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Burning Man is the world's greatest Fire Fly In. Black Rock City Airport serves airplanes, helicopters, skydivers, gliders, ultralights, and hot air balloons on the open playa outside the environs of Black Rock City.

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The information here is provided by a group of private pilots with desert and mountain flying experience. Below you will find a description of the airport, some information about desert flying, helpful advice for air play, and specifics on tie downs. We have also provided an FAQ. Additional information, especially last minute updates and pilot advisories, can be found at http://www.portofentry.org/. If you don't find the answer to your question, send email to airport(at)burningman(dot)com

This is a warning! Read it!

Flying in mountainous desert regions is dangerous. Don't do it. Stay at home with a cold drink and watch the event on television. If you choose to disregard this sensible advice, take all reasonable and unreasonable safety precautions. Read all of the information and advice in the links above. Attend a seminar on mountain flying. Practice with an instructor at a hot and high airport near you.

The desert is treacherous; winds are hellacious, storms are sudden and violent, density altitude is high, and hospitals far away. The landing surface is unpaved and safe landing conditions are not guaranteed. You are entirely responsible for your own safety and that of your passengers.