Icon Aircraft announced the delivery of the first Model Year 2018 (MY18) A5 amphibious sports plane with airframe structures manufactured entirely at ICON's new in-house composites manufacturing facility in Tijuana.
The unit delivered to former Major League Baseball pitcher, Roy Halladay, is also the first of 100 specially equipped Founders Edition (A5 FE) airplanes.
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.
It also features landing gear actuators with better performance at low temperatures, improved canopy design with no airspeed limit for windows-out operation, and improved access panels in wings and fuselage for easier serviceability.
The 100 airplanes are further distinguished by a Founders Edition livery, which includes a unique paint scheme, numbered badging and graphics, and a personalized plaque.
The first MY18 delivery marks the start of a “new production phase,” with the pace of future deliveries expected to increase quickly. Icon has more than 1,800 deposits collected to date, according to the company website.