Flying In

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Flying In

Postby Lonelysound » Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:34 pm

I'm a private pilot interested in flying in to burning man for the week and was wondering if there was another experienced aviator who would be willing to give me a few pointers about this. I've been trying to find airport information related to Black Rock City Airport but I've been unable to locate it. I have tons of questions and would love to have them answered so I can start planning for the trip.

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Re: Flying In

Postby ibdave » Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:09 pm

Lonelysound wrote:I'm a private pilot interested in flying in to burning man for the week and was wondering if there was another experienced aviator who would be willing to give me a few pointers about this. I've been trying to find airport information related to Black Rock City Airport but I've been unable to locate it. I have tons of questions and would love to have them answered so I can start planning for the trip.


this took a few seconds for a non pilot to find....... :shock: :roll:

http://www.burningman.com/on_the_playa/ ... rport.html

http://www.burningman.com/on_the_playa/ ... q_air.html

that's yahoo search....

or fly here and rent a car your 1st year and then walk the runway and see if you want to risk it all as they say in vegas or reno...

http://renoairport.com/


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Postby Rice » Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:23 pm

Here is one more link.... http://www.portofentry.org/

if you are nervous, you probably shouldn't do it.

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Postby Elderberry » Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:23 pm

Oooo...ouch. Bet that hurt.
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Postby phil » Thu Apr 21, 2011 7:21 pm

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Some information here:
http://www.cieux.com/bm/bm2003.html
and here:
http://afterburn.burningman.com/03/dpw/airport.html

Some pilots from the San Francisco Bay Area have problems because they are used to taking off at sea level with temperatures in the 60 or 70s. Black Rock Airport is at almost 4,000 and temps can be in the hundreds, often in the 90s.

The people here
http://www.portofentry.org/
are very helpful, and I recommend contacting them about the problems you may face.

Good luck and have fun.

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Postby Dustdevil » Thu Apr 21, 2011 10:49 pm

I would suggest getting familar with your planes' air density chart, an hour or two with your instructor practicing soft field techniques and a call to your insurance company. While BRC airport is a legal airport for a short time each year, some insurance companies may have an issue. Never hurts to check.
At least you won't need to worry about a ramp inspection. I have found that landing there works best if you really watch your instruments. The length of the runway gives a slightly false impression of your distance above the ground. Though, if you are instrument rated that won't be a factor.
Bring three of the "screw in the ground" type of tie downs. It is a fun place to fly into. I strongly suggest doing it.
If you are renting, certainly tell the FBO where you are going. If you own your plane, plan on a thorough cleaning after you get home. My biggest fear is the corrosive dust within the wings and fuselage. I spent hours with compressed air and a pressure washer cleaning up my plane.
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Postby Lonelysound » Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:06 pm

Alright, sweet. Thanks for the pointers.

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Postby Ugly Dougly » Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:13 pm

Dustdevil wrote:...an hour or two with your instructor ....


Did you get the impression that the OP is a beginner?

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Postby Dustdevil » Fri Apr 22, 2011 4:40 pm

A beginner? No. A low time pilot, yes. Any time that I feel a little rusty or a little hesitant I always get some dual time. You can pick up bad habits and not even be aware of them. Also there are constant changes in the regs. A CFI will bring you up to speed on those as well. I usually get some dual time at least once a year and I received my license in 1987.
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