We’re pleased to announce the 2013 Burning Man Airport Terminal and Pilot’s Lounge Design Competition!
The winning submission will be constructed Fall 2013. Be a part of the design and installation of the coolest spot imaginable – the 3200 sf Airport Terminal and 3000sf Pilot’s Lounge at the largest art event in the world! Burning Man – Black Rock City, Nevada.
Judges : Thom Faulders, Eric Corey Freed, Thomas Rettenwender, & co-designers of 2012 Terminal – Michael Twing and Steve Ramseur. Others to be announced.
Design Criteria – portable, lightweight, designed for (dis)assembly, with integrated ecological functions, multi-purpose, expressive and efficient!
Submittals are due by February 15, 2013
A project of the Black Rock Travel Agency
For additional details see: www.ecologicdesignlab.com/competitions
The airport is indeed open and the surface conditions for the runway, tie-down and everything in between are very good. However, there are a couple of little updates that you should be aware of prior to your arrival.
1. The surface is firm but in order to keep it that way we ask that you use your brakes as little as possible and make no tight turns off the runway.
2. The approach end of runway 25 and departure end of runway 7 will take you over the end of “point 5″ of the trash fence. We have purposely prohibited anyone from parking ground-based vehicles in this area so you are free to fly over this part of the event. And, the terminal building building is 1,000 feet from “Point 5″.
3. Ultralights are also flying over the “Point 5″ area but further inside the event and close to the terminal building and they’re instructed to remain at or below 100 feet AGL in this area. However, please keep an eye out for ultralights, just in case.
See you on the playa!
Black Rock Municipal Airport now has a completed runway. The good news is that the entire airport surface is very nice. There are a few soft spots here and there but otherwise decent. However, we did have to change the location of the runway and tie down area significantly in order to get these great surface conditions. So, review our supplied information carefully before departing.
Another successful Burning Man has come to a close. I’m happy to report that we had no accidents or major incidents at the Black Rock Municipal Airport this year. Thank you to all the pilots that flew safely and carefully. And a big thank you goes out to all the airport volunteers who worked very hard to create the greatest temporary airport on Earth.
Cleaning your stuff
To those first timers leaving the playa and discovering that the playa dust does not come off of your clothes, bikes, motorhomes, airplanes no matter how much soap you use or how much scrubbing you do we have a suggestion. Do a pre-wash with a water/vinegar solution (roughly 10:1 should work fine) with plain white vinegar. Playa dust is alkaline just as soap. So, all soap will do is move the dust around. The vinegar pre-wash changes the Ph and repels the playa dust. Once you’ve done this you should then wash your clothes, bikes, motorhomes, airplanes, etc…. as you normally would.
As I mentioned earlier, the Black Rock Municipal Airport couldn’t operate without the wonderful volunteers who work very hard to, build it, operate it and wrap it up at the end each year. If you’d like to help next year and have some special skills (or none at all) please contact us and we’ll add you to the list. When you do contact us please give any special skills you might have such as the fact that your an air traffic controller, builder, pilot, artist, etc…..
Please send us any photos you have of the airport, airplanes, the event and most importantly, the people. We’ll try and post most of them to the portofentry.org site as well as our official Facebook pages.
See you next year!
Black Rock Municipal Airport now has a completed runway. The playa surface is better than it’s been in many years.
If you’re an aviator and planning on flying out to the event it is very important that you download, print and review the advisories and charts that we have created.
A few changes to the airport this year:
1. New location
2. New airport fee structure
3. New airport hours
4. New Advisory code
By Dust E. Coyote
The rings of the construction paper on my chain that counts down the days until Burning man are getting few. Drunken Pilot (Sal), Commander Cutie and I have been gathering information and planning the galley, now called the Muddy Rudder. We think we have an idea of what people want. Now we just have to make it happen. What we need right now is money so that we can go out and buy the supplies that we need. Sal, Drunken Pilot, is leaving in the middle of next week Thursday and he is going to bring most of the dry and canned goods in with him in his motor home. So we need to get the money flowing in ASAP so that we have time to do the purchasing before he leaves. We’ll buy the fresh produce and either fly it in or have other people who are arriving later bring it closer to the burn. We’ll also likely do a resupply mid-week as people go out for fuel.
