Evergreen Soaring - Western Washington's Premier Soaring Club! en Dream Building by Tom Wolf <p style="text-align:right;">Here is the story of a 12 year pursuit of a dream - <br />building your own powered glider. Tom Wolf - one of our new students - <br />describes his building of the ultralight powered glider <br />"Cumulus" (plus trailer) that is nearing completion.<br />Hats off for his perseverence and best wishes for the completion!  <br />And of course, will it get close to its hoped for 1-26 performance?</p> <p style="text-align:right;">- Editor</p> <p>by Tom Wolfe</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:16:33 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 7578 at The Twin Astair is back on the line <p>Great news, as of this Saturday, the Twin Astir is back on the line and available to be flown. Let the soaring season begin...</p> <div class="upload-image-images"><div class="item-list"><ul><li class="first last"><a href="/content/twin-astair-back-line-imagejpeg"><img src="" alt="The Twin Astair is back on the line" title="The Twin Astair is back on the line" class="image image-thumbnail " width="100" height="75" /></a></li> </ul></div></div> Mon, 21 Mar 2016 00:10:42 +0000 Jean-Claude Hauchecorne 7323 at The 2016 SSA Convention <p><span style="font-size:small;">Some impressions from the recent SSA convention in Greensville SC by Ed Walker.</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';font-size:medium;"> </span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Thu, 10 Mar 2016 20:11:40 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 7259 at White Chuck Mountain: Portal to the Cascades <p style="text-align:justify;">After years of having the “why don't you come out and enjoy the mountains” conversation with numerous glider pilots, some who have been soaring for years without venturing into the Cascades, and some who are relatively new to soaring, I think I have unraveled at least part of the puzzle. It's a four letter word that begins with the letter “F”. You know the one: Fear. Yes, that old bugaboo.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Thu, 25 Feb 2016 06:34:12 +0000 Ron Clark 7146 at The OLC 2016 - An Intermediate Report <p>While we have just started the calendar year 2016 and are still awaiting the first signs of usable lift (ridge, wave or thermals), it is hard to believe that the OLC year 2016 is already mostly over for the southern hemisphere (having started on September 20).  The conditions in southern Africa (i. e.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Tue, 19 Jan 2016 21:55:52 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 7027 at Beyond Jordan Ridge <p>Just in time for the coming season, here is the personal account of one of our newly minted mountain pilots. As a reminder, the Evergreen Soaring club has Flying Rules in the by-laws that specify XC qualifications and separately mountain soaring qualifications. While these are required for pilots flying as PIC in club gliders, they are also highly recommended for flying in private gliders</p> <p style="text-align:right;">- Editor</p> <p align="center">By Thomas Van de Velde</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Sun, 17 Jan 2016 02:19:32 +0000 Thomas Van de Velde 7011 at Cross-country Soaring with Club Sailplanes <p>XC (cross-country) soaring – generally defined as getting out of gliding range and thus the comfort zone of the home airfield – has been the mission statement of the Evergreen Soaring Club for some time.  And the results of the Willy Burhen Cup bear out the attraction of this kind of soaring for a dedicated group of pilots.  Closer inspection of these results, however, shows that this relatively small group consists almost exclusively of private owners who were intrigued enough to invest the money to acquire their own sailplanes and have the time and drive to go XC.  There is</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Fri, 01 Jan 2016 00:53:45 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 6957 at The Willy Burhen Cup (WBC 2015) and the Joe Patton Milestone <p>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 11<sup>th</sup> 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</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Sat, 10 Oct 2015 21:42:41 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 6597 at Green Valley Airfield Familiarization <p>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.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Wed, 30 Sep 2015 01:34:55 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 6559 at June 13, 2015 - Quite a Day <p>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:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Thu, 03 Sep 2015 18:35:52 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 6466 at