MVP.AERO Inc. is a private “C” corporation incorporated in Delaware USA. Our team is dedicated to developing the world’s most versatile light sport aircraft.

It is designing, developing and building the world’s Most Versatile Plane the MVP model 3. This light sport aircraft will be certified and produced in the Light Sport Airplane (LSA) category, but will also be available as a fast build kit (ELSA).

Design and Engineering resources are based in Duluth MN with Management & administration based in Minneapolis MN.  As a self-funded venture, MVP.AERO is exploring various full funding options.

Currently, sales are being spearheaded in North America with sales in South America and Asia as well.  Additional relationships are being pursued globally.


Phone/Fax: 1-800-273-8909
Media: Steve Pugh, CEO
Distribution: Darrell Lynds, President
Sales: John Thomas, North American Dir. of Sales
Web/Imagery: Michael Lynds, VP Digital Marketing
MVP - Light Sport Aircraft of the Future

Our Vision was created to bring to market a new “feature-packed” class of light sport aircraft that would earn the title of the world’s Most Versatile Planes

This new class of feature-packed all-season airplanes can operate comfortably from smooth to rougherstrips, from water, and even from snow and ice.  The MVP will be the ideal sport plane for people who love the outdoors and want to “get out there” and enjoy it.

MVP aircraft will also be designed to be as safe, as reliable, and as simple to fly and maintain as possible.  With an eye towards toughness in just the right places, the MVP will absorb the rougher treatment often experienced when taking on a Big Adventure.

While these attributes are exciting, the MVP’s most significant and game-changing quality is that it will do more than simply fly from one place to another. It will also support and play an active role in many great outdoor activities including camping, fishing, hunting, exploring, relaxing and more.

While these attributes are exciting, the MVP’s most significant and game-changing quality is that it will do more than simply fly from one place to another. It will also support and play an active role in many great outdoor activities including camping, fishing, hunting, exploring, relaxing and more.

While a tremendous focus is on creating a great flying versatile sport plane that can do more than simply fly, it is just as important that the MVP be attractive, super-fun to pilot, have great visibility, and be extremely comfortable for the longest of trips.

It is our hope that by combining the amazing world of light sport aircrafts with a versatile backpack of adventure-supporting features, that MVP aircraft will change the way sport aviation is valued.


MVP was founded in 2011 by father and son team Darrell and Michael Lynds, and best friend Steve Pugh. Together, they felt that pilots should expect more utility and versatility from a light sport aircraft than was currently available. Pooling ideas drawn from their own building and flying experiences, their aviation relationships and their backgrounds, a feasibility study got underway.

An integral stage was when Mike Van Staagen (Cirrus and Sikorsky) took a look at the study and several concepts. He concluded that while lofty, their goals for the airplane were possible to achieve. Mike was so excited by the potential that he joined the founding team and has since taken on the design, saying that the MVP will be his most exciting project to date. Given that his last project was creating and leading the design for the Cirrus Vision Jet, this is extremely exciting. This i an indication of the degree of excitement we all have about the MVP.

In the summer of 2013, the company produced and flew a 30% scaled model and successfully studied key behavioral traits of this exciting configuration.  In July of 2014, the company’s first full-scale engineering and marketing mock-up was unveiled at the MVP debut press conference at the EAA press center at Wittman Field Oshkosh. Also, the MVP team walking attendees of EAA Airventure 2014 through the many special features of the airplane.

All of this activity has been funded by private investment. The founding team holds an 85% ownership of the company.

The Overarching Business Strategy

The team has focused even harder on deriving a robust and appropriate business strategy. This plan will deliver quality MVP aircraft to customers in a practical and efficient manner.

The team’s unique combined experiences from the amateur built segment and the Certified Part 23 segment, have been combined to create a sound path forward.

While our primary focus is on the development of the SLSA ASTM certificated MVP, careful attention to detail will provide MVP’s in other airworthiness categories with little effect on the Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA)program’s total developmental timeline.

As a result, the MVP will first be offered as an Experimental Amateur Built Kit (E-AB), then as an Experimental Light Sport Aircraft (ELSA), and finally as a fully produced Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA). Roughly 3, 4 & 5 years respectively.  Furthermore, many of the necessary attributes required to certify the design to FAA Part 23 standards will be seamlessly folded into the baseline design in anticipation that this market segment will soon become viable.

By following this path, many important synergies can be leveraged that not only creates essential early cash flow and provides valuable real-life product improving feedback, but also this approach offers several different ways customers can acquire, experience, and outfit their MVP.

Growing an MVP Community

The founders met while flying light land and sea aircraft all over North America.  Trips taken together, memorable fireside gatherings, and many new friendships, inspired a realization. A more versatile airplane could actually foster more opportunities to create and enjoy this wonderful comradery!

There was another contributing factor that this group of like-minded people found. Not only did they fly more, but they were more satisfied with their investment in the hobby.

The MVP team is going to kick-start this social phenomenon to enable MVP owners to “get out there” more often. The company plans to take an active role globally promoting many activities, functions, and group expeditions. We that these enjoyable shared experiences will become one of the more compelling reasons to own an MVP.

The company also recognizes that affording, owning and operating a modern airplane has become increasingly prohibitive. While the airplane itself is designed to reduce as many costs as is possible, it isn’t the only appealing feature. The most exciting prospect looking forward is realized by providing a fully integrated shared ownership model that works. The MVP team feels that the increased value proposition and characteristics of the airplane have finally made this idea sustainable.