Jim Froneberger has been fascinated with aviation and space since he was in grade school. He soloed in a Cessna 150 when he was just 16 years old, and flying has continued to be his passion for over four decades.
While Jim has always loved taking photographs, it wasn’t until 2003 after purchasing his first digital camera that he began to get serious about the art and science of photography. Aviation became his focus, with airshow photography his specialty. He formed Flight 1 Photography in 2004.
Also in 2004, Jim began writing and photographing feature articles for the airshow industry’s leading independent magazine, World Airshow News. Less than two years later, he became Editor of the magazine and continues to write and photograph his own features, while also managing the development of the editorial content for six issues every year.
In addition to World Airshow News, Jim’s writing and photography has been featured in Plane & Pilot, Pilot Journal, Carolina Skies, Aircraft Illustrated, Flieger Magazin of Germany, and Greater Charlotte Biz magazine. His photographs were also featured as the lead images for the poster, program, and promotional materials for the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in both 2009 and 2011. Jim is honored to have his work displayed as part of the aerobatics and airshows exhibit at the Udvar-Hazy Center of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum near Washington, DC.
Jim covered NASA Space Shuttle launches and landings from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida during the final three years of the Space Shuttle program from 2009 to 2011. He is also a freelance business writer, most often writing for Greater Charlotte Biz magazine.
In addition to aviation and space, Jim enjoys travel and sports photography, playing golf, and calls the Charlotte, NC area home.