Mosaic is coming! Are you ready? OK, Mosaic is still around 15 months away (based on FAA’s often-repeated statement). But good companies plan ahead for changes they can foresee. Icon is moving to increase capabilities on their A5 LSA seaplane… plus, the company is responding to customers who gave feedback to the California aircraft manufacturer. As most readers now know, Mosaic LSA can be larger and therefore they can carry more. While these airplanes remain more than a year from first deliveries current LSA models are expanding their capacities in preparation. Go Bigger! Icon Aircraft released news about the 2024 A5. “After nearly two years of rigorous R&D, testing, and production preparation, Icon is excited to announce that it has increased the gross weight of the A5 by 60 pounds, resulting in a new useful load of 490 pounds (up from 430 pounds),” the company stated. This change comes from a gross weight increase to 1,570 pounds.
Go Bigger!Icon Aircraft released news about the 2024 A5. "After nearly two years of rigorous R&D, testing, and production preparation, Icon is excited to announce that it has increased the gross weight of the A5 by 60 pounds, resulting in a new useful load of 490 pounds (up from 430 pounds)," the company stated. This change comes from a gross weight increase to 1,570 pounds. How can they do that before Mosaic arrives? Aren't they limited to 1,430 pounds as permitted on LSA seaplanes or floatplanes? No, they're not. This article described Icon's petition to FAA for additional weight as they assured safety qualities FAA sought. Yet Icon did not initially use all the gross weight given to them. After engineers proved the structure was able to carry more weight, they could simply make the change and amend their ASTM documentation for FAA, a task made easier as Icon has already been working closely with FAA on a Type Certified version of A5 in Primary Category (more below). As A5's Rotax 912iS burns less than five gallons of fuel per hour, the company said, "This equates to an additional two hours of endurance or the ability to carry more baggage or heavier passengers." Backwards compatibility — Of interest to present A5 owners, Icon added, "All 2024 A5s will include this weight increase, and the solution can also be retrofitted on previous models as part of an option package that includes a 4-blade lightweight propeller from eProps that delivers increased performance and additional weight savings."
“In response to feedback from our owners and prospective customers, we elected to undertake further research and development to test the airframe and fully understand what we needed to do to increase the useful load,” said Jerry Meyer, Icon's CEO. “The solution is a reinforcement of our commitment to innovation, and a 60-pound increase is significant, especially in the LSA category.”
4-Blade ePropIn conjunction with the gross weight increase, Icon said the 4-blade propeller that Icon announced in 2023 is now standard on all new A5 LSA. The company said "eProps' new propeller provides a 21 percent reduction in ground takeoff roll in standard conditions, increasing the versatility and safety of the aircraft." “The 4-blade propeller is a huge upgrade to my Icon A5,” said Santiago Masdeau, an A5 owner based in South Florida. “I’ve flown more than 100 hours with the original 3-blade and now I have around 20 hours on the new carbon fiber 4-blade. Immediately, I noticed less vibration and noise, better acceleration, and improved takeoff distances. I’ve also experienced an increase on my cruise speed at 5,000 rpm and lower fuel burn. The entire experience is better, and it looks amazing, too!” A 2024 A5 Limited Edition starts at $409,000 with the Garmin G3X Touch available as an upgrade. Additional options include autopilot, a digital attitude indicator, a variety of signature paint schemes and colors, and Sirius XM Weather. Icon's announcement of these improvements to the 2024 Icon A5 LSA comes on the heels of the FAA granting a Type Certificate for the A5 in Primary category. The company believes that type certification will allow Icon to expand its market potential around the world, especially in countries that have not yet adopted ASTM standards. The type certified version of the 2024 Icon A5 starts at $434,000.
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