NYCAviation is a worldwide aerospace news and resource organization for aviation enthusiasts and industry professionals alike. We specialize in publishing breaking news, insightful commentary and stellar photography covering all that happens not only in the world of commercial aviation, but the entire aerospace sector, including the general aviation, military aviation and space sectors.
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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. The aerospace trade publisher Flight Global named us the Best Enthusiast Site of 2009, in addition ranking us second runner-up for Best Use of Social Media. We regularly appear in lists as a top air travel and aviation news resource on Twitter.
Our news coverage and editorial content is top notch. We frequently break aviation news stories ahead of any other outlet, and we have been referenced in or syndicated our content to several major news organizations 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 few samples:
- CNN, June 29, 2012: “Plane Spotter Seeks ‘Wayne’s World’ Thrills.”
- CNN, June 8, 2012: “These People Really Love to Fly.”
- WGBH, September 7, 2011: “Plane Spotter Lend Extra Eyes To the Sky.”
- NY1′s ‘Travel With Val’, August 25, 2011: “NYCAviation Soars Through Drastic Conditions.”
- Airplane Geeks Podcast, February 23, 2010: “Airplane Spotting with Phil.”
- NBC Today, December 17, 2009: “Today tries out plane spotting.” With Ann Curry and Al Roker.
- New York Daily News, July 14, 2008: “Retired Concorde suffers damage at Floyd Bennett Field.” By Rachel Monahan.
- The Sun, July 9, 2008: “Rotting way to treat Concorde.” By Emily Smith.
- The Telegraph, July 9, 2008: “US leaves Concorde gift from UK to rot in airfield.” By Laura Clout.
- The New Yorker, April 2, 2007: “Up in the Sky Dept: Rare Bird.” By Andrew Blum.
- The New York Times, June 11, 2006: “Overhead, the Objects of Their Affection.” By Julia Ramey.
- Columbia News Service, March 14, 2006: “After 9/11, plane-spotter hobbyists are being watched themselves.” By Shira Ovide.
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 the town of College Point. 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 various sections of the website while handling public relations and day-to-day business, including consulting on the hobby of planespotting.
Phil’s background includes coordinating advertising campaigns in a major Madison Avenue marketing firm. He holds an FAA Aircraft Dispatcher License, and is a dispatcher for a New York-based airline. Email: email@example.com
Matt Molnar – Editor and Director of Technology
Matt manages the content of the NYCAviation website, writing features and reference material, coordinating the site’s contributors and editing their submissions. The site’s design and infrastructure are mostly his doing, as are NYCA’s social media efforts. If you ever happen to tweet back and forth with @NYCAviation on Twitter, chances are Matt is the voice behind the TweetDeck.
Raised in northeastern Queens, Matt watched the endless stream of air traffic flowing over his house, into and out of LaGuardia and Kennedy Airports, which led to a fascination with planes at an early age. At 11, he participated in a New York Hall of Science-sponsored tour of JFK—which included rides around the ramp, a visit to the control tower and the chance to board a Pan Am 747—an event that solidified his love affair with aircraft. His interest in flying machines and the processes which make the airline industry tick truly took off when he finally encountered the vibrant communities of aviation enthusiasts on the Internet, on sites like Airliners.net. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren – Chief Correspondent and Senior Producer
Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren serves as NYCAviation’s Program Coordinator. Charged with growing the ranks of the NYCAviation community, he works behind the scenes and on the front lines to create and cement relationships with individual spotters, aviation institutions, media outlets, and airshows nation-wide. He seeks out fresh stories and upcoming aviation events while recruiting for and coordinating them. He also directly contributes event coverage, writing, and photography.
Having grown up in Central Massachusetts, Jeremy cannot remember a time when he didn’t like watching airplanes. While for many years being petrified of flying, he couldn’t resist watching the traffic into Worcester Airport from his house and, even better, visiting the field to experience it all up close. The influences of great shooters as the digital photography era emerged permanently conjoined Jeremy with airplanes and photography. While he has been taking photos of aviation since he was ten, his photographic work took off after graduating college and moving to Seattle, where he can be found visiting airports in the Pacific Northwest and spending time with his wife.
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.
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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