Int'l) N/A
Max. climb rate N/A
Max. descent rate N/A
Take off run N/A
Landing distance N/A
Range (with 25% reserve in USA) N/A
Range (Int'l) N/A
Static Thrust (max.) N/A
Safety N/A
Noise Signature (Cruise @ 150 ft) N/A

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