Surf and Turf

A new generation of sport flying lets you take off from the road and land on water


ICON hopes its A5 Light Sport Aircraft will help just about anyone experience the joy of flying. One part each plane, boat, and car, the sleek, lightweight, amphibious sport plane lets you and a guest land just about anywhere—whether it’s a dirt strip or body of water. In aiming to create the safest possible small aircraft, ICON has achieved ­unmatched spin-­resistance, even when reaching speeds up to 110 mph. Pricing runs $400K, all inclusive, and requires only a sport pilot license to fly. Plus its wings fold back, allowing it to be compact and light enough to pull on a trailer behind an SUV, allowing for takeoffs and landings from a variety of locations. ­Joyful ­flying indeed.