IMO Icon is a scam. A very large and intricate scam to milk the wealthy (and stupid) out of their money. A-la Madoff, Eggenflener and Musk. I'm very sorry that some people were killed in a crash. That is very sad. It doesn't change my opinion of the venture.
There has never been an inflight failure of an Avid/Kitfox which was properly maintained. My Mangy Fox came with a BRS system, I removed it during the rebuild. IMO it was a wasted 30 pounds.
I'm sorry to be harsh, but the flapperon hangar failure is a blatant example of "not properly maintained". The damage to the hangars should have been noticed, at the latest, on a preflight inspection. More so on a condition inspection. I am extremely glad no one was badly hurt, or worse, and he is hear to tell his tale, but that is an example of poor maintenance. Grabbing and moving the flapperons looking for weakness like this is as important as checking fuel or oil. The damage was present before that flight occurred.
I am planning to order a seat cushion with the new logo as soon as they are available. I like it a lot! I was happy to see the "cutesy" fox go away.
If they have trademarked it, it's the art with the text. See Doug's first post. Unless you were selling something using their version of the artwork, I doubt they would care. Not worth the expense of suing you. Look at all the plagiarism that goes on in the experimental aircraft world. It would fill every courtroom in the country for years to litigate it all. Your insurance company doesn't give a damn if you followed the kit or plans or what ever. It's experimental. They will charge what they will charge.
Those are the rib tails that broke. This is a common failure point on these planes (Avid Flyer A through Mk 4 and Kitfox 1-3) and is something that needs to be constantly monitored and inspected. There are repair procedures to strengthen them with aluminum bonded to both sides. This should have been done to all of the rib tails not just one. This was probably an insufficient repair done at one point. The rest of the tails should have been considered suspect. There may be some salvageable parts there, but that's all. IMO that plane is a total loss. Not worth repairing.
Yep. Another indestructible Just Stupid STOL bites the dust. I find it humorous that guys build these planes and think that they are all of a sudden Superman. Just like the video posted earlier from Aussy-land. The only plus is they are at least a strong (Avid design) airframe and no-one is getting hurt. Just a lot of bleeding pride (and wallets)...