Tattersall earns badges for soaring
According to the Soaring Society of America, Elizabeth Tattersall of Glenbrook, Nev., recently was awarded her A and B soaring badges in glider flying. The A badge is earned for soaring, and the B badge for staying up a half-hour in lift.
Tattersall has been a resident of the South Tahoe area for 20 years and is a member of the Kiwanis Club of Lake Tahoe. She is a biology professor at Western Nevada Community College’s Douglas campus in Minden, Nev., as well as an Episcopal priest, serving the congregation at St. John’s in the Wilderness on the East Shore of Lake Tahoe.
She and her husband, Stewart, both earned their private pilot licenses at Minden in 2002. In 2007, Elizabeth began learning to soar through the Civil Air Patrol. She has been a CAP member since 2001, where she is chaplain and a pilot. The CAP “glider gang” operates much like a soaring club, where members serve as ground crew for each other.
Tattersall can look forward to many more challenges as she pursues her hobby. Gliders, or sailplanes, are capable of amazing feats. Gliders are the magical combination of aeronautical design, the latest composite materials and human ingenuity. Gliders stay aloft using columns of rising air in which pilots bank their craft in tight circles to climb. Flying a glider requires the skillful use of thermal lift to “power” the aircraft to the destination and back.