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 Ride!

A Glider Demo Ride will offer you a thrill of a lifetime!

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.

Intro Lesson

The FAST program gives you the opportunity to get a taste of what soaring is all about. It is a program that offers you an introductory lesson in flying a glider, during which you will handle the controls of the aircraft under the guidance of an FAA certificated glider flight instructor.

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 Willy Burhen Cup (WBC 2015) and the Joe Patton Milestone

September 21 was the last day of the OLC year 2015 and it is time again to review the various soaring achievements of the past season.  This was the 11th year for the WBC, a simple decentralized contest for the best XC flights on the west side of the Cascades as evaluated by the OLC.  So here is a list of the 17 pilots who posted their best XC flights of over 100 points

Green Valley Airfield Familiarization

Anybody contemplating XC soaring has to be prepared for the possibility “that the wind dies” and that a return to the home base becomes impossible (even for a powered glider which may not start up).  Landing at another airfield is the preferred solution to this predicament but making an off-field landing may be the only option.  So far this year four Evergreen pilots had to make off-field landings while venturing from Arlington, showing that this is not a lost art.  All these landings were executed without any problems, demonstrating that off-field landings on the west side are not as chancy or risky as sometimes assumed.

June 13, 2015 - Quite a Day

May and June show typically the best thermal conditions in Washington and together with some of the longest daylight hours present the best potential for extended soaring flights. Saturday June 13 of this year saw a number of ambitious XC pilots attempting some really long distance flights. The OLC provides a good look at what happened and allows some useful statistical comparisons. So here are the best flights from our different airports in the state:

The Twisp OLC Camp

The very successful Twisp encampment is now memory and it is time to relate some of the experiences and to sort out the relevant achievements.

First and foremost, it was successful because of Ron Clark thoroughly organizing this event, getting the Twisp community involved (including an article in the Methow Valley News), and getting a lot of local businesses to contribute prizes.

And the whole event would not have been possible without Duane Barr's tireless towing efforts (and having to wait until every pilot was back for a possible retrieve before having a beer). 

The 2015 Region 8 Soaring Championships

Once again the Region 8 championships, taking place from June 14 to 20 in Ephrata, was a popular gathering for competition pilots from near and far.  32 pilots participated in 5 classes and enjoyed conditions ranging from tough to perfect. 

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