Evergreen Soaring - Western Washington's Premier Soaring Club! http://www.evergreensoaring.info/news en 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 First Soaring Flight over Mount Everest http://www.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://www.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://www.evergreensoaring.info Handicap Systems http://www.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://www.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://www.evergreensoaring.info The 2013 SGC Awards http://www.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://www.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://www.evergreensoaring.info