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PILOT BRIEFING
2022 SWEEPSTAKES |

This Tiger will growl
once more
Donated Grumman Tiger AA-5B's restoration is underway
B Y KO L L I N S TA G N I T O

IN MAY 2022, a randomly selected pilot will win the first Grumman
airplane ever offered in an AOPA sweepstakes-a speedy Grumman
Tiger AA-5B. And, that winner could be you!
Since its introduction in 1974, the quick and nimble Tiger has
been a standout performer in its class of 180-horsepower, four-seat,
long-distance traveling machines. It earns bonus style points for its
fighter-style sliding canopy, which affords amazing views and can
be partially opened during flight.
Your sweeps Tiger was generously donated to AOPA by
Massachusetts residents Derrell Lipman and his wife, Shelley
Rosenbaum Lipman. Derrell bought the Tiger in 1990 and met his
soon-to-be wife Shelley through an online Grumman forum a few
years later. The Tiger has been at the center of their aviation adventures since.
On their final day of Tiger ownership, the Lipmans reflected on
their experience with the airplane, and shared some of their hopes
and dreams for its future. " It's nimble, it's light on the controls, it's
faster than other airplanes in its class, and it's just fun, " said Derrell.
" You can fly with the canopy open-at least part way-it's just fun to

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fly. " Shelley added: " It is a really sweet-handling plane. The Tiger is
like a sports car. The lightness on the controls makes it so pleasant. "
With a cruise speed of 139 knots, the aircraft has been the perfect traveling machine for the Lipmans, taking them as far south as
Mazatlán, Mexico, and as far north as Ketchikan, Alaska. They've
flown to EAA AirVenture nine or 10 times and up and down the
East Coast. Derrell lauds the Tiger's flexible cargo space: " There's
the fact that you can fold the rear seats down to a completely flat
surface. And for some of the long trips we took, that was fabulous. "
BIG PLANS

The AOPA Sweepstakes Tiger has been well maintained over the
years but is essentially as it left the factory in 1978. Although the
instrument panel has seen some nice upgrades, several avionics are
no longer operational-notably the loran! The interior is original,
with seats so threadbare the foam beneath the fabric is visible. The
Lycoming O-360 is running strong but was last overhauled 27 year
ago. The Tiger's most recent enhancement is its shiny four-year-old
paint-white over deep violet with silver accent strips.



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