Today, on behalf of everyone here at Northumberland CFDC, I am extremely proud to report that our client, engineer Marcus Leng, of Warkworth, Ontario, has commercially launched BlackFly: a revolutionary ePAV (electronic personal aerial vehicle) that was designed and built for a new world of three-dimensional transportation. The advent of BlackFly marks a stunning advancement in aviation and aerospace engineering.

As stated in Opener Inc.’s official Canadian press release the project began right here in Northumberland, with the first test flight in 2011. And Northumberland CFDC was there from the beginning to support Marcus Leng’s stealth company through our innovation programs, including Scientists & Engineers in Business (the precursor to N1M: our seed funding and acceleration initiative for technology entrepreneurs in Southern Ontario) with the support of FedDev Ontario. Our Board of Directors, through their vision and prescience, made support for this project a strategic priority for our organization. Under the leadership of our Executive Director, we worked closely with all concerned in an endeavour that we quietly and firmly believed would one day make history. Today it has.

Personally, I can tell you that having the chance to interact with Marcus Leng over the years, both here in Northumberland and in Palo Alto, has been nothing short of an inspiration to me and a relentless source of fascination and wonder. Suffice to say it was incredibly encouraging for all of us to see a home-grown high tech venture backed by Northumberland CFDC be successfully acquired and moved to Silicon Valley, while maintaining Canadian presence and impacts. Early R&D took place in Cobourg and the company collaborated with Transport Canada for years, culminating in the July 6th 2018 approval to operate BlackFly in Canada under the Basic Ultralight designation. As an important innovation partner, we believe Canada will continue to play an exciting role at the forefront as we chart a new course to the future.

For BlackFly details and operator requirements, please refer to and go to the website to find out more (including stunning videos, images and specs).

I hope this story will serve to inspire all of you technology entrepreneurs out there, on the eve of N100 Evolution. Applications are due tomorrow from We would love to have the chance to work with you and to help bring your breakthrough to the world.

As Alan Eustace said, “From impossible to inevitable!”

John Hayden, N100

Feature Photo: CEO of Opener Inc., Warkworth’s Marcus Leng, flying solo with BlackFly.

BlackFly, by Opener Inc.

The revolutionary Personal Aerial Vehicle developed by Warkworth, Ontario engineer Marcus Leng: