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ICON Delivers the Goods A5 Style
July 20, 2015 - “Yeah, baby!”
That was EAA Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker’s initial reaction as he accepted the keys to a new ICON A5 amphibious LSA from ICON Aircraft Founder and CEO Kirk Hawkins Monday morning at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.
It was the first official customer delivery of the newly certificated fun machine, and a standing room only crowd gathered to see it.
“It is so much fun, period!” Tucker said. “It wraps itself around you and teaches you how to fly.”
Tucker lauded ICON Aircraft for its generous donation and participation in creating the next generation of aviators.
“For Kirk and his company to take part in this aviation movement (Young Eagles), which is the largest in America—next year we’re going to fly our 2 millionth kid—I thank you, you guys rock, man!”
EAA Chairman Jack Pelton called creating a new aircraft one of the hardest things to do.
“What makes Oshkosh so special is it’s where innovators come to develop and showcase their dreams and ideas,” he said. “But what makes it really hard is for them to turn those dreams into something successful and actually deliver on some of those promises.
“In 2008 this airplane was unveiled here and a lot of us in the industry looked at it and said ‘great concept, great idea, but now the hard work starts.’ They have delivered.”
Tucker flew the airplane a few days ago with two Young Eagles, and for one of them it was his first flight in anything.
“It was very cool, and it was my first airplane flight in anything,” said Taylor Griese, 15, of Oshkosh.
Jenna Breeden, 13, who’s from ICON’s hometown of Vacaville, California, is in a flying family and has flown many times in her dad’s Super Decathlon. But it was her first time in a seaplane.
“It was really awesome, and landing on the water was incredible,” she said. Jenna plans to solo when she’s 16 and take her checkride at 17.
Why the generous gift to EAA Young Eagles?
“GA’s future is in the hands of our youth to engage in aviation,” Hawkins explained. “That’s what we need, it’s part of our mission, and we’re completely aligned with that.”
Learn more about the ICON A5 at the Celebration Way exhibit, or visit www.iconaircraft.com.