Our Mission

our mission is to entertain and educate the world on all matters pertaining to aviation. Whether we are 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.


Our History

Having started off in 2003 as a planespotting publication focused on New York City, we have expanded to do so much, so far beyond NYC city limits, while still holding aviation enthusiasm dear to our hearts. Everything we do aims to educate and entertain everyone from the common traveler, seasoned avgeek or veteran aviator, or from a total layman to a rounded expert. 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.


In The Media

Our diverse experience in and unique knowledge of 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 commentary of current events, travel and flying topics; or discussions on aviation enthusiasm. Learn about the value we provide and see a collection of our past media appearances on our

Our Team


Phil Derner Jr.
Founder and President

A lifetime aviation enthusiast who 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.

Darin Gilchrist
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, having 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.

Heather Abbott
Community Manager

Heather joins our team to spearhead avgeek gatherings both big and small around the United States, making sure they are well-coordinated and fun for all. She is a long-time avgeek and frequent flyer, herself. With an MBA from Cornell, she brings to the team a strong background in business development and social media.