The Velocity V-Twin was designed to provide a safe and efficient transportation aircraft especially for those who fly a night, over mountains, over large bodies of water, serious IFR and those who just want the redundancy of a second engine to get them home or to an airport in the event of an engine failure. One of the design goals was to provide a twin engine aircraft that does NOT have the “stall/spin” problems associated with most twin engine aircraft. Think of it this way: Should you lose one engine of a conventional twin during the most critical departure point when the airspeed is low and in a climb attitude, panic will set in and often the pilot will not initiate the essential elements of an engine out procedure. He now finds that it takes full rudder to keep the airplane from yawing, airspeed is decaying and a turn back to the runway can result in the lowered wing to stall. Not much different than most airplanes where you use full rudder and slow the airplane down to a stall resulting in a spin. Key decisions used in a twin are: “identify,” “verify,” and “secure.” Identify the engine that failed by using the dead foot, dead engine terminology, verify by retarding the throttle that represents the dead engine and then secure the dead engine by feathering the propeller and shutting off the fuel to that engine. Struggling all at the same time to maintain a safe flying speed and keeping the airplane from crashing into the trees or other obstacles on the departure path.
How the V-Twin is
Here is what is different in our V-Twin. The canard design results in the canard stalling before the main wing can reach a critical stall angle. The nose will bob up and down but the wing continues to fly. The end result is that IF you can’t stall the main wing, you can’t spin. This gives the pilot time to identify, verify and secure even if his air speed decays to the point where the canard does the bob up and down thing. Our power to weight is higher than most conventional twins thus giving us a better rate of climb should an engine fail.
Perhaps my wife said it best, if it doesn’t have two engines, I don’t fly.