Sunday, December 09, 2012

AA-5B Tiger for Sale (SOLD)

I love my Tiger.  I took delivery of it on July 1, 2008, and flew my first cross-country from DC to Tennessee three days later.  Since then I've been to Maine several times, Oshkosh twice, Florida, and everywhere in between.  I completed my instrument rating in it, and would have gotten my commercial license in it if it were considered a complex aircraft.


My first day as owner

But two kids appeared in our lives, and my flying has been cut by 90%.  It just no longer makes sense, on a dollars-per-flying-hour basis, for us to keep the plane when there are good rentals available.  Here are the details:

It's a late-1978 model with the 1979 improvements (flush gas caps, etc.).  About 3,000 TTAF, about 1,000  TSMO.  New leather interior and carpets in 2005.  Interior is an 8/10.  It has the original paint, and could use a paint job, maybe 5 or 6/10.  All ADs complied with, last annual in February 2012.  Complete logs.  It has just about every STC out there, except for the LoPresti cowl and PowerFlow exhaust.  I love it dearly.  I'm just not flying it.

Equipment/mod list:
  • Garmin GX60 IFR-approved GPS
  • Garmin SL30 NAV/COM
  • Garmin GTX327 Digital Transponder*
  • JPI EDM-800 w/Fuel Flow*
  • Garmin 496 w/XM Weather & Warner Mount*
  • Electronics International SC-5 Super Clock*
  • Garmin/Apollo SL15 Audio Panel w/ front and rear audio (music) inputs
  • HSI
  • Stormscope
  • King KNS80 RNAV
  • Dual glideslopes (HSI and second head for KNS80)
  • Steelebrook LED Map Light*
  • Teledyne Alphabeam LED Landing Light*
  • Steelebrook LED Dome Lights*
  • Century 1 Autopilot (overhauled in 2009)
  • Sensenich Prop (& STC) so no RPM limitations
  • Split nosebowl STC
  • Rosen Visors*
  • Electronics International SC-5 Super Clock*
  • Vernier mixture control*
  • Bruce's cover & cowl plugs*
  • Aileron AD AMOC - so no 100-hour inspections*
  • Stand-by backup vacuum 
  • Electric oil-pan heater
*Added since I purchased the plane in 2008.

Recent major work include:  all new hoses in 2009, new canopy seals in 2009, autopilot overhaul in 2009, new tires 2010, new exhaust seals 2012, re-rigged 2012, all new spark plugs 2012.

In my opinion, all it needs is a paint job to be one of the best-equipped Tiger's out there.  I guess I would also upgrade the GPS to a Garmin unit with WAAS, although the GX60 is IFR-approved for en route and non-WAAS GPS approaches.

Damage history:  there are faint marks from hail sometime in the past (before I owned it), which will disappear when painted.  I also hit a gull in 2009 and dented the leading edge of the left wing.  The repair shop (Hortman at KPNE) was able to press out and repaint the dent, with no remaining damage or replaced parts.  No other known damage history.

Asking $59,900 or best reasonable offer.  Email me at greg@birdwellbrown.com or call at (865) 236-1073.  The plane is currently at KDKX in Knoxville, Tennessee.


It was in a valet hangar since we moved to Knoxville a few years ago, until I recently moved it to a shade hangar for easier access.  It is kept out of the sun, snow, and rain (except for IFR flights!).






Leather(ette) interior, Steelebrooke dome lights, and 3-point harnesses front and back.


Kids not included.



LED map light, mount for Garmin 496 with XM weather, Rosen visors, vernier mixture, etc.




Note position of Garmin 496.  It's perfect, and does not obscure the view out of the cockpit.

Saturday, December 08, 2012

LIFR Departure