Better yet, Synergy’s unique configuration makes proven high-speed drag reduction technologies (such as laminar flow, pressure thrust, and powered drag reduction) easy to implement. Synergy has a high “span efficiency” and lightweight structure, helping it reach the speeds where passive and “active” drag reduction can supply major efficiency gains. It then adds a turbocharged jet-fuel diesel engine, a ballistic parachute, and next-generation, self-flying smartplane electronics that will quickly lower the barriers to personally operating an airplane.
Most species on earth fly, for the simple reason that it is by far the most efficient way to travel. Synergy brings the right innovations to finally make direct, on-demand regional travel a financially sustainable reality for humans. Operational costs can be expressed as mere pennies per passenger-mile. Thanks to its tiny number of simple, modular parts, the design is able to scale into low cost mass production, and to adapt in its details to accommodate a multitude of priorities, such as different ways of loading and entering its spacious interior.
With such production comes demand on a par with other dramatic, consumer-focused innovations no one saw coming. Positive regulatory progress is already happening swiftly in response to the safety and cost advantages of smart, semi-autonomous technologies for simplified operations in small aircraft. Whereas self driving cars are just emerging, self-flying airplanes have been a reality for decades, and smartplane (TM) operator requirements will adapt with the responsible deployment of proven capabilities. Really, the potential for quiet, roomy, fast, fundamentally efficient personal aircraft is many times beyond typical estimates, in which the above has been far out of reach.
Synergy and its progeny are the future our great-grandparents built 20,000 rural airports for, but the irony is that its capabilities hand a forgotten industry the largest business challenge it has ever seen. Even with Synergy’s ultra-simplified modular design, the latent demand acquired during half a century of waiting for affordable personal flight to arrive cannot be met as quickly as mass markets require. We are tackling that problem foremost by developing scalable methods for low cost mass production and by making the case for massive societal investment in this overlooked opportunity.
Unrealistic business thinking has consistently led to predictable and spectacular prior business failures in aviation; thereafter to a deserved lack of capital. Yet society needs a solution so badly that rosy investment pitches for the next ‘gung-ho failure in progress’ seem never-ending. It’s not a healthy ecosystem in which to float a legitimate solution.
Many today confuse the relatively tame technological risk of new airplane development with this epic business risk. To finally succeed will require that participants learn where they really have been until now and where they are really going… especially to not repeat the mistakes of the many who came before. Flexible, adaptive, strategically focused leadership is required.
To steward such potentially profound innovation safely toward broad adoption, Synergy Aircraft founders continually refined a comprehensive, far reaching plan…even since before beginning any design work. To help offset the technology risk, in the wake of its debut, more than a thousand Team Synergy volunteers and financial supporters from around the world united behind John McGinnis and his small team of visionary partners to help build the prototype Double Boxtail™ aircraft… starting, naturally, in his father’s garage!
This intentionally ‘grassroots effort’ permitted thousands of engineering challenges to be met without the risks, distractions, or ‘shortcut-itis’ brought by premature business hoopla. New facilities, contracts, licensing, and investment are helping us to continue building that momentum; we’re already in the black.
Now is the time when we gather the people and resources to transition into a high growth startup company. Now is when we want to hear from those who want to see it happen. Soon, Synergy Aircraft will reveal a team and a scalable production vision of the same caliber as the product …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 perceptive long-term effort, in well-managed phases, to deliver its true potential. 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.