This 1974 Grumman American AA-5 Traveler Is a Compact, Fast, and Efficient ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick

Bonded-skin construction forsakes rivets, making the Grumman Traveler more aerodynamic.

The Grumman American AA-5 Traveler’s sliding canopy adds to its sporty feel. [Courtesy: Carl Kelley]

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The Grumman American AA-5 Traveler and the rest of the company’s AA series began with the Bede 1, a kit aircraft developed by renowned and controversial designer James Bede. American Aviation acquired the design and later became part of Grumman. Grumman American developed a line of general aviation aircraft ranging from the two-seat Yankee and TR-2 trainer with Lycoming O-235 engines to the performance-oriented Tiger with a 180 hp O-360.

The AA-series airplanes are known for delivering stronger performance than many pilots would expect based on their power. Their notable cruise speeds and fuel economy stem in part from their bonded wing skins, which use strong honeycomb structures and no rivets, resulting in a durable, smooth, and aerodynamically clean surface. While the AA trainer aircraft proved a bit too sporty for many students, they appealed to experienced pilots seeking responsive handling. Today the AAs have a following but can often be found at bargain prices. 

This 1974 Grumman Traveler has 3,521 hours on the airframe and three hours on its 160 hp Lycoming O-320 engine since overhaul. The airplane has both a new Sensenich propeller and ducting for its heater and defroster. The panel includes a Garmin GNS 430, King KY197 transceiver, Garmin/Apollo SL70 transponder, Davtron M800 digital clock, Century autopilot, PS Engineering PMA 6000M audio panel, UAvionix ADS-B beacon, and FL202D digital fuel gauge. The aircraft also has a four-place intercom and four USB charging outlets.

Pilots looking for a compact, innovative, and economical four-place traveling aircraft with responsive handling should consider this 1974 Grumman American AA-55 Traveler, which is available for $95,000 on AircraftForSale.

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Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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