Wait. What? The spectacular personal air transport ICON A5 that we featured years ago wasn’t delivered? Well, that is news to us. Apparently, not only has not been delivered, it now cost three times more over the original quoted price? Oh, wow. You see. That’s the problem with a blog like us. We have too much trust in humanity, but time and time again, humanity failed us (and crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter sure have an impressive portfolio of such examples).
Anyways, as of now, ICON promised 2019 delivery and apparently, it now commands a whopping $420,000. Holy mother of… That price does kind of makes buying Cessna seems like a bargain. Before we get skeptical, here’s the official words on the ICON A5:
“Yes, the ICON A5 is here and ready to buy. ICON Aircraft is taking orders and shipping to owners. Great, so what is the A5? In short, the A5 is an amphibious light sport aircraft, and as you’ll see in the video, it’s a fancy way of saying you can take your aircraft pretty much anywhere, be it a luxury destination or a remote island. The A5 has an optional trailer that allows you to tow it behind your car. You can even attach the plane to your dock. So yes, the ICON A5 is a plane that doubles as a seaplane that can function in many ways as a boat, landing comfortably on the water, ready to take off whenever you, the pilot, feel ready to take back to the skies.”
TBH, I was sold, but that was before I read one YouTube user’s comment. Now, lets be clear here. I reserve the right to be skeptical about both ICON Aircraft’s promises and AV8R Tom’s take, but the thing is, that comment had me on the skeptical end of the stick – partly because, the last time we posted about the A5, it promised delivery like 3 years ago but it apparently did not materialize.
That alone is enough to sound the alarm. Anyways, there is more to it. If you care, you can read the comment on the YouTube video posted by ICON Aircraft. Man, why can’t companies of today do what our forebears did? You know, like, making real products before trying to sell them first? Geez…
P.S. To be fair, I never doubt that the aircraft is real. Already some have tested it, but I am afraid other factors might be impeding it from delivering on time. Like I said, it will be nice if someone made something and then sell it, and not selling it before it is being made.
Images: ICON Aircraft.