Our 2017 team:

Akshay, Alec, David, Federico, Harrison, Jack, James, John,  Khalid, Kristina, Lorenzo, Luca, Mandolyn, Max, Michael, Nedzad, Nick, Omer, Sergey, Roshan, Zaref

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About Our Writers

  About David Xian

My name is David Xian and I am currently a high school student on Long Island, New York. I have been captivated by aviation since youth and hope to work in the aviation industry in the future.

My main goal with this page is to create an aviation and travel news site sourced mainly by young aviation enthusiasts. Unlike any other aviation news websites, Aeronautics nurtures an exclusive atmosphere where anybody with an interest in our three topics: Industry Talk, Flyer Talk, and Traveler Talk are encouraged to write for us.

One thing I learned working in the industry and would like every young reader to know is the importance of building connections early. Like many other industries, the aviation industry is very tight-knit. I can personally attest that it is very common to meet someone in this industry who recognizes or is (surprisingly often) close with other people you know in the industry. As the aviation industry has doubled in size over the past decade and is projected to continue growing at this incredible rate, getting one’s foot in the door early on grows exceedingly important for attaining a job in aviation.

I hope to use Aeronautics to help youth connect with aviation jobs by hosting career exploration events around the world, having adults write about their experiences in the industry, and helping students build connections to fellow young enthusiasts and future employers.

Feel free to drop me a message with any questions or comments anytime at dxianmail@gmail.com or my Instagram page @lufanhansa

  About Nick McGowan

My name is Nick McGowan and I am a high school student in Chicago, Illinois. I’ve grown up around aviation; when I was 2, my dad would take me on the weekend down to Midway Airport on the CTA Orange Line, and we would watch the planes take off. Since then, my interest in aviation has blossomed, and I’ve always looked towards the skies for inspiration and possibly a career.

David and I started talking about the idea for Aeronautics back in November 2016, when both of us were frustrated with the lack of opportunities for people to share their love of aviation outside of photography, which both of us embraced on Instagram. Aeronautics is one of the first, if not the first website, to use openly sourced news articles in order to generate content, and our goal with this project is to give other youth the chance to share their writing skills and passion for aviation with the world, in an innovative news and media outlet.

For me, aviation has been more than just a hobby; its been an interest that has enabled me to make friends across the world that I’m able to talk to on a daily basis in the UK, Germany, Hong Kong, and so many other places about aviation -something that I couldn’t have imagined a few years ago when I wasn’t into aviation photography and sharing what I love with the world. David and I are both working to use Aeronautics as a community to allow people to connect and create those friendships across nations that I’ve been able to experience myself, not to mention create a foundation for those interested in a career in aviation to find friends, mentors, and contacts here.

Regardless of your career, dreams or depth of passion in aviation, I hope that you enjoy visiting Aeronautics and feel free to reach out anytime on Instagram, @chicagospotter.

  About Max Trimm

My name is Max Trimm and I am a high school student in Richland, Washington. I have been intrigued by aviation since I was 9, when I flew my first long-haul flight on my move to Australia.

My primary goal with Aeronautics is to establish a professional environment where one can read and discuss anything aviation related, whether it’s United’s newest airplane order or the lens to use on your next spotting trip. Our goal was to create a site that acts as a one-stop-shop for enthusiasts to read openly-sourced articles, and that is precisely what we are doing with this project.

Personally, aviation acts as an outlet to the everyday stresses of sports, school, and extracurriculars. Whenever I am stressed or just want to leave the house for the day, the airport comes to mind. Aviation has allowed me to connect with others all around the country and globally, which truly creates a family-like vibe whenever I am communicating to my peers abroad. At Aeronautics, we want to nurture an atmosphere where everyone feels welcome, where everyone can discuss and experience the hobby they love, and where everyone can feel at-home talking to others who share the same passion.

I hope that everyone thoroughly enjoys the site, and can feel comfortable in a relaxed, yet professional environment where we can all discuss the hobby we all love. Feel free to link up on Instagram, @planespottermax.

  John McDermott

My name is John McDermott, and I’m currently a high school student in Chicago, Illinois. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with how things work. Things as simple as a faucet to as complex as the human body and cars fascinate me. It was this love of machines that led to my love of aviation. I’ve been around planes all my life; one of my earliest memories is putting a domed lit on by face to imitate the nose of planes. And, after hearing about Aeronautics from Nick, I decided to share my passion for flying with others and apply to become a writer. Flying has become such a big part of my life in the last couple years that my friends consider it to be insanely annoying. Whenever someone I know flies, I’m always sure to find out the type of aircraft they flew on, which airline they flew with, and how their flight went. I’ve gone so far as to give my family members lessons about the mechanics of airplanes during a flight. I’m absolutely fascinated with how planes work, and my greatest hope is to, one day, be up on the flight deck of a commercial airliner. This being the case, I have much to talk about with whoever comes to me with a passion for planes.

