Cirrus to Build Composite Airframe for ICON A5
August 6, 2012 - ICON Aircraft and Cirrus Aircraft announced today they will partner to produce a significant portion of the composite airframe components for ICON's A5 amphibious LSA, which is currently undergoing certification flight testing.
Composite structures will be manufactured exclusively at Cirrus' Grand Forks, North Dakota, factory alongside the SR20 and SR22 component production lines, the companies announced in a joint news release. Work there is scheduled to begin at the end of 2012.
"Cirrus has a global reputation for producing truly outstanding composite aircraft structures," said ICON Founder/CEO of Kirk Hawkins. "Their extensive experience, specifically in composite sandwich-production techniques, makes them an ideal production partner for ICON."
Using the composite assemblies supplied by Cirrus and other suppliers, ICON will control all design, system integration, final assembly, finishing, and testing at its Tehachapi, California, facility. First production aircraft will be completed next summer.
"The ICON A5 is certainly the most innovative LSA on the market, and we're delighted to be able to play a meaningful role in bringing it to production," said CEO of Cirrus Aircraft Dale Klapmeier. "Cirrus and ICON share the common vision that exciting, innovative, and safe new aircraft are a key to unlocking the enormous potential within our industry."