ICON & Rube Goldberg

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ICON & Rube Goldberg

Postby CTLSi » Fri Sep 11, 2015 4:13 pm

The ICON A5 has emerged as just that, a Rube Goldberg aircraft. A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption, invention, device or apparatus that is deliberately over-engineered to perform a simple task in a complicated fashion at absurd costs.

Flying Magazine test flew, reports and verifies what some suspected.

"Hovering around 85 knots after we leveled off, cruise speed is not one of the Icon's strong points. But again, cross-country traveling was not included in the list of design goals"

"The single fuel tank, which has a total capacity of 20 gallons"

"Pusher engines can be tough to keep cool, especially when they are mounted behind the fuselage, but Icon says its engineers solved the issue by widening the cowl and adding a cooling fan on the prop shaft."

"The question is: Will the customers who expected to pay around $140,000 (in 2008 dollars), be willing to pay the price tag for the first 100 airplanes of $247,000?"

What do you need to fly an ICON? A minimum of a Sport Pilot certificate with a seaplane endorsement. You will need to spend another $2500 on transition training after that...

http://www.flyingmag.com/aircraft/lsasp ... MTU3MzU0S0

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Re: ICON & Rube Goldberg

Postby HAPPYDAN » Fri Sep 11, 2015 6:25 pm

Yeah, I have to reluctantly agree with you there. When I first heard about the project, I, like so many others, was fascinated by the concept and eagerly awaited the actual rollout. But $247K? Looks like just another lifestyle toy for the Rich and Shameless.

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Re: ICON & Rube Goldberg

Postby zaitcev » Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:14 pm

I fully support the Rich and Shameless in that. Compared to how much a new Cessna Skyhawk costs, $247k is nothing.

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Re: ICON & Rube Goldberg

Postby MrMorden » Fri Sep 25, 2015 9:23 pm

zaitcev wrote:I fully support the Rich and Shameless in that. Compared to how much a new Cessna Skyhawk costs, $247k is nothing.


Well, not really. A new 160 hp 172R retails for $274,900.

There might be things to like about the Icon. Value per aviation dollar is not really one of them.
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Re: ICON & Rube Goldberg

Postby Merlinspop » Mon Sep 28, 2015 7:52 am

MrMorden wrote:
zaitcev wrote:I fully support the Rich and Shameless in that. Compared to how much a new Cessna Skyhawk costs, $247k is nothing.


Well, not really. A new 160 hp 172R retails for $274,900.

There might be things to like about the Icon. Value per aviation dollar is not really one of them.

I guess that depends on what someone values.

If I had "new LSA cash" laying around, I'd be sitting in a Carbon Cub. But many don't see the value in one of those, either.
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Re: ICON & Rube Goldberg

Postby SportPilot » Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:16 am

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Re: ICON & Rube Goldberg

Postby HAPPYDAN » Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:36 pm

I think ICON could find a market for the A5 here in Western Washington. There are numerous opportunities for water landings, salt and fresh, all within 100 miles of Seattle. Plenty of islands to explore - some with resorts, some private, some with seaplane bases, some uninhabited, and lakes too, including Chelan. For those that could afford one, it could be almost as versatile as a helicopter, at MUCH less cost. Certainly a fun option for adventurous sightseeing.

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Re: ICON & Rube Goldberg

Postby MrMorden » Mon Sep 28, 2015 9:00 pm

Merlinspop wrote:
MrMorden wrote:
zaitcev wrote:I fully support the Rich and Shameless in that. Compared to how much a new Cessna Skyhawk costs, $247k is nothing.


Well, not really. A new 160 hp 172R retails for $274,900.

There might be things to like about the Icon. Value per aviation dollar is not really one of them.

I guess that depends on what someone values.

If I had "new LSA cash" laying around, I'd be sitting in a Carbon Cub. But many don't see the value in one of those, either.


I totally agree. I was just responding to the "$247k is nothing compared to a Cessna" comment. In fact, it's 90% of the price of a new 172.

Carbon Cubs rock hard, BTW. :)
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Re: ICON & Rube Goldberg

Postby drseti » Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:30 am

Andy, I can't believe you used "value" and "aviation dollar" in the same sentence. ;)
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Re: ICON & Rube Goldberg

Postby zaitcev » Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:41 am

SportPilot wrote:If I lived on a lake and money was no object, the ICON would be a great option.

Another great market for Icon A5 is an onboard airplane for a superyacht. Now that it's available, expect new designs and retrofits to appear that feature a typical helicopter hangar updated with a crane, hoist, or slip to launch and recover the A5s.

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Re: ICON & Rube Goldberg

Postby MrMorden » Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:08 am

zaitcev wrote:
SportPilot wrote:If I lived on a lake and money was no object, the ICON would be a great option.

Another great market for Icon A5 is an onboard airplane for a superyacht. Now that it's available, expect new designs and retrofits to appear that feature a typical helicopter hangar updated with a crane, hoist, or slip to launch and recover the A5s.


Agree!

But that is a market of what...ten? Okay, twenty if the really big yachts carry two each. :D
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Re: ICON & Rube Goldberg

Postby MrMorden » Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:09 am

drseti wrote:Andy, I can't believe you used "value" and "aviation dollar" in the same sentence. ;)


I like to speak in paradox. :mrgreen:
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