The SPA Panther is a US kit-built single seater – there are half a dozen or so completed and flying and getting on for 80 kits sold. It’s not yet approved by the Light Aircraft Association… but there are a few people who’d like to see it over here, including FLYER’s Ian Seager tested it for the July 2014 issue.
Construction is tubular steel cage with monocoque rear fuselage. Aluminium skins come pre-punched, the builder can choose plush or domed pulled rivets
This, at the time the only flying prototype, is powered by a Corvette engine, but later examples have flown with Lycoming O-320s and six-cylinder Jabirus
This is the longer wing LSA compliant version, but it can be built with a sport wing that increases the roll rate
The Panther has a reasonable turn of speed with the Lycoming powered example reporting a 170mph cruise in early testing
The Panther is aerobatic – but better suited to gentle aeros and tail chasing rather than competition flying
We'd need to add a couple of bits and pieces for the LAA to be happy, but there's enough room…
If you are struggling for hangar space, the wings can be folded in a few minutes, it's an easy single person operation