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Old 11-19-2016, 11:55 AM
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I'm considering putting a deposit on an ICON A5 sport aircraft. It needs to be registered as both aircraft and boat, and will need radios certified for both services.

Any rumors of a dual-certified radio, for both aircraft and marine frequencies? They are both VHF, but one is AM and one is FM, both channelized, but aircraft band is 20-25 mHz below marine. The option is a marine handheld...it would be primarily used to announce on chan. 16 intended take offs and landings.

With a very cramped cockpit, a combined radio would make sense, and would be easy to design, but FCC/FAA certification gets costly.

I should probably try to find an amphibious flying forum to ask this, but am still looking.
Old 11-19-2016, 04:53 PM
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Since you didn't give a budget- http://www.til.ca/

Two radios, one control head


Or call these folks and ask them what they use. Kenmoreair.com
Old 11-19-2016, 05:30 PM
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You need a marine vhf - standard issue for float planes in AK.

I had to google the aircraft in question (as usually it doesn't make sense to have an amphib) it is a neat plane.

Enjoy it in good health.

PS a handheld marine vhf is pretty low powered but would prob be ok for intended use depending how often it is.
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I would think the suggestion to use the marine hand-held VHF is the simplest and most cost effective solution. At 5 or 6W, that is plenty of range for broadcasting intention to land or take-off. And if you get a GPS-enabled model, it could be used as a back-up emergency beacon via the DSC positioning feature.

Icon A5 is a very cool aircraft. If you end up buying it, please be sure to post back here and give us your first hand impressions.
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Originally Posted by The Spit View Post
I would think the suggestion to use the marine hand-held VHF is the simplest and most cost effective solution. At 5 or 6W, that is plenty of range for broadcasting intention to land or take-off. And if you get a GPS-enabled model, it could be used as a back-up emergency beacon via the DSC positioning feature.

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This is coming from a non-float plane endorsed pilot, but I don't think the VHF has to be certified if you keep it out of the panel. It's a whole lot cheaper that way. Just buy a hand held and announce your intentions via that. If you're concerned about range you can have an external antenna installed and hook it to your handheld VHF for water operations.

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