Evergreen Soaring - Western Washington's Premier Soaring Club! http://www.evergreensoaring.info/news en XC Soaring in 2017 in Washington State http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/xc-soaring-2017-washington-state <p>With the end of the soaring season for this year it is time again to review what happened in the world of XC soaring in the state of Washington (WS).  While the calendar year is not over yet, the OLC year 2018 started already on September 25.  This cutoff for the OLC 2017 may generally be enough to cover the thermalling season but wave flying is attracting some renewed interest lately and we have already some entries for the OLC 2018.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/xc-soaring-2017-washington-state" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Sun, 26 Nov 2017 23:45:38 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 12251 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info The 2017 Awards Banquet http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2017-awards-banquet <p>November 4, 2017 saw the well attended annual SGC awards banquet at the Wilde Rover restaurant in Kirkland.  After enjoying a lively social hour and a nice dinner it was time for the awards and trophies to be handed out by awards chairman Craig Funston.  Evergreen Soaring members were well represented.  So here are the various winners:</p> <p>Special Certificate (expression of appreciation for the dedication and effort given to our sport)</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2017-awards-banquet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:15:57 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 12214 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info The 2017 Willy Burhen Cup (WBC) http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2017-willy-burhen-cup-wbc <p>September 24 marked the end of the OLC 2017 year and thus the end of this year’s WBC competition.  This is the annual competition to prove that XC soaring is possible and actually quite competitive on the “wet” side of the mountains.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/2017-willy-burhen-cup-wbc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Wed, 27 Sep 2017 23:38:39 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 11714 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info Walla Walla/ Martin Field http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/walla-walla-martin-field <p dir="ltr">Earlier this year - May 28, when we still enjoyed some soarable conditions - Ron Clark made another pioneering flight when he soared his venerable LS-3 from Arlington all the way to Walla Walla.  This flight (which include another Cascade crossing) amounted to 459 OLC points and was the best flight on the west side so far.  Ron liked what he saw and is now planning for some soaring exploration of the Wallowa mountains.  Incidentally, Bob Pattison from the PSSA just announced his plans to make a combined soaring/wine tasting excursion over the October 6,7 weekend and</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/walla-walla-martin-field" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Sat, 09 Sep 2017 20:44:20 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 11657 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info Class G Airspace in the North Cascades http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/class-g-airspace-north-cascades <p>For most glider pilots in the USA Class G air space (uncontrolled air space) is something that is of no practical importance, except possibly for takeoff and landing.  Class G allows operations “clear of clouds” and with a minimum of 1 mile visibility”.  Over Arlington Class G extends to 700 ft above ground (AGL) and gliders don’t lend themselves to scud running.  We don’t operate unless the cloud base around Arlington is at least 2000 ft AGL for pattern flying and at least 3000 ft for extended local flying and then fly basically in Class E (500 ft below clouds, 1000 ft above</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/class-g-airspace-north-cascades" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Tue, 29 Aug 2017 17:43:12 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 11545 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info Mount Baker http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/mount-baker <p>Another noteworthy flight by Evergreen’s chief explorer Ron Clark. This took place on 7/29/2017, when Arlington had typical stable summer conditions, while there were nice looking clouds visible further east some 20 miles away.  Ron realized the potential of these conditions in the high country and took a long and high tow, resulting in another of his pioneering flights.</p> <p> </p> <p align="center">A PERILOUS JOURNEY AROUND AN ACTIVE VOLCANO</p> <p align="center">by Ron Clark</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/mount-baker" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Wed, 02 Aug 2017 21:54:09 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 11415 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info The Twisp 2017 XC Camp http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/twisp-2017-xc-camp <p>It has become now a tradition - the XC camp in the middle of the summer. From June 26 to July 1, 2017, it was the time to explore the spectacular scenery of the North Cascades in the best soaring conditions during the longest days of the year. Some 15 pilots from the Sawtooth Soaring Association, ES, SGC and PSSA took up the challenge of exploring the mountains.</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/twisp-2017-xc-camp" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:38:34 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 11091 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info Another Epic and Pioneering Flight by Ron Clark http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/another-epic-and-pioneering-flight-ron-clark <p>editor's notes:</p> <p>After a long wet sping we had (finally) a stretch of good XC weather over the Memorial Day weekend and Ron Clark was ready for it. Following is his account of the first XC soaring flight from Arlington to Walla Walla,which is also the leading entry so far for the Willy Burhen Cup (459 OLC points). The next day Ron flew from Walla Walla to Ephrata (another first), next day he made a "local" flight from Ephrata (441 points) and on the fourth day he flew home to Arlington with some major diversions in the mountains for 511 points! </p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/another-epic-and-pioneering-flight-ron-clark" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Mon, 05 Jun 2017 19:18:48 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 10929 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info The AERO 2017 Exhibition in Friedrichshafen/ Germany http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/aero-2017-exhibition-friedrichshafen-germany <p>In the world of General Aviation it has become a tradition to come to the Zeppelin city of Friedrichshafen every year in April to be dazzled by the latest offerings from the various manufacturers.  </p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/aero-2017-exhibition-friedrichshafen-germany" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Wed, 26 Apr 2017 17:49:16 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 10623 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info The Online Contest (OLC) http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/online-contest-olc <p>For anybody seriously interested in cross-country (XC) soaring the OLC has become a standard tool for comparison and analysis of what is happening in the worldwide scene of soaring.  Over a few years this method of posting XC flights to document, analyze, scrutinize, compare, and – not to forget – brag about has become almost universally accepted and has provided a major stimulus for XC soaring.  It is simple, timely, reasonably fair, and free (even though donations are encouraged).  The following statistics give some indication of the acceptance of the OLC as well as the ave</p> <p><a href="http://www.evergreensoaring.info/content/online-contest-olc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> eGlidepath Wed, 29 Mar 2017 02:41:35 +0000 Fred Hermanspann 10403 at http://www.evergreensoaring.info