HP-18J, Twin Turbine Self-Launch Homebuilt Sailplane
Chris Esselstyn has been a sales engineer for a pattern-making/tool and die manufacturing company in the Midwest for 31 years. His aviation ratings are SEL with Instrument and Glider additions. Over the last four decades, Chris has built four experimental airplanes; three scratch-built canard composite airplanes and the turbine powered HP-18J sailplane. He has accumulated over 3,000 hours in his own home-built experimental aircraft. In 2010 he transitioned from powered experimental aircraft to sailplanes and built the turbine powered HP-18J. He is currently working on his latest project, a salvaged ASW27, with turbine additions for self-launch and sustained flight.