Why the Velocity?
Because of the high cost of purchasing and maintaining a certified aircraft, many private pilots are looking at the kit aircraft market, which now provides a larger range of light aircraft than in the certified aircraft market.
Most approved kit aircraft are for 2 seaters, but there are a few 4-seater kit aircraft, which compare favourably in performance to that of certified aircraft, but at a substantially lower cost to buy and maintain, as some of the maintenance can be done by the owner instead of a certified maintenance company.
One such 4-seater kit aircraft is the Velocity, which is very popular in the USA and mainland Europe because, as the name implies, its high speed, which is also the main reason why it has not yet been approved in the UK. The Light Aircraft Association (LAA), who issues approval for kit aircraft in the UK, has a minimum airspeed of 61 knots, which up to now has not been met by the Velocity, but by adding a ‘cuff’ to the canard, Velocity has reduced the airspeed to about 56 knots, so now it will be built from scratch in the UK and hopefully approved by the LAA.