Personal Seaplane

September 25, 2021

Taking flight in the Icon A5

ICON A5 Plane Ben Zhang Screenshot via ICONAs Business Insider's transportation reporter, flying on planes is an integral part of my job description.

Unfortunately for me, acrophobia is also a major part of life. Simply put, I don't like heights. Although I thoroughly enjoy flying on big airliners, small planes still bug me. I don't like the instability, the single engine, and I don't like the all-too frequent instances of general aviation aircraft falling out of the sky.

Recently, ICON Aircraft introduced their new A5 light sport personal seaplane. It's a small two-seat amphibious plane that can take off and land from both the land and water. Based on the company's videos and photos, it looked pretty awesome.

Last week, the company made a couple of its planes and pilots available for demo flights over the Hudson River. The invitation was too good to pass up. But I was still hesitant. So I talked a videographer colleague of mine into going with me and take the test flight in my place.

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