Synergy Aircraft

One family's unique aircraft design is taking off with the help of a grassroots online fundraising effort.

Synergy Aircraft
Synergy Aircraft
John McGinnis has a bold objective: To build an aircraft 10 times more efficient than the average small jet while dropping the price tag so that it's within reach of the masses.
Synergy Aircraft
Synergy Aircraft
To that end, John McGinnis and his family have been working on the Synergy design for years.
Synergy Aircraft
Synergy Aircraft
The design was unveiled to the public during the CAFÉ Electric Aircraft Symposium in Santa Rosa, California, last year.
Synergy Aircraft
Synergy Aircraft
Synergy features a double box tail shape and a diesel-powered propfan that resides behind the fuselage.
Synergy Aircraft
Synergy Aircraft
McGinnis and his team say the double box tail shape is key to the design's ability to significantly reduce drag and boost efficiency.
Synergy Aircraft
Synergy Aircraft
McGinnis and his team are currently working on a full-sized prototype of the aircraft to join the existing 25 percent scale model.
Synergy Aircraft
Synergy Aircraft
In order to make that prototype a reality, the team turned to a unique grassroots fundraising effort at Kickstart.com.
Synergy Aircraft
Synergy Aircraft
The project has raised $79,000 and counting since the project first launched on the site a few weeks ago.
Synergy Aircraft
Synergy Aircraft
While that amount may seem like a drop in the bucket in terms of what's needed to develop a new aircraft, McGinnis and his team say they aren't too concerned about that just yet and are thrilled to have the funds to continue the project in the short-term.
Synergy Aircraft
Synergy Aircraft
The next milestone the team is looking to achieve is to get a prototype “on the wheels and powered up.”
Synergy Aircraft
Synergy Aircraft
The ultimate goal is to get Synergy flying and able to make it to Oshkosh next year.