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Public Unveiling at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2008
  

EAA's Earl Lawrence attended Icon Aircraft's private unveiling event held Wednesday in Los Angeles for its new amphibious light-sport aircraft, the Icon A5. The general public will get its first up-close look at the sleek two-seater next month at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.

"The event was very 'Hollywood' - red carpet and everything," he said. "This was different - not your traditional aviation audience," although he noted Dick Rutan and other notable aviation, Hollywood, and motor sports personalities also in attendance.

Lawrence mentioned the A5's innovations, particularly the patent-pending electric folding wing that they demonstrated (see Icon's video of the event) along with several other patent pending features like a "Seawing" platform for easy access and docking; an angle of attack (AoA) wing indicator; and a safety feature the company calls PropellerGuard. Matthew Gionta, formerly of Scaled Composites, leads Icon's engineering team.

The airplane is made of composite materials, has a retractable landing gear, and is powered by a rear-mounted, 100-hp Rotax 912 ULS engine, so it will run on auto fuel or avgas. With a 20-gallon fuel tank, range is 300 miles with an estimated top speed of 120 mph. A full-scale prototype is scheduled to begin flight tests this summer. For more information, visit www.IconAircraft.com.

Icon A5 Specifications

Max Weight: 1430
Useful Load: 430 (Min)
Baggage: 60 lbs max
Fuel Capacity: 20 gallons
Max speed: 105 Knots (120 mph)
Range: 300 nm
Engine: Rotax 912
Cockpit width: 46 in
Wingspan: 34ft
Aircraft Length: 22 ft
Tailored Width: 8.5 ft

Tailored Length: 28 ft

 

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