The Tiger, first built as the AA-5B, wasn't the first four-seater in the family; the AA-5A Traveler, which later became known as the Cheetah, was. But by the time Grumman purchased the company in the 1970s, it decided an upgrade was in order. The Tiger, with its Lycoming O-360 180-hp engine and fixed-pitch prop, was first certified in 1975, and it was a big hit, not because it was a lot more airplane than the Traveler, but because it felt like less airplane than comparably powered competitors while delivering more. More, in this case, anyway, means more performance with greater simplicity. Despite its modest power, the airplane delivers about 140 knots at cruise, comparable to a couple of contemporary retractable-gear airplanes with similar or greater power. At the same time, the Tiger carries a good useful load, 900 pounds, and a full-fuel load of around 585 pounds, good for three FAA-regulation 170-pound people and 75 pounds of bags. That's about as good as it gets with a four-seater, and it's especially good for a four-seater powered by a 180-hp engine.