Goodbye 2016 and Hello 2017!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!   Here is one of our favorite photos of the year.  This is a photo of Stephen Pedano’s Panther LS at OSH 2016 Night Air Show.  Thank you Ed Hicks, Flyer Magazine. This year has been a wonderful year for SPA.  We have grown older, wiser, and more grateful for our customers, […]

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Weseman Family in Seattle Washington for Christmas 2016.

Merry Christmas from SPA!

We are very grateful for our family and friends, especially during this special season.  We know there are many of us who cannot spend the holiday season with their loved ones, and some are with us only in spirit.  Thank you to those who are protecting us in the military here, and abroad and wish […]


12 Days of Panther Christmas – Day 11

Our 11th day of Christmas our Brothers from Down Under send sunny greetings.  Builder Frank Edwards, Panther SN019, is from NSW Australia.  He sent a quick note, with a couple of photos. “The part I love about building the Panther is the quality of the manufacture and your overall service, so whatever you guys are […]

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12 Days of Panther Christmas – Day 10

Andrew Shorter sent us a couple of photos of his progress on his Panther LS SN033.  He and his family live in New Bern, NC.  He is powering his Panther with a Corvair 3.0L that he assembled himself.  He attended the Corvair College last year in Barnwell, SC where he finished his assembly and test […]


12 Days of Panther Christmas – Day 9

Hello fellow aviation friends.  Today we are sharing a photo from builder Sean Sullivan from Fort Worth, TX.  He has Panther SN048 and he powering his Panther with a Lycoming O-235. Here is a quick note from Sean: “I hope you and Dan are having a fantastic holiday season so far! I don’t have any […]

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12 Days of Panther Christmas – Day 8

Here is an quick update from Panther builder Jimmy Miller from Wilmington, NC.  He has Panther SN071 and is powering it with a Lycoming O-320. “Hi Rachel, I don’t have a lot to show at this time as I am building a new hanger along with the Panther. As far as getting into the Christmas […]


12 Days of Panther Christmas – Day 7

Builder Tim O’Laughlin and his wonderful wife Peggy have been busy on their Panther.  Tim and Peggy have a hangar at Haller Airpark and Tim flies his RV4 on a regular basis.  Tim is a retired Navy A6 and A7 pilot,  and later an Airline Captain.  He is going to use a rebuilt Lycoming O-320 […]

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12 Days of Panther Christmas – Day 6

Builder and flyer Tony Spicer from Wilmington, NC has been flying his Panther for a few months now.  Tony was one of our “Beta” builders – helping us develop the instructions and assembly procedures as well as any part modifications that needed to be done. Tony’s Panther is powered by a Jabiru 3300 and a Whirlwind […]


12 Days of Panther Christmas – Day 5

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 […]

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Panther Builder Stephen Leverett from Portland, OR building his Panther in his garage.

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 […]

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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 […]

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Dan and Paul after the first flight of Paul's Panther - Congrats Paul!

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 […]