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Mojave Spotting, Permission Needed?  
User currently offlineRotate From Switzerland, joined Feb 2003, 1491 posts, RR: 16
Posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 2852 times:

aloha boys and girls (?),

I was wondering, if it is possibel to spot in Mojave? I know there are a lot of pics on the DB taken at Mojave. So how does it work? Is there a fence around the whole aerea, so you stand at the fence and shoot? or are there any guided tours, on which you can take photos? or is it possibel to buy a kind of desertrampaccess? anyone can add some colour to that topic?

thx vm in advance ....

cheers robin



ABC
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User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2818 times:

MZJ did do photo tours until the war started in Iraq - I believe that they are back on now but it'd be wise to check first. The tours were done by Javier (I think his other duties are fuelling) in a van, and were charged something like $10. Best place to start your own research is the following website and the visitor information page:

http://www.mojaveairport.com

Whilst it can be done, they don't like photographers around the fenceline at Mojave and you will probably be moved on if you try it - my suggestion would be don't spoil the excellent facility that we have in having the tours available by then going round the fence and getting photographers a bad name.

Andy


User currently offlineRotate From Switzerland, joined Feb 2003, 1491 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2805 times:

ok andy,

got you .... , i ll try the website .. , thx vm

cheers robin



ABC
User currently offlineRotate From Switzerland, joined Feb 2003, 1491 posts, RR: 16
Reply 3, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2787 times:

the below written text is from their homepage:


How can I get permission to get into the storage area to photograph the airliners?

Unfortunately, this is not possible. AVTEL Services manages all the airliners stored at Mojave, and AVTEL is under contract to maintain a high level of security around the aircraft, as many of them are still owned by airlines and will fly again. The only way to obtain access to a specific aircraft is to first obtain written permission from the owners, and then arrange an escort through AVTEL.


so how come, that there are tons of pics in the db? beautys like this ....


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might be the easiest way to ask the potographers ?  Wink/being sarcastic

cheers robin



ABC
User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2776 times:

Robin,


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I wonder who took those two back in March??? Check my name in my profile if you have any doubts.

Like I said, the van tour ran until Iraq war, and I believe its running again now. I assure you that non of the photos taken above were taken without the blessing of the guy taking us round.

Andy


User currently offlineRotate From Switzerland, joined Feb 2003, 1491 posts, RR: 16
Reply 5, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2778 times:

 Smile/happy/getting dizzy

okidok andy , I will step in contact with them, and I ll check ....

thx vm again, and appologize for being stupid ......

cheers robin



ABC
User currently offlineSkymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2771 times:

Robin,

Actually, I'll admit that the guy will only let people who take the tour take photographs in some parts of the airport - in other parts, no photos are allowed. But, all the pictures you linked to were taken in the area where he let people take photos. The website is a bit confusing about photography, but it was like that in March. Really, the best plan would be to call up the airport, check that the tours are still running, and just ask the photography question - if the tours are now running again, I doubt the photography policy has changed because like I said, the website said that same thing about photos before the tours were suspended.

Andy


User currently offlineNonRevKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2864 times:

Andy, sorry to correct you, but the code for Mohave is MHV. MZJ is Marana/Pinal Airpark which you definitely cannot go in.

Tours are running. I was just on one like two weeks ago. Monday-Friday 0830-1630. The sun is best in the afternoon. Javier will take you up to any plane you want, as long as it's not on the Avtel ramp. This used to be where all the cool stuff was, but all of that has since been moved, and Avtel really doesn't have much of anything interesting right now. He will also take you on the sun side of the a/c, therefore, he knows what he's doing. He's pretty cool, just ask him what you want and he'll take you to it if he can.


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Go in the entrance on the right side of this building. Actually the white van in the photo is the tour van. Ask for Javier, and if he's not in the middle of something, he'll take you right out. Cost is $10 a person. I would also suggest tipping Javier.

These are some of the a/c we got on the 9th:


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Hope this helps,
Brian - SPOT THIS!


User currently offlineRotate From Switzerland, joined Feb 2003, 1491 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2664 times:

thx vm guys !

Javier is definetly the man  Smile/happy/getting dizzy I would love to have his job ...... , I am planning to go during summertime ... , hope it will work out for me.

thx for all the infos guys .....


cheers robin



ABC
User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9666 posts, RR: 68
Reply 9, posted (11 years 6 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 2617 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
PHOTO SCREENER

if you really want the straight dope on Mojave, check out the Yahoo Groups Forum on the subject.



User currently offlineLgbguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (11 years 6 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 2545 times:

Greetings All,

Yes, Javier provides tours once again at MHV.

The only aircraft that you are allowed to photograph are the birds parked out in the middle of the field and this must be done with discretion, no getting out of the van and wondering around. He is charging $5.00 dollars per person and the tour will take approx. 20 minutes so shoot fast.

The best time of year to shoot at MHV is during the months of October thru March, in May the sun starts getting to high. Plan to arrive at 1500 as Javier gets off at 1630 and normally will not take anyone out after 1600.

MHV is photographer friendly, just remember to follow all the rules while there as not to ruin it for those of us who live here and shoot there on a regular basis.

If you have any questions, please contact me via my e-mail address in my profile.

lgbguy


User currently offlineBruce From United States of America, joined May 1999, 5067 posts, RR: 15
Reply 11, posted (11 years 6 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2453 times:

so you can't get out and wander around; do you just shoot thru the van windows or how do you get a good vantage point. those pics look like they were taken outside.


bruce



Bruce Leibowitz - Jackson, MS (KJAN) - Canon 50D/100-400L IS lens
User currently offlineClickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9666 posts, RR: 68
Reply 12, posted (11 years 6 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 2442 times:
AIRLINERS.NET CREW
PHOTO SCREENER

how come nobody has mentioned this spot?


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User currently offlineLgbguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2347 times:

Yes, you can shoot through a roll down window or slide the van door open.

Javier knows the best places to shoot and he knows how to get you in position for the best possible photo.

You can step off the van in certain instances, but you must remain next to it.

lgbguy


User currently offlineUnited_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7542 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 2332 times:

Do I need an appointment or just show up Monday-Friday before say,3PM ? I plan on going next week from LAS. I've taken pics there 4 times before and was never told to leave,but I did see the white Ford Rangers watching me. I like to go on Sundays . My fave spot is the cement block wall around the dumpster at the animal shelter (near the Cobtinental 747's ) this is where they scrap the planes.
Any info would be appreciated.



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