I must congratulate the people at Icon.
I think they are the ones that come best out of this.
Millions of people trying FLIGHT for free and forced to make at least two flights with the A5.
And you know what? It's a lot of fun. And the plane has a lot of appeal.
It's a mixture between a jet-ski, a sport car, and a plane.
Every rich guy will want one.
I, to begin with, do. (except I'm not rich so I don't count).
And even more after visiting the Icon web site.
What this guys did with the plane is pretty amazing (or what they say they did).
Let's compare it with my beloved Tomahawk.
7 knots less of stall speed (42 vs 49)
12 HP less (100 vs 112)
10 knots faster cruise (100 vs 90)
While burning less fuel.
And all that with a seaplane, which ads more weight and aerodynamic drag, and being retractable, which ads even more weight.
Plus, they put an angle-of-attack indicator, and you know how much I have been advocating for that.
And on top of all that, they made the first plane ever that is fully spin resistant to FAR 23 standards (while they didn't need to do that because the plane will not be certified under the FAA-mandated FAR 23 but under the industry-consensus ASTM standards required for the sport light airplane -SLA- category).
And if it flies anywhere near the handling qualities of its virtual FLIGHT version, it will be a delight to fly, especially for the non-puristic stick-and-rudder pilot.