Welcome to Evergreen Soaring!

Evergreen Soaring is a not-for-profit flying club operating in Washington State. We fly gliders, also known as sailplanes, and have joined together to own and operate the aircraft and equipment needed to enjoy our sport.

We are an association of diverse individuals with one thing in common: the love of soaring.

Schedule a Demo Flight!

Evergreen Soaring offers demonstration flights to those who wish to become glider pilots or just want to experience soaring flight. Flights are available on an appointment basis.

About Soaring

The freedom and exhilaration of soaring are incomparable! By using currents of rising air for lift, you can fly hundreds of miles over several hours on a good soaring day.

Soaring is also known as gliding - one of the oldest forms of flying. People were flying gliders for many years before powered airplanes came about, including the Wright Brothers! In the early days, a glider-ride usually meant a short flight, probably launched from a hilltop. Today we fly sailplanes: high performance aircraft that can stay aloft for long periods of time, and all with no motor!

"Evergreen Soaring exists to create and support excellent cross-country soaring pilots and to maximize their access to great soaring experiences."
- mission statement

What's New

The 2014 SSA Convention

The annual SSA convention in Reno (Feb. 27 to Mar. 2) was well attended, including by a large contingent of Northwest pilots. It was a time to find out what is new and get motivated for the coming season. As usual there were a lot of interesting talks and interesting contacts, even if there was not too much technical news.

So here are some personal impressions:

First Soaring Flight over Mount Everest

On January 31 Klaus Ohlmann succeeded in making the first soaring flight over Mount Everest, another achievement for this outstanding pilot.  According to the first sketchy reports, he took off from the Pokhara airport in Nepal in a Stemme S-10 motorglider, climbed under power high enough to continue in soaring flight toward Mount Everest.  <--break->Using weak thermals and ridge lift and then rotor and finally wave lift he was able to climb over Mount Everest (29,093 ft). 

Handicap Systems

Since the advent of modern composite sailplanes with ever increasing sophistication and performance pilots with yesteryear’s types have tried to equalize the achieved performances in competition or record flying with the help of handicapping systems.  And ever since such handicapping systems were devised pilots have argued about the fairness of such systems.  The goal is of course to emphasize pilot

The 2013 SGC Awards

November 2 saw the annual awards banquet of the Seattle Glider Council (SGC), as usual for some time now at Ivar’s Salmon House at Lake Union.  In addition to a social gathering at the end of the season this was the time to recognize special efforts and special performances during the past year in the greater SGC area (which sometimes extends to beyond Washington state.).

2013 Update of Joe Patton Milestone

Since 2005 Evergreen Soaring recognizes (and encourages) upcoming club XC pilots by listing the first reasonably documented soaring flight that includes a straight line distance of at least 50 km in Western Washington. This is in recognition of the memory of Joe Patton who very much encouraged such flying and who left us much too early.

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