Evergreen Soaring - Western Washington's Premier Soaring Club! http://www.evergreensoaring.info/news en 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 Noteworthy Flights From Arlington in 2014 http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/noteworthy-flights-arlington-2014 <p>Now that the Willy Burhen Cup (WBC) 2014 is history and serious XC soaring has to wait for next spring, it is a good time to reflect on how this past season went and what one can learn from it.  It turned out to be another contest between Dan Housler and Ron Clark.  Both pilots had won the WBC before and both had previously made cross-Cascade flights.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/noteworthy-flights-arlington-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:38:01 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 4790 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info The 2014 Willy Burhen Cup (WBC 2014) http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2014-willy-burhen-cup-wbc-2014 <p align="center" style="text-align:left;">Now that the official OLC year 2014 is over it is time again to review again all the XC soaring flying in Western Washington this year. After a slow beginning due to very wet weather the soaring season started in earnest. </p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2014-willy-burhen-cup-wbc-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Mon, 27 Oct 2014 01:59:07 +0000 Movses Babayan 4561 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info Arlington Airport Appreciation Day 2014 http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/arlington-airport-appreciation-day-2014-0 <p>For the 2014 Arlington Airport Appreciation Day on September 20, Evergreen Soaring displayed the G-103 Twin Astir and explained the basics and finer points of soaring with the visitors. Local families who attended told us about watching Evergreen gliders fly over their neighborhoods heading toward the AWO landing pattern, and were eager to see one up close. Many children, and a few adults, were able to sit in the cockpit and get a view from the pilot’s perspective. We also had three walk-up demo rides. Appreciation Days is a useful public relations opportunity for Evergreen Soaring.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/arlington-airport-appreciation-day-2014-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 20:51:54 +0000 Martin Gibbins 4360 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info Mount Ditney or How to Get Away from Arlington http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/mount-ditney-or-how-get-away-arlington <p>One of the reservations that some pilots have about going XC from Arlington concerns the difficulty of connecting with lift and getting sufficient altitude to get going.  This is especially true in late summer when the flat lands around Arlington and even the foothills further east offer only marginal lift and altitudes that make even staying up a chore.  These conditions look even less inviting when there are no clouds to indicate any convection (which happens quite often).  What is not apparent in these cases (even with Dr. Jack’s predictions) is the fact that the higher mountains, starting some 15 to 20 miles further east  from Arlington, quite often offer great thermal conditions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/mount-ditney-or-how-get-away-arlington" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:53:05 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 2554 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info Traversing the North Cascades http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/traversing-north-cascades <p>While most of the Evergreen members were tryng to make a favorable impression on Sunday August 23 about our flight operations on our guests from the Soaring Safety Foundaton (Tony Condon and Adam Kite) or enduring a gruelling 4 hour board meeting, Ron Clark and Brad Hill took long tows into the Cascades to make another exploration of the North Cascades. Ron Clark made yet again a noteworthy flight with 414 OLC points (best in Region 8 for the day) and agreed to provide the following report. Just don't believe it is as easy as Ron descibes it!</p> <p>So here is Ron's report:</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/traversing-north-cascades" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Thu, 28 Aug 2014 18:19:57 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 2430 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info Twisp Expedition http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/twisp-expedition <p>After a soarable spring and early summer, mellow and, unfortunately, stable weather takes over the Puget Sound. In attempt to break away from it, four pilots - Ron Clark, Brad Hill, Bill Ling and Movses Babayan, moved to Twisp for a few days for a chance to experience some of the stellar soaring conditions that Methow Valley has to offer. Phil Anderson has graciously provided towing in 17Z.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/twisp-expedition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Fri, 15 Aug 2014 18:34:46 +0000 Movses Babayan 2385 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info