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Fly in Style
  • August 11, 2011 : 20:08
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Personal aircraft has been around for the last 50 years. But stylish, high-end personal aircraft? That’s where Icon comes in. The light-sport plane manufacturer is trying to make personal flight mainstream with its line of sleek, futuristic-looking planes. The Icon A5, which starts at about $139,000, is to personal sport aircraft what a Ferrari is to a sports car or a Yamaha FX Cruiser SO is to personal watercraft. The propeller plane is designed to deliver, and so far has catered to a varied customer base that includes licensed and amateur pilots to plain old thrill seekers looking to tackle a new adventure. With folding wings that make transport easy, the A5 is built for the land, air and water. Founded in 2005 by Kirk Hawkins, a former Air Force fighter pilot, Icon is backed by a group of designers and engineers with backgrounds in the aerospace to automotive industries, including BMW and Rolls-Royce.

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