ICON Aircraft’s production A5 is finally here. It is an amphibious sport plane that can land or takeoff from water or land due to its boat hull design and retractable landing gear. The ICON engineering team has worked with top automotive and product designers to move this project forward. The airframe is made of lightweight, high-strength carbon fiber composite. The plane can carry one passenger and the pilot. It has a fuel capacity of 20 gallons. As the company has recently announced, the A5 is no longer a concept aircraft. It is ready for production, so you just have to bring $189k to get started.
ICON Aircraft’s mission has been to reinvent flying with this project. The team seems to have accomplished just that. Here are some of the specs you need to know:
- Retractable landing gear
- Amphibious design
- Folding wings
- 2 person aircraft
- Fuel capacity of 20 gallons
- Useful load: 430 pounds
- Maximum Takeoff Weight: 1510 lbs
- Maximum Speed (Vh): 105 kts (120 mph) (194 kmh)
- Range: 300 NM (555.6 km)
- Engine (Rotax 912 iS): 100 hp
- Cockpit features: GPS moving map, car like cockpit design, MP3 music port, storage compartments
You can check all the features on ICON Aircraft’s website. This looks like a marvelous creation. Too bad not all of us can afford it.