Evergreen Soaring - Western Washington's Premier Soaring Club! http://www.evergreensoaring.info/news en The 2015 Region 8 Soaring Championships http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2015-region-8-soaring-championships <p>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. </p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2015-region-8-soaring-championships" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Mon, 22 Jun 2015 18:49:57 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 5882 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info The 2015 Evergreen encampment in Ephrata http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2015-evergreen-encampment-ephrata <p>by Zach Schrempp</p> <p>Every year, the Evergreen Soaring club goes on a weeklong encampment to the Ephrata Airport, located in central Washington. Ephrata usually has strong thermals and high cloudbases, giving club pilots a chance to soar for long periods and try cross country flights.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2015-evergreen-encampment-ephrata" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Tue, 16 Jun 2015 23:55:58 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 5863 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info Reflections on XC Flying http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/reflections-xc-flying <p style="text-align:left;">Memorial Day saw the now traditional Dust Up fun contest at Ephrata which was also the begin of the Evergreen Soaring encampment this year.  This provided the opportunity for novice and experienced pilots alike to enjoy the thermal conditions and the wide open spaces of Eastern Washington.  Following are the observations and reflections of our youngest XC pilo, who is incidentally now also preparing for the Region 8 contest.</p> <p>by Daniel Dyck</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/reflections-xc-flying" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Sat, 13 Jun 2015 16:39:27 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 5841 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info OLC and Skylines Differences http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/olc-and-skylines-differences <p>For 12 years now the soaring flight evaluation program Onlinecontest or OLC has become the worldwide standard for evaluation of flight performance providing almost instant insight into what is happening in the world of XC soaring. It went thru a number of changes and updates but is now officially endorsed by the International Gliding Committee (IGC) and has been a tremendous instigator of getting pilots to push their XC soaring skills.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/olc-and-skylines-differences" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Sun, 07 Jun 2015 19:58:43 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 5802 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info A Different State of Mind http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/different-state-mind <p align="center">by Ron Clark</p> <p>I like Oregon. Always have. I was born there, and brought up on the south coast in the logging and fishing town of Coos Bay.</p> <p><a href="/sites/default/files/flightpath.jpg" class="lb"><img src="/sites/default/files/resize/flightpath-154x281.jpg" width="154" height="281" style="float:left;margin:2px;" class="lb" alt="flightpath-154x281.jpg" /></a></p> <p>Of course I can visit by car or any other conveyance, but since I like to fly gliders, visiting the home state in my favorite method of transport, the UN-motorized glider, has always been a goal.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/different-state-mind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Sat, 16 May 2015 03:07:25 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 5593 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info The AERO 2015 Exhibition http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/aero-2015-exhibition <p>The annual AERO Exhibition for General Aviation in Friedrichshafen took place in the middle of April 2015 and this year (as every second year now) it included the full glider segment.  Almost all major manufacturers for sailplanes, accessories and engines showed up and presented their latest offerings.  There were few new sailplane designs but a lot of refinements and developments.  Most notable was the eagerness of most manufacturers to offer some sort of electrical propulsion either as sustainer or self-launching application.  At the same time, jet engines are also off</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/aero-2015-exhibition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Wed, 29 Apr 2015 00:45:28 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 5384 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info The 2015 Willy Burhen Cup http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2015-willy-burhen-cup <p>As usual, the XC season for Evergreen Soaring started in March; however it did not really start in earnest this year until the beginning of April. We had a number of days with exciting soaring conditions that combined strong lift with showers and overdevelopments,that required shifting between survival flying and racing. </p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2015-willy-burhen-cup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Sat, 11 Apr 2015 00:58:37 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 5171 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info Green Mountain to Mount Baker http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/green-mountain-mount-baker <p style="text-align:left;" align="center">By Ron Clark</p> <p style="text-align:left;" align="center">Friday March 27<sup>th</sup> was a good wave day for our part of the country.  On the way to the airport I got a good look at the amazing lenticular cloud hovering over Mt. Pilchuck that Dan Housler had told me about earlier on the phone.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/green-mountain-mount-baker" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Mon, 30 Mar 2015 18:25:19 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 5140 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info Beginning of the 2015 XC Season http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/beginning-2015-xc-season <p>Saturday February 21 started with a lot of low lying clouds but by noon the sun had cleared the skies over Arlington and some cumulus clouds were forming in the mountains to the northeast. </p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/beginning-2015-xc-season" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Mon, 02 Mar 2015 18:45:48 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 5025 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info The Outlook for 2015 http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/outlook-2015 <p>Now that the year 2014 has is history, it is time again to look at the state of the Evergreen Soaring club.  We have still fewer tows than several years ago and our XC flying has decreased considerably.  We had to cope with particularly rainy weather in spring, the Oso landslide TFR and the unavailability of towing or instruction at times.   Let’s call 2014 a year of consolidation and work on increasing our activities again.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/outlook-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Sun, 11 Jan 2015 19:48:51 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 4924 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info