This campaign raised more than $19,000. THANK YOU!
FRIENDS OF SYNERGY - THE "HAND
PROP" PROJECT FOR SYNERGY
What is Synergy?
If you don't know by now, you have come to the wrong place.
Google "synergy aircraft plus John McGinnis". Or go to his FaceBook page. Or to
www.synergyaircraft.com. When you have decided to
help, pass this on to all your aviation
|Update 1 Sepetember, 2012:
After fees and uncollected pledges, the
Synergy Aircraft project
raised just over $80,000. While that amount, less reward costs for
backers, is enough to reach the Kickstarter milestone and keeps the
project going, it's still a long way short of what is needed to fly the
airplane to Oshkosh in 2013.
John McGinnis wrote to express his appreciation for
the Friends of Synergy program and to all who have supported it. As of
today, September 1st, the reward structure that was based on the
Kickstarter rewards is closed. This will allow Team
Synergy to complete final reward orders and shipments.
Friends of Synergy (FOS "at" n6zb "dot" info") your:
size? (S, M, L, XL, XXL)
color? (Black, Navy, White in US-made Team Synergy style, Brown in
shortbill style, limited colors in small original style)
If we don't have your shipping address we will email you, otherwise we will use the one you sent us through PayPal.
Donations to the project are
still being made and are still very gratefully received. At Oshkosh
John estimated that there were seven man-years of work remaining to pay
for, and they are pushing hard to have the resources to
delegate and outsource as much as possible. Backers
can still donate using the "Donate" button on the Synergy website.
You'll receive confirming emails from PayPal and John acknowledging your contributions.
Why this and why now?
anyone trying to build a revolutionary new airplane in a garage (there
really is no parallel, but that sounded good), John is still in need
of funding. One recent tactic was to have been a Kickstarter.com
project. Read about it on links on John's FaceBook page. The short
version is that KickStarter turned it down for 'not being a good fit
with their focus.'
in mind that Gates, Jobs and Rutan started in the equivalent of their
garages. Then remember the pre-internet crowd funding of the
Voyager's record-setting trip around the world 25 years ago. Did you
miss your chance to be a part of that like I did?
am one of the favored few who have visited the shop and helped out a
bit. You can even see my balding head in one of those micro-second
pictures in the latest videos - where we are skinning the snake. I'm
not trying to be a name-dropper, just to say that I am one of the
believers. This is a good time to say that I have no
stake in Synergy and don't intend to, either. The only thing I
will get out of this is Karma or a "mitzvah" or whatever you prefer to
my case, the help was a small bit, but hey, not everyone can be good at
composites! It's the real thing. Getting to know the team of family,
friends and others that John leads is really worth the trip even
without the airplane.
I have wanted to "crowd
source" some financial help for Synergy for some time. Now that Kickstarter has
declined, we can go ahead with "HandPropper" (with thanks for that name to
Dave Birkenstock ). This is a world-wide effort. I
have coordinated this with John McGinnis. In order to avoid
taking his time away
from building, Pat Panzera (publishes Contact magazine, edits EAA's
magazine) and I are going to get it going. You know, hand propping needs someone to
yell “contact”, right?
Here is how it will work:
levels and their tokens of appreciation are:
can "donate" directly to Synergy at the SynergyAircraft.com website.
be a financial middle man. Find the donate button and click it.
information about the donations will be forwarded to me so that I
can, for John, organize and administer the "tokens of
tokens of appreciation will be almost the same as they would
have been on KickStarter - see the end of this post for
Give more, get more.
Kickstarter, there is no threshold. You give, you get. Some
tokens will need to be ordered in batches, so the "get" will
unlike Kickstarter, there will be matching funds. I will be the
first "matcher". For every $100 and up contribution, I will
another $25. That's an excellent ROI for you! This
will continue until my pre-set limit (pre-set
with John) is reached. It means if you give early you will be
leveraging your gift. This will be handled between Synergy and
matchers. I am also, here and now, inviting the
to contact me directly to become fellow matchers.
you give any amount you are a member of Friends of Synergy. We
don't collect dues or have boring meetings, but you are
"friend" the project and take public credit. There will be an honor
roll somewhere on the web and you will be able to opt-in or opt-out, of
we can have a meeting at the beer tent at AirVenture2012. I'm
in. Details to follow.
don't know how long this will go on, but it will go on so long as it is
helping with the primary mission - getting Synergy flying. Any
signed, limited edition, color postcard to your snail mail address
$25 & up
A limited edition Synergy mug
$50 & up
Sponsor edition Synergy T-shirt
$100 & up
Synergy hat and your name on the airplane and priority in line to ride
in it - the hat is your credential
$250 & up
VIP swag bag filled with and including all of the above plus priority
in line to fly it during your ride!
$500 & up
have reached the Team Synergy Bronze sponsorship level, all of the
above plus additional benefits to be public later
$500 and up, you get all the tokens from the lower levels plus...
$1,000 & up
will have personal access for a meeting with John and some of the
team. This is a very special thing.
$2,000 & up
Team Synergy Silver sponsorship level with all
of the above plus additional
benefits to be public later
$5,000 & up
Team Synergy Gold level sponsorship with all
of the above plus additional
benefits to be public later
||John is a creative and open minded
person. Don't be shy.
Shipping in Continental U.S. and Canada
is included. Other countries will require a shipping increment TBD.
require HST or PST+GST.
Handelman "FOS at n6zb dot info"