June 13, 2012
By Jim Moore
Icon Aircraft, the California firm developing a flashy new light sport aircraft touted as “spin resistant,” announced June 13 that the engineers behind Lotus automobiles have been called in to help craft the interior.
Icon has collected more than 600 deposits, and hopes to begin production this year.
Icon Vice President of Design Klaus Tritschler said in a press release that Lotus Engineering is a “perfect” partner for the project.
“Lotus has proven invaluable because of their experience designing and manufacturing high quality yet lightweight interiors in the same volumes at which we’ll be producing the A5,” Tritschler said. “Additionally, they provide key production knowledge and insights from the automotive industry, which we consider the benchmark in terms of quality and design.”
The team is getting the A5 ready for the assembly line, and the first prototype parts are expected soon, the company said.
AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
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AOPA expressed concern in a meeting with town officials from East Hampton, New York, that restrictions proposed to curb airport noise “overwhelmingly” generated by transient commercial flights would unfairly burden traditional airport users.
The FAA on Feb. 23 issued a special airworthiness information bulletin recommending preflight inspection of Robinson R44 and R44 II main rotors.
New legislation in both houses of Congress would allow thousands of pilots to fly without a third class medical and offer new protections for GA pilots.
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