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A5 Owner Flight Training

Learn to Fly Your ICON A5

Whether you’re learning to fly an amphibious seaplane on the water or have never flown before, the A5 is the perfect airplane to get your feet wet.

Not yet a pilot

The ICON A5 is designed to be easy to fly, extremely safe, and a lot of fun. If you’re not a pilot already, ICON has made obtaining your Sport Pilot or Private Pilot license through an ICON Flight Training Partner as seamless as possible, so you can learn to fly your A5 before or after you take delivery.

Already a pilot

If you’re already a Sport Pilot or above, ICON and the ICON Flight Training Network across the U.S. offer two transition courses for owners, depending on previous experience. Transition Seaplane (TX-S) if you already have a water endorsement or seaplane rating, and Transition Land (TX-L) if you don’t.


Flight Training Options

Choose Your Own Adventure

As a new or soon-to-be ICON A5 owner, you’ve got options when it comes to completing your transition training in the A5. Choose what works best for you.

Complete your Transition Training at our ICON Flight Center in Tampa, FL

Sport pilots and above can complete transition training (TX-S or TX-L) with a Company Instructor Pilot at our flight center in Tampa, FL. Located at Peter O’Knight Airport, this option is great for owners who live in the southeast and may also be considering using ICON’s Service Center in Tampa for scheduled maintenance.

Train with an ICON Flight Training Partner

Looking to complete your A5 transition training prior to your delivery? Or maybe you need to complete or finish your sport or private license? ICON has flight training partners throughout the U.S. that offer training for owners while they are waiting for delivery of their aircraft. View the complete list of ICON Flight Training Partners here.

Train with an A5 Instructor Pilot Near You

A5 Instructor Pilots (also known as ICON Authorized Flight Instructors or “IAFIs”) are individual CFIs that have completed the A5 Instructor Course taught by company standardization instructors. They are located across the country and offer primary training, transition training, mentor flights, and proficiency training. Please see the locator map below.

Training Locator

Find an A5 Instructor Pilot Near You

Chances are that between the ICON Flight Center in Tampa, FL, and the many other schools and CFI’s that make up the ICON Flight Training Network, there is an ICON Flight Training option near you. Note: Individual A5 Instructor Pilots (IAFIs) may not have access to an A5 and might need to be added to your A5 insurance policy to conduct training in your airplane.

Arizona

Robert Magee
KDVT Phoenix Deer Valley
Anthem, AZ 85086
rmagee@preferredaircraft.com

British Columbia

Peter “Randy” Hanna
CYCD, Nanaimo Airport
Nanaimo B.C.
iconcanadatraining@gmail.com

California

Kaylee Brown
KEMT, San Gabriel Valley Airport
El Monte, CA 91081
kaylee.brown@gmail.com

Connecticut

Anthony Debany
KDXR, Danbury Municipal
Watertown, CT 06795
tdebany@gmail.com

Malcolm Dickinson
KHPN – Westchester County, NY
Stamford CT 06902
malcolm@malcolm.cc

Florida

Jason Depew
KTPF, Peter O. Knight
Lithia FL 33547
jason@hydroplaneaerospace.com

Bianka Peterson
KORL- Orlando Executive
Orlando FL 32803
bap08e@gmail.com

Dana Holladay
KCRG, Craig Airport
Jacksonville FL 32225
dana@holladayaviation.com

Ken Allen
KGIF. Winter Haven
Lake Wales FL 33859
kallenjr58@yahoo.com

Jesse Mares
KGIF. Winter Haven
Lakeland FL 33812
jessemares@hotmail.com

Benjamin Shipps
KGIF. Winter Haven
Winter Haven FL 33881
info@jackbrownsseaplane.com

Abbie Kellett
KGIF, Winter Haven
Auburndale FL 33823
kellettaviation@gmail.com

Ian Hamilton
KTPF, Peter O. Knight
Tampa FL 33618
ianhamilton1003@gmail.com

Eva Lucas (Land Only)
Atlas Aviation
KTPF, Peter O’Knight
eva.lucas1@icloud.com

Juan Pineda / Felipe Santiago
Aviator Zone Academy
KTMB, Miami Executive Airport
14150 SW 129th St, Miami, FL 33186
305.306.7416

