Synergy Aircraft, LLC is a seed-stage company founded in April 2010 to permanently solve the problems impeding profitable, on-demand regional transportation.
This entity served very effectively as an incubator and accelerator for the demanding research phase of a new design. Having worked through the issues successfully and at low cost, our plan calls for transition into a clean new corporate entity to launch and grow this huge opportunity in partnership with others.
This time is now at hand as we gather potential team members, cofounders, and investors ahead of a planned startup round, the potential of which is subject to specific materials and disclosures provided only to legally qualified persons.
By car or by airline, regional travel is slow, inconvenient, and expensive, especially for small groups on short notice. Synergy Aircraft is developing a patented solution: quiet, comfortable, fuel efficient smartplanes: as convenient and relevant as cars, so you can go where you want, when you want; together. Small town airfields included.
At less than five cents per seat-mile, the unprecedented economics of ‘Synergy Prime’ reveal the true keys to fast regional travel at low cost: it’s about aerodynamics, in the regime where prior work utterly failed to achieve economy.
It’s also about smarter propulsive integration, and whole-systems safety. It’s about post-airliner awareness of the need, and opportunity, to use the other 98% of our existing aviation infrastructure. It’s about the value of time, personal space, and autonomy. Above all, it’s about design to meet the production and cost requirements of a mass market opportunity.
Synergy Prime consists of a tiny number of low cost, incredibly simple parts. Future production can easily transition into automated high volume production…in stages…in part because Synergy capabilities lead to unprecedented demand at every stage.
Meeting such demand is not trivial, nor is solving the puzzle of scalability easy. Like the infant Tesla Motors, our solution rolls out at low cost in testable phases.
For those who don’t see some fraction of the 10,000 cars the auto industry builds every hour as a baseline for where this goes, consider the following:
Prior demand for cramped and noisy General Aviation gas guzzlers, perhaps like demand for the earliest cell phones, has largely been just the leftover demand for an impractical, cumbersome, expensive, often mocked, highly limited 1950s tool. (The same ‘built-in, 6x waste of energy’ that provides our opportunity also created the high costs, stagnation, and cynicism of established aircraft companies.)
Remember, the incredibly complex cinematic marvel in your pocket arrived by the billions, when they blew away all prior expectations.
The Company sees the present aviation market state as the mere tidal pool of a gigantic ‘blue ocean opportunity’. Our strategic long term plan builds profitably from a small niche of early adopters in the less-regulated personal aircraft market, in order to scale up, iterate, and validate all aspects of future, commercially-certified air taxi products.
The Company has identified and is pursuing a uniquely powerful strategy for obtaining faster traction, market penetration, and higher volume productivity than prior manufacturing efforts. The Synergy team acts from a base of integrity and experience in these matters in ways that are deeply insightful, practical, and globally achievable at scale.
How we started
Leveraging his business insight and multi-startup experience, John McGinnis and family, occasionally joined by a rotating roster of international volunteers, went to work on numerous prototypes of this award-winning design as a garage project, successfully knocking tens of millions of dollars off its development costs without compromise. Until 2015, Synergy Aircraft had no employees, and typically worked alone and with a few contractors.
As of 2016, the Company successfully moved into new facilities, hired a fantastic staff, and began operating profitably by providing design, fabrication, and analysis services. Bootstrapping Synergy throughout the seed stage has allowed hundreds of design solutions to mature in utero: well developed and immune to many of the subtle compromises that cripple prematurely born aircraft companies.
Where we’re going
Synergy CEO John W. McGinnis also brings a full pipeline of future innovations in both manufacturing and aeronautics, which if developed will thoroughly revolutionize the capabilities and economics of flight across multiple categories. (Practical VTOL? Relevant flying car? Both are ready and waiting for the right time with the right teams.)
It should be noted that other individuals associated with key roles in the LLC may not be active cofounders in the sense of a conventional startup; nor employees; and their minor equity positions are not a factor for future investors. Some may have continuing opportunities in the startup structure as a consequence of having the right stuff for challenging roles in small teams. We at Synergy are deeply thankful for a diverse multitude of contributors, large and small.
Don’t expect to see hyped up marketing ahead of working hardware: promoting and selling vaporware is a misguided industry tradition that results in business failure. It created the most jaded customer one can find, and they’ve heard it 50 times before. The difference here is that we were that customer, and we’ve worked this long to fix things. Without taking ‘orders’ that can’t be filled immediately.
Many people understandably confused John’s popular, garage-based prototype project with a new “airplane manufacturing company.” Many aviation startups actually think they can achieve profitable production that way, and set off to sell accordingly.
Don’t be confused. The project results in a great head start for the company, but we see the future taking a path like Tesla Motors. We know that to start up properly means keeping the burn rate down while solving the intricate challenges of making things simple. Early production stages likewise take advantage of a hobbyist niche, providing refinements profitably as we iterate our way to larger markets. We know that flying around in our hotrod Roadster is what will power us into the public consciousness.
We want to bring the world a 21st Century aircraft company as good as our breakthrough product, and we need the things we’re missing: Money, team, and the time for it to grow. Fortunately, the first has become a commodity and the second is often brought by financial partners who invest with a long range view. What we bring to the table is the rarity, the seed of transformative opportunity.
Synergy is focused on the timely delivery of proven, market-leading products. When they’re delivered, they’ll not only reward the generations of pilots who’ve waited this long, we’ll be qualifying thousands of new users to own and operate affordable smart planes. Later buyers won’t even need traditional pilot credentials, borne as they are from managing 1930’s navigation, engines, and cockpit systems. This brilliant concept is emerging through cooperation with the FAA’s own farsighted vision for tackling such needed reforms at their source.
Responding powerfully to the Synergy opportunity creates a growth trajectory that rivals the best tech industry startups. Likewise, it brings significant capital requirements and substantial risks. New Founding team members with startup financial experience are sought prior to launch transition and are urged to connect now.
During our transition to new structure ahead of a startup funding round, full business disclosures are only provided to select accredited investors. Any who resonate with our limited public disclosures are invited to introduce themselves to learn more in advance.
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