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Icon Aircraft selects Liberty Aerospace & Flytech as composite structures suppliers for the Icon A5

Following a rigorous and comprehensive global supply chain analysis, ICON Aircraft (www.iconaircraft.com) has selected Liberty Aerospace of Melbourne, FL, and Flytech Kft. of Szombathely, Hungary, as their suppliers of structural composite assemblies for the ICON A5 Light Sport Aircraft. The selection is a significant step in ICON's ongoing development efforts of its ICON A5, marking an important milestone toward production of the highly anticipated aircraft.

The selection of the two companies illustrates ICON's strategy to outsource the composite structure manufacturing to take advantage of exceptional capabilities already existing in the certified aircraft sector, rather than recreating them. This strategy allows ICON to focus solely on the remaining development of the production aircraft design, while controlling all final assembly, system integration, and testing to ensure product quality.

"The proven track records of both companies in high-quality composite production drove this decision," said Kirk Hawkins, CEO and Founder of ICON Aircraft. "At ICON, we do our homework to ensure we get to great solutions – and this is just another example. Partnering with established suppliers will allow ICON to not only reach production sooner, but also accelerate the production ramp to meet the impressive demand we're seeing for the A5."

ICON will receive major composite structural assemblies from these suppliers and will control all system installation, final assembly, finishing, and testing prior to delivery. A5 production will be at ICON's facilities in Southern California.

Liberty Aerospace currently manufactures a certified composite aircraft under an FAA-approved quality system, which will directly benefit the production of the ICON A5. Additionally, Liberty brings extensive design-for-manufacturing capabilities that will be leveraged in the production design of the A5.

Flytech has been manufacturing composite aircraft tooling since 1983 and composite parts since 1996. Their use of the latest generation resin-impregnating technology and their top-of-the-line ERP and production control systems ensure the highest quality light aircraft structures.

Press release issued by ICON Aircraft on July 30, 2010

 

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