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A First Timer’s Story
By: Mark Krajcar aka The System
August 16, 2011
Last year was my 1st burn ever and obviously my 1st time flying in. It was an amazing time and I was totally unprepared for the entire experience. I arrived solo not knowing anyone with the intention of camping in the aviation camp, figuring I would meet people of like minds.
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Tickets will NOT be sold at the Burning Man Airport this year because the event is sold out. Do not land at the airport if you don’t have a ticket (or have one waiting at Will-Call) for yourself and all your passengers. You will be turned away.
If you choose to purchase tickets from a third party, please take precautions to ensure their authenticity before you purchase them to avoid counterfeits and scams. If you are selling your ticket, we encourage you to sell it at face value, or better yet, gift it! Information on how to buy and sell third-party tickets more safely can be found here:
There are a few changes to the airport this year and we wanted to let you know about them as soon as possible.
New Airport Hours
We’re changing the hours of operation for the airport this year. The new hours are 6:00am to 7:30pm PDT each day during the event. No more trying to guess or search for the civil twilight times. No aircraft may depart or land at Black Rock Municipal Airport outside of the normal hours of operation without advance approval from airport management.
Tickets will not be sold at the airport this year
There will be no ticket sales at either the airport or the main gate this year. You must arrive with a ticket in hand for each participant otherwise you will not get in. Tickets are still available online here: http://tickets.burningman.com/ . If you haven’t purchased yours yet I highly suggest that you get them soon. We will, as always, have Will-Call to pick up tickets at the airport.
New Airport Fee Structure
We have also changed the airport fee structure. We’ve replaced the fee of $40 per aircraft with a fee of $20 per person. So, if you’re arriving by yourself your fee will go down. This $20 per person fee is for any participant that comes through the airport gate the first time during the event.
BLM Permits Required for Air Charter Operators
Also, as mentioned in the earlier post, all air charter operators must obtain a Special Recreation Permit from the Bureau of Land Management. For more information see the previous blog post or go to the “Want A Flight” section on this site.
Stay tuned for further updates. We’ll be posting more information shortly.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR AIR CHARTER OPERATIONS
Because Burning Man occurs on Bureau of Land Management property, all charter operations will need to obtain a permit from the BLM prior to arriving on the playa. This may take some time to obtain so it’s critical that this process be started as soon as possible.
Vendor permits are temporary, short-term, nonexclusive, revocable authorizations to sell goods or services on public lands in conjunctions with a recreation activity. They are issued as a means to control visitor use, protect recreational and natural resources, and provide for the health and safety of the visiting public. These uses require a minimum SRP fee of $100, as well as a vendor use fee of three percent (3%) of adjusted gross revenues (calculated using gross receipts of onsite sales associated with the permitted activity). Thus, the permittee would pay the minimum use fee (e.g. $100) plus any fees due in excess of the minimum fee (e.g. 3% of adjusted gross revenues in excess of the $100 threshold).
The following are the minimum required information for obtaining a Special Recreation Permit to operate vending operations/services on BLM managed public lands:
1. Special Recreation Permit Application 2930-1 (see link below). This standard application must be completed for all new permit requests.
2. Annual Operating Plan (see attached). Note: Some items may be “not-applicable” to your proposed activity.
3. Proof of Insurance: All permitted uses are required to carry liability insurance that provides coverage for the activities identified in the annual operating plan. The BLM must be listed as additionally insured on the insurance certificate or supplement.
4. To support the application, a complete list of all the goods and/or services to be sold must be provided.
For more information regarding the SRP application process, please visit our website at the link provided below: