Burning Sky is a collective of skydivers who bring aerial art to the unique venue of Burning Man. We also offer the public an unforgettable opportunity to view Black Rock City from the air in order to share our timeless love of the heavens with the Burning Man community. Any experienced skydiver is welcome to participate. The idea behind Burning Sky, like Burning Man itself, is difficult to sum up in a sound bite. It’s like explaining what skydiving is like to someone who has never jumped. “Radical Self Expression” is what Larry Harvey, credited founder of Burning Man, uses to describe the event. The skydiving members of Burning Sky completely appreciate that. Our camp started with about 10 skydivers in 1999, and has grown to 100+ skydiving participants. We are a highly experienced group of skydivers. Our continuing mission is to extend the art and ethos of Burning Man off the playa into the vertical dimension, coloring the sky in coordinated jumps using banners, smoke, and magnesium flares.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How is the camp organized?
A: Burning Sky formed a Nevada Cooperative Association (no stock or traditional ownership) in 2013 after Ken passed the torch to a new group to help run the camp. For 2014 there are 9 board members helping to plan and coordinate operations.
Q: Can I do a tandem skydive at Burning Man?
A: No. But you can go for a ride in the plane.
Q: Do skydivers need tickets to Burning Man?
A: Yes. We don’t arrive by plane (it’s hard on the RV and camping gear). ;)
Q: Where do you camp and how do I find you?
A: We are usually along the 5:00 radial, which is also the road to the BRC airport. For 2012 and 2013 we were at 5:00 & H. For 2014 we will post when we know (usually announced sometime in July by BRC Placement).
Q: Can I camp with you if I don’t skydive?
A: Definitely! Many do. We have friends and family members of skydivers who stay with us and we love them lots. We especially love those who participate and contribute something to the group. To help us figure out headcount or if you would like to volunteer to work a shift with the camp, please register here.
Q: Where can I learn to skydive?
A: Look up the parachuting authority in your country for more information. In the USA, visit uspa.org and click the “Become a Skydiver” link to find an affiliated drop zone near you.