LOS ANGELES — FAA officials have completed a compliance audit at ICON Aircraft’s Tehachapi, California, facility, which led agency officials to issue the first Special-Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) airworthiness certificate for ICON’s A5.
With this milestone complete, ICON will now begin customer deliveries for the A5, which has a backlog of more than 1,250 orders, according to company officials.
“The successful completion of the FAA’s audit of the A5 is one of the most critical milestones in our company’s history,” said ICON Aircraft CEO and Founder Kirk Hawkins. “This means that after years of intense development by the ICON team, our customers and the media will finally get a chance to experience the A5 firsthand and form their own opinions.”
“Given the years of work to get here, it’s awesome to finally see production-ready, conforming A5 aircraft in serial production,” said ICON Chief Technical Officer Matthew Gionta.
Prior to the FAA audit, ICON performed extensive testing, including the successful structural test of the airframe of Engineering Serial Number 2 (ESN-2) in February. ICON also flew the first customer aircraft (ASN-001) for the first time on April 24.
The FAA audit team reviewed ICON’s production, quality, and compliance procedures and manuals. The audit team included Aviation Safety Inspectors (ASI) from the Washington, D.C., Oklahoma City, and Los Angeles offices, who assessed the manufacturing facility and performed the airworthiness review of the first customer A5.
ICON will deliver its first customer aircraft on July 20 at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Wisconsin. Several A5 aircraft will be present at the event in late July, with both owner demonstration flights and static displays.
The company will transition serial production to its new 140,000-square-foot facility in Vacaville, California, in September.