Having been to numerous airplane launches, I can tell you with extreme confidence that it’s unusual for the CEO of an aviation company to show up to a press event in flip-flops. But for Kirk Hawkins, the 48-year-old CEO and founder of Icon Aircraft—who’s also a Stanford Business School-educated former Air Force F-16 pilot—flip-flops actually work. Especially when he’s flying the A5, Icon’s new $250,000 two-seater plane that also just happens to be one of the best maneuvering boats you’ve ever seen.
The Icon A5 Is the Closest Thing to a Flying Car You Can Buy Today
It’s a $250,000 amphibious plane you can fold up and store in your garage. It’s built for two—and built for adventure. “We want to get airplanes out of airports and into the home,” said Hawkins. You can fold the wings up and store it in your garage or put it on a trailer and tow it to a lake or flat, grassy field. It can run on premium unleaded gasoline you’d find at any pump. “It's transportable, not just a transport device. This plane is designed for recreation.”