“Drone On” (Photo by Mike Muench)

In response to the growing popularity of remote controlled aircraft, helicopters and multi-copters (aka UAV or drones), Burning Man has established regulations under the Black Rock City Safety Team, and updated its guidelines for registering, and the terms and conditions for flying RC aircraft in Black Rock City.

Like mutant vehicles, BRC regulates all RC aircraft and requires that they be operated responsibly, and are subject to restricted fly zones and other rules of operation. The goal is to streamline the registration process, have all RC pilots be familiar with flying in the city, and make it safer for all Burning Man participants.

The FAA requires all pilots of RC aircraft flying within 5 miles of an airport to notify that airport of their operations. Virtually all of Black Rock City is within 5 miles of 88NV, Black Rock City Municipal Airport, and completing the online registration and on-playa briefing meets this requirement.

2023 Drone Information:

The drone application for 2023 is available here. The form will be open from May 19-June 19. Please familiarize yourself with 2023 drone policies here.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to fly a drone in Black Rock City, you must also have a pre-approved Media Project Proposal, and register with Media Mecca on playa. If you haven’t already submitted a Media Project Proposal, you MUST do so by July 20, 2023 at 12pm (noon) Pacific time. Here is the link to submit a proposal. The Communications team will review your proposal and get back to you as soon as possible.