General Information & Lodging

Where to Stay?

If you want to be close to class there are some nice motels in MojaveLancaster is a good-sized town 30 minutes from Mojave with plenty of shopping, restaurants, movie theaters, etc. Palmdale, 45 minutes away, has the Antelope Valley Mall and movie theaters.  Tehachapi is a smaller mountain town 25 minutes away from Mojave without all the amenities of Lancaster but it does boast a nice climate and some resort type facilities (movie theater and restaurants). Sierra Ridge Apartments in Tehachapi is a good deal for stays longer than a month.  For more information check,, and  The local papers have these websites Mojave Desert News, Antelope Valley Press 

*Be sure to mention NTPS to receive corporate discount (if applicable).

Red Roof Inn
Avg. $55.00 per night
2145 Highway 58
Mojave, CA  93501
Motel 6 Mojave
Avg. $44.00 per night *Corporate Rate
16958 Highway 58
Mojave, CA  93501
Best Western Desert Winds
Avg. $79.00 per night
16200 Sierra Highway
Mojave, CA  93501

Mariah Country Inn and Suites
Avg. $80.00 *Corporate Rate
1385 Highway 58
Mojave, CA  93501

Motel 6 Airport (Formerly Days Inn)
Avg. $50.00 per night
16100 Sierra Hwy
Mojave, CA  93501
America's Best Value Inn
Avg. $45 per night
16352 Sierra Highway
Mojave, CA  93501
Tehachapi (25 Minutes)
La Quinta Inn
Avg. $100.00 per night
500 E. Stueber Rd.
Tehachapi, CA  93561
Best Western Country Park
Avg. $128.00 per night
420 W. Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi, CA  93561
Holiday Inn Express Hotel
Avg. $130.00 per night
901 Capital Hills Parkway
Tehachapi, CA  93561
Best Western Mountain Inn
Avg. $89.00 per night *Corporate Rate
418 W. Tehachapi Blvd.  
Tehachapi, CA  93561  
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Avg. $199.00 per night
422 W. Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi, CA 93561
Lancaster (30 Minutes)
Comfort Inn & Suites
Avg. $99.00 per night *Corporate Rate
1825 W. Avenue J12
Lancaster, CA  93534
Hampton Inn & Suites
Avg. $119.00 per night
2300 Double Play Way
Lancaster, CA  93536
Oxford Suites
Avg. $81.00 per night *Corporate Rate
1651 W. Avenue K
Lancaster, CA  93534
Holiday Inn Express
Avg. $110.00 per night
43719 17th Street West
Lancaster, CA  93534
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
Avg. $109.00 per night *Corporate Rate
1811 W. Avenue J12
Lancaster, CA  93534
Homewood Suites by Hilton
Avg. $138.00 per night *Corporate Rate
2320 Double Play Way
Lancaster, CA  93536
TownePlace Suites 
Avg. $99.00 per night *Corporate Rate
2024 W Ave J-8
Lancaster, CA  93536
Palmdale (45 Minutes)
Hilton Garden Inn
Avg. $159.00 per night
1309 W. Rancho Vista Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93551
Hampton Inn Suites
Avg. $140.00 per night
39428 Trade Center Drive
Palmdale, CA  93551
Best Western John Jay Inn & Suites
Avg $49.00 per night
600 W. Palmdale Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93551
Courtyard by Marriott
Avg. $149.00 per night
530 W. Rancho Vista Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93551
Residence Inn
Avg. $149.00 per night
514 W. Rancho Vista Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93551
Average Rate: $99.00 per night
420 West Park Drive
Palmdale, CA 93551
The Palmdale Hotel
Avg. $86.00 per night
300 W. Palmdale Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93551
Embassy Suites
Avg. $161.00 per night
39375 5th Street West
Palmdale, CA  93551
incl. breakfast & cocktail hour


What to Wear?

Generally, summer and winter: casual civilian clothes (lightweight pants/jeans & shirt with a jacket/coat) and/or flight suit with jacket.  Some winter days can be pretty cold so bring sweaters, coats during those months.  Some summer months can be pretty hot as well; so on non-flying days, shorts and shirt are acceptable attire. 

What to Bring?

Calculator, note-taking material, laptop computer (not required, but some students prefer using their own equipment vs. that of the school's for preparing briefings and reports).

For OT&E students, please refere to the OT&E Joining Instructions (PDF) prior to joining. Call for more details.

Miscellaneous Info?

Class begins at 8:am on the first day.
Mojave has lots of fast food restaurants


Car Rental is approximately $250/week  You will need a car.  Nothing is close enough to walk to.

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National Test Pilot School
P.O. Box 658
Mojave, CA 93502-0658 USA
Phone: 661-824-2977
Fax: 661-824-2943