First Panther Tri-Gear Maiden Flight a Success!

Buddy Henson is the first Panther Tri-Gear builder, and the maiden flight was a success over the weekend!  Buddy has built two Panthers so far, his first being the tail dragger model N142BN SN017.  We are very happy for Buddy, and applaud his determination and perseverance for building two beautiful Panthers in 2.5 years.  Way […]


First Tri-Gear Panther Is Born!

Buddy Henson, of Green Cove Springs, FL has just gotten his pink slip for the FIRST EVER PANTHER TRI-GEAR. Congratulations Buddy! Buddy has SN075 and started building his Panther TG approximately 10 months ago.  This is, however, his 2nd Panther build.  His first Panther was the 5th Panther LS TD version to fly, SN017.  You […]


Brent Mayo’s Panther DIY Paint Job

Brent Mayo, of Fernandina Beach, FL, has completed his Panther LS paint job – and it looks great!  He sent over the photos below yesterday. Brent ordered the decals you see from us.  The checkerboard rudder is a 3M vinyl decal in one piece, perfectly matched to line up with your rudder.  The decals you […]


Larry Vetterman’s Panther N27EG – Successful Maiden Flight!

Larry Vetterman sent in a note about his Panther LS first flight.  Here is what Larry had to say: “N27EG flew at 7:30 this am.  Finally clear skies and no 20 mph crosswind.  No wheel pants and rear fairing yet……..No wing heavy situation, both fuel tanks feed, no leaks etc.  I have 3000 hrs + […]


Update from Titusville, FL Builders

Les Boatright, Ed Brennan and Bob Rychel of Titusville, FL have been making progress on their Panther.  Here was a quick update in their local EAA Chapter newsletter. The Panther It’s been painted except for a couple of items like the cowling and wheel pants and Bob told me that they’d have it assembled and […]


SNF Cookout Reminder – Don’t Forget to Register!

Join us for our 5th annual cookout at SNF – Friday April 7th at 6 PM!  Enjoy burgers, dogs, sides and drinks – all you can eat!  Bring yourself and your friends for a fun filled evening for all.  We will have raffles for winning SPA apparel.  Held at our laid back campsite, just a few […]


Two Years from Kit Purchase to 75 Flight Hours

Brent Mayo, Panther SN053, posted this on the PantherCave forum. “I just got back from flying this morning down here in sunny Florida. Today is my 55th birthday I purchased Panther kit SN 053 on my 53rd birthday, two years ago today, and I now have 75 flight hours. I have been very pleased with […]


Larry Vetterman’s Panther is Ready to Fly

We got a note from Larry Vetterman, Panther SN062, that his Panther is almost ready to take the maiden flight.  Larry’s Panther is powered by a Lycoming O-320 and a Catto propeller. His note – “Rolled it out this am. Taxied and burned the brakes in. Waiting for the FAA to certify it, hopefully within […]


SNF 2017 Annual Gathering Registration Now Open!

Join us for our 5th annual cookout at SNF – Friday April 7th at 6 PM!  Enjoy burgers, dogs, sides and drinks – all you can eat!  Bring yourself and your friends for a fun filled evening for all.  We will have raffles for winning SPA apparel.  Held at our laid back campsite, just a few […]


Panther First Flight – Sean Sullivan SN048 1 comment

Sean Sullivan from Fort Worth, TX just sent an email about his successful maiden flight of his Panther LS powered by a Lycoming O-235 and Sensenich propeller.  Here is what he had to say in his email to us and on Facebook…(click to see more info about his build) “The first flight of N485PA was […]


Panther Builder Progress Report

We now have 86 production Panther builders across the globe.  We love hearing from our builders about their progress and seeing photos of their Panther builds.  Here are a few notes sent in from our builders.  Keep reading, you won’t want to miss this…. Buddy Henson – Panther SN075 – Green Cove Springs, FL Buddy […]


Panther Building @ Lightning Speeds

We have always had great feed back from our builders about how well our parts go together and how quickly the builders are making progress.  This is always great to hear and we know how encouraging it can be to a home builder when they are making real, tangible and visible progress on their projects. […]


Goodbye 2016 and Hello 2017!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!   Here is one of our favorite photos of the year.  This is a photo of Stephen Pedano’s Panther LS at OSH 2016 Night Air Show.  Thank you Ed Hicks, Flyer Magazine. This year has been a wonderful year for SPA.  We have grown older, wiser, and more grateful for our customers, […]


Merry Christmas from SPA!

We are very grateful for our family and friends, especially during this special season.  We know there are many of us who cannot spend the holiday season with their loved ones, and some are with us only in spirit.  Thank you to those who are protecting us in the military here, and abroad and wish […]


12 Days of Panther Christmas – Day 11

Our 11th day of Christmas our Brothers from Down Under send sunny greetings.  Builder Frank Edwards, Panther SN019, is from NSW Australia.  He sent a quick note, with a couple of photos. “The part I love about building the Panther is the quality of the manufacture and your overall service, so whatever you guys are […]