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.

Other Train Projects

Other foamer stuff not exciting enough to warrant a direct link on the homepage.

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.