2000 Velocity 173 RG
Finished building in 2000 by an experienced builder and also an high-experience, professional General Aviation pilot (several ATPL's with IR/ME/FI and 10,000+ hours PIC), this beauty has only flown approximately bout 300 hours total.
It has incredible pitch and roll stability, a solid feel on the controls and flies as a "two-finger" airplane.
The Velocity also has a remarkable large cabin. With 42" shoulder to shoulder, the Velocity is, in fact, larger than most general aviation aircraft, including most twins. In fact it is one of the world's most spacious and practical single engine aircraft! The pilot/co-pilot height is 42.5" so also well suited for taller pilots. The total length of the cockpit is 84".
The Velocity is a true high performance airplane with the ability to make 1000 nautical mile cross country trips (range at 65% Pwr and at FL75) at speeds up to 180+ KTS TAS (75% Pwr and at FL65), while carrying four people and some baggage in total comfort. With the rear mounted engine, the noise, propeller turbulence, engine heat and fumes are behind you, providing an atmosphere comparable to a modern sports sedan. An adequate supply of cool fresh air is available through forward inlets; this air can also be heated by the forward mounted oil cooler.
Using modern day airfoil technology, clean cabin lines, and non-complex systems, the Velocity exceeds all other aircraft in its class in efficiency, performance, and simplicity. This Velocity has a maximum practical service ceiling of approximately 15,000 feet (FL150) with reduced weight. Because of the absence of a turbo you get the best performance between 5,000 feet (FL50) and 8,000 feet (FL80) which is also the best environment for comfort and optimal efficient operation.
Ron Grable from "Plane & Pilot wrote: "... The Velocity is certainly one of the most attractive four-seaters in the air today. Taxiing up to any ramp will guarantee you as the center of attention."
Piloting chores can be shared by both pilots (or just use the autopilot), and the Velocity's incredible stability and spacious instrument panel make it an excellent IFR platform. With extremely crisp controls and excellent aerodynamic stability, the Velocity has been described as if it was mounted on rails, allowing you to fly long distances with a minimal pilot load, yet it will dogfight with the best of the two seat sport planes (but you can carry 4 persons!!).
Once on the ground, the Velocity is as sure-footed as a cat, with its full-castering nosewheel, 100" wheelbase, 80" track, and oversize wheels and brakes.
This beautifull aircraft is available for far less than half the costs to build it. And that is not including the more than 3.000 hours of specialized labour needed over a 4 years building time.
For extra information or to make an appointment to visit and see/fly the aircraft, you can contact Hans van de Ven.
By e-mail or by phone +316 1979 2107
Extra photographs flying
These photographs are made before the special high performance low-noise MT propeller was mounted.
You can see that from the white color and shape of the old spinner. This spinner has been replaced by a special, low resistance, pusher-shape model from MT.
The tinted windows keep the cockpit cool in summer and at the same time allow you to enjoy the scenery without having to wear sunglasses.
The Velocity is rock-steady in flight.
On first sight, you could mistaken it for a small jet.
Flying a Velocity could be compared to driving a Ferrari. Not only because her speed, but especially because how she looks!
People are watching. Always! But you only notice that on the airfield of course.
The picture below was taken at the exact same moment the strobe-light flashed.
This created the little star below her belly and giving the picture a nice touch.