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
2145 Highway 58
Mojave, CA  93501
Motel 6 Mojave
*Corporate Rate
16958 Highway 58
Mojave, CA  93501
Best Western Desert Winds
16200 Sierra Highway
Mojave, CA  93501

Mariah Country Inn and Suites
*Corporate Rate
1385 Highway 58
Mojave, CA  93501

Motel 6 Airport (Formerly Days Inn)
16100 Sierra Hwy
Mojave, CA  93501
America's Best Value Inn
16352 Sierra Highway
Mojave, CA  93501
Tehachapi (25 Minutes)
La Quinta Inn
500 E. Stueber Rd.
Tehachapi, CA  93561
Best Western Country Park
420 W. Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi, CA  93561
Holiday Inn Express Hotel
901 Capital Hills Parkway
Tehachapi, CA  93561
Best Western Mountain Inn
*Corporate Rate
418 W. Tehachapi Blvd.  
Tehachapi, CA  93561  
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
422 W. Tehachapi Blvd.
Tehachapi, CA 93561
Lancaster (30 Minutes)
Comfort Inn & Suites
*Corporate Rate
1825 W. Avenue J12
Lancaster, CA  93534
Hampton Inn & Suites
2300 Double Play Way
Lancaster, CA  93536
Oxford Suites
*Corporate Rate
1651 W. Avenue K
Lancaster, CA  93534
Holiday Inn Express
43719 17th Street West
Lancaster, CA  93534
SpringHill Suites by Marriott
*Corporate Rate
1811 W. Avenue J12
Lancaster, CA  93534
Homewood Suites by Hilton
*Corporate Rate
2320 Double Play Way
Lancaster, CA  93536
TownePlace Suites 
*Corporate Rate
2024 W Ave J-8
Lancaster, CA  93536
Palmdale (45 Minutes)
Hilton Garden Inn
1309 W. Rancho Vista Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93551
Hampton Inn Suites
39428 Trade Center Drive
Palmdale, CA  93551
Best Western John Jay Inn & Suites
600 W. Palmdale Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93551
Courtyard by Marriott
530 W. Rancho Vista Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93551
Residence Inn
514 W. Rancho Vista Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93551
420 West Park Drive
Palmdale, CA 93551
The Palmdale Hotel
300 W. Palmdale Blvd.
Palmdale, CA  93551
Embassy Suites
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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Contact Info

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