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Synergy v32 image nSynergy Aircraft, LLC was founded in April 2010 to solve the problems impeding profitable, on-demand regional transportation.  In 2019 we merged with DBT Aero Inc. a Delaware C corp.

The Problem

By car or by airline, travel 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 electrification of aircraft require a new level of efficiency.

Whether in large or small communities the Internet provides a new level of expected service.  The exploding business of online ordering for both goods and services has produced ever higher expectations of delivery times and service convenience.  Companies who provide these services need options that grow with the needs, that allow them to deliver within an ever shorter time window while controlling their costs.  Companies who figure this out win.  There is a need for fast, agile, lower cost solutions for both cargo and passenger movement.

The Solution

Synergy Aircraft has developed patent protected solutions that produce quiet, comfortable, efficient, smart planes—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

Smarter propulsive integration, whole-systems safety, and existing technologies for progressive autonomy let us look beyond airliners and traditional cargo aircraft as well as electrified versions of traditional aircraft.

‘Synergy Prime’ can use more than 5,000 under-utilized public use U.S. airports as well as about 500 commercial airports and thousands more private airfields. Just about every community in the US has a small municipal airport.  All we need is 2500′ of runway and we can delivery.  Because of our low cost of manufacture and operation small and large communities become new opportunities for passengers and the delivery of goods at a higher profit.

Where we’re going

DBT Aero Inc. has a full 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. These solutions will provide lower cost-per-mile solutions for growing air mobility and air transport needs. And true no compromise electric solutions.


The DBT Aero Executive Team

John Paul Noyes


A commercial pilot with over 25 years of Mountain flying experience, professional Bush pilot, CFII (Certified Flight Instructor Instruments), Multi Engine Commercial pilot, aerobatic pilot, certified and trained in many Single engine, Multi engine, Jet and Turbine aircraft.  He owns Vans RV-6, which he flies extensively for business.  Mr. Noyes is a very disciplined leader holding multiple Black Belts and trains high level athletes as well as coordinating the US Taekwondo National coaching staff.  John Paul has a special focus on the intense recruitment, development, and training process at the heart of every startup.  His focus is on break through technologies and training teams on how to become cohesive, agile,  principled leaders in the industry. Mr. Noyes has over 30 years of serial entrepreneur experience.  He is a well known, highly respected community leader.

John W. McGinnis

Co-Founder & CTO

John W. McGinnis is a talented innovator known for foresight, integrity, and inspiring, visionary leadership. Senior executive roles in multiple startups provide Mr. McGinnis with a broad business foundation in composite manufacturing, action sports retail, engineering management, equity finance, and consumer product development.  Beginning in 1995 he commercialized the world’s first thermoplastic carbon fiber snowboards and invented several other profitable, high-volume composite production processes. Mr. McGinnis founded his 3-D solid modeling service bureau, mc squared design, in 1997 to provide cutting edge design and fabrication services to a diverse clientele. He founded Synergy Aircraft in 2010 to commercialize the prototype DBT aircraft configuration he invented, and the Synergy Prime aircraft he personally designed to showcase it. (The DBT stands for Double BoxTail) In 2019, he founded DBT Aero, Inc. with cofounder Michael Duke. John W. McGinnis is a Senior member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and a noted designer and lecturer within the Experimental Aircraft Association. Winner of the 2013 Popular Science Best Invention Award for the historic Synergy Aircraft.

Michael Duke

Co-Founder & COO/CFO

Michael Duke is an experienced entrepreneur, innovator and business executive. He bought, turned around, operated and sold a Fixed Base Operation (FBO) at a Southern California public airport. The FBO held a Part 145 Repair Station certificate. Michael co-founded a company to import and distribute Light Sport Aircraft (LSA). Michael pioneered the first night legal LSA and the first 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. He developed and 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 also worked as an enterprise architect and migration specialist integrating remote corporate locations into the enterprise infrastructure and systems. 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, and has been a Vistage Chair. Michael is a Private Pilot, DBT Aero’s lead investor as well as an operations and financial management contributing author.

Martin Capriles


Martin Capriles is a results-oriented, international senior business leader with a proven track record driving corporate performance, innovation, growth and profitability. CEO of PEMTx Energy, an ambitious start-up in the field of sustainable energy leveraging technology to produce clean energy products. Martin also serves as Vice President of Finance and Business Development for GGC Investments, a private investment firms with a hands-on approach focused on venture capital, business development, corporate finance and family office services. He is an experienced executive with a track record in M&A, corporate finance, administration, strategy and operations. He is a board member at Surfside Coffee, a 56 Dunkin network in Florida.  Mr. Capriles is an active private pilot and founding investor in Synergy Aircraft, LLC. He is also a founding partner and investor in STUDIGY, an innovative start-up working at the intersection of education, technology and media. Prior to his recent activities, Martin 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. He holds an M.S. from Caracas’ Universidad Metropolitana and an M.B.A. from MIT’s Sloan School of Management where he is a Sloan Fellow.