12 Days of Panther Christmas – Day 4

Here is a photo from builder Stephen Leverett, SN063, from Portland, OR.  Stephen is originally from Michigan, a graduate from University of Michigan, and is an engineer/programmer for Intel.  He is building his Panther in a garage that he rented from someone who wasn’t using the space.  He started with the tail kit to make sure […]


12 Days of Panther Christmas – Day 3

Here are some photos from Panther builder SN059 Ryan Fiscus from Fort Worth, TX.  Ryan is a first time builder and he has been enjoying his Panther building process! Here is what Ryan has to say about his build: “I don’t have too many photos of “me and the panther” but here are a few […]


12 Days of Panther Christmas – Day 2

On our second day of Christmas our true love gave to me – Two Turtle Doves and a Panther in a the Mountains for Me! Check out this amazing shot of Will Mensink’s Panther with the mountains in the background. Will’s Panther is one of my personal favorites – mostly because it reminds me of my first […]


12 Days of Panther Christmas – Day 1

During this wonderful season of joy, giving and happiness we asked our Panther builders to share some photos and a few words about what they love about building.  To start off the count down to Christmas we have builder Jim Hurdle from Coeur D Alene, Idaho who shared some words and photos of his Panther […]


And Then There Were 10! 4 comments

Paul Salter’s Panther LS powered by a FlyCorvair 3.0L Corvair flew this afternoon! In less than 3 years in production – SPA now has 10 Panther aircraft in the skies.  This is a great moment for all who have put their hearts into the build, like builder Paul Salter.  Thank you to all who have […]


Larry Vetterman’s Panther SN062 is Ready for Inspection!

Larry Vetterman has Panther SN062 and he has his Panther ready for the FAA inspection.  His Panther N27EG is powered by a modified light weight Lycoming O-320 and his empty weight is 803 lbs.  Congratulations Larry!  She is a gorgeous machine and we love the paint job!  See the photos below.


Brian Sowell’s Panther SN047 Maiden Flight is a Success! 1 comment

Sunday, Oct. 30th 2016, Brian Sowell flew his Panther N389TX for the first time – and fell instantly in love!  All of his hard work had paid off, and he was impressed by the initial flight qualities.  His Panther is the LS model powered by a FlyCorvair.com Corvair 3.0L engine and a Sensenich propeller – […]


Deland Showcase is in Full Swing – Come see us at Booth #8

SPA is showing off Panthers at Deland Showcase today through Saturday the 5th.  Come see the Panther fly, or take a walk around some customer built aircraft.  Try the Panther cockpit on for size and talk to Dan Weseman and Chris Smith.  Bob Woolley has his customer built Panther onsite – he flew in this […]


Corvair EIB Build at Zenith Open House – This Weekend

We have recently launched our “Engine in a Box” product offering for the Corvair at Oshkosh 2016 and you can come see what it is like to build one first hand at the Zenith Aircraft open house this weekend.  Dan Weseman and William Wynne are headed up there now and will be there assembling an […]


Where There is Light, There is Darkness 3 comments

I remember feeling guilty 14 years ago for being so happy and blessed.  It was September 10th, 2002 and our middle son, Andrew, was born 2 minutes  before midnight.  At a whopping 9lbs and 11 oz! (Yes people – it was 2 minutes before 9/11 on the one year anniversary, and he weighed 9lbs and […]


Janson Kinsley’s Panther LS SN017 Gets Painted 1 comment

The 5th Panther to take to the skies is Buddy Henson’s build SN017.  He recently sold his tail dragger Panther to Janson Kinsley – a local Haller Airpark resident.  You see – Buddy is a habitual builder, has been for decades, building homebuilts and mixing it up with restoring classic cars.  So now he is […]


Panther = Hot Rod Fun + Cross Country Legs

The Panther is known for it’s sexy good looks, nimble flight characteristics, ease and cost of building, many engine options and folding wings.  However most don’t think of it as a cross country star.  As more Panthers come online we are seeing customers stretch out their feline legs and soar for great distances, with good […]