If you haven’t yet flown a Tiger, you’ve missed out on one of general aviation’s real treats. As far as I’m concerned, the world has become a better place since the Tiger was reintroduced a few years ago. Whether the aircraft in question is a new 2006 AG-5B Tiger, a vintage American General machine from the early ’90s or an original Grumman American from the late ’70s, Tigers are among the most fun-flying airplanes on earth.
Practically everyone who has flown a Tiger has something good to say about it, regardless of its vintage. Today’s Tiger, though a dramatically improved airplane in terms of avionics and construction technology, flies as well as the original from 30 years ago, and that’s a ringing endorsement rather than a criticism of an outdated design model.