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FAA completes audit of ICON A5.

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On 11 June, FAA officials completed a comprehensive compliance audit at ICON Aircraft's Tehachapi, California, facility, allowing them to issue the first S-LSA airworthiness certificate for ICON's A5 Light Sport amphibian.

With this major milestone complete, ICON will now begin customer deliveries for its eagerly anticipated aircraft, which has a backlog of more than 1250 orders.

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 24 April.

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 Aircraft is a consumer sport plane manufacturer founded in response to the sport flying category created by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2004. ICON's first plane is the A5, an amphibious sport aircraft that fuses outstanding aeronautical engineering with world-class product design.

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Date:Jun 18, 2015
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