Icon Aircraft Vice President of Sales, Marketing, Flight Operations, and Service Warren Curry announces that a version of the Icon A5 amphibious aircraft is expected to be certified by the FAA in the fall of 2021 and will carry a suggested retail price of $399,000. Photo by David Tulis.
Officials from the California company said they expect to receive FAA approval by the end of this year, and that they anticipate foreign sales will soon account for 25 percent of total sales.
The A5 currently flies under light sport aircraft rules that are based on industry standards that are less stringent than FAA certification.
The two-seat Icon A5 has folding wings and a spin-resistant design, carbon-fiber construction, and sports car styling. The certified version will have options such as a Garmin G3X primary flight display/multifunction display and a Garmin autopilot.
Retail prices for the A5 are $399,000 for the certified version with a G3X; $385,000 for a light sport aircraft with a G3X, and $359,000 for a light sport aircraft with a basic instrument panel.
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