“Ace aviation reporter David Cenciotti…” Wired’s Danger Room

The Aviationist is run by David Cenciotti (cenciotti@theaviationist.com), a journalist based in Rome, Italy, who launched the blog in 2006: since then, The Aviationist has become one of world’s most authoritative and read military aviation websites. On a daily basis, it is quoted, cited or linked by the most important media outlets across the five continents including Huffington Post, Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya, Independent, Daily Mail, NYT, Corriere della Sera, Business Insider, Stern, Der Spiegel, etc.

“David is the life force behind “The Aviationist” blog, which is a remarkable corner of the Internet. He’s a living library of aircraft knowledge, and adept at aircraft identification.” C.J. Chivers reporter at The New York Times Investigations Desk & The New York Times Magazine.

Born in 1975, David Cenciotti is a private pilot, a former 2nd Lt. of the Aeronautica Militare (Italian Air Force, ItAF) and a graduate in Computer Engineering.

Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide media outlets and magazines, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces.

“Flight guru […] Aeronautics Buff David Cenciotti […] has strong credentials” Gizmodo

His stories have appeared on Air Forces Monthly, Revista Força Aérea, Fighter Tactics, Combat Aircraft, Aeronautica & Difesa, Airline, RID, Rivista Aeronautica, Airplanes, VICE News, Gizmodo, War Is Boring, Tech News Daily and Innovation News Daily and he’s regularly interviewed by newspapers, televisions and radios.

“He gives a refreshing Italian perspective, from a professional, of aviation. His books are top notch and he covers current dramatic aviation news with insight and objectivity. His opinions regarding current events is concise as well as accurate. There is no sensationalism or pandering or undue excitement as is found, too often, in today’s news media” SeattlePI

Since Jan. 2013, David is the “first and only featured contributor” for Business Insider Military & Defense. Here’s The Aviationist’s section on BI. Read the introductory article Robert Johnson (BI Military & Defense Editor) wrote about David, including a long interview, here.

If you want to know when a new article is published on a magazine or when I talked in TV or was quoted by newspapers check the in the News / Citations section.

He has written four books; among them, the famous best-seller “Frecce Tricolori – an exciting 50 year flight” published by DeAgostini in 2010, the only official book of the Italian Air Force for the 50th Anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori display team.

“The 37-year-old Cenciotti rivals ace Aviation Week reporter Bill Sweetman for breaking news about military aircraft.” Wired’s Danger Room

As an Information Security and Cloud Networking pro, opinion leader and expert, he’s been working with large organizations analyzing their network architectures, assets, threats, security requirements and procedures, to manage their risks by means of proper countermeasures since 2001. He’s a Lead Auditor ISO 27001, ITIL v3 certified, and owns several more professional certifications.

Still, the  views  expressed here  are  his alone and  have not been authorized  by, and  do not necessarily reflect  the views of his employer.

“The Aviationist has consistently had the best analysis…” Bruce Schneier

You can follow David on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr.

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Editorial Team: 

Below, you can find a name of the contributors who help us keep this weblog updated by providing pictures, reports, heads ups, or suggestions.


  • Richard Clements – Gloucester – UK
  • Jacek Siminski – Gniezno – Poland
  • Dario Leone – Langosco (PV) – Italy
  • Michael Glynn – Philadelphia – USA
  • Winston Smith – Toronto – Canada


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  • Giovanni Maduli – Rome – Italy
  • Alessandro Fucito – Rome – Italy

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