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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS FeedICON A5 LSA Prototype Makes First Flight
Special Event set for Opening Day, July 28
  
ICON Aircraft's A5 amphibious light-sport aircraft prototype made its successful maiden test flight on Wednesday, July 9, at an undisclosed lake in California, company officials announced today (July 15). ICON Lead Aero Engineer and Test Pilot Jon Karkow was at the controls and demonstrated the aircraft's performance and flying characteristics during take-off, landing, and low-speed maneuvering.

Karkow, who has flown first flights for many notable aircraft including the world-record setting Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, commented, "Everything went as well as an initial test flight possibly could go; so I was very pleased. The aircraft flew exceptionally well and met or exceeded our design expectations. The A5 seems to be a great aircraft right out of the box."

The company has scheduled a special AeroShell Square event for 10:30 a.m. on opening day of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (Monday, July 28), when it will unveil the flying prototype as well as the mock-up featured at last month's A5 launch event in Los Angeles. During the presentation, officials will demonstrate the patent-pending electric folding wing installed on the mock-up.

ICON A5 First Flight
ICON Aircraft's A5 amphibious light-sport aircraft prototype made its successful maiden test flight on Wednesday, July 9, at an undisclosed lake in California.
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The two-seat amphibious sport plane is made of carbon fiber and is powered by a 100-hp Rotax 912 ULS engine. Its retractable landing gear allows for land and water operations. Other features include a sports car-like cockpit, MP3 port, and patent-pending Seawing platform for easy access and docking on water.

Estimated price for the standard model is $139,000, and the company is accepting refundable deposits on orders through its website, www.iconaircraft.com. The company initial deliveries to begin in late 2010.

 

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