Who Doesn't Want Their Own Personal Flying Watercraft?

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.

Comment Thread (5 Responses)

  1. “more than likely the orders will just start pouring in”

    Really? “More than likely”?

    Have you been paying attention to the global economy? Really think this is at the top of many people’s lists of “things to by just as soon as production ramps up”?

    How much did ICON pay you to place this piece on your site?

    Posted by: jlw253   November 22, 2008
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  2. People that can afford planes are generally recession proof to begin with. And $140K for a brand new easily self-stored aircraft? That’s amazing.

    Posted by: zeroverse   November 22, 2008
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  3. Screw buying a house, I want an airplane.

    Posted by: martymcfly   November 24, 2008
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  4. @jlw253 The cost of this personal airplane makes it affordable to a greater bracket of people. Instead of being upper-class, now the middle class could possibly buy their own. When you consider how many boat-owners there are out there , it’s not too crazy to think that someone would rather spend that money on an airplane.

    As for them paying me, they’re actually giving me an entire squadron of flying boats so I can take back my homeland on the island of Chonga-tito in the South Pacific.

    Posted by: John Heylin   November 24, 2008
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  5. I watched the Jetsons while growing up. I guess this is the closest thing I’m gonna get to a hovercraft. It’s not exactly the Jetsons type of vehicle, but it’s close enough.

    Posted by: christinep   December 02, 2008
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