Rotate From Switzerland, joined Feb 2003, 1491 posts, RR: 14 Posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 3333 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?
Skymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 3299 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:
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.
Rotate From Switzerland, joined Feb 2003, 1491 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3268 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 ....
Skymonster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 3252 times:
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.
NonRevKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (12 years 10 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 3345 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.
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.
Lgbguy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 3026 times:
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.
United_Fan From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 7680 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (12 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 2813 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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