Icon A5: Why wait for customers to crash the amphibious seaplane?

Philip Greenspun's Weblog 2017-04-07

If you were wondering what would happen after customers with 20 hours of training got in their Icon A5 amphibious seaplanes, here’s a story about a factory instructor wrecking one. The word on the ramp (at Sun n Fun) was that the hull split open after a hard landing. What hope is there for the rest of us?

Note that I’ve got a single-engine seaplane rating and about 10 hours of seaplane time. That, plus my CFI certificate, means that I’m legal to teach people how to fly seaplanes! Who wants to be my first student? Separately, a friend told me that he fell into the water while trying to dock a seaplane at the end of his checkride. The examiner said “oh, that happens all the time” and proceeded to issue him the modified certificate with new rating.