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Icon Aircraft has selected Liberty Aerospace of Melbourne, FL, and Flytech Kft. of Szombathely, Hungary, as their suppliers of structural composite assemblies for the Icon A5 Light Sport Aircraft.
Icon say that the selection is a significant step in its ongoing development efforts of its Icon A5, marking an important milestone toward production of the highly anticipated aircraft.
The selection of the two companies illustrates Icon’s strategy to outsource the composite structure manufacturing to take advantage of exceptional capabilities already existing in the certified aircraft sector, rather than recreating them. This strategy allows Icon to focus solely on the remaining development of the production aircraft design, while controlling all final assembly, system integration, and testing to ensure product quality.
“The proven track records of both companies in high-quality composite production drove this decision,” said Kirk Hawkins, CEO and Founder of Icon Aircraft. “At Icon, we do our homework to ensure we get to great solutions – and this is just another example. Partnering with established suppliers will allow Icon to not only reach production sooner, but also accelerate the production ramp to meet the impressive demand we’re seeing for the A5.”
Icon will receive major composite structural assemblies from these suppliers and will control all system installation, final assembly, finishing, and testing prior to delivery. A5 production will be at Icon’s facilities in Southern California.
In 2004, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created a new classification of easy-to-fly and affordable two-person planes called Light Sport Aircraft that enable a new classification of Sport Pilots to fly. The Sport Pilot License focuses on the fundamentals of flying and requires a minimum of 20 hours of in-flight training, which is half the time and cost of a traditional Private Pilot’s License. Icon Aircraft was founded shortly after the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created the new sport flying category.
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