26 Feb '14, 9am

New Amphibious Light Sport Aircraft Prepare for Takeoff

The Icon A5 amphibious light sport aircraft(LSA) has been in the works since 2006, and now that the company is close to starting deliveries, a slew of similar amphibious aircraft (those able to operate from both and water) are emerging to compete for this market niche. Icon Aircraft was founded by Kirk Hawkins, a former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and a graduate of Stanford Business School. He and his team designed the A5 to be appealing and easy to fly for first-time pilots, hoping to capture the attention of the recreational market. In developing the design, he pushed the limits of the LSA category, winning a rare weight exemption from federal regulators that enabled him to incorporate new safety features. Among the plane’s most notable features are its foldable wings, which allow it to be towed behind a car like a ski boat, and the ability of its engine to burn aviatio...

Full article: http://robbreport.com/aviation/new-amphibious-light-sport...

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