Thursday, April 24, 2014
ICON Aircraft Production Update
As the ICON A5 moves closer to FAA approval and serial production, the ICON team continues to progress with assembly of the first production prototype A5. Engineering Serial Number 1 (ESN1), currently being built at ICON's facility in Tehachapi, California, is the first of several planes that will support the FAA compliance audit for LSA airworthiness.
The build is currently focused on ESN1's structural composites, and ICON's technicians have begun bonding all major components of the airframe, including tail, fuselage, wings, control surfaces, and canopy. As the structure of ESN1 comes together, the team will transition its focus to systems integration, which includes the installation of electrical, propulsion, landing gear, interior, and parachute systems.