Heathrow's #AvGeek of the Month for July is Harry Witterick.
We’ve caught up with Harry to find out more about his aviation story and top tips as a spotter .
Name: Harry Witterick
Age: 16 years old
Where are you from: I am from a city called Preston which is an hour from Manchester in the North West of England.
Definitely all 3! I tend to travel a lot and visit many airports in the UK and Europe, I always have my camera handy so I can grab it at any time I need it!
From a very young age, I fell in love with aviation and it sparked from there... as a family, we used to go on holiday once a year. When I got a bit older, I started to jet off by myself and with friends and my parents sometimes, but from then onwards, it has just been an incredible hobby to be involved in!
I have never flown as much as I have done this year, and I must say it has been an amazing experience.
I first started taking pictures on my phone/iPad at the local Viewing Area at Manchester, and then when I turned 13 I got my first DSLR for my birthday and I loved it! I self-taught myself how to use it and how to operate all the features, which took a while but eventually I was getting better at it!
In 2015, I started to upload all my photos to Facebook and share with my friends and family. In late 2016, I decided to start an Instagram page for my photos from all of my trips.
Since then, I have had my aviation photography page (h.w_aviation), which has enabled me to meet a wide range of people and meet a lot of new friends and even been on a few trips with some new people and I must say it has changed my whole perspective of things, I have met so many people and done so much more over this past year and I can’t thank everyone enough!
I love the wide variety of aircraft and airlines that operate in and out of Heathrow every day. It makes spotting there a real joy and it’s a lot different from things back up North, so that’s why I enjoy coming down to Heathrow!
Heathrow has also some amazing spots for us #avgeeks, especially when the airport is using runways 27L/R. You can get some amazing views from the iconic Myrtle Avenue spotting location and also from the local football club on Hatton road.
I have a real soft spot for the China Southern 787 livery! I think it really stands out from the rest of the aircraft and looks great! I also think that the British Airways livery is also one of the most iconic tails going. I do have a real soft spot for BA and I love flying with them!
Yes of course!
Here are a few Apps and websites that have helped me over the years: