Paul Salter’s Panther; Outstanding Homebuilt Aircraft of SnF 2017.


Paul Salter’s 3,000 cc Corvair powered SPA Panther was awarded the title “Outstanding Home Built Aircraft” at Sun n Fun 2017. It is a well deserved reward, going to a guy who is respected by all who know him.


To see photos and videos of Paul, his Panther, and projects:

Paul’s Panther

Corvair Thermal Image Testing

Short Run Video; Panther.

Testing at Sensenich Propellers

Would you rather be friends with a turtle or win an academy award?



Paul’s Panther on display at the SPA booth in Lakeland.



Before SnF, three Panther’s in front of Paul’s hangar. L-R – Paul’s, Steve Pedano’s and Bob Wooley’s.



Who has the hardest working Corvair? Look at the belly of Paul’s plane and see the oil streaks; This was a result of intentional inverted spin maneuvers. Paul’s plane has a Ellison EFS-3A carb, and it does not quit when inverted.  Although it doesn’t have an inverted oil system, it will not run out of pressure during brief inverted flight.  The oil is a few ounces trapped in the breather pipe expelled when the plane is rolled upright. The test was done by Bob Wooley. Read more :  Understanding Flying Corvairs Pt. #2, Hardest working engine.



Paul’s cowl with oil access door open.  SPA/Panther Cowls and FlyCorvair KR-2 cowls are all fiberglass, all other models we work with are composite nose bowls with metal cowlings



Above, at the SnF awards dinner.




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.

9 Responses to Paul Salter’s Panther; Outstanding Homebuilt Aircraft of SnF 2017.

  1. David Swann says:

    Congrats Paul, Not only does he build super sharp planes but he is a super nice guy as well!!

  2. dan glaze says:

    could not have happened to a nicer guy!! congrats Paul, dan-o

  3. Jim Tomaszewski says:

    Congratulations Paul!!! A very well deserved award to a beautiful aircraft and talented builder!

  4. Terry Hand says:


    Please pass along the following to Paul –

    Awesome job, Paul! Beautiful airplane and a great builder. You are a great example to the rest of us builders.

    Semper Fi,

    Terry Hand

  5. Lane Seidel says:

    Congratulations Paul on a well deserved award.

  6. Bob Taylor, Medina, Ohio, CC39 says:

    Congrats, Paul! Well done!

  7. Ed Lee says:

    I saw Paul’s Panther at CC@39 and the award is well deserved, beautiful work.
    Ed Lee

  8. Bob 'early builder' Dewenter says:

    Congratulation Paul – Outstanding indeed. Glad to see your work recognized.

  9. Joseph Pringle says:

    Congratulations Paul. I’m not surprised, after seeing your plane at CC#39. It’s beautiful.

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