Something known since the 1950s, yet hardly acknowledged, is that all prior aircraft waste enormous amounts of energy to fly in the mid-subsonic speed range. The problem is aerodynamic drag. Through its comprehensive, patented design, Synergy is the first aircraft to apply six of the most advanced drag reduction technologies.
The first key is its distinctive “double boxtail™” wing-becomes-tail configuration, which provides outstanding stability and control while reducing the dominant cause of drag at low speeds, called “induced drag”. Unlike boxwing designs, the twin horizontal tails -above and behind each wingtip- aren’t ‘wings’ to make more lift. In fact, these control surfaces actually create a downward force most of the time. This downward force (the right amount, in the right place) acts against the ‘induced drag’ so well that it actually reduces the total drag, a lot like a sailplane reduces its total drag by adding wingspan. Some think of it like origami: folding up the low-drag airfoil surfaces of a long wing in 3-D space, so as to achieve stable, high-speed flight while carrying a lot more useful load than a glider.
But that’s just the beginning. Synergy’s unique configuration unlocks the door to important high-speed drag reduction technologies, such as laminar flow, pressure thrust, and powered drag reduction. In short, Synergy uses its ‘high span efficiency’ and lightweight structure to reach speeds where its ‘passive and active drag reduction’ pays off in major efficiency gains. It then adds a fuel-sipping, turbocharged jet-fuel engine, a ballistic parachute, and next-generation smartplane electronics.
Synergy brings the right innovations to make direct, on-demand regional travel a financially sustainable reality. At mere pennies per passenger-mile, and with a design able to scale into low cost mass production, the potential for this quiet, roomy, comfortable aircraft and its progeny challenges society itself: to respond correctly to an unprecedented, unfulfilled latent demand.
To steward such a potentially profound innovation safely toward broad adoption, Synergy founder John McGinnis proposed a far-reaching plan that has been continually refined since before the actual design work even began. To help offset the technology risk, more than a thousand Team Synergy volunteers and financial supporters from around the world united behind John and his small team of visionary partners to help build the prototype Double Boxtail™ aircraft… starting, naturally, in his father’s garage!
This grassroots effort permitted thousands of engineering challenges to be met without the risks and distractions brought by typical premature business hoopla. Our new facilities and investment allow us to continue building that momentum. Once the completed prototype allows us to make our case fully public, Synergy Aircraft will reveal a team and a plan of the same caliber as their then-proven product technology, and begin working with industry to make history.
It’s been more than a lifetime since aviation captured our collective attention. It will take a long term effort, in well managed phases, to return it to health… not just the usual well-connected capital and promotion. Making it possible in this case is a product concept with the required demand and profitability to reward large scale investment at each level of adoption, and a tenacious, inspiring vision. We invite your interest with appreciation.