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  • Heathrow’s #AvGeek of the Month

    Heathrow's #AvGeek of the Month for July is Harry Witterick.

    Heathrow’s #AvGeek of the Month – Harry Witterick

    The winner of Heathrow Airport’s July #AvGeek of the Month 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.

    Q&A

    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! 

    Instagram: h.w_aviation

    Twitter: HarryWitterick

    Yes of course! 

    Here are a few Apps and websites that have helped me over the years:

    • Flightradar24- Really helps when your planning ahead and when your spotting as you can see live updates of aircraft that are coming into land and which are departing! This really helps at such a busy airport like Heathrow!
    • Skyscanner -  If you're like me and your an #avgeek that loves to travel then this is the app for you! This is app will help you to find the cheapest flights and train tickets anywhere on the internet beating any competitive prices, I use this to plan all my #avgeek trips!
    • Facebook Groups - Facebook groups have really helped me to learn more and get a lot more knowledge with help on my camera work and my spotter knowledge, there are thousands of people in these groups and they all want to help! Some examples are: 
    1. London Aviation Photographers 
    2. Manchester Airport Spotter’s Page
    3. London Area Aviation Spotting & News 
    4. Aviation From Around The Globe
    Think you know someone who should be Heathrow #AvGeek of the month?