Icon Aircraft reports it received 143 deposits for its A5 amphibious Light Sport Aircraft during this year’s AirVenture in Oshkosh. The new orders take Icon’s order book to position #694, officials note.
To celebrate EAA AirVenture and support the Young Eagles, Icon offered a special promotion during the week that lowered the deposit for an A5 from $5,000 to $2,000 and also matched 10% of each deposit value ($200) with a contribution to Young Eagles. The company’s orders for the week generated over $28,000 for Young Eagles.
“We are both thrilled and humbled by the overwhelming interest in sport flying and the Icon A5,” said Icon founder and CEO Kirk Hawkins. “The unprecedented 143 deposits demonstrate the tremendous demand for Icon’s consumer-focused approach toward aviation and its blend of world-class design with engineering. Additionally, given Icon’s core mission to grow aviation by reaching out to all those who have only dreamed about it, especially the younger generation, we are also excited to be able to support the Young Eagles with such a material financial donation. There are millions of people out there who would love to fly; we just need to reach out to them with products that inspire them.”
Icon Vice President of Sales Craig Bowers added, “Although we anticipated increased sales because of the Oshkosh/Young Eagles promotion, this year’s Oshkosh sales significantly exceeded our estimates. This order rate is even more impressive given that deliveries have not yet started, and the positions we are currently assigning are mid-2015 deliveries. Customers are locking in their delivery positions now because they expect a surge in orders once production starts, and we believe we’re seeing just the tip of the iceberg. It’s an exciting time for aviation.”
Icon continues to work toward starting the production of the A5, and announced during the show that the flying prototype aircraft made its first flight with its production wing design July 25.
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