Hey! I’m Joe.


Pettit Aviation is the name I have given to all of the things adjacent to my pursuit of aviation. The photographs, information and other things associated with Pettit Aviation were made by me, unless otherwise noted.

I started getting very interested in photography 5-6 years ago, I started with photographing birds around my home town of Cape May, NJ. After moving to Minnesota, I realized how spoiled I was with the wonderful bird selection around the beaches of NJ and largely stopped practicing photography.

I have always been very interested in aviation. When I was younger I did some flight training but never completed it but I always tried to stay close to aviation, this meant hanging around the airport and watching planes in general.

After I moved to Minnesota, I saw that the Minneapolis airport had an officially sanctioned airplane spotting area, naturally this piqued my interested so I brought my well unused camera along and that sort of sealed that.

With the whole COVID situation, I have found myself spotting and photographing aircraft heavily. This has become a creative outlet, a reason to travel, and in general a love of mine.

I hope you enjoy the photographs and spotting information I share here. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need help getting into aviation, photography and especially aviation photography!

You can reach me at any of the Pettit Aviation social accounts (listed in the footer below) or my personal Twitter account @jdppettit