John Steere of Martinsville, Indiana has Completed his Panther! 3 comments

Panther #14 is Ready for Flight!

John Steere of Martinsville, Indiana has just sent us a note about getting his “pink slip” for his Panther LS N39DZ.  John’s Panther LS is SN039 and is powered by a Corvair 3.0L engine from FlyCorvair.  John assembled his Corvair engine on his own, following the William Wynne with’s guidelines and conversion components.  He opted for the 3.0L package we offer for Corvair conversion, along with all of the other Panther airframe firewall forward components.

His panel is outfitted with  GRT Sport SX 8.4 along with auto-pilot, the GRT EIS system and a Flight Line FL-760 Radio.  This is a popular package we offer to our builders that works well with the multiple engine choices we support.  We have specific EIS options based on the builders engine choice.

John’s propeller is a Sensenich Ground Adjustable composite 2 blade.  We worked directly with Sensenich to develop this prop specifically for the Corvair application and have tested the configuration extensively with their engineers and on the Panther Corvair prototype airframe.  You can see more about this here. 

Here is the note from John:


I’m happy to announce that N39DZ is now officially an airplane.

My log posting about this is at

Use it in any way that you find helpful.

Thanks to  you and Dan for all your support through the very enjoyable journey.

Best regards.


Congratulations John!  We are happy for you and wish you the best.

Here are some photos below.  You can click the link to see all of John’s builder record.

John Steere’s Panther SN0039 N39DZ

John Steere’s Panther SN0039 N39DZ

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3 thoughts on “John Steere of Martinsville, Indiana has Completed his Panther!

    • John Steere

      Dan, the wheel pants are done but won’t be installed until later, so I can keep an eye on the brake fittings until the taxi testing is complete.

      The paint scheme is still in the very early planning stages, but I really do like the checkered idea.

      Thanks for your support through the build process. The part quality and engineering is outstanding, and I think the styling (even without paint) is the best among homebuilts.

  • Larry DeCamp

    How can I contact John Steer ? I live in Clinton Indiana and would like to go see his Panther. I fly RV3 regularly. The picks look like Randy Pflanzer strip in the wooded aero estate near Martinsville ?
    Thanks, Larry