Now that Cessna has decided to go Primary Category Certification for its Skycatcher LSA, could the Icon A5 Amphib LSA be close behind?
Cessna is going Primary in order to seemlessly enter sales markets outside the U.S.(note: it will remain Sport Pilot eligible in the US). If Icon is not granted their LSA weight increase excemption request, would they too go Primary as a solution for currently being way outside the LSA gross weight envelope? Would such action have to seriously consider the one-third of their over 1000 deposit holders who currently hold no pilot license of any kind.
And to further muddy or muddle the waters, if the 3rd class medical exemption is granted, a Primary Category Icon could be flown by a PPL without a medical. So much for the much cheaper SPL that would render the one-third depositers SOL.
Also, could someone "truly in the know" please briefly explain exactly what Primary Category Certification is?