Burning Man is from Aug. 30 — Sept. 6 in the Nevada desert. Most people drive — or rather caravan — to the longtime event, pictured here.
But did you know you could fly? Yes, there’s an airport called Black Rock Municipal Airport. The runway is built every year and removed after the event — often on a soft and bumpy surface. The event often draws more than 100 airplanes. The details are here, here and here.
“This is how the elite arrive and depart from Burning Man (Larry and Sergey, for example),” local Michael Anderson told me. “I was one of the founders of this airport in 1999.”
(Larry Page and Sergey Brin are the founders of Google). Page and Brin are regular attendees and chief executive Eric Schmidt is a “burner.” Details here. The staff of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom also arrived via a charter plane from SFO in 2008, according to Michael.
The first Burning Man was in 1986 at Baker Beach in San Francisco. (I know some of the attendees from back then). Later it relocated to the northern Nevada desert, complete with the airport.
Celebrity is discouraged at Burning Man, but celebrity sightings are common, supposedly ranging from Richard Branson to Diane Keaton to Sting.
Some high-level discussions among Silicon Valley elite — in this case, Schmidt and Steve Jobs of Apple — also occur on the drive to Burning Man. Details are here.
The peak aircraft number was 122 planes in 2007 (people who park and stay), according to Michael.
But there are lots of drop-offs and pick-ups all week long, he said.
Last year, Burning Man had about 100 planes, no doubt a fallout of the recession, Michael said.
“As of this post the airport and runway are still being built,” according to a recent post for pilots. “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.”
(Photo credit from here).
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