Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from SPA!


We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!  We have had an amazingly awesome year and a wonderfully cheerful holiday season.  We are so grateful for all our many blessings.

First and foremost we have been blessed this year with the most important of all gifts – healthy and happy children and family.

Our family - nothing like the holidays in FL!

Our family – nothing like the holidays in FL!

This year has been a great adventure for all of us at SPA.  The Panther took its first flight, we successfully put the Panther through Phase 1 of flight testing and our oldest son turned 18.  We had oodles of fun on trips across the US with friends and family between air-shows and awesome vacations.  We have worked harder and longer than we thought possible and along the way SPA has become something we are very proud to stand behind.  We certainly have a long way to go – but…. BOY O’ BOY – look at the progress we have made!  We now have over 20 active Panther builders!  We have met a great deal of awesome people, made some good friends, learned more than we thought our brains could hold – plus some!  And even though our dear friend Michelle Smith is not here at the end of this year with us, her love will be with us and carry us through all of the wonderful years to come.

Along the way we know you guys (yes you, reading this now) have helped us become who we are today.  You have shared your enthusiasm which keeps us motivated, you have given your constructive criticism which keeps us focused and you have reassured us when we needed it.  Let’s face it!  We are all part of this ginormous experimental aviation family!  So thank you all!

During the holiday season we are always all about family and spending time together.  This year we got a very special Christmas gift with Dan’s Sister Lisa and brother in-law Lex and their screening of their short film called SOLO.

This film was written and directed by Lisa and produced by Lex.  Lisa and Lex both live in LA and play diverse roles in the entertainment industry.  The movie has been a work in progress for the past year or so and is now being submitted to film festivals.  Lisa and Lex arranged a screening at our local old fashioned theatre with an awesome after party hosted at Dan’s parents new house at our airpark.  You can see more information about the movie HERE

Clay Theatre, Green Cove Springs, FL

Clay Theatre, Green Cove Springs, FL

The film is aviation based and Dan was the main pilot.  Other pilots were our one of our Panther beta builders Bob Woolley, our electrical engineer Chris Smith and our local A4 pilot Dave Dollarhide.  See the film trailer HERE.

We had a great turn out at the screening.  Here is a shot from the stage of all the guests who were able to attend.

Clay Theatre SOLO Screening Crew

Clay Theatre SOLO Screening Crew

After the screening our pilots looked to the sky and unanimously concluded a flight was in order.  So off they went!  Dan to the Panther Cave to roll out and unfold the Panther wings and the other pilots to grab their RV-4s.  They gave us all a first class show – just what the SOLO movie screening deserved!

From our family to yours – Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!  Come join us at the Sebring Sport Expo in Sebring, FL starting Jan 16th and running through the 19th.  See Sebring Sport Expo for more information!


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