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Fish has been covering aviation and transportation security issues since September 15, 2001, after walking away from Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan following four days of documenting the worst aviation security disaster in history.

Having spent more than a decade-and-a-half as a full-time photojournalist, Fish now divides his time between building social media and social commerce strategies and solutions for global travel brands, along with researching aviation and transportation security.

Growing up at the end up New York's JFK International Airport's Runway 4R/22L probably explains Fish’s enjoyment of watching planes fly overhead. When not working or shooting photos, Fish can be found playing with (and cleaning up after) his three kids, chasing his dogs, standing in the kitchen cooking, monitoring radios public safety and federal radios and of course cheering for the Red Sox.

You can find Fish on Twitter at @flyingwithfish …and … join Fish every Thursday at 3:30pm EST as he hosts the weekly #TNI #Travel Chat on Twitter.

NYC Aviation Co-Founder Passes Away

I spent this afternoon at New York JFK Airport’s Terminal 8 with a number of journalists, bloggers and airline corporate communications people discussing airlines, airplanes, new liveries, mergers and every other related topic, favourite topics of Matt Molnar, co-founder of the popular aviation site NYCAviation.com. Many of the people I was with at JFK Airport knew Matt or at the very least conversed with Matt, but seemingly there was something none of us knew … that Matt had tragically and suddenly passed away last night in Brooklyn.


Had any of us known of Matt’s passing the conversations we were having would surely have turned to discussing him.  I had only met Matt a few times, but we conversed somewhat often over the past few years, discussing exactly what you’d expect, airlines, aviation and airplanes.


Matt, along with Phil Derner Jr, built a fantastic community for New York airline and aviation enthusiast that spread far beyond New York. His dedication to NYCAviation.com helped push the site from a community to a well respected news source for the industry. His insight, opinions and humour were always a welcome by those who cover the industry and those who follow the industry.


I am not much for obituaries … but Matt will certainly be missed. Matt was only 33.


Next time you see a plane fly overhead take a moment to watch it until it disappears from view, if for no other reason than a great Aviation Geek is no longer here to do it himself.


Happy Flying Matt, wherever you are.



7 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for your post. The outpouring of support is so warming in seeing how many people Matt was able to touch in a mere 33 years.

  2. He became, at least for me, a name behind NYCAviation at the time of the unveiling of the Sunrise 747-8i — he had great photographic coverage on Flickr. I’m sure there will by many around the world who’ll have appreciated his work – passion. Spread those those wings, and soar fellow Geek.

  3. Said photographs were shot by Jeremy Dwyer-Lindgren*

  4. Sad news, indeed.

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