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Icon A5, The Future?  
User currently offlinenipoel123 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2011, 272 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 2973 times:

Just came across this, not sure whether this is the right forum:

At the price of $100,000, you get a good looking (IMO) aircraft. It can be transported on a trailer...

Could this thing have any potential as a car replacement? I'm thinking of the longer distances, and the large amount of airstrips in the US. I think that, unfortunately, this will not be a success in Europe.

For more information: http://www.iconaircraft.com/

one mile of road leads to nowhere, one mile of runway leads to anywhere
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User currently offlinesrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (4 years 12 months 15 hours ago) and read 2922 times:

Considering the number of such machines that have been developed over the years and flopped, this one is bound to join them. When you think about how many bad drivers there are out there on the roads, would you want these same people flying? A mistake in the air is deadly.

User currently offlinenipoel123 From Netherlands, joined Jan 2011, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 12 months 14 hours ago) and read 2885 times:

You've got to have an SPL (Sports Pilot License) for this, and the FAA is watching...

one mile of road leads to nowhere, one mile of runway leads to anywhere
User currently offlineHAL From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 2635 posts, RR: 52
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2657 times:

The styling is much better than most aircraft today, but look behind the numbers and it's simply... another LSA. That means that on 100hp, you'll do about 100 knots, with a range of 300 miles, and have to stay below 10,000 feet. No IFR flying - daytime VFR only, if you just have a sport pilot's license. If you're flying it with a private license, (and the plane is properly equipped), you can go at night. You can put two average people in it, but that would pretty much max out the weight. It wouldn't work too well as a business travelling machine.

All this will cost you a minimum of $139,000 for a base model. That's as much as some exotic sports cars, which will go faster than the A5. Options like a ballistic recovery parachute, attitude indicator, and night lighting will cost more.

I do hope the plane does well, and attracts many more people to aviation. It's a beautiful aircraft. But close your eyes and think with some practicality, and it does essentially the same thing that the Piper Cub did nearly 70 years ago, for a whole lot more money.


One smooth landing is skill. Two in a row is luck. Three in a row and someone is lying.
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