With no engines roaring, flying the skies in a sail plane is the closest to being a bird humans may ever get. Stock Photo
Explore the heavens as you hitch a ride on the thermals in a sailplane. As a member of the Fault Line Flyers, you can soar through the skies every weekend that the weather allows. The group takes off from a 4,800-foot grass runway in Briggs in northeast Burnet County. One of several sailplane organizations in Central Texas, the club provides aero tow and auto tow.
While club members fly their own planes, the group welcomes non-pilots and non-club members, giving anyone who wants a chance to experience the beauty of sailplanes.
Fault Line Flyers host Demo Day the first Saturday of each month (weather permitting). The rides are also available when an instructor or commercial pilot is on the grounds.
The cost is $60 or $80 depending on the sailplane, but there are discounts available for students and seniors. Groups of five or more can also get a discount, but should contact the club in advance.
The first flights start around noon, but people should call starting after 10 a.m. to check on weather.
You can experience the wonders of soaring for about 30 minutes during one of the introductory flights. Who knows, you may enjoy it so much you’ll want to get your own sailplane license. Some of the club members are instructors.
For more information, go to www.faultlineflyers.org. The club’s field phone number is (512) 489-2344.