700 backers get behind our final push
With "hours" to go, Kickstarter certainly has our full attention here at the fledgling Synergy Aircraft Works. From every corner of the globe, people have reached out to support this project.
Now it comes down to the clock. One day's Kickstarter results can mean a productive month in the shop (!!!) but our coming up far short of the stretch goal could mean that the time we'll need to capitalize and the time we need to build don't get along very well.
Dedicated funds mean effective planning and efficient work, and we want Synergy at Oshkosh next year! The next two days will have a huge bearing on how that comes together.
Thanks again to everyone for your impressive and generous support!
A few newer links are below, including a Podcast interview on Flighttime Radio, where I once again prove I'm just an edjumacated hillbilly who grew up waterskiing on the Lake of the Ozarks. Charlie and Milford made me feel right at home.
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We make every dollar count and we truly appreciate your pledge. Whether Synergy is out setting world records or flying to your city, not only will you be able to say you helped us make it, you can let everyone know it was your fuel that took us the last fifty miles!Estimated delivery:
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US backers will receive a signed, limited edition full color postcard expressing our thanks for your support, mailed with a cool Synergy stamp right on it. International backers please add $3 to cover additional postage and handling.Estimated delivery:
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Enthusiastic backers deserve our awesome Synergy beverage mug, a device that puts a daily smile on our faces... surely yours too. Show up with yours where we happen to be and it'll double as your credential for a seat in the cockpit, event rules and circumstances permitting. International backers please add $5 or more to cover additional postage and handling.Estimated delivery:
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Backers at the $50 to $100 level will become the proud owner of our special Sponsor Edition Synergy shirt, a garment that also comes with all of the VIP privileges that we can bestow on the wearer, such as those above. You helped make this happen! International backers please add $5 or more to cover additional postage and handling.Estimated delivery:
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$100+ backers will find their name printed on the finished full scale prototype. You'll also get to fly in it, if you want... just don't expect a short line! A VIP edition, US-made Synergy 'icon logo' hat included at this level serves as your credential. (We aren't promising to connect with backers by means of a tour or anything at this point, just saying that when we're in the same place at the same time and can offer rides, sponsors and Kickstarter backers come first! We expect that Synergy will be in high demand, so we will be making every effort to be at major aviation events and otherwise be available.)Estimated delivery:
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We understand that you missed your chance to help the Wright Brothers, but there's another genuine bike mechanic once guilty of 'flying contraptions off hills', and since he had to decline Burt Rutan's awesome job offer to live in Montana, he'd probably appreciate your support! In addition to a 'swag' bag containing all of the goodies above (name on the plane, ride, etc), John will set a date with you for a personal interview and tour of the prototype in the shop via webcam.Estimated delivery:
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All of the above, plus Backers at this level join Noah's Marine, Plum Creek Timber, Jack Moon, David McCloskey, John Kazickas, Chris McGeary, Edward Gallagher, Kitefilm.com, Tom Woodruff, and others as Synergy Bronze Level Sponsors and will be recognized along with them equally. Sponsors at all medal levels will be invited to join our entourage if they're among the visitors at AirVenture Oshkosh. (Synergy "sponsorship" benefit details predate this campaign and are not public at this time. They should not be considered as having any specific Kickstarter reward value other than the cumulative rewards described in prior pledge levels).Estimated delivery:
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You have the means. This IS the opportunity. For your pledge at this level you'll get all the rewards below it and enjoy exclusive access to a live video stream of engine first start... plus an appointment with executive staff to spend time with you and hear you out regarding ways to ensure this compelling premise succeeds as a business someday. You'll have our full attention, and we'll set an appointment for AirVenture, on site, or via webcam.Estimated delivery:
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Backers at this level join Eric Peterson, MAS Epoxies, Howard Wilkins, Howard Handelman, and others as Synergy Silver Level Sponsors and will be recognized along with them equally. Synergy "sponsorship" benefit details predate this campaign and are not public at this time. They should not be considered as having any specific Kickstarter reward value other than the cumulative rewards described in prior pledge levels, but TEAM SYNERGY swag is included (with all other benefits, of course) for Kickstarters.Estimated delivery:
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Backers at this level join Justin Daugherty, Tamarack Inc, Deltahawk Engines, and others as Synergy Gold Level Sponsors and will be recognized along with them equally. An exclusive web video link will take you to live coverage of first flight. An exclusive Synergy desktop model with moving parts is also included (with all other team swag, of course) for Kickstarters. (No extra wait on most items. Synergy "sponsorship" benefit details predate this campaign and are not public at this time. They should not be considered as having any specific Kickstarter reward value other than the cumulative rewards described in prior pledge levels).Estimated delivery:
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Fluid Dynamics Level 1 Safari with John. Domestic round trip airfare to Kalispell for two; two nights at the Hilton for up to four; a comfortable day at the shop followed by dinner with the McGinnis family, then a guided trip down the Middle Fork of the Flathead River bordering Glacier National Park with Glacier Raft Company the following day. Over the course of this incredibly scenic, "WOW! I get it now!" excursion, backers will acquire, with zero effort, a better mastery and visualization of advanced fluid dynamics principles than in a semester of college... and probably, a tan. Naturally, a selection of truly exclusive Team Synergy souvenirs to take home.Estimated delivery:
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One of only seven exclusive museum-quality bronze castings of an original centerpiece artwork, "Synergy prime": archetypical sculpture by John McGinnis.Estimated delivery:
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