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 

Econo Lodge
Avg. $53.00 per night
2145 Highway 58
Mojave, CA  93501
Motel 6
Avg. $35.99 per night
16958 Highway 58
Mojave, CA  93501
Best Western Desert Winds
Avg. $83.00 per night
16200 Sierra Highway
Mojave, CA  93501

Mariah Country Inn and Suites
Avg. $73.00 Corporate Rate
1385 Highway 58
Mojave, CA  93501
661-824-4980 ext 400

Days Inn
Avg. $85.00 per night
16100 Sierra Hwy
Mojave, CA  93501
America's Best Value Inn
Avg. $50 per night
16352 Sierra Highway
Mojave, CA  93501
Tehachapi (25 Minutes)
La Qunita Inn
Avg. $79.00 per night
500 E. Stueber Rd.
Tehachapi, CA  93561
Best Western Country Park
Avg. $88.00 per night
420 W. Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi, CA  93561
Holiday Inn Express Hotel
Avg. $84.00 per night
901 Capital Hills Parkway
Tehachapi, CA  93561
Best Western Mountain Inn
Avg. $72.00 per night  
418 W. Tehachapi Blvd.  
Tehachapi, CA  93561  
Santa Fe Motel
Avg. per night unknown
120 W. Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi, CA 93561
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Avg. $109.00 per night
422 W. Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi, CA 93561
Lancaster (30 Minutes)
Comfort Inn & Suites
Avg. $109.00 per night
1825 W. Avenue J12
Lancaster, CA  93534
Hampton Inn & Suites
Avg. $108.00 per night
2300 Double Play Way
Lancaster, CA  93536
Oxford Suites
Avg. $97.00 per night
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. $169.00 per night
1811 W. Avenue J12
Lancaster, CA  93534
Homewood Suites by Hilton
Avg. $135.00 per night
2320 Double Play Way
Lancaster, CA  93536
Palmdale (45 Minutes)
Hilton Garden Inn
Avg. $101.00 per night
1309 W. Rancho Vista Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93551
Days Inn
Avg. $51.00 per night
130 E. Palmdale Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93550
Hampton Inn Suites
Avg. $118.00 per night
39428 Trade Center Drive
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
Best Western John Jay Inn & Suites
Avg $49.00 per night
600 W. Palmdale Blvd.
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
Average Rate: $99.00 per night
420 West Park Drive
Palmdale, CA 93551


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.
Antelope Valley Airport Express, Inc.
Call For Reservations   Do Not Reserve Online 
Phone: (661) 945-2529    Tollfree: (800) 251-2529


Mojave Airport Information
Map and Directions - how to get to NTPS in Mojave

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News Release

News Update NATIONAL TEST PILOT SCHOOL, Mojave California – It is with great sorrow that the National Test Pilot School (NTPS) reports that NTPS Instructor Mr. Michael (Mike) Hill and NTPS Student Mr. Ilam Zigante perished in an accident in a... Read more

NTPS Submits EASA Application

The National Test Pilot School (NTPS) announced that it formally submitted its Application for an EASA Part – ORA ATO Approval in late May 2014 and it was registered by EASA in early June 2014. This is the first formal... Read more

NTPS RPV Module going Full Throttle

The NTPS RPV module introduces our flight test students to remotely piloted vehicle (RPV) flight test techniques (FTT) and test procedures.  The course uses an FAA approved C-150 Optionally Piloted Aircraft (OPA) with a safety pilot on board.  Control of the aircraft... Read more

Congressman Visits NTPS

Congressman Kevin McCarthy visits NTPS as part of a tour of the Mojave Air and Space Port on 05/13/14.  During the brief stop he was able to visit with numerous constituents that work at NTPS and see some of the... Read more

Current Weather

Station Info: 8:10a
Temp 58.7 10/30/14
Wind Info: (Knots)
Current 4.0 Average 5.2
Direction 326 High 6.0

Contact Info

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