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June 27, 2009

Welcome Aboard the New NYCAviation.com!

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Written by: Phil Derner Jr.
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nyca-logo-06271Welcome to the new and improved NYCAviation.com! If you are new to the site or would like to learn a bit more about the hobby of planespotting, please read our About Us page for a primer.

Just under 5 years ago, this site experienced its first re-design, intended to create a simple layout that fed a few dozen locals their aviation fix. Over that half-decade, thanks to so many people involved, we’ve gone far beyond the city limits to begin serving people all over the world who want something different than what is out there, or something that simply just cannot be found anywhere else on the internet.

The goal of the newest revamp was to create something more modern that afforded us the ability to better manage the site from a technical aspect, and therefore add more content, more easily, and more often, serving your morning bowl of aviation with spunk and true entertainment value. Through this, we can begin to deliver these features to the sprouting aviation communities not only around the country, but around the world as well.

We are still adding our content and tying up loose ends with the new site, but I urge you all to go ahead and look through the news articles, browse the upcoming events calendar, and navigate around the Google Spotting Maps with their airport information tabs, of which will soon also include approach plates. Additional features will continue to be added over the coming weeks and months, and you’ll start some seeing exciting changes on the message boards as well.

Please have a look and let me know what you think. If you don’t like it, blame me. If you do like it, thank Matt Molnar, who is the man behind the scenes of just about everything you see here.

Our mission over the past 6 years has been to provide aviation enthusiasts the kind of community that brings people and information together at your fingertips and makes a largely unrepresented and uncharted hobby easier to enjoy. We really do want you to watch the planes and let us do the rest .

Thank you all for being here. We wouldn’t want to do this if it weren’t for all of you.

New Features

Spotting Maps

  • New Google maps! Easier to find exactly where to watch and photograph approaches and departures and how to get there.
  • New airports! In addition to JFK ang LGA, we have added EWR and LAX and we’ll be adding at least one every week! What’s your favorite spotting airport? Share it with us with an email to help [at] nycaviation.com or shoot us a Tweet @NYCAviation
  • More airport info! Runway lengths, radio frequencies, approach charts, all in one place. Even direct links to online ATC feeds.

More News

  • Upcoming events calendar! New route at a local airport? Air show coming soon? Equipment change coming to town? The calendar puts the dates for these events in one place. You can even sync it with your computer’s calendar software, such as iCal or Outlook.
  • New news! Yeah, we know we didn’t update the old site very often. Now we will! And it’ll be prettier!
  • Old news! All the old articles have been migrated to the new site.
  • More airport info! Runway lengths, radio frequencies, approach charts, all in one place. Even direct links to online ATC feeds.


  • Comment on articles! Readers can now leave comments on articles. You’ll need a separate login from your forum login (for now) but if you don’t feel like signing up for yet another username/password, you can login with your Facebook or Twitter account! (This is done through a third party service using the secure OpenID standard…don’t worry, we don’t see your login info).
  • Forum discussions on articles! Every article will have a corresponding discussion thread here on the forum, as well as a link to the thread, and vice versa.

Coming Soon

  • Flickr integration! Do you post your photos on Flickr? Tag them with “nyca” when you’re uploading and thumbnailed links to them will automatically appear on the NYCA photography homepage! We’ll be exploring ways to integrate with other photography sites as well, such as Picasa and SmugMug.

If you see anything broken or things you think can be improved, please let us know! Email us: help [at] nycaviation.com

About the Author

Phil Derner Jr.
Phil Derner founded NYCAviation in 2003. A lifetime aviation enthusiast that grew up across the water from La Guardia Airport, Phil has aviation experience as a Loadmaster, Operations Controller and Flight Dispatcher. He owns and operates NYCAviation and performs duties as an aviation expert through writing, consulting, public speaking and media appearances. You can reach him by email or follow him on Twitter.



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