Archive for category 2010

Airport closed until August 29, 2011

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 does is move the dust around. The vinegar pre-wash lowers 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 site.

See you next year!


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Airport update

Airport Runway Is Open
The runway is now open to those with early arrival passes (and tickets for each person who wishes to pass through the gate). The surface is very nice and hard but a little bumpy. No whoop-de-do’s. Between now and end of day Sunday UNICOM may be limited or non-existant.

Be sure to download the charts and airport information advisories (available on this site) well prior to departure so that you have time to print and review them.

Taxiway Update
We have one established taxiway to runway 22 as well as a taxiway to mid-field. The surface around runway 04 is good enough not to need a designated taxiway at this point.

There are a few soft spots outside of the designated taxiways and runway. They’re not deep or large, just soft. Remember to keep the yoke in your lap and don’t slow down as you go over any of these spots and you’ll be fine.

Parking Update
Because of the change in tie down location we’re making some additional changes for parking. The planes closest to the fence are for those who will not be flying during the event. In any case, please review the charts prior to arrival and be prepared for possible changes.

Airport Access Update
Whenever you arrive you’ll need your ticket. And, in order to get back out to your plane you’ll also need to have a pilot or passenger wristband (you must be a pilot with an airplane there).

Passengers must also have a wristband and must be accompanied by a pilot with an appropriate wristband at all times while outside of the trash fence. If you do not have a wristband when you return to go back into the event you will be required to purchase another ticket. There are no exceptions to this so do not lose your wristband.

Pilot Briefings Update

You don’t need a briefing to arrive. However, you must get a briefing BEFORE YOUR SECOND LANDING beginning Monday the 30th (first day of the event). We usually have a group briefing each morning during the event and occasionally during the late afternoon. Ask about scheduled briefings when you arrive. If we’re not too busy we can give you a briefing at other times of the day.

Unusual Operations Update
Unusual operations such as gliders, hot air balloons, ultralights, etc…. MUST be approved by Hoot the Air Commander or designee prior to any departures.

Advisories and Charts Now Available
You are required to familiarize yourself with this important information prior to your arrival. Advisory can be found by clicking here. Charts can be found by clicking here. Download them, print them, read them and bring them with you on your flight out.

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Airport charts 2010 posted

Because of playa surface conditions this year we’ve moved the airport and runway a bit. Click the link below to download two charts. One is an overall view showing the standard landing pattern and the scenic pattern and the other chart shows a detail of the runway, tie down and terminal areas. It’s highly recommended that you print both charts and study them prior to departing for Black Rock Municipal Airport.

Click here for link to the charts.

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Initial advisory information posted

We’ve posted the initial advisory information. Go to the tab Aviator Information and you can get the latest update. Or, click here.

As of this post the airport and runway are still being built. Once it’s finished we’ll update the charts and post them. The surface around the airport and runway is very soft and bumpy. We’re doing our best to improve that but bear in mind that you should use extreme caution when taxiing, especially off of the prepared taxiways that we’re building.

Oh, and yes it’s true, we now have an official FAA airport identifier. It’s been published for almost a year now. So, if you’ve got a GPS with current information you may be able to plug in 88NV and fly direct to the airport. Very exciting!

Notice to aviators flying out prior to the official opening
Any aircraft arriving prior to the opening of the runway should land towards the west (between point 5 and gate road) in the alternate landing area and taxi to point 5. And, UNICOM will be very limited and intermittent prior to the Monday official opening.

Also remember, you must have your early arrival credentials with you along with your tickets.

See you on the playa!

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Unusual Black Rock Municipal Airport Fly-In

One Day Only – Sunday, September 5th, 2010

The most unusual airport in the world is having a Fly-In for unusual aircraft. Bring your unusual, rare, or exotic aircraft to the Black Rock Desert to show off to the 50,000 citizens of Burning Man. Be our guests at Black Rock Municipal Airport (88NV) on the last day of the Burning Man Festival and learn more about the art, the community, and the festival, just before our annual airport disappears. In previous years, we’ve enjoyed rare aircraft such as the Antonov AN-2, Sikorsky S-38 amphib, Wren 460, and many others.

We welcome aviation visitors on the Sunday before Labor Day, but you must be self sufficient which is always a primary Burning Man guideline. Bring your own food, water, sunscreen, hat, and other desert necessities because there is no commerce. Make sure you have enough fuel to land including reserve on departure to reach Susanville, Winnemucca, or Reno; also consider having enough fuel to give a brief sight-seeing flight around the city to deserving airport volunteers.

Black Rock Municipal Airport is a Private Use of Public Lands, FAA registered temporary airport. The identifier is 88NV and the runway is prepared dirt; 5280×50 feet with no obstacles. This is a busy airport, so please read and print the latest information on our website prior to flying in. Updates during the event on runway condition and weather should be available subject to technical difficulties (which are not uncommon in the middle of nowhere in a dust storm). You must read the airport advisory prior to departure. Click here for more info. Please also review the Burning Man official website, to get an idea of what unusual persons, structures, ideas, or art you may encounter during your visit.

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