Brent Mayo’s Corvair Powered Panther, now flying


Florida Panther builder Brent Mayo had a flawless first flight a few days ago. He is the same builder in this story:

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Which is focused on the fact it took Brent less than 830 hours to build the whole plane and the engine.  It shatters the myth that selecting an automotive based engine adds a lot of time to a build. Below is a link to the SPA/Panther story of Brent’s first flight. This time he demonstrates that if you select the correct alternative engine , built and install it following a proven path, you can expect a flawless first flight.  For every one of you who has had to listen to an ‘expert’ in your EAA chapter tell you “automotive engines never work” , Brent just added another factual demonstration to a mountain of evidence proving that ‘expert’ is either a liar or an idiot. -ww.

Brent’s story:


Brent Mayo’s Panther SN053 Takes to the Skies



Brent Mayo's First Flight












About William Wynne
I have been continuously building, testing and flying Corvair engines since 1989. Information, parts and components that we developed and tested are now flying on several hundred Corvair powered aircraft. I earned a Bachelor of Science in Professional Aeronautics and an A&P license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and have a proven 20 year track record of effectively teaching homebuilders how to create and fly their own Corvair powered planes. Much of this is chronicled at and in more than 50 magazine articles.

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