ICON A5 Achieves Historic Safety Milestone

ICON A5 successfully completes spin-resistance testing to FAA Part 23 standard


Hawkins added that, “The FAA played a significant role in facilitating this achievement by permitting the visionary new Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) category and Sport Pilot License (SPL). The freedoms provided to manufacturers by these new standards allow more innovation with less onerous, expensive, or unnecessary regulations. LSA and SPL are shining examples of how well-designed regulations can stimulate a market to innovate new products and solutions, both of which are essential to ensuring a healthy future for General Aviation.”


At present, ICON is working aggressively on production preparations, including design for manufacturing, component and material selection, and production-facility preparation.


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ICON Aircraft is a consumer sport plane manufacturer founded in response to the new sport flying category created by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2004. ICON’s first plane is the A5, an amphibious sport aircraft that fuses outstanding aeronautical engineering with world-class product design. It has won some of the world’s most prestigious design awards and has inspired a global following. The company has received more than 600 order deposits and is scheduled to start production of the A5 at the end of 2012. ICON Aircraft’s facilities are in Southern California, a hotbed for automotive design and aerospace engineering.



In 2004, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created a new classification of easy-to-fly and affordable two-person airplanes called Light Sport Aircraft. These airplanes enable a new classification of Sport Pilots to fly in lower altitude, uncongested airspace, during the daytime, and in good weather. The Sport Pilot License focuses on the fundamentals of flying and requires a minimum of 20 hours of in-flight training, undercutting the time and cost of a traditional Private Pilot License by about 50%. The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has described the new rules as “the biggest change in aviation in 50 years.”


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