Grumman AA5A Cheetah

Grumman AA5A Cheetah


The new variant AA-5A Cheetah was introduced as a 1976 model and provided six knots (seven mph) faster cruise than the Traveler with the same 150 hp (110 kW) Lycoming O-320-E2G powerplant. 


Changes were made to the engine cowling and baffling to reduce cooling drag, the exhaust system was redesigned, the main landing gear fairings were further improved, the ventral fin was eliminated, and the horizontal tail was enlarged to allow a larger center of gravity range. Fuel capacity was increased from the Traveler's 37 US gallons to 52 gallons, thus increasing its range.


A total of 900 Cheetahs were produced.


This one has been a good servant of its 35 year+ owner over the years, and offers low time with almost zero time on both engine and propeller. Recently flown and all compressions are excellent.


Aircraft / kit manufacturer: Grumman

Model: AA5A Cheetah

Year: 1976

Registration: VH-SAB

Total airframe time: 2989hrs

Airframe Serial Number: AA5A-0225


Engine type: Lycoming O-320 E2G (160HP)

Engine serial number: L-45883-27A

Engine Hours: 1988.4 To run (11.6 hours)

Engine history: Overhauled 2/6/02 Hawker Pacific and 12 years. Last annual 23/1/20 Most recent flight: June 2020.

Inspection results: Annual inspection, Oil filter inspection carried out. Nil metal. 

Compressions: 78, 78, 78, 72 / 80


Propeller type: McCaulley IC172BTM 73” 59

Propeller hours: 2188.4hrs to run 


Avionics list: Standard Grumman Cheetah avionics

A/P disconnected. All instruments working.


Other notes:

- Internally factory painted, some minor surface corrosion recently rectified

- STC SE682NE for O-320 higher compression conversion carried out and logged


Accident history / details: NIL

Storage history: Hangered all life


Location airport:  Northam WA

Work that needs to be completed / pending (list): NIL


Cruise speed: 105kts

BEW: / MTOW: 627.5kg / 998kg

Fuel Capacity / no. of tanks:  94litres per side = 188 litres (useable)

Aircraft logbooks complete & available? Yes


Contact Nicholas Christie at Light Aircraft Sales on +61(0)3 95311018 / or 0466649868 for a confidential discussion, or email



Grumman AA5A Cheetah


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