Thursday, July 24, 2008
Upstart light sport aircraft manufacturer ICON Aircraft successfully flew a prototype version of its ICON A5 amphibious sport plane. The ICON A5 two-seat sport plane features an amphibious design with retractable landing gear for flying off land and water, plus several patent-pending technologies highlighted by folding wings that allow the plane to be easily stored and towed on the road with a trailer. Designed to be predictable and easy-to-fly, the ICON A5 features a lightweight carbon fiber airframe and is powered by a 100-hp Rotax 912 ULS engine that runs on both auto and aviation gasoline at an estimated top speed of 120 mph. Besides the folding wings, more unique features specific to the ICON A5 include an sports car-like cockpit with MP3 port, and patent-pending Seawing platform for easy access and docking on water.
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