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An airplane with the cockpit of a Lotus sports car that can float or fly at the behest of a pilot without a true pilot's license. The ICON sounds like a terrific idea! Apparently in 2004 the FAA did something inconceivable: it lessened its restrictions on aircraft categorization and created the Light Sport Aircraft designation for adrenaline junkies jonesing to do some weekend air wheelies in a two-seater with wings. The ICON aims to "democratize" aviation with a functional, accessible (well, price notwithstanding) float plane that requires only a Sport Pilot's license to commandeer. You can look up the specifics of Sport Pilot license acquisition yourself, but I will tell you that its creation was an answer to the call of consumers eager to do a little recreational flying. To me, that suggests that any jackass can get one with moderate to minimal effort.
Once certified and cozy inside the ICON A5's streamlined cockpit--only knobs and buttons essential to aircraft maneuvering and safety are installed--fliers can choose to take off from either land or water and tool around above the trees and tiny people below, reveling in a traffic-free joyride through the sky.
ICON specs include a maximum speed of 120 mph and maximum range of 555 km. It measures 23' long and 7.1' high, with a wingspan of 34'. Other features include folding wings, retractable landing gear, Seawings platforms for easy access and docking, and an engine that runs on either automobile or airplane gasoline.
Price From: $139,000