Corvair College #35 and Builder Progress

Corvair College #35 in Barnwell, SC was a great time last weekend! The Corvair College is coordinated by William Wynne and his lovely wife Grace Ellen, with FlyCorvair.com, Shelley Tomino, and P.F. Beck and his great crew at the Barnwell, SC airport. Our family drove up in the motorhome and pulled the Panther trailer behind […]

Close to Wrapping Up the First 50+ Panthers!

Production is in full swing at SPA!  We are keeping the momentum going and we have a very aggressive shipping schedule that delivers (currently) all 53 builders kits by mid March (minus a few minor small back ordered parts….of course)! We recently were at the Sebring Sport Expo and had a wonderful time meeting new […]

Production Updates

We now have 8 production fuselages off the production line along with most of the welded components. They are going through final QA and touch up before going to the powder-coat shop. The goal is to have them there on Monday morning. We also have the forward fuselage side and belly skins being run at […]

Update on the Panther – Paint Job and Chance to See it Fly

The wings are back from the paint shop and they look amazing! The colors turned out exactly as we hoped. The cowling, canopy skirt and the tail fairings are being worked over by their awesome body guy. Sunday consisted of getting the fuselage prepped for paint. Sanding down proud rivet heads, scuffing and scotch brite. […]

Panther Paint, Canopy and Avionics

The past two weeks Team Panther has been soaking up some much-needed R&R. Every year we take a wonderful vacation out to see my sister and her family in Destin/Gulf Breeze FL. My Dad also joins us and we spend about 10 days relaxing in the beautiful water in the Gulf of Mexico, with our […]

Fuel Tanks, Firewall, Cowling and Canopy Skirt

I started assembling the left fuel tank today with the Flamemaster and things went very well. All of the end or butt ribs had been sealed except for one right one, so I started with that. This way it would have time to cure before I got around to it. I have been mixing in […]

Canopy skirt gives the Panther even more dimension

Yesterday afternoon Dan started on the canopy skirt. First things first – cover everything the resin will touch with tape. So after about 4 rolls of wide masking tape along with poster board the Panther looks like a little funny. Then Dan started laying out the fiberglass and cut a bunch of 8 inch wide […]

Fuel Tanks, Canopy and Knowing Yourself

Today was a good day in the shop. Bob Woolley, beta builder of the Panther sport version, assisted me with fitting the second fuel tank skin. We followed Tony’s instructions and all went very well. The fuel tank skins are all pre-drilled by the CNC shop and pre-bent in house, so it was just a […]