Icon A5

Let’s face it, if you love flying you have probably desired to have your very own aircraft at some point.  If you’re anything like me, you get easily discouraged when you start adding up the costs of fuel, maintenance, hangar fees, etc.  Well, I stumbled upon this little gem of an airplane that falls under the Light Sport Aircraft category and I found many of the costs prospective aircraft owners face can be minimized by getting into an aircraft such as the Icon A5.

Icon Aircraft was started by Kirk Hawkins, a former F-16 pilot for the U.S. Air Force and serial entrepreneur.  I like Kirk’s story for several reasons.  You have a guy who knows what it’s like to put 9Gs on an aircraft and can still appreciate sport flying.  He has a broad spectrum of interests (probably like most of us who fly) and has gone to great lengths to pursue them.

Up front the A5 will run you $139,000.  This will buy you a brand new, composite two-seat aircraft capable of carrying a useful load of 430-530 lbs…oh and you can park it in your garage next to your jet skis.

If you are not familiar with the Light Sport Aircraft designation, please read Wolf Emond’s articles on LSA: LSA Part 1 and LSA Part 2.

Here are the specs for the A5:

Estimated Price: $139,000 USD (Standard Equipment)

SPECIFICATIONS

– Seats: 2
– Maximum Takeoff Weight: 1430 lbs (648.64 kg)
– Useful Load: 430 – 530 lbs (195.04 – 240.40 kg) (option dependent)
– Baggage: 60 lbs (27.22 kg) (maximum)
– Fuel (Auto Gas or Av Gas): 20 gal (75.7 L)
– Maximum Speed (Vh): 105 kts (120 mph) (194 kmh)
– Range: 300 NM (555.6 km)
– Takeoff & Landing Distance: 750 ft (228.6 m)
– Engine (Rotax 912 iS): 100 hp

Performance specifications are estimates only.

DIMENSIONS

– Interior Cockpit Width: 46 in (116.8 cm)
– Wingspan: 34 ft (10.36 m)
– Aircraft Length: 23 ft (7.01 m)
– Aircraft Height: 7.1 ft (2.16 m)
– Trailered Width: 8.5 ft (2.59 m)
– Trailered Length: 28 ft (8.53 m)
– Trailered Height: 8.3 ft (2.53 m)

DESIGN FEATURES

– Folding wings
– Retractable landing gear (gear can be deleted entirely to make a pure seaplane)
– Seawings™ platforms for easy access and docking
– Custom aircraft towing trailer (optional)
– Headlights and floodlights

PERFORMANCE FEATURES

– High-strength, lightweight carbon fiber airframe
– Amphibious design (flies off land and water)
– High-performance wing and airfoil
– Reliable 100 hp Rotax 912 iS engine
– Runs on auto gasoline or aviation gasoline

COCKPIT FEATURES

– Intuitive, sports car-like cockpit
– GPS moving map
– MP3 in-flight music port
– High-visibility, wrap-around canopy
– Flight with removable side windows
– Multiple storage compartments

SAFETY FEATURES

– ICON Spin-Resistant Airframe
– Predictable flying characteristics
– Low stall speed
– ICON Complete Airplane Parachute (optional)
– Planing wingtips
– Wing Angle of Attack indicator (AoA)

STANDARD EQUIPMENT

– Retractable landing gear
– Folding wings
– Garmin aera 796 GPS
– Analog flight instrumentation (per ASTM LSA standards)
– Intercom system
– VHF Communication Radio
– Mode C Transponder

OPTIONAL EQUIPMENT (pricing and availability to be provided at Production Notice)

– ICON Complete Airplane Parachute
– Night lighting package
– Seaplane configuration (no landing gear)
– Attitude Indicator
– Custom A5 towing trailer

So if you are looking a nice, safe aircraft that provides you some serious flexibility with relatively low operating costs, the Icon A5 may be the choice for you!

Editor’s Note: We do not have any marketing agreements with Icon Aircraft nor will we receive any reimbursement for this post.  We just really like the concept of the A5 and want to provide our readers with information on this unique aircraft.

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