This mod for the Icon A5 improves its performance, adds upgraded G3X Avionics and autopilot
Here’s another mod that improves one of the default MSFS airplanes. This time it’s the Icon A5 to see some nice changes, thanks to the work of a few fans that decided to join efforts in improving a series of features on the A5. And that’s how the ICON A5 2021 Performance Edition was born!
First and foremost, the A5 Performance Edition brings with it a more powerful engine, which has been supercharged to deliver more than 150 HP. Additionally, you will also find an upgraded avionics system in the form of the G3X Touch display, which ads a 2-axis autopilot and some great new IFR features such as synthetic vision.
The increase in engine power translates into a more pleasant flight experience. The A5 is now capable of cruise speeds up to 95 knots and a top speed of 120 knots. You will also experience shorter take off times in both land and water.
The introduction of the G3X Touch panel brings the virtual Icon A5 up to its real counterpart, which actually received that same upgrade just a few months ago. The highlight is definitely the improved 2-axis autopilot, followed by the new features that increase situational awareness.
The A5 2021 Performance Edition is now available for free. Also check the official Discord channel if you need any help, or if you’d like to share some suggestions with the devs.
Now that we’re talking about mods for the default airplanes, you may want to check other excellent ones such as the CJ4 by Working Title, the Savage Carbon, or the unavoidable A32NX.
I have all 3 files in my community folder and yet still have no instruments
At 1:21 minutes in you video you say a small square is there to indicate that the mod is installed… looked more than once and did not see the square…
Also I installed as directed in your instructions but do NOT get the upgrade in my sim… You also state that I should remove an earlier MOD to make the AP work… How do I find the MOD to remove it… Any help will be appreciated.
Small triangle, not small square. 😉
In the thumbnail of the stock A5, the white one, there is a dark grey triangle at the bottom left. Looks a little bit like part of a runway.
If the mod has not been installed, this triangle will not show. The thumbnail will of the stock A5 will look similar to the other two shown in the video.
All works great, love it, but I cannot get the AP to work, can’t even get AP screen up. not got the UWA light mod installed like you say in the PDF file. and I am clicking on the 3 squares . Clicked everywhere no luck. Help please.
I so want this to work, because I really enjoy flying the A5.
However, when trying to unzip the contacts of the zip file to my Community folder, I get a Windows error message about the path being too long for some of the files…
Am I the only one yo get that error? Haven’t seen any comments about that yet…
Hi I am finding this MS website a little difficult to find things in, it was to have a link to a seaplane style airport I could not find it plus the repaints of the aircraft ? It is likely just me but I would appreciate someone helping an old guy that can get a bit lost with so much happening with this amazing FlightSim. Thank you Ian
Ian, I don’t remember we talking about a “seaplane style airport”. However, for aircraft repaints, check our Liveries section, specially the Mega Pack, which has more than 700 aircraft liveries.
Is there a version of this mod which has the G3X and AP but retains the realistic engine performance?