The ICON A5 performs water maneuvers at Lake Isabella, Calif., where it underwent a majority of its hydrodynamic testing.
Proving that good things come to those who wait, ICON Aircraft just announced that they’ve completed their first production aircraft for a customer, with regular aircraft deliveries starting this summer after FAA acceptance. The first customer aircraft took its inaugural flight on April 24, 2015, with test pilot and then-lead aero engineer Jon Karkow at the controls.
ASN-1 (Aircraft Serial Number 1) flew from ICON’s research-and-development facilities in Tehachapi, Calif., as the first flight of the customer-deliverable aircraft. The milestone has been a long time coming for the tech and marketing-savvy company, which started development of the innovative A5 amphibious aircraft in 2007 after the introduction of the light-sport aircraft category. The flight was the first of several planned test flights for the James Bond-esque vehicle, which has been hotly anticipated since being announced in 2008.