Our 2018 team:

Omer, Ben, Zaref, Khalid, Mathis, James, Kaan, Ezra, Orson, Catarina, Akshay, John, Federico, Filippo, Jack, Lorenzo, Zach, Alex S , Roshan, David, Luca, Alex Z, Orson, Aaryan, Harry, Miklos

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About Our Editors

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.

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.

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

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 @malpensaspotting or send me an email at jfkairlinespotting@gmail.com.


About Our Writers


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 

Nedzad 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

Mathis Cabuy

My name is Mathis Cabuy and I’m a German/French-Boy. I’m currently in the 9th grade of a high school. I have been addicted to aviation since I was 5 years old. My father and I often went to the airport. I was fascinated from the first moment. When I was 12 years old, I got my first camera. It brought me more and more into plane spotting. I’ve already made many friends at the airport. I started my own Instagram page which has grown to more than 3000 followers. Feel free to visit my Instagram page: @matrooxienspotter

With Aeronautics, I want to share my hobby, Aviation, with as many people as possible. I also want to learn more about how the aviation industry works.

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!

Kaan Dincer

My name is Kaan Dincer, and i’m currently studying at an American high school in Istanbul, Turkey. For me, aviation is something more than a hobby. It is a life style for me. My life goes around the aviation circle. I travel frequently especially during my school breaks. I am so lucky to have started spotting at such an incredible airport that is busy and has quite some stunning traffic. This airport is Istanbul Atatürk Airport. I have also spotted at various airports such as FRA, DCA, BOS and JFK. You can have a look at my photos and also contact me on my Instagram account @istspotter if you wish and if you wish to see some if my trip reports, you can have a look on my YouTube account: Turkish Flyer. I will try my best to serve you exclusive news from Turkey and all around the world.

Ezra Gollan
Hello, my name is Ezra Gollan. I’m from New York City, one of the busiest aviation hubs in the world. Being close to Kennedy Airport, where we see flights from all parts of the globe, from Atlanta to Baku and everywhere in between, has put my aviation experience on a new level. I’ve always had an interest in how things work, and aviation is one of those things. Aviation is vital to our lives, and without it our world may not be the way it is. One interest of mine is also how we can make aircraft more efficient so that we can reduce carbon emissions with planes such as the Boeing 787 and Airbus A350. I hope to one day work in the airline business. Providing reliable news to people around the world through Aeronautics Online is just one of those steps to achieving my goals.

Catarina Madureira

Hello! My name is Catharina Madureira and I am a mechanical engineering student in Lisbon, Portugal.
From very early on, my passion has aeronautics, and last year I joined the spotting community.
I try to cover all movements at Lisbon’s airport. Being a spotter has helped me know a different side of the aviation world. One great perk of spotting is that I have met fantastic people. I hope that one day, when I finish training, I will be able to work as a maintenance engineer.
If you are interested in my photos, you can find me on Instagram at @cm_lisbonspotter.

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

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

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

Filippo Murgia

My name is Filippo Murgia and I am an high school student who lives near Rome, Italy. My passion for airplanes started when my best friend’s dad took me to the airport to watch planes land and take off. I was so fascinated by them that I started following plane spotters all around the world with my private instagram account. After 4 years of enjoying other people’s photos, I decided to buy my own camera. Since then I have become a spotter and opened my own Instagram aviation account, which today has around 1.5K followers. This new profile helped me to get to know many spotters around the world, whether them being from Germany or Colombia. In the future my dream job is to become a pilot, but if I won’t be able to do so, I will try to work anyways in the aviation sector. Feel free to visit my profile, @fcospotter.

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.


Alexander Zur

My name is Alexander Zur. I’m 19 years old and currently living in northern Germany near Hamburg. As a small child I drew a lot of airplanes, but I never knew what type of aircraft it was. That’s why I got a large book with 1000 Airplanes From All Over the World. Since then, aviation became my passion and I started professional planespotting in 2014, as photography was another interest of mine.

Thanks to the hobby, I’ve met many new people sharing the same passion as me. I have travelled to many different airports. Some are well-known, LHR and JFK, but some aren’t, like Keflavik or Sonderborg. My favorite airport for planespotting and traveling is Hamburg Airport, as we have some exotic visitors from Lufthansa Technik and nice positions for taking pictures. Another great airport nearby is Hamburg-Finkenwerder, an Airbus plant, where you can see brand new airplanes from many different nations worldwide, like from Hawaii, China, Colombia or Saudi-Arabia, as well as European carriers and the heavy transporter Beluga. It never gets boring up here. Furthermore I support the Planespotters.net website as a screener and upload my pictures on many different aviation websites.

I’m currently studying business with hopes to become a businessman for freight forwarding and logistics service.


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