The Velocity Owners and Builders Association (VOBA) needs a writer/editor to source, write, and edit articles for a 32 – 48 page quarterly magazine. We are looking for a combination of writing talent, editing ability, aviation knowledge, and project management skills. This is an ongoing project with a lot of flexibility in the delivery schedule (as long as the quarterly deadlines are met!)
VOBA is the official association for those who build, own, and/or fly experimental aircraft constructed from kits purchased from Velocity Aircraft, Inc. Our web site: http://www.velocityowners.com
The articles should be specific to the Velocity Aircraft and related topics, like the aerodynamics of canard-type aircraft or issues unique to high-performance experimental planes. You don't need to be an expert on the Velocity aircraft, but a lot of the articles are technical in nature, and familiarity with aircraft mechanical and electrical systems will be helpful. In all cases, your job will be to take an idea and some source material and turn it into good reading.
For example, a typical assignment would be:
>>Do a 2 – 3 page article on the history of the Velocity Aircraft company. Info available at:
Here's another example:
>>Lots of aircraft builders are opting for dual side sticks instead of yokes or a center stick. Find the people who did the installations listed at this web site and write about the design and construction considerations:
There will be perhaps 10 such articles /assignments each quarter.
In addition to writing, this position is responsible for soliciting writing contributions from the VOBA membership and Velocity Aircraft company staff; so there will be some time spent on the phone or emailing knowledgeable people looking for stories. Most will happily send a few paragraphs on a topic plus some photos, and these can be stitched together into complete articles. A few members will contribute full articles when asked.
If awarded this project, you will be provided with:
1. A list of topics, article outlines, and suggestions for content
2. Suggestions on where to find information for each suggested topic
3. Access to the VOBA web site and membership contact info
4. Names of people in the industry who can provide ideas, opinions, and photos.
5. A transition plan from the current freelance Editor, who has been on this project for the last 3 years.
This job is expected to take 120 – 200 hours per year (30 – 50 hours per quarterly newsletter) at $16.50 - $18 per hour. No travel is required.
See the attached documents for a sample of the publication. As editor, you would be responsible for soliciting, sourcing, and editing most of the articles. You are not responsible for assembling the issue from the individual articles or doing the design and layout. (Let me know, though, if design and layout work in MS Word is in your skill set and you're interested in additional work.)