Evergreen Soaring - Western Washington's Premier Soaring Club! http://www.evergreensoaring.info/news en 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 Coping With the Oso TFR http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/coping-oso-tfr <p>On March 21 a historic land slide devastated a little community east of Oso, about 15 miles from Arlington airport. And since March 23 a "temporary" flight restriction zone (TFR) with a radius of 8 nm and up to 6000 ft has been in effect. </p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/coping-oso-tfr" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Wed, 23 Apr 2014 21:44:21 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 1945 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info Soaring Mount Everest continued http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/soaring-mount-everest-continued <p>As a follow-up to the 2/10/2014 article in eGlidepath, some more information has become available.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/soaring-mount-everest-continued" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Tue, 22 Apr 2014 22:37:04 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 1940 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info The 2014 SSA Convention http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2014-ssa-convention <p>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.</p> <p>So here are some personal impressions:</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2014-ssa-convention" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Tue, 11 Mar 2014 18:49:07 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 1654 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info