Dan Heath – Panther LSA Tail Dragger, Corvair 2700 power
“So, as you can see, I am currently working on the wing assembly. I believe that some of it is a 2 man job and I am lucky to have a brother who enjoys the time we spend together doing those tasks. I have previously built composite airplanes, so I am really enjoying that there is no Resin, Cure Time, or sanding dust to deal with and that the parts are so well designed and precise. Every time I start on a new Panther sub-kit, I am in awe of the quality and imagination that went into the design and production of these parts.
And, looking at the pic, you may think this is really easy. You are not wrong, it is and I am loving it.”
You can see more of Dan Heath’s project HERE
Tony Spicer – Panther LSA Taildragger, Jabiru 3300 power
“Currently working on rudder pedal geometry and installing master cylinders. Being able to do that while seated on a stool instead of leaning over the top of the fuselage is a major benefit of having a steel cage with no skins installed.
See more of Tony’s Build Progress HERE
Panther Builder SN032- Rick Holland:
“Here I am happily build my Panther elevator. This is my second aircraft build but my first all aluminum kit.
I first worked with SPA when I purchased a 5th bearing for a Corvair aircraft engine. I was very impressed with the engineering design and implementation, serious attention to detail and excellent support. I now have around 30 hours flying my Pietenpol with that engine and bearing with no leaks or problems of any kind.
So after seeing the Panther prototype with that same excellent engineering, looks, and attention to detail I knew it had to be my next aircraft project (adjustable rudder petals, adjustable seat, folding wings, quick disconnect fuel line in the first prototype? most designers would just throw together a prototype that flies to generate interest and then promise all these extras a year or two later).
Work on Panther tail kit is going very well, the precut, predrilled, and prebent aluminum parts are excellent as is the plans, the manual and the support.
What is also nice is being able to put off the engine decision for a year or two and the number of supported engine choices. I fly out of an airport in Colorado (KFLY) with summer density altitudes sometimes over 10,000 ft on the runway. I was thinking first of using another Corvair but am now leaning towards the O-320 (with the longer wings), nice to build an aircraft designed for that wide range of engine weight and power.
Keep up the good work.”
Castle Rock, CO
Beta Builder Dick Fisher – P004 – Corvair Tri-Gear model
“Currently I am working on completing the rear fuselage.
The quality of the parts is superb; the builders manual
is the best I have seen and the plans drawings are terrific.
To anyone contemplating building a single seat day VFR
aircraft, the Panther is your only logical choice IMHO.”
Kelley Kokemiller – SN015
“Nearing completion of tail kit. Putting finishing touches on tips. Looking forward to working on wings and fuse this winter.
We have a couple of guys on field that are seriously considering building panthers as well and are joking about having pink panther formation flying. Not convinced I can fly a pink plane.”