All prior aircraft waste enormous amounts of energy to fly in the mid-subsonic speed range. Through its comprehensive, patented design, Synergy is the first aircraft to apply all 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”. 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 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.
But that’s just the beginning. Synergy’s unique configuration unlocks the door to high-speed drag reduction technologies as well, 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 ‘powered drag reduction’ pays off in major efficiency gains.
Coupled with a fuel-sipping, 200 horsepower turbocharged diesel engine, ballistic parachute, and smartplane electronics, Synergy has all the right innovations to make direct, on-demand regional travel a financially sustainable transportation reality. Demand is extreme: at mere pennies per passenger-mile, and with a design able to scale into low cost mass production, the opportunity challenges society itself.
To steward such a 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. As a result, 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! What comes next is Opportunity, done well. Once we’re ready to make our case fully public, Synergy Aircraft will introduce a team and a plan of the same caliber as their proven product technology, and begin working with industry to make history.