Evergreen Soaring - Western Washington's Premier Soaring Club! http://www.evergreensoaring.info/news en 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 50 km Distance from Arlington http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/50-km-distance-arlington <p>Some 90 years ago the Silver Badge was created as recognition of outstanding soaring achievement (1000 m altitude gain, 5 hours duration and 50 km distance).  Soaring progressed rapidly and so the Gold Badge, the various diamonds and then the 1000 km diplomas and so forth were created to keep up with the possible achievements.  And the Silver Badge became pretty much the entry level requirement for any self respecting soaring pilot, who is serious about XC soaring.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/50-km-distance-arlington" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Thu, 14 Aug 2014 18:29:02 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 2379 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info The 2014 Evergreen Encampment in Concrete http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2014-evergreen-encampment-concrete <p>The annual Arlington Fly-In in July with its busy traffic, air show restrictions and tower operations has become the stimulus for an Evergreen excursion to one of the nearby mountain airfields (Darrington or Concrete).  This year the destination was Concrete over the July 12/ 13 weekend.  Concrete had not been visited for a few years by Evergreen and – most of all - it has now a fuel pump, eliminating having to transport fuel.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2014-evergreen-encampment-concrete" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Thu, 24 Jul 2014 18:34:27 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 2303 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info 2014 Region 8 Contest http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2014-region-8-contest <p style="text-align:left;">From June 8 to 14 the SGC hosted again the Region 8 contest for this year in Ephrata. Ron Bellamy (as contest director) and a whole crew of veteran contest workers made sure that the contest was run efficiently, safely and in a friendly spirit.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2014-region-8-contest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Fri, 20 Jun 2014 00:26:44 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 2181 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info Of Bovines and Brave Pilots http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/bovines-and-brave-pilots <p>A lot has been said and speculated about the best preparations for XC soaring preparedness - two-seat XC, buddy flying with more experienced pilots, simulator training, planned landings in grass airfields and so on. One key ingredient is of course being prepared to make off-field landings "when the wind dies" and there is no convenient airfield in reach.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/bovines-and-brave-pilots" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Wed, 14 May 2014 17:12:10 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 2021 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info Status of WBC 2014 (as of May 5th, 2014) http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/status-wbc-2014-may-5th-2014 <p>After a wet February and the wettest March on record, April of this year gave us finally some more soaring-friendly weather, making for a slow beginning of this year's XC season on the west side. Best days so far were April 26 and 28 with Dan Housler and Ron Clark posting the highest scoring OLC flights yet of about 450 points.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/status-wbc-2014-may-5th-2014" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Tue, 06 May 2014 19:59:53 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 1997 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info