The generic term for the design of the distinctive-looking plane is "Canard," which refers to file small wing in front. It is also known as a "pusher," because of the engine in the rear. The Velocity cruises at 190 mph and has a range of about 900 miles. Before (Kirk) Lindberg was allowed to fly with passengers in the four-seater, Federal Aviation Administration regulations required him to fly solo for 40 hours to demonstrate its airworthiness. A prudent pilot, he did so wearing a parachute.