The ICON A5 is an amphibious, light-sport personal aircraft that has been in development for nearly 10 years now, and as an aviation nut, I’ve been eagerly following it’s progress the entire time.
Simply put, the A5 is designed to change the way you interact with the world, even if you’ve owned an aircraft in the past. The combination of folding wings, amphibious capability, and an optional custom trailer means you can own an A5 without ever setting foot on an airport.
While getting a private pilot’s license is intense and time consuming (not to mention expensive), the A5 can be flown by anyone holding a sport pilot license – which takes approximately half the time. The streamlined cockpit is designed with novice pilots in mind, with dials and knobs kept to a minimum.
But that’s not all. There’s an emergency Complete Aircraft Parachute (CAP) that can save your life if you get into a bad situation. The CAP technology has more than 300 documented lives saved, some at altitudes as low as a few hundred feet.
The ICON A5 offers unprecedented flexibility, allowing you to land it nearly anywhere, including lakes, paved runways and grass. At the end of the day, you can fold the wings back, load it onto a trailer and park it in your driveway. Say goodbye to expensive hanger fees!
So just how much will the innovative ICON A5 set you back? Around $200,000, making it a lofty dream for many. But can you really put a price on freedom, not to mention avoiding those dreaded TSA lines?
If you’re still not convinced, check out this breathtaking video footage of the ICON A5 flying in New York City:
Pretty incredible, right?
Photo credit: ICON Aircraft
Who’s Ready To Set Sail On A 245-Day Luxury Cruise Around The World?
When MSC Cruises announced their 119 day “World Cruise” last year, we didn’t think it could get any better. After all, this amazing cruise boasted an itinerary of 49 destinations across 32 countries spanning six continents. Talk about a bucket list trip!
But no so fast, said Viking Cruises, who recently introduced their Ultimate World Cruise, an insane cruise around the world that spans 245 days, 6 continents, 59 countries and 113 ports, with 22 port overnights. As the name suggests, it’s the ultimate way to see the world, and Viking’s luxury accommodations ensure that you do it in style.
The eight-month voyage kicks off in London on August 31th, 2019 on Viking Sun, with guests visiting dozens of legendary cities, charming ports and idyllic islands along the way as they circumnavigation of the globe. And unlike other cruises where excursions cost extra, they are included in the fare, allowing you to take part in 113 guided tours of ports such as Reykjavik, New York City, Rio de Janeiro, Bora Bora, Sydney, Hong Kong, Bangkok and Algiers and immerse themselves in the world’s cultures.
Torstein Hagen, chairman of Viking Cruises – For more than 20 years, we have been offering guests the most culturally immersive journeys available in the industry and we are pleased to announce the most extensive itinerary in our history. Our World Cruises offer guests the rare opportunity to unpack once and explore dozens of the best destinations on earth — at a value that is unprecedented in the travel industry.
For those days when you’re not visiting a port, you can enjoy world-class amenities aboard the Viking Sun. The award-winning vessel offers spacious rooms, each with its own veranda, king-size bed, spacious bathroom, and flat-screen TV, as well as eight restaurants, multiple pools, spa, theater, and an Explorer’s Lounge serving craft beer and Scandinavian fare.
So how much will this once-in-a-lifetime cruise set you back? Tickets for the Ultimate World Cruise start at $92,990 per person. But keep in mind that that price includes Business Class international air, transfers to/from the ship, all gratuities and fees, three complimentary visa services, free luggage shipping services for embarkation and Viking’s Silver Spirits beverage package, along with complimentary shore excursions in each port and free unlimited Wi-Fi.
If that’s too rich for your blood, Viking offers the option of two shorter segments – The Viking World Treasures ($47,995) is a 127-day sailing from London to Los Angeles that visits 33 countries and 61 ports, while the Viking World Wonders ($45,995) is a 119-day journey from Los Angeles to London that visits 29 countries and 55 ports.
All in all, this is the ultimate cruise for someone that has a serious case of wanderlust and wants to check off a bunch of countries off of their bucket list.
So what do you say, who’s ready to set sail on Viking Cruises’ Ultimate World Cruise?
Photo credit: Viking Cruises
Is The Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer Really Worth The $400 Price Tag?
When the $400 Dyson Supersonic hair dryer was first introduced, we were a little taken back by the steep price tag. How could Dyson improve on something as basic as a hair dryer… and get away charging such a premium for it?
