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ICON Aircraft

Company Mission

ICON Aircraft’s mission is to accelerate the democratization of personal flight and 3-D mobility. ICON creates consumer-friendly, safe, technologically advanced aircraft that make the adventure of flying more accessible to mainstream consumers.

ICON’s first aircraft is the A5, an amphibious sport plane that fuses outstanding aeronautical engineering with world-class product design and unprecedented safety features. The A5 is the world’s first production aircraft that is spin-resistant, making it arguably one of the safest small aircraft ever created. The A5 has won some of the world’s most prestigious design awards and has inspired a global following.

Leadership

Founder

Kirk Hawkins

Before graduating from Stanford Business School in 2005 and founding ICON, Kirk flew F-16s in the U.S. Air Force and 767s for American Airlines. Prior to the USAF, he worked in both aviation and aerospace engineering most of his early career. After earning his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University, he was the Director of Engineering at an aerospace contractor before returning for his Masters in Engineering from Stanford University in 1995, specializing in manufacturing. Kirk grew up racing motocross and has been an avid sport and flying enthusiast for 25 years. He has built and flown ultralight and experimental aircraft, and has logged nearly 1000 skydives. Kirk is also a seaplane instructor pilot with hundreds of hours bush flying in Alaska. Today he is an active snowboarder, wake-boarder, and SCUBA diver, as well as a devoted member of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America for more than 10 years.

President / COO

Thomas Wieners

Thomas Wieners joined ICON following eight years at Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP) in operations roles that culminated with his overseeing the construction and operation of a 1,300-employee, $100M CAD greenfield production facility in Queretaro, Mexico. He began his career at Audi AG, and then spent five years at DaimlerChrysler AG in various quality and manufacturing management roles. He studied Mechanical Engineering at Heilbronn University and holds a Diplom-Betriebswirt in General Management and Business Administration from Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

General Counsel

Kate DeHoff

Kate DeHoff serves as ICON’s general counsel and corporate secretary. In addition to being a member of the company’s executive leadership team, she is responsible for managing and coordinating all of ICON’s legal matters, including securities, litigation, employment, real estate, business operations, risk management, regulatory, corporate governance, and intellectual property. Prior to joining ICON, Kate spent eight and a half years at CoorsTek, Inc., a global leader in engineered ceramics. She served as Vice President, Legal Affairs and was responsible for managing a wide range of the company’s legal needs domestically and internationally, including litigation, commercial transactions, employment matters, acquisitions and divestitures, government contracts, antitrust matters, and regulatory matters. She also was responsible for managing the company’s worldwide trade compliance department. Prior to joining CoorsTek, Kate was an associate at Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett in New York and London. Kate is a native of California, and she holds degrees from UC Hastings College of the Law and NYU.

EVP, Revenue

David Crook

David Crook leads ICON’s revenue generating functions, including Sales, Marketing, Service and Flight Operations. As a founding investor and CFO, David has been part of the executive team leading ICON through every phase of its extraordinary growth. David’s diverse background includes manufacturing management at General Electric and commercial finance at GE Capital and CW Capital. Prior to running Revenue at ICON, David led the Finance and Business Development Departments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University and an MBA from UCLA.

VP, Global Sales and Marketing

Mike Farley

Michael Farley serves as ICON’s global head of sales and marketing. Michael’s career has been spent helping companies scale. Prior to joining ICON, Michael spent two years as Chief Revenue Officer for Private Jet Services Group where he created their jet card product offering. In less than two years, he grew the revenue for this product from $0 to become the 4th largest offering in a saturated market. He also scaled their Part 121 (commercial airliners) vertical, including the 2016 U.S. presidential campaigns, worldwide rock ‘n’ roll tours, and travel for both collegiate and professional sports teams. Prior to Private Jet Services Group, Mike spent six years at Sentient Jet, which provides Part 135 jet access via charter and jet cards. He also worked as a consultant for a defense contractor and a rotational in investment banking at Oppenheimer & Co. He holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Providence College.

VP, Human Resources

Tina Rulo

Tina Rulo serves as ICON’s Vice President of Human Resources. As a member of the executive team, Tina brings more than 20 years of Human Resources experience to her role. Prior to joining ICON, Tina ran her own consulting practice for eight years. Her clients were small to medium high-tech companies in California and New Mexico. She also served as VP, Human Resources for companies such as Eclipse Aviation, Hyperion Solutions and VLSI Technology. In these companies she was responsible for all aspects of HR and managed a worldwide team of HR professionals. Tina’s areas of expertise include compensation, benefits, organizational development, talent acquisition and executive coaching.

VP, Supply Chain and Manufacturing

Verónica Rubio Malo

Verónica Rubio Malo serves as ICON’s head of Manufacturing. As a member of the executive team, Verónica is responsible for managing the Manufacturing and Supply Chain functions, overseeing production facilities in the U.S. and Mexico. Prior to joining ICON, she worked in serial production multicultural environments for fifteen years, holding leadership and operations roles in variety of industries, including power sports. She has a bachelor’s degree in International Business, a post graduate degree in Logistics & Supply Chain from ITESM Campus Querétaro and an MBA from La Trobe University in Australia.

In Remembrance

1962 – 2017

Jon Karkow

The ICON team was devastated by the loss of Jon Karkow in an accident involving an A5 on the 8th of May 2017. He was 55 years young and had dedicated his entire life to innovation in aviation. He was a star in every sense of the word and an unsung hero.

ICON Production

With a composites facility located in Tijuana, Mexico and a final assembly facility located in Vacaville, CA, ICON production is up and running. For an inside look at ICON Manufacturing, watch our Composite and Final Assembly videos.

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Technique

A Technical Tour de Force

Combining industry leading experience in carbon fiber and composite production with state of the art machinery allows ICON to create the ICON A5. The fuselage is built in ICON’s own facility, created and managed to produce the A5.
Execution

Meticulous Attention to Detail

Once internal structural components are bonded in, major composite subassemblies such as the fuselage and wings are ready for paint and bodywork.
Scalability

Scaling a Commercial Product

ICON has over 400,000 square feet in manufacturing space, allowing us to control the quality of our production process from onset all the way through to final testing. To date, ICON has completed over 100 aircraft.

A Product of Passion

ICON’s Vacaville, CA production facility is open to deposit holders and owners by appointment only. Contact a Product Specialist to schedule your visit.

Production Facility Tours

Fly on our Wing

ICON is building partners across the country. Join our mission to spread the excitement of adventure flying.

Partner with ICON

Join our growing network of world-class Aircraft Service and Flight Training partners.

Invest in ICON

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