With Aeronautics, I hope to learn even more about the airline industry and share my love of flying with others through images, articles, and quizzes. If you have questions for me, feel free to reach out on Instagram through @meltingjohnald.

  Nedžad Beus

My name is Nedžad Beus, and I am a high school student in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. I have been interested in aviation since I was very young, but especially in the last few years. With frequent reports of major events, I hope to introduce many to the complex world of the ex-Yugoslav aviation market, especially in the period it is in now – with national carriers fighting for survival due the massive invasion of low cost carriers and airports going on without long overdue upgrades. I will also report on some of the ‘exclusive’ traffic coming into Sarajevo, and the state of general aviation in Bosnia. Get in contact with me on Instagram at @sarajevospotting.

  James Cahalin

My name is James Cahalin, and I’m an aircraft mechanic from Dublin. I’m currently in the process of earning my EASA CAT A mechanic and B1 mechanical-electrical licenses hopefully along with a B1 737NG rating.

I’ve always loved aviation from the funnily shaped catering trucks to the stink of kerosene to the scream of jet engines, and will gladly talk to anyone on end about aircraft or aviation, from the business side of things to why the poo goes out blue. Similarly, I’m an avid spotter and between living below an approach path for Dublin and working airside, I try to capture as much as I can of the sights and sounds this provides. Aeronautics is the platform where I can showcase this interest through photos articles and reports on the industry in general. Outside of the aviation industry, I enjoy music, slow cars and funnily enough, photography!

  Alec Mollenhauer

Alec Mollenhauer is a high school from Northern Illinois. Since a young age, he’s been fascinated by the concept of flight. To further understand the science behind flight, Alec will be attending the University of Minnesota in the fall studying aerospace engineering and computer science. After that, he hopes to pursue a career designing aircraft in the defense sector. Alec is a regular spotter at Chicago O’Hare and a big contributor to the jetphotos.net database. His favorite airline in the United States is United and his favorite aircraft is the Boeing 777-300ER. In his free time, he enjoys video gaming and skiing.

  Roshan Patel



My name is Roshan Patel, and I am a high school student in the Chicagoland area. Ever since I can remember, the concept of flight has fascinated my mind. As an aspiring aeronautical engineer, I have always dreamed of revolutionizing the way people travel and their experiences in flight.

However, my tether to reality (for now) has been admiring the art of flight today. I love to spot, or better yet, get even closer to the action and get on a plane myself. I would consider myself a well-seasoned traveler, as I have visited many of the world’s most popular airports and I hope to add on to my list of airports every year.

Aviation has been a major part of my life, and I hope to share my love and passion with the rest of the world on Aeronautics. For those who would like to contact me, or simply check out some cool pictures of Chicago’s O’Hare Airport or others around the globe, feel free to visit my Instagram @chicagoplanes or email me at roshansp@hotmail.com

  Lorenzo Schaaf

Hi, my name is Lorenzo and I am a high school student in Madrid.I am half German and half Chilean but born in South Africa. I’ve always been interested in planes -from the physics to the engineering. All this made me become a spotter, a flight simmer and a writer for this awesome web page. As a result of this love for aviation, I hope I can start my private pilot training next year in South Africa. Not only do I love Aviation, but I also enjoy photography, video editing and I am of course a sports freak.
What I want to achieve here at Aeronautics is to inform users from different kind of places about the big aviation industry and community.  Mostly talking from the European aviation part. If you want to contact me pm via insta on @ljspotter

  Luca Zocche

My name is Luca Zocche and I am an Italian/German-American. At a very young age I was able to experience aviation. Such good memories at a young age caused me to follow this hobby. At age 15 I joined the aviation Instagram community. It opened me up to a whole new world. Since then I have been able to meet many spotters and other incredible people who have made me what I am today. One day I hope to start my own airline. It might be a hard path but it is doable. I will always remember that the aviation community is there for you and thanks to them I have been motivated to follow my dream. If you wish to contact me you can find me on Instagram as @jfkairlinespotting or send me an email at jfkairlinespotting@gmail.com.

  Kristina Harrington

My name is Kristina Harrington, and I am a high school student in a suburb of Dallas, Texas. Growing up with family in the aviation industry, it has surrounded me most of my life. In the past few years, it has been a key to my identity and integral to everyday life.

Especially since the beginning of high school, aviation has singlehandedly changed my entire life. I have truly spread my wings and connected with many people, to whom this day I call good friends. No matter where you go in life, the people you meet and the connections you make are the most important, and I have learned many things about both aviation and myself. This hobby is different for everyone, and can affect us in many ways, but on this site, everyone can talk about the aspect of aviation that they love.

