See Tony Spicer’s Jabiru powered Panther LS fire up on the first blade. Congratulations Tony! She is looking great! Here is a photo of Tony’s Panther with the cowling on. What a slick looking cowl!
SPA welcomes it’s 70th Panther builder, Mr. Skip Haneline from Nebraska City, Nebraska! Welcome to the Panther Family, Skip! We look forward to updates on your build progress. Builders have been successful building and flying their Panther aircraft. This is an exciting time for us and we are happy to share some builders progress photos […]
We had a great week at Sun ‘N Fun 2015! We were in the same booth as last year, at the end of the row outside of Hangar C on the corner. This location is great for us. We get good foot traffic because we are on the end, we have a little more room […]
The last few weeks have been challenging, intense, and all around crazy. We are an intense bunch, except for Travis – our amazing welder, who is the even keeled, reliable and steady workaholic of the bunch. Don’t get me wrong – we all are workaholics, but Travis is Mr. Rock Steady. Dan is always going from […]
Production is in full swing at SPA! We are keeping the momentum going and we have a very aggressive shipping schedule that delivers (currently) all 53 builders kits by mid March (minus a few minor small back ordered parts….of course)! We recently were at the Sebring Sport Expo and had a wonderful time meeting new […]
We thought potential builders might like to see what an update from Dan looks like. Here is a recent email that went out to our builders on what we are doing, how things are going and what comes next. Plus a few photos…. Fiberglass Last week the plugs for the canopy skirt (for the production […]
Just a quick update on what has been going on at SPA over the last couple of weeks. Our welding team dove into the tubing kits and are well under way churning out more Panther fuselage cages. Our powder-coat shop promises our HUGE batch of fuselages and parts will be done this week for pickup. An issue […]
These last few weeks have been composed of QA, catching up and organization. We have brought on a new employee to help with shop organization and shipping. He is a pilot and a college student, going for his degree in Aeronautical Engineering. When hiring someone to organize and manage all of the many parts that make up an […]
This update is long overdue – but well worth the wait. Our welding, machine and fiberglass shops have been running non-stop and so much progress has been made! They are DONE! The fuselage fixtures AND the Lycoming dynafocal mount. Beta builder Bob Woolley’s fuselage cage is shown in these photos – and goes to powercoat […]
The Panther Fuselage production welding is underway. We have a tube kit professionally cut off of a model that Dan designed with the CNC company. Then the tubes get fitted in the proper fixture and welded. There a many small fixtures, which create the sub pieces of the fuselage – then the sub pieces are […]
The Panther is painted, put back together, GRT installed and back in the air as of this morning. Here are some photos on the ground. In flight shots coming up soon!
The wings are back from the paint shop and they look amazing! The colors turned out exactly as we hoped. The cowling, canopy skirt and the tail fairings are being worked over by their awesome body guy. Sunday consisted of getting the fuselage prepped for paint. Sanding down proud rivet heads, scuffing and scotch brite. […]
We are working on the final touches in preparation for first flight. Things are going well, and the pressure of the inspection is off so the air around the hangar seems lighter, and more fun. This is good, because it was a little tense before. Lack of sleep makes anyone a little edgy. The DAR […]
There were many different tasks going on in the hangar today. We are prepping for inspection so the “all important to-do list” is key to making sure every task gets completed. Sometimes the to-do lists can seem long and overwhelming so a little competition can sometimes help mountains become more like a ginormous hills. So […]
I started assembling the left fuel tank today with the Flamemaster and things went very well. All of the end or butt ribs had been sealed except for one right one, so I started with that. This way it would have time to cure before I got around to it. I have been mixing in […]