GRUMMAN AA5B TIGER

GBIPV in her early 2000 colours

GBIPV in her early 2000 colours

GBIPV in 2007 when she came to us

GBIPV in 2007 when she came to us

GBIPV over Libya in 2009

GBIPV over Libya in 2009

The final variant of the AA-5 line is the AA-5B Tiger. The Tiger was designed by Grumman engineers and was first produced in late 1974 as the 1975 model.

The Tiger was the outcome of the same redesign work on the AA-5 Traveler that resulted in the 150 hp (110 kW) Cheetah and it was originally little more than the same aircraft with a Lycoming O-360-A4K 180 hp (130 kW) engine, resulting in a 139-knot (257 km/h) cruise speed. Gross weight was increased from the AA-5/AA-5A's 2,200 lb (1,000 kg) to 2,400 lb (1,100 kg) on the Tiger. Externally the Tiger looked much like the AA-5 Traveler and AA-5A Cheetah so once again Grumman’s marketing department came up with a distinctive decal package to differentiate the design – this time a "galloping tiger".

While the earlier AA-1s and AA-5s did not change much from year to year the AA-5B Tiger underwent almost continual improvement. As with the AA-5A, the AA-5B was continued in production by Gulfstream when they purchased Grumman's American division. Gulfstream ceased production of all piston-engined aircraft in 1979 and the highly successful Tiger design went out of production after 1323 aircraft had been delivered.

GBIPV
Manufactured in 1979, GBIPV a GRUMMAN AA5B Tiger, spent the first 20 years of her life operating from Southampton airport under various ownerships including Solent Flight Centre and Flight Preparations. She came into Airtime Aviation's ownership in 2000 and was refurbished internally and externally with a grey leather interior and a white, green and black colour scheme.

She was sold in 2003 and spent her time operating between Blackbushe and Lee on Solent before temporarily returning to Airtime Aviation. In 2007, complete with a zero timed overhauled engine, she was sold to the present group of 10 owners.

She is lovingly maintained at her home airfield of Bournemouth where in 2009 she was treated to a bare metal respray which sees her today resplendant in her white, green and gold livery. She is regularly flown by her present owners, and can often be seen "weekending" in Northern France and the Channel Islands. Her flight sheets include flights to far flung destinations such as Austria, Germany and Spain. However the most noteworthy destination to date has to be Tripoli in Libya which she completed in 2009.