Panther builder and flyer Benjamin Krotje, SN007, sent us this photo of him flying his Jabiru 3300 powered Panther. Benjamin and his wife Katie live in Shelbyville, TN. Ben is very happy with his Panther and says “It climbs like a rocket, sounds awesome, and with the Jabiru it only weighs a hair over 700 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Benjamin Krotje’s Panther SN007 took its first flight this week. Ben’s Panther N776RA is powered by the Jabiru 3300. They worked directly with Jabiru NA for the firewall forward configuration and, as you can see, it looks great. Ben’s lovely wife Katie, who is a CFI and also a Panther Plans owner, sent us a few […]
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.
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 – […]
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 […]
Brian Sowell is the first Panther to receive a pink slip in Texas. His Panther LS is powered by a Corvair 3.0L engine. Congratulations to Brian! You hard work has paid off. We look forward to first flight reports. All the best! – Team SPA
Paul Salter received his pink slip yesterday for his Panther LS – powered by a Corvair 3.0L. Congratulations Paul! All of your hard work is paying off and the plane looks amazing!
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]