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ICON Aircraft – Latest Flight Video

Posted in ideas, Uncategorized by aldorf on December 10, 2009

The ICON A5 is an American Light Sport Aircraft currently being developed by Icon Aircraft, that claims to bridge the gap between flying and other motorsports. Its development is a collaboration between an F-16 pilot and a banker turned skateboard designer.

The A5 is an amphibious aircraft with carbon fiber airframe and retractable landing gear, enabling it to take off from water or landing strips. The A5 is one of only a handful of LSAs that is not tied to landing strip-based operations. It seats two people in an enclosed cockpit with wraparound canopy and is powered by a single internal combustion engine driving a pusher propeller. The side windows are removable. A pair of sponsons provides hydrodynamic stability and aids with occupant ingress/egress. Its high-wing design provides superior visibility and includes the ability to fold the wings aft, to facilitate transportation and storage.

The Icon A5 is powered by a 100hp Rotax 912 ULS engine that can run on aviation grade or automotive grade gasoline. It drives a three-bladed pusher propeller with propeller guard. The cockpit is simpler than a conventional aircraft cockpit, with a minimum of instruments (including angle of attack indicator), and moving map-based GPS system. Equipment also includes MP3 player compatibility. Available options include matched trailer and full airframe ballistic recovery system parachute.

Icon Aircraft has several patents pending including its propeller guard and sea step.

See another video from Wired Magazine here.

And another one from “IDEO Know How Talks” here.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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