couple thousand hours in AA-1 and AA-5B, but few in AA-1A/B/C and AA-5. The aileron (and elevator/rudder) design of the AA-1 was done not so much with some incredible insight into aerodynamics, but in Jim Bede's attempt to make a simple and economical design where panels were interchangeable or simply modified in construction to become left or right (wings). The end result is that an AA-1 is infinitely nicer to fly that ANY of its contemporary 2 place trainers. It CAN be flown feet flat on floor (as can the AA-5A/B) but the control response is so delightful nobody in his right mind would do that.One other plane that I'm very interested to hear more about is the Grumman Yankee, Tiger, etc. They have a simple semi circle nose with a concentric hinge that is centered vertically on the back of the airfoil. I would think that this would result in adverse yaw, and the need for extra rudder input to counter it. I can't seem to find any accounts of Grumman handling online though. Are there any Grumman pilots out there that can comment?
The only thing I can fault their ailerons over is that if you lose a bearing (nylon sleeves that can slide out of place from the brackets, they will start an extremely low frequency "flutter" that tells me they are probably a bit short on counterbalance and damping - but otherwise if all in tact they work extremely well. Have not flown an assymetric wing 2 places to the kind of extremes I had done extensively on symmetric airfoil to compare but certainly have never heard a 1A/B/C person complain though.