Flying two airplanes for the same story presented a challenge because, while each is designed for the basics of fun on the water, they’re really aimed at different customers. The Searey is an older, more basic seaplane design where everything about the machine is out there in the slipstream to create drag—the wheels, the sponsons, the wing struts. The Icon looks as if it emerged from a 3D printer with hardly a sharp edge anywhere. The Searey flies faster than the Icon, but that’s because it has a more powerful engine. The A5 was created for a more affluent pilot who loves the clean, smooth lines of, say, a new foreign car and is willing to write the appropriate check, while the Searey looks more rudimentary, even though its performance is anything but.