NYCAviation is 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 still hold aviation enthusiasm as our top priority. 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, safer and more pleasurable for all. The aerospace trade publisher Flight Global named us the Best Enthusiast Site of 2009, in addition to ranking us second runner-up for Best Use of Social Media. We also regularly appear in lists as a top air travel and aviation news resource on social media platforms such as Twitter.

MEDIA: Our news coverage and editorial content is top notch. We frequently break aviation news stories ahead of any other outlet, and we are regularly referenced in, syndicated out to and provide consulting and expert TV appearances to almost all major news organizations in existence, including The Associated Press, CNN, Fox News Channel, Forbes, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and more. We also field many expert commentary requests for print, radio and television.

In addition, our efforts in promoting the hobby of aviation enthusiasm and planespotting have been showcased and covered in many national publications, books, magazines, newspapers television and radio as well. Here are just a very few of many samples:

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.

Phil Derner Jr. – Founder and President

Phil grew up watching planes at La Guardia Airport from his home across Flushing Bay in Queens, NY. Evolving from aviation photography and writing work, he created this website to be the online headquarters for aviation enthusiasts from around the world. He writes for and maintains most sections of the website and performs social media duties while handling public relations and day-to-day business for the organization, including expert consulting for mainstream media outlets.

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

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 – Producer

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, which has led to him now coordinating the site’s planned news and event coverage and managing the organization’s team of correspondents.

Matt Molnar – Editor and Director of Technology

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.

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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