We had the pleasure of having Larry Vetterman, founder of Vetterman Exhaust and Panther Builder SN062, come by to talk shop. He has been rocking and rolling on his build and sent a few photos in for us to see his progress. Larry received his kit in October of 2015 and here are some photos […]
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 […]
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 […]
We now have 8 production fuselages off the production line along with most of the welded components. They are going through final QA and touch up before going to the powder-coat shop. The goal is to have them there on Monday morning. We also have the forward fuselage side and belly skins being run at […]
The fuselage is back from the powder coat shop and it looks really good. This fuselage is for beta builder Bob Woolley who is building the Panther Sport version with the Lycoming 0-320. You can see the engine mount below as well. If you are coming to SNF come by the booth N-032 and you […]
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 roll cage has been fitted, and some more adjustments made. Few more adjustments to come, then final welding. Should be ready for powder-coating by the end of next week. Forming of the test wing ribs continues.
Well – I beg to differ. What can you accomplish on your EAB project in 1 hour? Consider this little story from today…. So, Dan sent an email late last night to our beta builder Bob Woolley. It went something like this… “I’ve got a few hours of work that could be done if you […]
We have test fit the Panther tail cone parts and all is coming together nicely. These are the first of the matched tool parts and we are happy with the results! We also finalized much of the fuselage this weekend – very happy with how things are going. Fuselage tubing kits coming soon – full […]
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 […]
Here we are, just a few days into 2014 and we have an exciting but very simple innovation! As you know – the Panther is designed with folding wings. Dan designed the fuel tanks to incorporate these really snazzy fuel quick-disconnect fittings that work very well. You simply pull the wings out a foot or […]
We have hit the ground running again after our wonderful trip to Barnwell, SC for the Corvair College. The spars are coming long great and will start shipping out to builders next week.
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 Panther reassembly is coming along, but visually not as appealing as we hope it will be in a day or so. The whole fuse is covered in tarp to keep us from scratching it – and getting over spray from the panel getting re-dusted after the expanded hole for the GRT unit. We do […]
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. […]