I'm going to keep writing, but a little later in this article we will have today's video where I fly it around like a normal person and show you the stupid crazy stability and ease of flight. The Velox' laid back nature when flying it easy is simply astonishing.
It is worth nothing that today everyone dropped what they were doing and lined up along the fence whenever the Velox went up. We were doing something a little different and I think they were all shocked that such a high performance aircraft would fly in such a gentle manner. Either way, everything else aside, the Velox draws a big crowd just because it's so cool and badass looking. I've taken it to an event and I got lots of positive comments about it. I've also let a few people fly it and they now have their own. The flying doesn't lie.Set Up
There's actually a lot to be said for backing off on the intensity to get a good, smooth flight. The plane is so stable I can still fly hard and not have much trouble, but backing off a little gives you a more composed presentation. If you're trying to showcase a plane's stability and precision this is a pretty good technique. When you start pushing really hard it's easy to get sloppy, either from adrenalin or just skirting your own personal limit. That's ok on an agility video because crazed flying is always fun to watch too.
Today was a good lesson on backing off and giving a more balanced flight. I'm not going to abandon the wild stuff, but I will be incorporating more sedate flying that the new guys won't be afraid to try, and that's who we want to help most anyway.
Here we go a little off script, and I fly the plane really hard, though with a bit more margin, and taking the time to set everything up better, and manage the flow. I just slowed it down a little to take my time and get it right. I blow a couple of exits, but the wind was really howling, and maybe I relaxed too much and got sloppy. In general I think it is a different style and looks better in it's own way. It's a different look from all out gonzo, but if it makes the presentation look better and it's more fun, this is more the way I'm going to fly this plane.
Let's be clear here about one thing. This is a 100% blood and guts old time rock and roll 3DHS fly low plane all the way. It may be a Velox, but it's character and soul has the deep running roots of the original Extra SHP, and especially the SR. Most of us grew up flying those planes, and in honesty, they made me into a pilot.
From here how do you summarize a plane that defies the conventional wisdom that you have to sacrifice something to get something? OK, maybe the Velox gives up a percent or two to the Extra in grace, and maybe the Edge is a percent easier and more stable, but it's so close any intermediate pilot can make up that difference after a flight or two. The Velox does everything sparklingly well, and it's performance bias, while a little different, rivals the Extra for being the best rounded plane in the lineup.
Finally a note of thanks to Ben Fisher for his patience and guidance from the early years. I didn't know jack about set up, but he brought me along and many, many of the things I instinctually applied on this project comes directly from what I learned from him. He designs a pretty mean plane too.
That, and the Boss rocks.
Finally, and this time for real, for cell users YouTube seems to work better for cell phones or slower connections, so we will give it a try. For this video, you will want to crank the sound.