Press Releases

Pivotal Wins 2024 AERO Friedrichshafen e-Flight Expo Award For Excellence in Electric Aviation

Palo Alto, CA, May 14, 2024

Pivotal, the market leader in light electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, today announced it is the winner of the 2024 AERO Friedrichshafen e-Flight Award for excellence in electric aviation. The only eVTOL incorporating tilt-aircraft architecture, Pivotal's innovations in software, controls, distributed electric propulsion, and human-centered design distinguishes it from the competition.

Pivotal Helix eVTOL Wins 2024 MUSE Transportation Design of the Year Award

Palo Alto, CA, May 6, 2024

Pivotal, the market leader in light electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft, today announced it is the winner of the 2024 MUSE Transportation Design of the Year Award for the Helix, recognizing its leadership, innovation, and industry impact. Pivotal also received a Platinum 2024 MUSE Design Award for technical and creative excellence. The Helix, Pivotal’s first production aircraft, entered the U.S. market on January 8, 2024.

Pivotal Delivers Four BlackFly light eVTOLs for U.S. Air Force evaluation; Contracted for Eight Aircraft

Palo Alto, CA, February 21, 2024

Pivotal, a market leader in light electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, today announced it has delivered four of eight BlackFlys and two flight simulators for lease to MTSI for evaluation by AFWERX and the United States Air Force. The Air Force is evaluating Pivotal aircraft performance by assessing a host of benefits across diverse applications for the company's proven tilt-eVTOL architecture, and testing a range of remotely piloted missions.

Pivotal starts selling Helix, the first production light eVTOL aircraft, in the US

Las Vegas, NV, January 8, 2024

Pivotal, the market leader in light electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, is thrilled to announce the official launch of online sales for its highly anticipated flying vehicle, the Helix. The starting price for a Helix aircraft is $190,000 USD before taxes, delivery, or other fees, as applicable. Customers can place orders for delivery in the United States on Pivotal’s website at pivotal.aero. First customer shipments begin on June 10, 2024.

Pivotal Appoints Cyrus Sigari to its Board of Directors

Palo Alto, CA, November 21, 2023

Pivotal, the market leader in light electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, today announced the appointment of Cyrus Sigari to its board of directors. Aviator, entrepreneur, and investor, Sigari is considered one of the world’s foremost experts on the future of mobility and the business of private aviation.

Opener Announces Helix, its First Scalable Production Aircraft; Changes Company Name to Pivotal

Palo Alto, CA, October 5, 2023

Opener, the market leader in light electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, today announces Helix, its first scalable production vehicle, and unveils its new identity. Now named Pivotal, this step represents the company’s trailblazing influence on the industry and its transition to become a product-delivering entity serving the needs of customers in multiple segments. As a pioneer, Pivotal is renowned for the BlackFly, the first eVTOL of its kind to be sold and delivered to customers.

Opener Early Access Program Moves BlackFly Closer to General Release

Oshkosh, WI. - EAA AirVenture, July 24, 2023

Opener, the market leader in light eVTOL aircraft, today unveiled its Early Access Program (EAP), a significant milestone towards achieving market readiness and successful commercialization of BlackFly. In addition to allowing early BlackFly owners to take off on adventures, the program enables a select group of participants to provide Opener with invaluable feedback on every aspect of their customer experience.

Opener Announces Appointment of Jon Campagna as Chief Financial Officer

Palo Alto, June 6, 2023

Opener, the market leader in personal electric vertical takeoff and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Campagna as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Campagna has more than two decades of financial leadership in both public and private companies, including tenure as CFO at aerospace and space travel company Virgin Galactic Holdings, Inc.

Opener Aero Appoints Ken Karklin as Chief Executive Officer

Palo Alto, May 27, 2022

Opener Aero, a leader in eVTOL aircraft systems, today announced the appointment of Ken Karklin to Chief Executive Officer. Ken assumes day-to-day leadership of the company and will join its Board of Directors. Marcus Leng, Opener Aero founder and eVTOL pioneer, has stepped down from his role as Chief Executive Officer.

Opener Completes Four Flight Demonstrations of Human-Operated eVTOL Fixed-Wing Aircraft

Palo Alto, August 3, 2021

Opener, a pioneer of electric aerial vehicles for consumer travel, today announced the historic completion of four human-operated flights of BlackFly, the world’s first eVTOL fixed-wing aircraft. Two BlackFly production vehicles soared into the sky in front of hundreds of thousands of attendees at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture 2021 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Marcus Leng Receives EAA 2019 August Raspet Award for Aircraft Design and Technology Innovation

EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, July 26, 2019

OPENER today announced its Founder and CEO, Marcus Leng, has been awarded the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) 2019 August Raspet Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the advancement of light aircraft design. Leng innovated modern battery and motor technologies to produce BlackFly, the world’s first fixed-wing, all-electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) personal ultralight aircraft.

Opener Donates a Historic BlackFly eVTOL Vehicle to the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Museum

EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh, July 22, 2019

OPENER, a pioneer of aerial vehicles for general public travel, and the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) today announced the donation of a first generation manned BlackFly vehicle to the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, WI. Designed and built by OPENER, BlackFly is a fixed-wing, all-electric, vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) personal ultralight aircraft. The remarkable BlackFly will be displayed outside the Innovation Showcase at AirVenture July 22 to 28.

Opener Unveils First Canadian-Qualified Ultralight All-Electric Personal Aerial Vehicle

Palo Alto, July 12, 2018

OPENER, Inc., a pioneer of aero vehicles for consumer travel, today revealed BlackFly; the world’s first ultralight all-electric fixed-wing extreme short/vertical take-off and landing (ESTOL/VTOL) aircraft. BlackFly is a single-seat Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV) designed and built for a new world of three-dimensional transportation. BlackFly has simple controls requiring no special skills to master and operate safely. Though BlackFly has full amphibious capabilities, it is primarily designed to easily operate from small grassy areas and travel distances of up to 40 miles at a speed of 72 mph.

Opener Unveils First USA-Qualified Ultralight All-Electric Personal VTOL Aircraft

Palo Alto, July 12, 2018

OPENER, Inc., a pioneer of aero vehicles for consumer travel, today revealed BlackFly; the world’s first ultralight all-electric fixed-wing vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft. BlackFly is a single-seat Personal Aerial Vehicle (PAV) designed and built for a new world of three-dimensional transportation. BlackFly is simple to master and requires no formal licensing (in USA) or special skills to operate safely. Though BlackFly has full amphibious capabilities, it is primarily designed to easily operate from small grassy areas and travel distances of up to 25 miles at a speed of 62 mph (USA restriction).