- Jul 26, 2010
- Waukesha, WI.
After a number of years, the HP-18J sailplane project has been completed. I am currently in the flight testing stage as a true glider utilizing a tow plane to become airborne. Upon completion of the flight testing (10 hours), the turbine testing stage will follow. The sailplane project is a Schreder HP-18 with a number of additions to optimize the performance and use the self-launching turbine engines. The changes are numerous (airfoil modification, center control stick addition, one piece forward hinged canopy, new geometry turtleback and nose, installation of wing fuel cells, a fuselage fuel tank and twin Jet Cat P300 turbines for self-launch and sustainer operations. Attached are a couple of photos of the completed project and its first flight.