Evergreen Soaring - Western Washington's Premier Soaring Club! http://evergreensoaring.info/news en Coping With the Oso TFR http://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://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://evergreensoaring.info Soaring Mount Everest continued http://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://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://evergreensoaring.info The 2014 SSA Convention http://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://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://evergreensoaring.info First Soaring Flight over Mount Everest http://evergreensoaring.info/content/first-soaring-flight-over-mount-everest <p>On January 31 Klaus Ohlmann succeeded in making the first soaring flight over Mount Everest, another achievement for this outstanding pilot.  According to the first sketchy reports, he took off from the Pokhara airport in Nepal in a Stemme S-10 motorglider, climbed under power high enough to continue in soaring flight toward Mount Everest.  <img title="&lt;--break--&gt;" class="mceItem" alt="&lt;--break-&gt;" src="/sites/all/modules/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" />Using weak thermals and ridge lift and then rotor and finally wave lift he was able to climb over Mount Everest (29,093 ft). </p> <p><a href="http://evergreensoaring.info/content/first-soaring-flight-over-mount-everest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Mon, 10 Feb 2014 22:45:15 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 1587 at http://evergreensoaring.info Handicap Systems http://evergreensoaring.info/content/handicap-systems <p></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';font-size:medium;">Since the advent of modern composite sailplanes with ever increasing sophistication and performance pilots with yesteryear’s types have tried to equalize the achieved performances in competition or record flying with the help of handicapping systems.<span>  </span>And ever since such handicapping systems were devised pilots have argued about the fairness of such systems.<span>  </span>The goal is of course to emphasize pilot </span></p> <p><a href="http://evergreensoaring.info/content/handicap-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Tue, 17 Dec 2013 23:18:16 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 1463 at http://evergreensoaring.info The 2013 SGC Awards http://evergreensoaring.info/content/2013-sgc-awards <p></p> <p style="margin:0in 0in 0pt;" class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Times New Roman';font-size:medium;">November 2 saw the annual awards banquet of the Seattle Glider Council (SGC), as usual for some time now at Ivar’s Salmon House at Lake Union.<span>  </span>In addition to a social gathering at the end of the season this was the time to recognize special efforts and special performances during the past year in the greater SGC area (which sometimes extends to beyond Washington state.).</span></p> <p><a href="http://evergreensoaring.info/content/2013-sgc-awards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Fri, 13 Dec 2013 23:26:12 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 1459 at http://evergreensoaring.info 2013 Update of Joe Patton Milestone http://evergreensoaring.info/content/2013-update-joe-patton-milestone <p>Since 2005 Evergreen Soaring recognizes (and encourages) upcoming club XC pilots by listing the first reasonably documented soaring flight that includes a straight line distance of at least 50 km in Western Washington. This is in recognition of the memory of Joe Patton who very much encouraged such flying and who left us much too early.</p> <p><a href="http://evergreensoaring.info/content/2013-update-joe-patton-milestone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Tue, 26 Nov 2013 19:36:01 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 1428 at http://evergreensoaring.info Shunpike and Storefronts Auburn are pleased to present the newest installation at One Main! http://evergreensoaring.info/content/shunpike-and-storefronts-auburn-are-pleased-present-newest-installation-one-main <p>Public artist Jim Pridgeon worked with frequent collaborators Benton Shaw and Richard Beckerman, as well as volunteers from Evergreen Soaring (Evergreensoaring.com) to install a Czechoslovakian designed and built Blanik L-13 glider into a raw ground level space at One Main Street Professional Plaza, a nod to Auburn’s history as an aviation town.</p> <p><a href="http://evergreensoaring.info/content/shunpike-and-storefronts-auburn-are-pleased-present-newest-installation-one-main" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 05:51:25 +0000 Movses Babayan 1380 at http://evergreensoaring.info The 2013 Willy Burhen Cup http://evergreensoaring.info/content/2013-willy-burhen-cup <p>The 2013 OLC year ended officially on Monday October 14, 2013 and with that the WBC 2013 has also been decided. So here are the results - a list of the best flights for each pilot from Western Washington. Most of the flights started at Arlington (Evergreen's home base) but two flights originated in Bergseth (home of PSSA).</p> <p><a href="http://evergreensoaring.info/content/2013-willy-burhen-cup" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Wed, 09 Oct 2013 03:05:46 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 1273 at http://evergreensoaring.info Soaring in the Himalayas http://evergreensoaring.info/content/soaring-himalayas <p>For over a dozen years the MWP (Mountain Wave Project) team, consisting of top sailplane pilots and meteorologists has been mostly associated with the exploration of the awesome wave systems created by the Andes.  Exploration of these unique weather conditions has resulted in many spectacular soaring world records, including the longest and highest soaring flights ever.  Now the MWP team is trying to explore the Himalayas.</p> <p><a href="http://evergreensoaring.info/content/soaring-himalayas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Thu, 03 Oct 2013 01:07:55 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 1248 at http://evergreensoaring.info