We’ve caught up with Leo to find out more about his aviation story and top tips as a spotter .
Name: Leo Martin
Where are you from: Maidenhead
I’ve spent the better part of my life living under the flight path at London Heathrow, and the thrill of flying and seeing big planes has always interested me, from a young age. I used to do private flying with a family friend who has an investment in a Fuji FA200 at White Waltham Aerodrome, and have taken on the controls many times. The sheer excitement about flying or seeing planes of any sort simply amazes me every time, and through this I have become a frequent aviation spotter at London Heathrow.
I’m also now a Trip Reporter, using my time on flights to take account of airline performance to help other people choose where the best airlines lie!
It’s one of the busiest airports in Europe and rarely shuts down for anything, except at night. This means there is always something to see, and with new aircraft being developed every day from the likes of Boeing, Airbus and even Bombardier – there is always something new to see at Heathrow! Also the variation of carriers, from the likes of the rarely seen Royal Brunei, to the swarm of British Airways jets, it’s full of activity every day!
Well that’s a hard one… I’m going to say the sheer rareness of Royal Brunei makes it an iconic livery despite it being quite bland, the yellow is something rarely seen on aircraft so Royal Brunei would be my favourite. But Etihad comes in a close second, and Azerbaijan ties with Etihad… so it’s very hard to choose!