ICON Delivers First Of 100 Founders Edition A5’s
ICON Aircraft reports delivery of its the first Model Year 2018 (MY18) A5 to former Major League Baseball pitcher, Roy Halladay. Halladay, who pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays and Philadelphia Phillies, has been a regular ICON A5 renter and longtime deposit holder. In addition to having all MY18 upgrades, Halladay’s A5 is the first of 100 specially equipped Founders Edition (A5 FE) aircraft to be built. It is also the first A5 with airframe structures manufactured entirely at ICON’s new in-house composites manufacturing facility.
“I’ve been dreaming about flying since I was boy but was only able to become a pilot once I retired from baseball,” said Halladay. “I’ve owned other aircraft, but no aircraft embodies the adventure or captured the dream of flying like the A5. Not only is it the safest and easiest aircraft I’ve ever flown, it is hands-down the most fun. The beaches, lakes, and waterways my family and I get to explore around Florida are mind-blowing. Words don’t do justice to what the A5 allows us to experience. Even my wife, who used to be uncomfortable in small planes, now asks where we should take the A5 for the weekend. I’m honored to own the first A5 Founders Edition.”
The MY18 A5 incorporates numerous functional and manufacturability improvements, which were developed using the lessons learned from building 21 production aircraft and accumulating 6000+ hours on the fleet through flight training, rentals, demonstration flights, and test flights in a wide range of environments. Included among the changes are:
- Improved nose gear which makes it easier to taxi and steer the aircraft
- Instruments with better legibility, illumination, and reliability
- Reduced complexity and weight of oil cooler while also improving airflow
- Stiffer rudder pedals with better grip and improved adjustment and locking mechanism
- Landing gear actuators with better performance at low temperatures
- Improved canopy design with no airspeed limit for windows-out operation
- Improved access panels in wings and fuselage for easier serviceability
The first 100 MY18 aircraft are further distinguished by a Founders Edition livery, which includes a unique paint scheme, numbered badging and graphics, and a personalized plaque. The Founders Edition aircraft was created specifically for owners whose passion and advocacy for the ICON mission helps lead the way in bringing aviation to many more people.
“It’s great to add Roy to the team and present him with the first A5 Founders Edition aircraft,” said ICON CEO and Founder Kirk Hawkins. “Roy gets it; he epitomizes the spirit of ICON. While he’s an experienced pilot and flies his own turbine aircraft for A-to-B transportation, his true passion is for the adventure of sport flying, which is why he fell in love with the A5. I was even more excited to see his wife Brandy’s excitement for the A5. The pure joy on her and Roy’s faces talking about flying the A5 together is exactly why we started ICON.” Hawkins added, “This aircraft marks the start of a new production phase of the A5 as we resume volume production and ramp up rates to deliver customer aircraft on a larger scale.”
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