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AeroXplorer (previously TheExplorerBlog) was founded on December 21, 2019, as an initiative to harbor the development of aviation enthisiasts' interests in aviation through various forms of multimedia. Since our founding, our platform has generated over 5.1 million file hits. AeroXplorer's team consists of highly-devoted and like-minded AvGeeks from around the world.

OUR MISSION is to facilitate the furthering of our visitors' passion for aviation.

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11184 photos
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577166 photo views
1224 badges awarded
3 photography groups
63 photo albums


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Daniel Mena President, Web Developer
WASHINGTON, D.C.

Daniel is a 17-year-old aspiring Aerospace Engineer from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan area. He was born in West Islip, New York, a town located immediately below the JFK airport approach path. Every day, he would watch aircraft fly overheard and yearn to fly alongside them. When he moved to Virginia in 2012, Daniel began experimenting with web development and photography. He has recently expanded his toolkit to mobile and desktop applications, and is currently experimenting with Deicing track and scheduling programming.
Arkin Si Vice President
SAN FRANCISCO

Arkin is a high school aviation photographer based out of SFO. He first got into aviation by going to Bayfront Park frequently when he was young. After learning how to push a button, he started using a point and shoot before he learned how to use a dslr. Now, he enjoys spotting with his fellow SFO spotters and spotting in different airports around the bay and world. His favorite part about aviation photography is the creativeness that photography provides. When editing, he loves to experiment with the sliders and try new things. When not taking pictures or editing, he is doing homework or playing games.
Peter Cuthbert Chief Operating Officer
HOUSTON

Peter is a soon to be freshman at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, majoring in Aeronautical Sciences with flight, he is an aspiring pilot with large goals of making the aviation industry a more sustainable one. He was born in Houston, TX and is based at IAH however he lives under the HOU approach path allowing him to see his future every time an aircraft passes overhead. Peter has been interested in aviation for all his life and has taken his passion to the next step through projects with airlines as well as meeting other spotters in the greater Houston area. Like many aviation buffs he is always willing to expand his horizons through new editing styles in tandem with different angles, you can check out his spotting pictures on his Instagram.
Ben Kogan Chief Marketing Officer
CHICAGO

Ben is a high school age aviation spotter who is based in Chicago. He lives right under the departure path for ORD, so he can hear the loud roars of different aircraft departing and sometimes get some photos of them. A couple of years ago, he went with his friend to spot at ORD and since then he has loved aviation. In addition to aviation spotting, Ben plays tennis and participates in tech Crew for theatrical productions. He also has an Instagram account where he post all of his spotting pics.
Kyle Jonas Editor-in-Chief
CHICAGO

Kyle is a high-school aged aviation lover born in Washington, D.C. but living in Chicago. He has always loved aviation and photography. He lives right in between the approach paths for ORD and MDW, so he can watch the wide variety of aircraft landing in the distance from his house. He hopes to pursue a career in flying as a commercial pilot. In addition to aviation, Kyle enjoys sports, especially baseball. He also loves general photography, traveling, eating, animals, and a lot of other things. You can check out his plane spotting photos from Chicago and around the world on Instagram @midwest_aviation.
Tejas Bhatia Director of Public Relations
DALLAS

Tejas is an aviation photographer in the DFW area and is currently in high school. He loves aviation and has been a professional plane spotter for the past two years and a half. He lives right on the approach path of DFW Airport and goes plane spotting very often. He loves to try to learn ways he can improve his photos. Other than Aviation, Tejas is an avid Tennis Player and is a player for his school team. He is the founder and President of his school’s Photography Club and is involved in his school’s Model United Nations Delegation, as well as the Robotics club. You can find his aviation photos through his Instagram - @dtxjets.
Calvin Stewart Director of Design
SAN FRANCISCO

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Panteley Shmelev Director of Photography
SINGAPORE

Panteley is an aviation photographer based in the world's best airport (in his opinion), Changi Airport Singapore. He started liking aviation as he used to travel often and enjoyed airplane rides. He started doing research on different planes when he was ten years old and began learning how to build and fly RC planes. He participated in some RC flying competitions as well! Around 3 years ago, his classmate introduced him to planespotting and ever since, planespotting has been Panteley's main hobby. Whenever he has time, he explores new spotting locations and finds really cool angles to shoot from.
Eric Anstine Director of Photography
YORK, PA

Eric is a 16-year-old aviation photographer from the York, Pennsylvania area. As a young child his father took him up to his hometown airport, York KTHV. Around the age of 6 Eric fell in love with aviation. It wasn't until 2017 that he decided he wanted to do photography. He got his first camera back in early 2018. He taught himself about aviation & aviation photography. Eric got his second and current camera in early 2019, a Canon T6. "It has been a learning process" says Eric. Eric is hoping to inspire others into aviation by sharing his photos and videos. "I want to make a better, bigger & stronger aviation community for everyone!" Eric has met his closest friends through aviation and they only made his passion stronger. In the future Eric hopes to get his PPL and ATC certification. You can check his photos out on Instagram.
Mike Ganoe, Jr. Database Manager, Military Rep.
VIRGINIA BEACH

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Thomas Westlake Photo Screener
VANCOUVER

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Jasper Kringen Public Relations
PORTLAND, OR

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Michael Hai Public Relations
TEL AVIV

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Adam Sekulovski Photo Screener
BRISBANE

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Andrew Bissonnette Photo Screener
Cincinnati

Andrew is a high school age aviation photographer, based in Cincinnati. Inspired by aviation at an early age of 5, Andrew has always had an interest in aviation and photography. Starting with a point and shoot camera in his backyard in 2017, he soon was at local airports getting pictures. By 2019, he had upgraded to a DSLR and took photography more seriously. Andrew also has a dream of becoming a pilot, and is currently is attending flight school to obtain his PPL.
Tyler Giunchi Public Relations
Washington, D.C.

Tyler is a middle school student in Northern Virginia. He developed an interest in planespotting growing up near two major airports. He tries to go out planespotting twice a month and always is searching for the "perfect picture." He is a member of the Civil Air Patrol and in his free time he enjoys fishing, nature photography, and playing lacrosse and golf. He tries to travel multiple times a year and is always excited to explore new destinations.
Chris Harrison Photo Screener
New York City

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Watts Brooks Photo Screener
SEATTLE

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Emmett Chung Writer
San Francisco

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JV Mehta Writer
San Francisco

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Patrick Daly Writer
Austin

Patrick is an aviation enthusiast from Austin, Texas. He grew up with a love for planes, and in 2018, he started plane spotting. Soon after, he created his Instagram aviation account, @just_planepictures. He has met so many amazing people and has learned so much from aviation, and hopes to continue meeting new people and learning much more in the future!
Sander Tomassen Writer
Trondheim, Norway

Sander is a 23 year old aviation enthusiast from Trondheim, Norway. He got into aviation early by wanting to become a pilot and in general something within aviation. Over time he developed a passion for flying and partly for planespotting. He hopes to become a full-time traveler, either as a freelance writer or for a company.
Frankie Said Writer
London

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Gabriel Shepherd Writer
Vancouver

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