Grumman AA1 - Here's Why The Yankee Clipper Is A Great 2 Seater Option...
There is no shortage of options when you are looking to get into a 2 seater that you can either train in or fly around for recreational purposes. But the Grumman AA1 is a great low wing 2 seater that you are going to want to make sure you take a second look at and potentially buy. The AA1 models came into production in the late 60's and stuck around till the early 70's.
IMPORTANT: You have to make sure you realize that the AA-1 Yankee Clipper & the AA-1A Trainer are slightly different. You will be able to find both on the used market, but they do have different modifications. The trainer version had some structural modifications that actually made it go slower!
Reason #1 - They Are Cheap To Buy & Own...
That is obviously important if you are getting into your first airplane. The great thing about the Yankee Clipper and the Trainer is that it is a very cheap airplane to buy. You can get one from around $15,000 USD to $30,000 (or more).
But that is not much when you consider some of the other more expensive models that are on the market. Not only that - you can pay more money for a used car then you would for a good Clipper or Trainer.
Your just going to want to make sure you find one that has a good balance in terms of the time left on the engine & the total time of the airframe. These airplanes are old, so your probably not going to find a lot on the market that you can pick up with 100 tt on the airframe.
So make sure you realize this. At the same time, make sure you focus on finding one with both lower airframe time and low engine time. They are out there - you just have to look and be patient.
Reason #2 - The Performance Spec's Are Pretty Good!
Your not going to go super fast with this airplane, but you have to realize that you should be able to get a cruise speed of around 100 knots with the AA-1A (Trainer). And you should see even higher cruise speeds with the Yankee Clipper as it is designed to go somewhat faster.
Keep in mind that this aircraft has 108 horsepower... That means it is not going to go super fast BUT will also not break the bank in operating costs as it is not going to use a lot of fuel. not only that - these are not exactly high tech airplanes. So, your not going to have to worry about a lot of digital gadgets to fix.
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