VACAVILLE (2 March 2016) – ICON Aircraft’s A5 amphibious Light Sport Aircraft has been nominated for the National Aeronautic Association’s (NAA) most prestigious award, the Collier Trophy. The A5 is one of nine nominees for the 2015 Collier Trophy and is the only piston-powered aircraft to be nominated. For 104 years, the Collier Trophy has been awarded annually “for the greatest achievement in aeronautics or astronautics in America, with respect to improving the performance, efficiency, and safety of air or space vehicles, the value of which has been thoroughly demonstrated by actual use during the preceding year.” Previous winners of the Collier Trophy include the Boeing 777 and 787, Gulfstream G550 and G650, International Space Station, SpaceShipOne, and the F-22.
“The Robert J. Collier Trophy represents America’s long history of aviation innovation, and the ICON team is honored to be under consideration for this year’s award,” said ICON Aircraft Founder and CEO Kirk Hawkins. “As the first conventional production aircraft to achieve the FAA’s Part 23 standard for spin resistance, the A5 represents a historic safety milestone, while the 1800-plus aircraft order backlog demonstrates that this NASA-pioneered technology is finally reaching the consumer market at a meaningful level.”
ICON’s nomination document focuses on the A5’s safety innovations, including the Spin-Resistant Airframe, angle of attack gauge, intuitive and simplified cockpit, complete airplane parachute, and mandatory flight training. There is particular emphasis on spin resistance because the technology has proven elusive during the 25 years since the introduction of the FAA spin-resistance standard, and it serves to directly address stall/spin accidents, which are the single greatest cause of pilot-related fatalities in General Aviation.
In addition to ICON, this year’s nominees include Airbus’ A350 XWB, NASA’s New Horizons and Dawn Projects, and HondaJet’s HA-420. The nine nominees have been invited to present to the NAA’s Selection Committee on the afternoon of 8 March. The Committee will announce the winner of the 2015 Collier Trophy that evening at a dinner that follows the presentations.
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About ICON Aircraft:
ICON Aircraft is a consumer aircraft manufacturer founded in response to the sport flying category created by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Given these enabling regulations, ICON’s mission is to reinvent personal flying by providing consumer-friendly, safe, technologically advanced aircraft that allow the freedom, fun, and adventure of flying to be accessible to those who have dreamed of it. ICON’s long- term vision is the ultimate democratization of personal flight. This is the beginning of that process. ICON’s first aircraft is the A5, an amphibious sport plane that fuses outstanding aeronautical engineering with world-class product design. It has won some of the world’s most prestigious design awards and has inspired a global following. The company has received more than 1800 deposits, representing $400M in aircraft orders, and delivered the first production aircraft in July 2015. ICON Aircraft’s facilities are in Northern California, 50 miles northeast of San Francisco.
About FAA Light Sport Aircraft & Sport Pilot Classifications
In 2004, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created a new classification of easy-to-fly and affordable two-person airplanes called Light Sport Aircraft. These airplanes enable a new classification of Sport Pilots to fly in lower-altitude, uncongested airspace, during the daytime, and in good weather. The Sport Pilot License focuses on the fundamentals of flying and requires a minimum of 20 hours of in-flight training, undercutting the time and cost of a traditional Private Pilot License by about 50%. The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) has described these new rules as “the biggest change in aviation in 50 years.”