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DBT Aero, with offices in Salt Lake City, UT and Kalispell, MT, was formed in 2019 to commercialize advanced, integrated drag reduction solutions through the Synergy Technology Platform (STP) and the “Synergy Prime” technology demonstrator.



The Problem

By automobile or by airline, travel and movement is slower, more inconvenient, expensive and polluting than it needs to be. Air Mobility and Air Transport have not evolved far enough to meet the current on-demand needs for people and product.  Cost per mile is higher than it needs to be and the modernization of aircraft require a new level of efficiency.

The Solution

DBT Aero has developed patent protected solutions that produce quiet, comfortable, efficient, aircraft—electric, hybrid and combustion.  The result is on-demand passenger or cargo mobility, from anywhere to anywhere at a cost, speed and efficiency not seen elsewhere in the air transportation industry. Now that’s freedom & flexibility.

Our ‘Synergy Prime’ technology demonstrator will reveal the true keys to fast, regional travel at low cost:

  • aerodynamics
  • mass manufacturability
  • efficient propulsion systems

‘Synergy Prime’ can use more than 13,000 U.S. airports. Nearly every community in the U.S. is within 20 minutes of one of these airports. All that’s needed is 2500′ of runway for large and small communities everywhere to become new opportunities for passengers and delivery of goods.

Where we’re going

DBT Aero Inc. has a pipeline of future innovations in aeronautics, manufacturing and propulsion systems.

Our focus is to deliver a family of aircraft based on the Synergy Technology Platform (STP). These solutions will provide lower cost-per-mile solutions for growing air mobility and air transport needs…and true no compromise electric solutions.

Meet Our Team

John Paul Noyes


John Paul Noyes is a 30 years serial entrepreneur and 25 year commercial pilot. He is a professional Bush pilot, Flight Instructor, Multi Engine Commercial pilot and Aerobatic pilot who is trained in many Single engine, Multi engine, Jet and Turbine aircraft.  He grew up as the son of an Alaskan doctor making house calls by airplane. John Paul owns his own aircraft, which he flies extensively for business.  John Paul is a disciplined leader holding multiple Black Belts. He trains high level athletes as well as coordinating the USA Taekwondo National coaching staff for the Amateur Athletic Union.  He has an intense focus on the recruitment, development and training process at the heart of every successful organization.  John Paul’s focus is utilizing breakthrough technologies & developing teams to become cohesive, agile and principled leaders. He is a highly respected community leader.

John W. McGinnis


John McGinnis is a talented innovator known for foresight and inspiring visionary concepts.  He has a broad foundation in composite manufacturing, action sports retailing, engineering & consumer product development. Beginning in 1995, John commercialized the world’s first thermoplastic carbon fiber snowboards utilizing novel high-volume composite production processes. He founded a 3D solid modeling service bureau to provide cutting edge design & fabrication services to a diverse clientele. John founded Exponent Aircraft to develop scale prototypes of the Double Box Tail (DBT) aircraft configuration he invented. In 2010 he founded Synergy Aircraft to build the first full scale DBT prototype dubbed Synergy Prime. In 2019, John co-founded DBT Aero to commercialize the Synergy Technology Platform. John is a Senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) and a noted designer & lecturer within the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). The DBT configuration won the 2013 Popular Science Best Invention Award.

Michael Duke


Michael Duke is an experienced entrepreneur, innovator and business executive. He bought, turned around, operated and sold a Fixed Base Operation (FBO) with a Part 145 certificate, co-founded a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) import & distribution company and pioneered the first night legal & IFR equipped LSA for flight training. Michael rose through the ranks of a Fortune 200 manufacturer working in logistics, consumer products, R&D and IT. As an enterprise architect & IT migration specialist, he developed & operated a corporate cloud computing network tying together disparate operating systems and hardware architectures for 1,200 scientists on 3 continents in 1995—years before cloud computing was thought possible. Michael has been a management consultant for what is now Oliver Wyman with a focus on telephony and technology migration strategies, worked independently with clients to improve profitability, cash flow, strategy, execution & staffing, has been a Vistage Chair and is an operations & financial management contributing author. Michael is a Private Pilot.

Martin Capriles


Martin Capriles is an international senior business leader with a track record of driving performance, innovation, growth & profitability. He spent 20 years with CEMEX (NYSE: CX) in various roles with P&L responsibility, including CEMEX Venezuela’s Board of Directors, Head Investment Officer, Commercial Vice President and Trading Director. Martin is the CEO of PEMTx Energy, a start-up leveraging technology to produce clean, sustainable energy products. He is partner in STUDIGY, an  education, technology & media start-up. Martin also serves as VP of Finance & Business Development for GGC Investments, a private investment firms focused on venture capital, business development, corporate finance & family office services. He is a board member of Surfside Coffee, a Dunkin Brands franchisee with 56 locations in Florida. Martin has experience with M&A, corporate finance, administration, strategy & operations. He a private pilot & an MIT Sloan School graduate.