November 21 2008 / by John Heylin
Category: Gadgets Year: 2011 Rating: 7 Hot
Flying planes has been the sort of thing that, to most, seems daunting enough to avoid entirely. Pilot’s license, cost of the plane, upkeep, runway dues, etc. Luckily for us, there’s a company out there which designed a small airplane that’s cheap, easy to handle, and drives like a car. Meet the ICON A5.
Designed for the budding sport-flying enthusiast, the A5 is more affordable than most small aircraft (it will cost an estimated $139,000) and is incredibly easy to operate having taken much of its cockpit design from cars. Its carbon fiber body ensures that it will be lightweight, durable and corrosion resistant to water. The wings also fold back for easy transportation.
What does a product like this mean for me?
The ability to own your own personal aircraft has always been tantalizing and lucrative, but it hasn’t been until this product that actually having the ability to have your own plane has come this close. The A5’s simplicity is the key to its survival — without it it could never appeal to people afraid of the complexities of airplanes. The A5 makes it seem like more of a car that is able to move in three dimensions.
Already ICON has received over 300 pre-orders for their aircraft and when they finally ramp up production in 2010, more than likely the orders will just start pouring in. With people clamoring for flying cars, and with the possible increased interest in flying due to the Rocket Racing League, A5 can expect to grow faster than they could possibly think.