Our Team

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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19004 photos
826 users
552 articles
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3505063 photo views
3650 badges awarded
3 photography groups
74 photo albums

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Daniel Mena President

Daniel is an 18-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

Arkin is a high-school-aged 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 Operations Officer

Peter is a 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.
Tejas Bhatia Director of Human Resources

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.
Jack Jarzynka Chief Financial Officer

Jack is an aviation photographer and enthusiast based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Coming from a family involved in the aviation industry he has been interested in aviation his whole life. He started doing aviation photography in 2019 and has spotted at numerous airports across the United States. Jack has been a member of AeroXplorer since August of 2020 and has been on staff with AeroXplorer since May of 2021. Over the past 15 years he's traveled to over 14 countries, spent 3 years living overseas and has logged upwards of 160,000 miles flown all around the world.
Ben Kogan Director of Public Relations

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.
Adam S Director of Photo Screening

Jiahao Guo Editor In Chief

Tighe Donovan Graphic Designer

Born in Poland and currently living in Boston, USA, Tighe is an Aeronautical Engineering student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, freelance graphic designer, and passionate aviation enthusiast. Due to the nature of his parents’ jobs, he has been traveling the world from a young age, visiting 79 countries and accumulating over 2.5 million flight miles. Constantly being on an aircraft, he developed a love of aviation, and passionately studies the science, economics, and operational logistics of it. In June of 2020, he created an Instagram page where he started posting his aviation photography work, and joined AeroXplorer four months later. Outside of aviation, Tighe enjoys playing the Piano and Bassoon, studying and learning new things, reading, writing, painting, photography, camping, and fiber arts.
Dylan Tolley Photo Screener

Mark Schobert Photo Screener

Jacob Sharp Photo Screener

Nailah Blake Photo Screener

Mike Ganoe, Jr. Database Manager

Mike is a 27-year-old military photographer from the Virginia Beach area. He is married with three kids and has loved aviation ever since he was a child. He enjoys volunteering at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia, sharing his passion with others interested in military aviation.
Caleb Fleming Database Manager

Tyler Giunchi Public Relations

Tyler is a high 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.
Makaela Arellano Public Relations

Vikas Anand Public Relations

AJ Riccobono Public Relations

Blake Jordan-Borns Writer

Aidan Collins Writer

Davis Turner Writer

Joshua Kupietzky Writer

Patrick Daly Writer

Marcus Lo Writer

Sander Tomassen Writer

Jack Turner Writer