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  • Heathrow’s AvGeek of the Month – Rocco Bolandrini

    Heathrow’s AvGeek of the Month – Rocco Bolandrini

    The winner of Heathrow Airport’s February #AvGeek of the Month is Rocco Bolandrini.

    We caught up with Rocco to find out more about his passion for aviation and shared a selection of his spectacular photos for you to enjoy!

    Name: Rocco Bolandrini
    Age: 14 years old
    Location: I am half Danish and half Italian, however I was born and brought up in the UK.

    Q&A

    I am mostly an aviation photographer and aviation enthusiast as I love to create a piece of art with my photographs.

    Well, I have been interested in aviation for as long as I can remember, almost since I was 4 years old. I think what really enticed me into the aviation world was my frequency in travelling. I remember challenging my mum about the different types of planes and if she could name them or not!

    When I was 9 years old I received my first flight simulator which was “X-Plane 10” – I would get home from school and hop straight onto the X-Plane and since then I have gained more and more knowledge in aviation. However my passion really took off in 2015 when I bought my first camera, a “Nikon D3200”.

    I would always visit Heathrow Airport to take photos of aircraft and post them on my Instagram account. As I look back at the history of my account, it’s great to see my improvement in photography and knowledge in aviation.

    My mum has played a huge role in my aviation experience as she has supported me so much and would always be willing to take me to the airport so I could take photographs (even if it was 4:30am!) so I really have her to thank.

    What I love about visiting Heathrow is meeting other aviation photographers from around the world and sharing our passion. Back in 2016, I met Imran from Av1ation who has really supported me throughout my time on Instagram till this day and we still keep in touch now. I also love visiting Heathrow to capture new aircraft.

    But my overall favourite aspect in photography is editing the photos and making it a creative piece of art. Heathrow is really an avgeek’s paradise!

    My favourite aircraft livery at Heathrow would have to be the the Etihad livery on the Airbus A380. I find the livery photogenic, especially the tail design – overall the livery is beautiful!

    The General Electric GE90 is the world’s most powerful turbofan engine. The largest variant to date is rated to produce up to 115,300 lbf of thrust. For comparison, one GE90 has approximately the same amount of thrust as all four engines powering an Airbus A340-300. The GE90 was designed specifically for the Boeing 777, and dozens of GE90 powered 777’s can be seen and heard at Heathrow every day.

    Well my focus at the moment is my Instagram account @Aviation_Photography_RMB however I also have a website – www.Aviation-Photography-RMB.com

    When I created my Instagram account 4 years ago, I thought it would involve me posting photos with around 60-100 followers… little did I know what it would become and the level of impact it would have on my life and how much I would enjoy it! Here I am today with over 8200 followers which just blows my mind!

    I’ve already had a few major airlines such as British Airways, Air Canada and Ryanair which have requested to use my photographs. This is an awesome feeling and makes me feel very proud as I enjoy bringing photos to life.

    • No matter your skill level in aviation photography, keep going and keep improving.
    • Don’t give up and always put in the effort. Look at other accounts that inspire you and try get some inspiration.
    • You can use apps such as Flight radar24 which is an app that displays arriving and departing flights.
    • Plan ahead of time e.g. check weather applications so you can prepare for your day.
    • Always set new goals and challenges.
    Think you know someone who should be Heathrow #AvGeek of the month?