Through Aeronautics, I hope to further my knowledge and connect with more people across the world, and I earnestly hope that everyone enjoys this site. No matter who you are, I hope that our connection to aviation can bring us all together as a community.
Please feel free to reach out to me through my Instagram page, @kristinaaviation.

  Akshay Mantri

Hello, my name is Akshay Mantri and I’m a student pilot & an aviation photographer from Mumbai, India. Becoming a pilot was something I had as my goal since I was a child and this brought me close to this field of plane spotting. I started photographing airplanes in 2014, and ever since I’ve never looked back! There isn’t enough information or knowledge about the Indian Aviation being provided out to the world, to provide at least a bit of it and show them the reality, I started an Instagram account dedicated to aviation & my plane spotting. Also, I’m proud to say that I’ve influenced and motivated many new plane spotters from Mumbai to open up and share their experiences and photos! Aeronautics has been a perfect pathway for me. The place through which I can reach many new people and share with them the best of my experiences and information! You can check out my Instagram account @planespottinghd

  Federico Meraviglia

My name is Federico Meraviglia and I am a high school student and photographer in Milan, northern Italy. I became involved in aviation when I was a child, thanks to one my old uncles who was a pilot and Italian Air Force general; he filled my childhood up with fascinating stories of his planes and his missions abroad. I spent so many hours listening to him and imagining myself as a pilot.
In 2015 I started taking photos at nearby Milan Linate and Milan Malpensa airports, in Nice Cote d’Azur airport during holidays and in other airports too during my trips through Europe.
My goal is to attend aerospace and then aeronautic engineering at the university. Recently I started an Instagram page where I share my best photos and where I met many interesting and inspiring people, some of them have become real friends.
I’m really interested in joining Aeronautics community in order to grow my knowledge of aviation and to get to know other people all around the world. If you are interested in my photos you can find me on instagram as @fm_aviationph .

    Michael Eldridge

My name is Michael Eldridge and I am a recently graduated high school student and passionate aviation photographer from New Zealand. I have had a passion for aviation since I was a young boy when my parents would take to my local airport of Wellington, watching the planes take off and land. In 2012 I began to take photos of planes and eventually started an Instagram page which has gained thousands of followers and has given me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world who share the same enthusiasm as I do, some of whom I have become great friends with. Through Aeronautics I hope that you learn about the ever-growing industry that is aviation.  Feel free to contact me on Instagram @nz_aviation.

  Sergey Tenewitz

Hello, My name is Sergey Tenewitz. I’m both a Russian and American citizen, and I am currently a high school student in upstate New York. Aviation has consumed my thoughts ever since I moved from Europe to America at a young age. The main reason I joined Layoverhub was to write articles about aviation and to inform others about what is going on in this ever-evolving industry.

To me, my main goal of writing here is to teach people of all ages about aviation with just a few clicks on a single site. Aviation is a fun hobby and is something you can never turn your back to once you get into it.
I hope this helped you understand a bit about me. If you want to know more about me or what I do, feel free to contact me on Instagram at @swf_aviation.

Mandolyn McAbee

My name is Mandolyn McAbee. I am a high school senior, aviation photographer, and student pilot from Fort Myers, Florida.

Airplanes are a lifelong love of mine, but I did not get the opportunity to fly on one until I was six years old. That first flight changed me forever. I was addicted the moment I became airborne – craving to again hear the sound of thundering engines and feel the incredible power of the marvelous machine that carried me into the sky.

It would take another six years before I decided that I wanted to become a pilot. My father and I were traveling to Key West to stay with my aunt for two weeks and we would be flying with Cape Air. Upon boarding the airplane, I was invited to sit in the right seat up in the cockpit. The pilot allowed me to operate the GPS after takeoff and once I felt the craft move under my control, I found my calling.
My life is now completely consumed by airplanes. Every day I work towards my dream goal of flying for a commercial airline. Through aviation, I have made countless friendships and memories that I am sure will last a lifetime. I could not ask for a better community to be in than the avgeek community.

If you would like to connect with me, please feel free to email me at airmandjet@gmail.com or find me as @airmandjet on Instagram. I also run a personal blog (airmandjet.weebly.com) where you can read about all my latest aviation adventures.

 

  Jack Sann

My name is Jack Sann and I am a high school student, photographer, and student pilot from New Jersey. I became involved in aviation at a young age when I took my first flight many years ago. Aviation has played a big part of my life. In 2013 I started taking photos of planes at nearby Newark Airport. Soon after, I started an Instagram page which to this day has grown to thousands of followers. To me, the people you meet is the most important part. I have met many people from all around the world through Instagram, some of which have become some of my closest friends. I hope, regardless of who you are, what you want to gain from aviation, or what took you to this very page, find Aeronautics to be a place where you can freely talk, meet new people, and ultimately enjoy the hobby that we all share. Feel free to reach out to my Instagram @newyorkspotter.

 

 

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