Icon-Sport Flying Made Simple

    Nothing about the Icon is really groundbreaking?it’s a fairly conventional two-seat light sport aircraft in most ways?but its sleek design and nifty electric folding wings combined with a high-powered marketing campaign, aim to attract a new cohort of buyers. The Icon appeals to adventurous types who might add it to a toy collection that already includes boats, jet skis, and motorcycles. With wings folded, it’s easy to load onto a trailer, and if there is no convenient airport, it can land in a lake. The interior feels more like an automobile than an airplane cockpit. A prototype is already flying, and deliveries are expected to start in late 2010. The Icon starts at about $139,000, and refundable deposits are being taken now. (424.201.3505, www.iconaircraft.com)

    —Mary Grady

    The jet’s large floor plan allows for the addition of an office and a bedroom…
    The six-seat, twin-engine jet has a reworked interior and upgraded technology…
    The two-seat jet is being developed for both private and military flying…
    The new improvement to the BBJ private aircraft reduces drag and adds range…
    The design concept incorporates technology found on Mercedes-Benz automobiles…
    The company’s design could reduce the flight time between Washington, D.C., and Paris by 3 hours…
    The ergonomic chair promises to make long-range flight much more comfortable…
    The fractional provider recently took delivery of a custom G450LXi, with more on the way…
    The simulated fireplace replicates the heat, sound, and intensity of a real fire…
    The amphibious aircraft only requires a sport-pilot license to fly and can be towed behind a car…