Amphibious Aircraft

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First production Icon A5 makes a splash at AirVenture

Article | Jul 28, 2014

The first production Icon A5 amphibious light sport aircraft made a big splash at a company event that kicked off the EAA AirVenture show on July 27.

MVP Aero developing light sport amphib

Article | Jul 27, 2014

MVP Aero is developing a $189,000 light sport amphibious seaplane that doubles as a camper and is expected to fly in 18 months, with deliveries in 2017.

Big city seaplanes

Article | Jul 15, 2014

A seaplane base on the East River turns an hours-long drive from Manhattan to the Hamptons into a brief flight.

New light sport amphib to be announced at Oshkosh

Article | Jul 10, 2014

A new amphibious light sport aircraft that promises to be a direct competitor to the Icon A5 will be announced at EAA AirVenture by MVP.aero.

Visual Approach

Article | Jul 09, 2014

Igor Sikorsky’s first certified airplane was the Sikorsky S-38 Amphibion (Sikorsky preferred this spelling), developed primarily for Pan American Airways.

Icon announces move to Northern California

Article | May 15, 2014

Southern California-based Icon Aircraft announced May 14 that it will relocate to a 140,000-square-foot facility in the city of Vacaville, about 50 miles northeast of San Francisco.

Above the Everglades

Pilot Magazine | May 13, 2014

The shimmering Everglades landscape is unlike any other.

Club Spotlight

Article | May 12, 2014

In the 1980s, the Wingfoot Fliers reformed as the Aero Fliers.

Couple donates Twin Bee to Vermont school

Article | Apr 02, 2014

Californians Jeanette and Roger Glazer have enjoyed their Twin Bee UC-1 for the past six years, but recently considered selling it. Instead the Seaplane Pilots Association convinced the couple to donate their storied aircraft.

LAMA looks to future of light sport industry

Article | Apr 01, 2014

Light sport aircraft manufacturers may take on a growing share of general aviation aircraft deliveries, according to an industry forecast and analysis by the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association.

Briefing: Light Sport industry report card

Pilot Magazine | Feb 18, 2014

Industry leaders at the U.S. Light Sport Expo in Sebring, Florida, in January were asked to grade the success of the Light Sport Aircraft (LSA).

Letters: Mighty Seabird

Pilot Magazine | Jan 17, 2014

Barry Schiff’s story on the Grumman HU–16B Albatross and his reflections on “A Bygone Era” had readers flying down memory lane.

New amphibian born of frustration

Article | Jan 08, 2014

Many pilots have been frustrated in their search for an aircraft that perfectly suits their particular mission. Very few do what John Meekins did: start from scratch.

Harley in the sky

Pilot Magazine | Dec 23, 2013

When Darin Hart hears his Super Legend—the king of the American Legend Aircraft line of Cub-alike tailwheel airplanes—he hears in his heart a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Yacht in the air

Pilot Magazine | Dec 01, 2013

There’s a good chance you’ve used Row 44’s satellite-based, in-flight Wi-Fi system as an airline passenger.

Weekend seaplane odyssey

Article | Nov 13, 2013

As a baker's dozen of pilots discover, moving five seaplanes--four of them on straight floats--1,200 nm from Minneapolis to Florida is an adventure in flying, and a lesson in human relations.

Greenville Seaplane Fly-In celebrates 40th year

Slideshow | Sep 18, 2013

At a time when airports are hemmed in by high fences, barbed wire, and security gates, seaplanes provide rare direct public access to airplanes.

Innovators display technology, seek deals at new pavilion

Article | Jul 31, 2013

An unmanned aircraft that combines characteristics of an airplane, hang glider, and dirigible; a diesel-electric hybrid amphibian; and Jetman are among the exhibitors granted free space in the EAA Innovations Pavilion, a new feature for EAA AirVenture in 2013.

Catalina airshow returns backed by Scheyden

Article | Jul 12, 2013

After thrilling audiences with a water-powered jet pack, DC-3, Grumman Albatross, and more in 2012, the Catalina Air Show and Festival appeared to be a one-time event--until Scheyden Precision Eyewear stepped in to sponsor the show for its second year.

Competitor to Icon emerges

Article | Jul 09, 2013

After several years, Independent Aircraft has begun producion engineering on a design of light sport amphibious aircraft that looks similar to the Icon A5.

Plane spotter: Bound to make waves

Article | Jun 27, 2013

Even veteran plane spotters may be in over their heads trying to identify this combination boat and airplane.

Icon raises $60 million to produce A5

Article | Jun 20, 2013

Icon Aircraft announced that $60 million has been raised to support regulatory compliance and production of the new A5. The FAA has yet to rule on Icon’s request for an exemption to light sport aircraft weight limits the company sought citing safety benefits.

Beaver Checkout

Pilot Magazine | Jun 01, 2013

Turning final for a water landing on a placid lake, the de Havilland DHC–2 Beaver seems perfectly matched to its purpose.

Icon seeks FAA answer by May 31

Article | May 23, 2013

Kirk Hawkins, CEO and founder of Icon Aircraft, has asked the FAA to issue a final decision by May 31 on his exemption request to increase the weight of his Icon A5 amphibious LSA by 250 pounds.

FAA seeks Icon data for LSA weight increase

Article | May 02, 2013

A decision in the May 2012 request from Icon Aircraft to the FAA for an exemption that would allow Icon’s A5 amphibious aircraft to weigh 250 pounds more than current light sport aircraft limits for seaplanes has again been delayed.