In California, an aircraft was introduced, for which no pilot license is required to operate. BlackFly can travel up to 25 miles at a speed of 62 mph. According to the makers, it will ultimately be something like a typical sports car, but the early models will be more expensive.
On Thursday it was revealed that the company is funded by Google co-founder Larry Page. Mr. Page is also backing Kitty Hawk, a separate US start-up that at present testing its personal plane in Las Vegas.
Several other competing aircraft are under development worldwide.
The maker of BlackFly is the firm based in Palo Alto, Opener. The car was tested in Canada, where the country’s aviation authority gave a green signal for its use. Similar to Kitty Hawk, BlackFly can be described more accurately as a drone that can commute humans. However, though it is termed as a flying car, it is not intended to function on the road. The vehicle transports a single person in its cockpit equipped with eight propulsion systems scattered along two wings.
It works best, says Opener, with takeoff and landing from lush surfaces.
“Watching BlackFly flights has surprised me,” said Darren Pleasance, director of the US Experimental Aircraft Association. “I’ve never witnessed anything like it.”
Although the car does not require a driver’s license, Opener said pilots must undergo a training program as a precautionary measure to familiarize themselves with the vehicle.
Akin to Kitty Hawk and BlackFly, Uber-like companies also want to make a place in the flying car market. The Hiller Aviation Museum in northern California is a burial ground of unsuccessful attempts to make a flying car.
After making a great presence in Geneva International Motor Show, the flying car Pal-V Liberty will be kept for display at the Farnborough International Airshow, in England in this month. The event is organized from July 16 to July 22.