Frequently Asked Questions
This issue is driven by things that happen in the wake of a presumably successful flight test regimen, followed by production development and production flight test.
As a designer, it is rare to have the opportunity to influence such things fundamentally and at the system level. So, given that we know how much it costs to build similar aircraft using less efficient methods, we can confidently predict that it will be possible for Synergy to substantially lower the cost of market entry. Early adopters will find the price highly attractive and competitive, but costs will drop when production hits its stride. Our goal is to offer unmatchable value.Last updated:
Can there be more than one pilot? I think people would feel safer if there was side-by-side seating.
Yes! We keep forgetting to say so, as many are already familiar with the seating arrangement advantages of Synergy.
There are actually THREE places where we can fly the airplane.There is side by side pilot-copilot seating, with a choice of control configuration, right behind the front seat. "Solo" can only be flown from up front, but "dual" can be flown side-by-side OR tandem.
You can also have one instructor with two students, or a VIP passenger up front. (It's hard to tell the first side-by-side seats are pilot locations because the back instrument pylon isn't visible yet and the controls attach to the wing center section, still being built.)
In the event of an emergency, we intend for all passengers to have access to the new VP-400 system from Vertical Power, which is a new technology to safely and automatically put the airplane on the safest available runway simply by "pushing the Runway Seeker button." Even if that's not looking too good for some reason, a pull of the "big red handle" will deploy the ballistic airframe parachute.
Many other safety features are designed right into this aircraft from the conceptual level onward, including outstanding low speed handling.Last updated:
Synergy has an empty weight of 1650 lbs, 200HP, and 156 sq ft of wing area on a 32 foot wingspan. Casual use of these numbers would be misleading, however, because of our high span efficiency, laminar flow fuselage, and powered lift system.
Synergy will offer high performance at both ends of the speed spectrum, but specifications won't be used for marketing purposes until they have been demonstrated in full scale atmospheric flight testing. More details are found on our website, and with formal non-disclosure agreements we can share more detailed information with prospective partners and collaborators.
A video explaining the basic principles at work in the design is found here: http://youtu.be/UdUNcByJ5eM
Do you have any plans to offer a smaller, two place version? The five place is impressive, but size and power required would drive the price out of most people's range. Most of the pilots I fly with never carry more that two passengers anyhow.
Actually, Synergy with one or two seats filled will easily outperform most two seat aircraft on the same or less horsepower. It's also smaller than a 172 in terms of hangar footprint (L,W,H) even though it can seat six without anyone touching anyone else.
Our Deltahawk diesel engine has already shown a 4 GPH cruise in the Velocity aircraft at 146 kts. We can do better than that.
Build it as a one seater with a pickup bed in back, if you want.Last updated:
There's an option on our website for PayPal donations, and until August Friends of Synergy will continue the reward program for us. Thank you very much for your support!Last updated:
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