Illinois

Emily Harrison Ross
KPWK – Chicago executive
Downers Grove IL 60516
Emily.harrison.ross@gmail.com

Massachusetts

Greg Bongiorno
KEWB, New Bedford Regional
Marion MA 02738
greg@lowaltitudeadventures.com

Tyler Gomes
KEWB, New Bedford Regional
Marion MA 02738
Tyler48@Comcast.net

Michigan

Giving Wings Aviation
1170 Airport Access Rd
Traverse City, MI
231.943.2033

Minnesota

Ken Reily
KANE, Anoka County – Blaine Airport
Minneapolis MN 55415
ken@twincitiesmalibu.com

New Jersey

Larry Higgins
KSMQ Somerset Airport
Lebanon NJ 08833
Larry@stateinfoservices.com

Ohio

Richard Perry
KLUK, Lunken Airport
Batavia OH 45103
perryrich32@gmail.com

Jay Hand
KLUK, Lunken Airport
Cincinnati OH, 45208
jhand.fdog@gmail.com

Christopher Ahn
KAKR, Akron Fulton Intnl Airport
Akron OH 44313
chrisjoahn@gmail.com

Puerto Rico

Roberto Molina
TJIG, San Juan/Fernando Luis Ribas
Bayamon PR 00959
rmolina@millionair.com

South Carolina

John Staines
KUZA Rock Hill, SC / Greater Charlotte
Clover SC 29710
john.staines@gmail.com

Greenwood Aeronautical
322 Terminal Road
Greenwood, SC
864.942.9634

Texas

Thrust Flight
4600 Jimmy Doolittle Dr
Addison, TX 75001
972.735.9099

Eric Seller
KDWH, David Wayne Hooks
Houston TX 77044
seller282@yahoo.com

Brint Hlavaty
RYW,Lago Vista
Lago Vista TX 78645
brint.hlavaty@gmail.com

Virginia

Jason Grieff
W91, Smith Mountain Lake
Moneta VA 24121
seaplanepirate@me.com

Michael “Mike” Pearson
KEZF, Shannon Airport
Colonial Beach VA 22443
mapsr@aol.com

Bruce Holmes
KJGG, Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport
Williamsburg VA 23188
holmesconsultingllc@cox.net

Washington

Northwest Flight Service
6095 E Rutter Ave
Spokane, WA
509.458.2359

Luke Christian
KBFI, Boeing Field
Seattle WA 98118
dhc2floatflyer@gmail.com


Course Structure

What to expect

No matter which training option you choose, ICON Flight Training was designed from the ground up to change the way people learn to fly. Proprietary training materials and our course structure form the backbone of the curriculum and differentiate ICON student pilots before they ever set foot in the cockpit.

Learn From Those With the Right Stuff

ICON Flight Instructors are the best of the best. Your instructor will be responsible for your safety and ICON applies its rigorous standards when it comes to picking who will teach you. Fighter jets. Gliders. Experimentals. Amphibians. Our team and partners have flown them and trained people to fly them.


Recent Training Posts

Flying the ICON A5 in Seattle

An A5 Flight Instructor recently flew to one of the most popular seaplane destinations near Seattle. Watch how she planned her trip and approached a new area.

Teaching Adventure Flying as a CFI w/ Jason Miller

Jason Miller, host of The Finer Points aviation podcast., is a 2-time CFI of the year and is one of the most prominent flight instructors in the United States. Since both ICON and Jason promote Adventure Flying, we asked Jason for his perspective on how he teaches adventure flying safely.


ICON Pilot Profile: Malcolm Dickinson

Meet Malcolm Dickinson, one of our A5 Instructor Pilots based out of the NY area with over 20 years of seaplane experience.


Landing with the Gear in the Correct Position

It seems simple enough: extend the landing gear when intending to land on a runway or other prepared surface, and retract the gear when landing on the water. The unfortunate truth is that accidents and incidents caused by landing with gear in the incorrect position occur far too frequently.