Personal airplane in development gets better fuel efficency than most cars

By David Ferguson
Thursday, May 24, 2012 10:53 EDT
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A proposed highly fuel-efficient personal private plane called the Synergy is generating buzz and attracting investors in the aviation industry, according to Bloomberg TV. Investors hope to raise enough capital to build a prototype of the Synergy, which is designed to carry up to five passengers with a fuel efficiency of 40 miles per gallon, making it more economical than driving and ten times more efficient than a similarly sized jet plane.

The plane uses a DeltaHawk bio-diesel engine and competed in NASA’s 2011 Green Flight Challenge. Its double box tail design reduces drag and allows the plane to operate almost like a glider.

The Synergy team have constructed a 1/4-sized model of the aircraft that has performed promisingly in tests. The group is raising funds through the popular fund-raising website Kicksktarter through June 4.

Watch video about the Synergy, embedded via Bloomberg TV, below:


David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
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