Streamline Designs worked with ICON Aircraft over the past 18 months to assist with the ASTM compliance, FAA audit process, and development of the A5 technical publications. Originally brought on to evaluate ICON’s overall strategy, plans, and timeline for the audit, SD made several suggestions for improvements which resulted in significant cost and time savings for ICON. SD continued to consult on the project through the successful completion of the FAA audit on 11 June 2015.
“Working with ICON to help assure a smooth and successful FAA audit is a perfect example of our focus on enabling solutions,” said Streamline Designs Owner Adam Morrison. “We were able to quickly integrate with the capable ICON team to achieve verifiable compliance and readiness for the FAA audit across the entire business.”
“Streamline Designs played a critical role in the successful completion of the ICON A5’s FAA audit,” said ICON VP of Engineering Bill James. “Adam and his team were involved in all aspects of the process from planning to technical publications development, as well as in direct support of the audit. His knowledge of the ASTM consensus standards and the FAA regulations for Light Sport aircraft is unparalleled, and the impact to our success has been immeasurable.”
Throughout the process, Adam and Streamline Designs worked with ICON’s engineering, quality, manufacturing, and production teams in order to create the best possible aircraft and meet the regulatory and ASTM standards for LSA. Adam also conducted a mock audit and comprehensive review leading up to the FAA audit to verify the readiness of the organization.
Early in 2015 SD was contracted to create both the Pilot’s Operating Handbook (POH) and Maintenance Manual for the A5.
Morrison said about taking on the technical publications, “The success of these manuals reflect the ability of Streamline Designs to quickly bring tangible, value-added engineering and technical publication solutions to complement the existing strengths of a team.”
On 11 June 2015 the FAA issued the first S-LSA airworthiness certificate for ICON’s A5 which means ICON can now begin customer deliveries for the aircraft.
As Morrison reflects on the experience he says, “As I became more intimate with the A5 design, I truly understood that the ICON mission and the mission of Streamline Designs to help companies solve really tough challenges are in perfect alignment. The A5 is a special airplane, and it is an honor to be part of the team that’s making it available to customers.”
About Streamline Designs, LLC:
Streamline Designs is a small business of engineers committed to providing cost effective and timely solutions for a variety of technical needs. With over 20 years of experience in aviation, they are a leading provider of technical consulting services and solutions within the light aviation industry. SD develops innovative product solutions while serving a wide array of markets, leveraging the cross- pollination of technologies and ideas.
About ICON Aircraft:
ICON Aircraft is a consumer sport plane manufacturer founded in response to the sport flying category created by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in 2004. ICON’s first plane is the A5, an amphibious sport aircraft that fuses outstanding aeronautical engineering with world-class product design.