What better way is there to accelerate the early construction phase of a Velocity kit building project than by working in a fully equipped hangar, with access to professional assistance when needed? The Velocity Service Center Head Start Program is designed to provide first time Velocity kit builders the opportunity to work on-site with their airplane project prior to kit shipment to their own home base. The long-term advantages of participating in the Head Start program are amazing. Not only does it allow the builder to focus on the project without many of the usual distractions, it also allows him or her to get organized, to learn from experienced building assistants, and to develop good working habits from the start.
Each builder is provided a work area in the Velocity Service Center hangar, at a weekly fee of $150 which includes use of tools, jigs, and overhead. Participants can spend any length of time in the program. Builders work with their own kit components (foam, epoxy, cloth, fillers, brushes, etc.) and are responsible for the organization and cleaning of their work area. Special tools, shop equipment, rags, sandpaper, clean-up materials, gloves, drinking water, and coffee are provided at no extra cost. Builders insure their project while on site. Head Start builders have 24/7 access to their projects while in the program.
Velocity technicians are available during Service Center operating hours (Mon-Fri, 8-5) for any assistance required by builders in the Head Start Program. This service is billed at $80 per hour. For those just starting their project, the work day often begins with a lesson on the next step to be completed. Builders continue on their own, seeking technical help as needed. Often the Service Center has Velocitys in various stages of construction, and builders find it a great advantage to look at finished steps before beginning the same ones on their own kit.
"The uncertainty that I had the right skills had kept me from building my own airplane sooner. Now I am confident that I am learning the correct methods and using the right tools. Expert help is available when I need it, and there is a sense of community among all of us in the Head Start program which helps encourage, motivate and teach me."
- Richard Gwinn, San Diego, California
"I started another plane project at home 10 years ago and it was never finished -- too many other things to do. Here I can concentrate entirely on my project, and get help with the names of the tools, measurements not in metric, and more."
- Ueli Christen, Bern, Switzerland
"Even though this is the second plane I have built, the Head Start program saves me time and makes it easier because parts are readily available. When I have a problem there is always someone to go to -- versus telephoning for help. The staff’s high integrity is an important ingredient here."
- Lynn Elsner, Crete, Nebraska