Become a pioneer in flight with early access to the BlackFly. Pivotal has completed BlackFly flight testing, and we are now making the limited edition BlackFly available to innovators who want to give us feedback.

Be one of the first to fly the distinctive BlackFly and receive white glove service in exchange for your response to Pivotal's training, delivery, assembly, aircraft features, flight experience, service, and support.

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The Pivotal BlackFly represents the culmination of over 10 years of design, development, and testing. Whether you are a seasoned pilot or new to aviation, the BlackFly is designed to put safety first by making the aircraft easy to fly and allowing you to experience the wonder of flight.
Product Description

Aircraft Type

  • Tilt aircraft with fixed rotors and tandem wings
  • Light eVTOL (Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing)
  • Single seat PAV (Personal Aerial Vehicle)


  • Part 103 Ultralight, United States
  • Amphibious capability (restricted to emergency landings)
Physical Characteristics


  • Carbon fiber composite

Aircraft Dimensions

  • 13 ft 7 in wide
  • 13 ft 5 in long
  • 5 ft 3 in high
  • 33.13 ft2 (single wing area)

Aircraft Weight

  • 348 lbs (empty)

Pilot Weight and Height

  • Up to 200 lbs / 6 ft 6 in
Energy and Performance

Range, with 20% Reserve

  • 20+ miles


  • 8 kWh total storage

Charge time

  • 240 V / 50 A, charge from 20% - 100%: 75 mins
  • 120 V / 15 A, charge from 20% - 100%: 4.5 hrs

Energy Consumption Comparison

  • BlackFly: 245 Wh/Mi
  • Electric Car: 270 Wh/Mi

Performance at Maximum Takeoff Weight

  • Cruise speed 55 knots (63 mph)
  • Maximum climb rate 500 fpm
  • Maximum descent rate 500 fpm

Maximum Static Thrust

  • 960 lbs
Flight Deck


  • Joystick, fly-by-wire electrical controls

Viewscreen tablet

  • In-flight navigation, instruments, and aircraft status
  • User tested for simplicity and ease of use


  • Designed for maximum field of view
Operating Characteristics


  • Triple-modular redundancy
  • Fault-tolerant design features throughout
  • Tilt aircraft with fixed motors and wings for simplicity and reliability
  • Eight motors, tolerant to the loss of one motor
  • Four split elevon pairs for redundancy
  • Ballistic parachute

Weather Conditions

  • Maximum wind: 17 knots (20 mph)
  • Temperature range: 14 °F to 91 °F (-10 °C to 33 °C)
  • Non-precipitating

Landing Surfaces

  • Grass, asphalt, snow, ice

Sound Level (measured at 150 ft)

  • BlackFly: 72 dBA
  • Electric car: 76 dBA
  • Motorcycle: 80+ dBA
Ground Operations


  • From storage to flight in 30 minutes


  • Disassembles and fits into a 16 ft trailer

Portable charger

  • Canvas aircraft cover for storage

Designed and built for safety

At Pivotal, innovation begins and ends with safety, so you can enjoy your flight from takeoff to landing. Safety touches everything we do, from product design to pilot training, data-driven flight insights, and technical support. Here are the safety features you can count on from Pivotal:
Tilt Aircraft Aero Architecture
  • Entire aircraft tilts to transition between hover and cruise
  • No tilting propellers or rotating wings
  • Reduced weight, complexity, and points of failure
Fault-Tolerant Systems
  • Triple redundant flight control system
  • Eight motors, tolerant to the loss of one motor
  • Split elevons tolerate servo failure
Flight Control
  • Auto-takeoff and auto-land features
  • Flight envelope protection
  • Position hold in hover
User Interface
  • Left- and right-handed joysticks
  • Fly-by-wire controls
  • Flight panel with navigation and flight data
Safe Landing Options
  • More landing surface options without landing gear
  • Amphibious hull and floats for emergency landing
  • Whole aircraft ballistic parachute system
Training And Support
  • Extensive hands-on simulator and flight training
  • Interactive pre-flight experience
  • Aircraft designed for minimal maintenance
Vehicle Health Monitoring
  • Capturing thousands of diagnostic data points on every flight
  • In-vehicle and cloud-based diagnostics
  • Automated push notifications and enhancements
Proven, Continuous Evolution
  • Aircraft design improvements over 12 years
  • Five major platform generations since 2011
  • Dozens of aircraft built, tested, and flown