Air Volunteers

Are you interested in volunteering for Burner Express Air?! We’re so excited to have you!

The Burner Express Air team is committed to providing a welcoming, friendly, easy and safe way for participants to travel to and From Black Rock City from Reno, Oakland, San Carlos and Burbank. For many riders the Burning Man experience begins once they’ve boarded the plane. When they’ve arrived in Black Rock City, we get them to where they are going and home again at the end of the week. We do everything from check in to greeting to luggage assistance to city orientation as well as having fun activities at the airport on Playa.

What Is Burner Express Air?

The Burner Express is a transportation program managed by Burning Man and an air carrier that fly Burners from a default world city to Black Rock City and back.  It started in 2016 in an effort to make it easier and more efficient to fly into BRC while reducing traffic into and out of the Burning Man event. In addition. This service offers faster arrival, speedier entrance, and quicker departures.

Participants board planes in Reno, Oakland, San Carlos and Burbank and travel to Black Rock City where they are able to land at BRC’s own airport, 88NV.  From there participants are welcomed, greeted, and oriented to the city. We assist them with boarding the BRC shuttles that take participants to stops throughout the city, getting them closer to their camps as well as enable them to leave no trace during their stay.

At the end of the week, we’re up early, bright eyed and bushy tailed during Exodus, to get folks on planes toward home. We are their last hug and help in Black Rock City before they return to the default world.  On the ground in Reno, Oakland, San Carlos and Burbank, we’re there to get them started on their final journeys home with one final farewell.

Tell me more!

The Burner Express Air program flies participants from Reno, Oakland, San Carlos and Burbank to BRC from the Wednesday pre event to Saturday during event week.  Primarily we’re looking for volunteers on playa, but are happy to have those interested in working at our offsite locations. On Playa shifts usually start about 7 AM and run until the last plane arrives, usually around 5:30pm.  Exodus shifts begin around 5 AM Sunday and Monday with the first planes departing BRC very early in the morning. There are opportunities on playa, as well as in Reno, San Francisco, Oakland, San Carlos and Burbank during all days of the BxA operations.

Helping People, Burner Style!

Burner Express Air is a fast paced, high excitement team to work on.  The conditions in Black Rock City can be crazy, dusty and hot (you know like Burning Man).  We aim to provide the best experience possible for those who have traveled sometimes 10s of 1000s of miles to Black Rock City. Participants ask questions, present problems, and sometimes are unhappy. Patience and enthusiasm are very helpful on this team, and is even better when partnered with a level head, and problem solving skills. If problems arise, have no fear, you are not alone; there are experienced, long time team members nearby who can help you.

We are also all responsible for the education and acculturation of our flyers.  Many may have not been to Black Rock City before and it is our duty to ensure they know what being a good citizen is all about. You can help inform them about Leaving No Trace, Decommodification, and Radical Self Reliance!

Who is on the team?

We are a close-knit, hard working crew of mostly volunteers with experience at events from all over the world. We enjoy meals together, evening outings and fun Air related activities.

If you’re interested in volunteering with the Burner Express Air Team, please select “Burner Express Air” when you fill out the Volunteer Questionnaire. To fill out the Volunteer Questionnaire, you must first create a Burner Profile. Can’t wait to see you in the dust!

What can I sign up for?

You can choose to volunteer in 5 Different locations! Reno, Oakland, San Carlos, Burbank and of course BRC! The following is a little info about each location and what roles you can help us in.

Reno

  • Location: Atlantic Aviation on the East side of Reno/Tahoe International Airport at 655 S Rock Blvd, Reno, NV 89502
  • Dates: Wednesday August 22, through Monday September 3
  • Shifts: Mornings, afternoons, or full days
  • Roles: Check-in, Weighers, Passenger Escorts

Oakland

  • Location: Signature Oakland FBO, 8433 Earhart Road, Oakland, CA 94621
  • Dates: Wednesday August 22, through Monday September 3
  • Shifts: Full days
  • Roles: Check-in

San Carlos, CA

  • Location: San Carlos Airport General Aviation Building, 620 Airport Drive, San Carlos, CA 94070
  • Dates: Wednesday August 22, through Monday September 3
  • Shifts: Full days
  • Roles: Check-in

Burbank, CA

  • Location: Burbank Airport at the Atlantic Aviation Charter Terminal located at 10750 Sherman Way, Burbank, CA 91505
  • Dates: Wednesday August 22, through Monday September 3
  • Shifts: Full days
  • Roles: Check-in

Black Rock City, NV

  • Location: Airport on Playa
  • Dates: Wednesday August 22, through Monday September 3
  • Shifts: Mornings, afternoons, or full days
  • Roles: Check-in, Weighers, Passenger Escorts, Ramp, Construction, Information, Customer service, Organizer, Staff Support