Since I regularly shave my head, I never gave it much thought. But a few months ago, my wife was getting a blowout, and the stylist used the Dyson Supersonic on her. She came home and couldn’t stop talking about how great it was, and how much she wanted one. FML.
Now here’s the thing. My wife has a LOT of hair, and she spends a good 30-45 minutes drying her hair whenever she washes it. According to her, the Dyson hair dryer would allow her to dry her hair faster, quieter, and with less damage to her hair.
Curiosity got the better of me, so I reached out to our friends at Dyson to see if we could test one out for ourselves. You should have seen my wife’s face when the box arrived. 😀
First impressions? The Supersonic comes in beautiful packaging, really befitting the premium price tag. The hair dryer itself is very distinctive, with a unique color combo and matte finish, and a sleek design that looks nothing like your traditional hair dryer, with a tiny motor in the handle that gives the Supersonic more balance and a lighter feeling in your hand.
Included with the Supersonic are a smoothing nozzle, a styling concentrator, and a diffuser, all which attach magnetically. There’s a very long power cord, which comes in handy if you don’t want to be stuck in one spot while you’re drying your hair. Some people might have an issue with the bulkiness of the cord, but it didn’t seem to get in her way.
Aesthetically, Dyson knocked it out of the park, with a hair dryer that you won’t want to stash underneath your sink, but rather proudly display it on your countertop for everyone to see.
Dyson has been called the “Apple of home appliances”, and I can see why. Their attention to detail is second to none, and they’ve managed to take something as common as a hair dryer and give it a stylish, premium look.
Looks can only go so far, especially when we’re talking about a $400 hair dryer. But how well does it actually work? That’s what we were about to find out. My wife hopped in the shower, washed her hair, and then patted it dry before reaching for the Supersonic.
Seeing as how this process normally takes 30-45 minutes (because she has thick, curly hair), I went into the other room to watch some TV while she did her thing. About 20 minutes later, she came out, with her hair completely dry, and looking smoother and shinier than normal. Honestly, I thought it looked as good as when she gets a blowout at the salon.
Furthermore, the Supersonic is considerably quieter than other hair dryers, so I didn’t need to turn the TV volume up to 11 while she was doing her hair. Same token, she won’t be waking me up in the morning when she’s getting ready, as she gets up WAY earlier than I do.
Overall, she couldn’t have been happier with the Dyson Supersonic, as it really delivered on all fronts. Dyson’s engineers spent over four years developing the ultimate high-tech hair dryer, and they knocked it out of the park. But the question remains – Is it worth the money?
“Absolutely, without a doubt,” said my wife. To her, the extra money was worth it given that it cut her drying time in half (saving her roughly 26 hours per year), while delivering a better end result that looks like it was done by a professional.
Still not convinced? Consider this. If she can do her own blowouts with the Supersonic rather than spending $40+ at the salon, then you might actually save money in the long run. At least, that’s how my wife is trying to sell me on it.. 🙂
Me, I’m just happy that I don’t have to wait forever for her to get ready anymore! That to me is well worth the price of admission.
Shaquille O’Neal Is Selling His Baller $28 Million Florida Mansion
NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal is selling his Florida mansion for a cool $28 million.. you know, just in case you have that kind of dough laying around. Located just outside of Orlando, the 31,000-square-foot home sits on a three-acre lot overlooking Lake Butler in the private golf community of Isleworth.
You didn’t expect Shaq to live in a regular home, did you? Of course not. No shack for Shaq! A man of his stature lives large. The man is an NBA legend, so of course, his house is legendary. What does the $28 million home of an NBA star get you?
Well, there’s a two-story great room with a marble fireplace and floor-to-ceiling walls of glass overlooking the water. A huge chef’s kitchen, and a wood-paneled formal dining room that will hold up to 16 guests for a start. It also has 12 bedrooms and 15 baths (11 of which are full baths). This place could house an entire NBA team basically.
A separate wing houses the master suite with a private balcony, four-room master closet, and his-and-her master baths with vanity sinks and jetted showers. Other features include a soundproof home theater (so you can watch Kazaam at full blast), a temperature-controlled cedar-planked humidor, a game room, wet bar, a 95-foot long swimming pool, and naturally a 6,000-square-foot indoor basketball court.
Did we forget to mention the 17-car garage and secondary garage with a dance studio, along with a recording studio where ‘NSYNC reportedly recorded their first demos? Yeah, you get those too. It’s not a shack. It’s a 28 million dollar Shaq!
Danial Natoli of Premier Sotheby’s International Realty holds the listing, so hit him up if you want to put in an offer.