One of my great loves is aviation. I’m also an avid, amateur photography. So it was really exciting when I was able to capture some semi-secret aircaft in formation conducting a test out in the desert north of Mojave Air and Space Port. These aircraft in particular were the Scaled Composites Model 401s. Only two 401s exist in the world, and nobody really knows for sure what these stealthy aircraft are used for. They are quite the rare birds! They were working with the Scaled Composites Proteus research aircraft. Nobody has photographed these aircraft in formation before. As you can imagine, I was doubly excited to have my photography and story featured in Time.inc’s The Drive War Zone defense-interest webazine. A good day in the Mojave desert indeed!
Great city planning is an engaging, inclusive, transparent, and collaborative process where community members establish a vision for their community that is creative, unique, and realistic. I believe plans should be clear, accurate, concise, purposeful, rationale, and effective. They should preserve the maximum freedom possible for property owners while equitably protecting the collective health, safety, and welfare of the people and the environment.
Good plans preserve local character and a healthy environment, maximize efficient transportation and multimodal options, and ensure recreational equity and safe public spaces. We as planners should see the big picture, and work hard to create great, livable, and sustainable places.