Nick Benson

Howdy! I'm a web developer, photographer, aviation geek, and train buff from Burnsville, MN.


An indispensable tool for aviation fans, JetTip's smart flight alerts from have helped enthusiasts across the US and Canada see thousands of interesting aircraft.

Railfan Atlas

One of the largest databases of railroad photography on the internet, this Flickr / Google Maps mashup has been covered by Railfan & Railroad Magazine; the Trains Magazine Blog, and CityLab.


A network of experimental Twitterbots that identify when military aircraft might be landing.

Railroad Photography

My train photography has been featured in publications and marketing collateral by Canadian Pacific, Kansas City Southern, Railfan & Railroad Magazine, and many others.


Lou Capwell and I chat with interesting railfans on our railroad photography podcast.

Last of the Griswolds

Once a common sight across the Upper Midwest, these iconic railroad crossing devices, manufactured in Minneapolis, are now few and far between.

Twin Cities Helicopters

A quick overview of helicopters frequently seen in/around the Twin Cities.

Foamer Jib

Hacked together with components from the garden department of hardware store, the Foamer Jib is a homemade 15' camera jib with a pan/tilt head. Amusing to watch in action, it takes two people and too much time to deploy to get much use - it was fun to build though!

Web Development

Before JetTip started taking up so much of my time, I partnered with designers and agencies to build and maintain websites managed by Craft CMS.