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Ephrata 2012 Dust-Up - The Student Experience

This year's Annual Ephrata Dust Up replaced the straight-up competition format with one that put an emphasis on learning and mentoring. An important part of this new format was dual-ship cross-country student mentoring featuring three glass ships and several very experienced cross-country pilots.

Evergreen Happenings

There has not been too much XC flying for the last month in Arlington as the center of activity shifted to the Eastside and Ephrata (Dust-Up, ES encampment and Region 8 contest) but nonetheless a number of noteworthy events have taken place over here.

Two-seat XC Soaring

Last year Evergreen made use of an advantageous offer to purchase a G103 (Twin Astir) from Tony Wiederkehr with the express idea to use this medium performance two-seat glass ship for XC flying (training, transition and contest). It is a capable XC flyer with an OLC index of 92 compared with our sedate L-23s with an index of 76. Now that all the paperwork is taken care of and the landing gear problems are resolved (thanks Gary!) it is beginning to live up to its intended purpose.

Start of the 2012 XC Season

Despite a very wet March we have now seen a few good days and last Saturday - April 7 - was the best yet. Daniel Dyck took one of our L-33s up to 9000 ft during a 3 hour flight and Mike Berwald entered his first OLC flight with a 2 hour flight in the other L-33. And a whole armada of fiberglass sailplanes went exploring to the Northeast where the best conditions were with a number of personal best performances for this year. In the end Btrad Hill maintained the lead in the 2012 WBC, a further endorsement of his new Tetra.

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