At NYCAviation, our mission is to entertain and educate the world on all matters pertaining to aviation. Whether it is providing research or on-air appearances for the mainstream media, sharing great photos and geek talk with fellow enthusiasts, or teaching the ins and outs of the most complicated industry with the flying public through our articles, we show everyone that our human species’ ability to fly is not only fascinating and beautiful, but incredibly safe and worth celebrating.

We love aviation. We want to show you why.

Our team performs as a worldwide aerospace news, resource and consulting organization for aviation enthusiasts and industry professionals alike. We specialize in publishing breaking news, insightful expert commentary and analysis, travel and weather updates and stellar photography covering all that happens, not only in the world of commercial aviation, but the entire aerospace industry, including the general aviation, military and space sectors.

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HISTORY: Having started off as a planespotting publication focused on New York City in 2003, we have expanded to do so much so far beyond NYC city limits, but still hold aviation enthusiasm dearest to our hearts. Today we address the needs of those with a passion for flying machines all over the globe. We tirelessly continue to build new features and remain on the cutting edge of technology to complete our mission of making aviation enthusiasm easier, and air travel safer and more pleasurable for all.

MEDIA: Our diverse experience and knowledge in aviation make us a perfect fit to cater to our colleagues in news media by providing expert insight for print, television or radio, on all aviation sectors. We provide expert review of current events, general travel and flying topics, or discussions aviation enthusiasm. Learn about what we provide and see a pile of our past media appearances on our In The Media page.

Our Team

Our team consists of dedicated individuals who have an intense passion for sharing the world of aviation with others. Each of them contributes their own special talents to bring you a powerful online aviation experience. Here are just a few of our 11-member team:

Phil Derner Jr. – Founder and President

Phil grew up watching planes at La Guardia Airport from his home across Flushing Bay in Queens, NY. He created this website to be the online headquarters for aviation enthusiasts from all around the globe. Aside from writing and social media duties, Phil oversees the entire NYCAviation operation and provides expert commentary for news media round the world.

Phil’s background includes coordinating advertising campaigns in a major Madison Avenue marketing firm, as a US military charter Loadmaster and as an FAA certified airline dispatcher. Connect with Phil on Twitter at @PhilDernerJr or by email for all NYCAviation inquiries at phil.derner@nycaviation.com

Darin Gilchrist – Lead Programmer and Server Administrator

Darin came on board in 2010 as lead programmer for various projects and future features. Growing up with aviation in his family, he has always had Jet-A in his veins and participated in Civil Air Patrol operations before heading off to college to become an engineer of all trades. Darin is excited to spread awareness of aviation to industry professionals, hobbyists, and the general public.

Mark Lawrence – Project Manager

Mark Lawrence was born in England and raised in South Africa before moving to the USA in 1998. With parents that were involved in the aviation industry, it was natural that it would grow into one of Mark’s hobbies. Mark has been a long time member and contributor to NYCAviation, currently helping manage the site’s busy forums and tackling others large projects from his home in southern Florida.

Matt Molnar – Editor and Director of Technology
(1979-2013)

Matt joined the NYCA team in 2008 and quickly became an irreplaceable talent in making the organization what it is today. He managed a bulk of written content, supervised all technical aspects of the website, and designed much of its interface while kickstarting NYCA’s social media efforts.

Matt passed away suddenly in January of 2013, leaving a gap that can never be filled, but he will never be forgotten by all those that know him or his contributions to aviation enthusiasm around the world. Read more about our friend here.

Our Writers

NYCAviaiton’s written content is a collaborative effort from a talented, expert writer and blog team. Whether it be the technical aspects of flying, addressing current events topics, covering news, sharing industry insight and opinion, and just a good story, our aim is to deliver entertainment and education for anyone from the casual flyer to the lifelong pilot.

Contributing Photographers: James Tiedman, Tom Alfano, Ron Peel, Chris Dolan, John Klos, Mario J. Craig, Luke Wasiak, Mark Lawrence, Michael Sikoutris, Brian Futterman, Gordon Gebert, Jr. John Musolino, Eric Dunetz, Tom Turner, Fred Miller, Ed Pascuzzi, Matthew Smith, Senga Butts, Jens Juengling, Shannon Lawrence, Art Brett, Sergio Cardona, Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren, Melanie Rose, Stephen Rankel, Alberto Riva, Joop Stroes, Justin Idle, Chris Sharps, Matt Dueck, Michael Acellana, Rajesh Changela.

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