ICON Amphibium OshkoshICON A5 Amphibium kommt nach Oshkosh
Das ICON Amphibienflugzeug soll in diesem Jahr in Oshkosh einfliegen. Nach Angaben des Herstellers wurde auch eine weitere Vereinbarung über die Finanzierung des Projektes erfolgreich abgeschlossen.
Die Erprobung des Flugzeuges läuft seit mehreren Monaten. Im dritten Quartal 2011 sollen voraussichtlich die ersten Auslieferungen stattfinden.
Anbei die ausführliche Mitteilung des Herstellers:
ICON Aircraft announced that it successfully closed another round of equity financing in June. The new round of investment capital is intended to take ICON through the completion of its ongoing engineering and flight test program as well as the manufacturability phase for the ICON A5 amphibious sport plane.
“The high investor confidence we’re seeing in ICON is due to ICON’s all-star team, the outstanding design of the A5, overwhelming market enthusiasm, ICON’s growing $40 million-plus in backlogged sales, as well as the fact that the first two years of production are already presold,” said ICON’s CEO, Kirk Hawkins.
ICON’s rigorous flight testing regimen of the A5 will continue through this year. To date, the performance of the A5 has met or exceeded the exceptionally high design standards and expectations that are central to ICON’s product philosophy. The first public flight demonstration of the A5 is planned at the upcoming EAA Oshkosh Air Show held between July 27 and Aug 2 in Oshkosh, WI. The A5 will make its first public flight debut by flying into the Oshkosh Air Show for a press conference at 10:30 am on Monday, July 27. Water flying demonstrations are also planned for the A5 later that week, Friday morning, July 31, at the nearby seaplane base.
ICON announced that it is pushing out its production start date by nine months. First customer deliveries are now scheduled to begin in Q3 2011. This change was necessary due to the unprecedented crisis within the global capital markets beginning last fall.
“While the changes in the capital markets did affect our production start date, the current economic climate has minimal impact on ICON overall. The real economic environment that would affect ICON is more than 4-5 years away given ICON’s current backlog of sales – well beyond the expected horizon of the current climate,” said Hawkins. ICON continues to see exceptionally strong demand for the A5 with the aircraft position list recently passing number 400.