ICON A5 Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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The ICON A5 is an American amphibious light-sport aircraft designed and produced by ICON Aircraft. A concept aircraft was first flown in 2008, and the creation of the production tooling began in December 2012. The first production aircraft made its first flight on July 7, 2014, and made its public debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on July 27, 2014. A year later at AirVenture, it was temporarily donated to the youth group Young Eagles, although the first official A5 customer deliveries did not occur until 2016.

ICON A5 has a major controversy due to the absurd requirements for purchase, and 2 employees died during a test flight, according to a post by Henry Neiberlien at theavion.com

"Even after the A5 finally received FAA certification, problems continued. There is also a major controversy that began around the absurd requirements for customers in the purchase agreement. These requirements almost hint to Icon being aware of problems with the aircraft and are trying to hide something. Problems for this troubled aircraft came to a new height this year after killing two Icon employees including the lead engineer and chief test pilot in a crash during a test flight on May 8."


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Aircraft Assebley Technician (Current Employee) says

"The supervisor there cares about absolutely nothing but himself. By far the worst human being I have ever worked with. The employees were pretty great for the most part."

Engineer (Current Employee) says

"There is a "bro" mentality at this company that does not do it any favors. The lack of processes and leadership is going to sink this company sooner rather than later. Upper management is lax and allows a toxic work environment. No training to speak of, poor configuration and supplier management, and bad manufacturing processes is a recipe for closing the doors. It is a shame because the plane is nice; too expensive for the market but nice. Cons: Toxic work environment, divisive management, lack of leadership, no business development to speak of"

Rather not say (Former Employee) says

"When you have a husband and wife occupying two high level positions on the flight and engineering side, a COO that plays ostrich, a VP from a failed company, and a "bro" culture that's gives "toxic work environment" another definition, it's a recipe for disaster. These people have no concept of what Sales is supposed to do, no Supply Chain Management, no processes, poor safety practices, and the business model and management are laughable. They should write a book on how to tank a company---that is about the only thing they got right. I feel sorry for the investors. Cons: Bad management, nepotism, no processes, "holier than thou" attitudes"

finance (Former Employee) says

"Start up very very high turnover only select few been with company over few years there is forced exit due to investors requirement not performance driven and management does not fight to maintain employees they hired Cons: Bad organization structure don’t do right by employees"

Assembly Technician/Level (Former Employee) says

"Work-life balance"

Regional Sales Director & Pilot (Former Employee) says

"Pool environment with poor leadership. The leadership team was not qualified and would consistently change directional goals for the sales team. The company will not achieve long term success without a change in the leadership team."

Engineer (Former Employee) says

"On the outside you see a cool looking aircraft, clean large facility and fancy marketing. Cons: manufacturing management don't have experience building aircraft. COO runs the politics."

Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee) says

"Fun envionrment, but stay clear of C level leadership. So much closed door politics is absurd for a company that small. Look around a bit and see how many people have left this business over the years, it is NOT a long term place to be. Cons: unethical CEO"

Rather Not Say (Former Employee) says

"Case of big ideas with no idea or plan of how to achieve it. Management lies to its employees and think they are smarter than everyone else when the opposite is true. Need new leadership as management and some leads are in the weeds. Cons: Poor management, cliquey, work processes missing"

Engineer (Current Employee) says

"Great product to be part of and will most likely change a lot of the ways people feel about flying. Cons: Bad management, a lot of politics and people clawing their way up the ladder"

Regional Sales Director (Former Employee) says

"On the surface you get a cool plane, a young, energetic team behind it, and high hopes for the future. Then you realize just how poorly managed it all is. Cons: Management has no idea what they're doing."

A&P technician (Former Employee) says

"The ICON A5 aircraft was not designed to be mass produced and as such it's production line has never met the expectations of the management. They are still struggling to get these aircraft out the door. Cons: Inefficient production methods."

Instructor Pilot (Former Employee) says

"Everyone tries to make it fun and has an interesting culture. Long term viability of the company is always in question though as it is a start up. Stress is definitely part of the job."

Document Control Specialist / Change Analyst (Former Employee) says

"Management lacks direction. Unable to produce a product at a profit. Operation at a loss for 10 years is not a sustainable business model. Company is bond for failure, sad to say. Cons: perks are going away one by one."

Tooling Engineer (Former Employee) says

"To many changes in short period of time, people are not engaged with the company due they are using a third party to run it's operation (Co-Production International/Shelter) Cons: Not working directly with ICON"

In-Process Inspector (Current Employee) says

"ICON makes a great product, but they have unreasonable goals that can never be met. The people on the assembly line are great but management is more concerned with them selves then working everyone into the dirt to try and reach unrealistic goals."

Airplane component & composite parts inspector (Former Employee) says

"Learning opportunity. Cons: short break"

Painter (Former Employee) says

"great company, they just expect too much too fast, paint shop management lack of knowledge about paint and different materials available in the market for the aircraft (it's not a 737). Cons: bring experience people"

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