Test flights well underway

The Panthera has Successfully flown over 30 hours of test flying, and is taking a short break to fly to Germany for the aviation trade show Aero Friedrichshafen.

The initial pilot reports are impressive…
The flight characteristics are reported to be almost identical to the Virus SW.
Stalling characteristics are very docile, the nose dips approximately 5 degrees and slowly porpoises back up and down until power is added or the nose is dropped by the pilot.
The stall speed a few knots slower than initially anticipated, giving an even shorter takeoff roll!

All of the numbers are being meticulously data logged into the installed DEWEsoft
Measurement equipment.
Once testing is complete we will add the final performance data to the website.

The boys in the factory were tweaking a few things, part of the 25 hour inspection, so I took the liberty of snapping a photo of what the underside of the wing looks like, with the gear retracted.

Here’s the top cowling removed...

I had a good long sit in the cockpit, The seat is very comfortable, and when slid back it also drops for taller pilots.
Sitting outside, ready for some more test flights...


Taxiing out for a few more hours of testing.