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Novel aircraft joins lineup at luxury car dealer

The Icon A5's range could reach the Bahamian islands from South Florida
The Icon A5’s range could reach the Bahamian islands from South Florida

Prestige Imports has a lot of exotic cars in its North Miami Beach showroom, but the new centerpiece is the Icon A5 aircraft, which can take off and land on either water or land.

Prestige announced it has a new partnership with Icon Aircraft to offer the A5, a two-seater that can go up to 109 mph.

“Our customers crave ways to enjoy life and unlock what was believed to be unattainable adventures,” Prestige Imports CEO Brett David said. “Since 1977, we have come to deeply understand the South Florida luxury lifestyle and the Icon A5 fits perfectly. The partnership with Icon reinforces Prestige Imports’ dedication to luxury transportation on land, air and sea.”

The A5 requires only a sport pilot license to fly, which takes about half as long as a private pilot license to earn.

The interior dash of the A5
The interior of the A5

“This partnership with Prestige Imports reinforces our mission to redefine what it means to be a pilot and expand the bounds of personal aviation,” said Mike Farley, VP of Sales and Marketing for Icon Aircraft. “Much like the exotic cars in the showroom, the Icon A5 is unreal. Flying with the windows out, wind in your hair, is a visceral experience. The Icon A5 enables you to explore the planet in ways you’ve only dreamed about.”

Among the interesting features in the A5 are a spin-resistant airframe, a low stall speed, a whole plane parachute system and an angle of attack indicator. The wings also fold back to it can be towed by a car or truck.

The manufacturer’s website lists the cost of the Icon A5 Limited Edition as $389,000 with delivery available in mid-2019.

The A5 in flight
The A5 in flight

David was previously interviewed as part of SFBW’s CEO Connect series. He took over the family dealership at the age of 19 after his father died of a heart attack. At the time of the interview, Prestige’s Lamborghini had a string of 15 years at the automaker’s top-volume dealership globally. Among David’s coups were getting one of the first three Pagano dealerships in the United States.

Prestige Imports is at 14800 Biscayne Blvd. Through the end of April, Icon is offering a special Mentor Pilot Program that includes up to $15,000 of credit toward an Icon flight Instructor in the first year of ownership with the purchase of an A5.

 

The A5's wings fold back so it can be towed
The A5’s wings fold back so it can be towed

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Drew Limsky

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.