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AA-5 Traveler

AA5 Traveler

The new four-place aircraft, named the American Aviation AA-5 Traveler, was powered by a Lycoming O-320-E2G engine of 150 hp (110 kW). It would carry four people at 121 knots (224 km/h) cruise speed and was certified under US FAR Part 23.

Production of the Traveler had just started in 1971 when American Aviation was sold to Grumman and became the Grumman American division. Grumman continued production of the Traveler. 834 Travelers had been produced when production of this model ceased in 1975.

A redesign of the AA-5 was undertaken in 1974 and as a result the 1975 model Traveler featured an aerodynamic cleanup of the engine cowling and main landing gear fairings. The tail section remained unchanged. As a result of these changes the 1975 Traveler had a cruise speed of 127 knots (235 km/h). The Traveler was superseded in production the following year by the further refined AA-5A Cheetah.

Specifications and Performance:


 Manufacturer Gulfstream American
 Years Built 1972-1975
 Number Built 834
 Type Single engine, 4-seat, fixed gear
 Wingspan 31 ft 5 ins
 Length 22 ft
 Height 8 ft
 Empty Weight 1,271 lbs
 Gross Weight 2,200 lbs
 Payload W/Std Fuel 707 lbs
 Engine Lycoming O-320-E2G 150hp @ 2,700 rpm
 TBO 2,000 hrs
 Useable Fuel (Max) 37 US gal
 Useable Fuel (Std) 37 US gal
 Takeoff Ground Roll 880 ft
 Takeoff Over 50'1,600 ft 
 Rate Of Climb 660 fpm
 Landing Over 50' 1,100 ft
 Landing Ground Roll 380 ft
 Stall Speed (Vso) 50 kts
 Max Speed 130 kts (1975 = 136 kts)
 Cruise Speed (75% Pwr) 122 kts (1975 = 128 kts)
 Cruise Altitude 9,000 ft
 Cruise Range (45m Reserve) 430 nm
 Service Ceiling 12,650 ft
 Wing Loading 15.7 lbs/sq ft
 Power Loading 14.7 lbs/bhp
 Propellor (Dia/Pitch) McCauley 73/59 Fixed

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