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From the Desk Of...
Two Years and Counting
Publisher & Editor
Ryan has worked in the aviation media field for the last nine years. Providing
video, photographic and written content for U.S and international aviation
publications. Also a former police officer, Ryan has written for numerous
law enforcement publications, specializing in technology, tactics, police
equipment and airborne law enforcement. Ryan purchased heliweb with a
goal of providing real stories on real issues in the industry and giving back to
the industry through efforts to promote safety in helicopter operations.
Another ALEA conference looms in the
not too distant future for those in the
airborne law enforcement community
and those attending to market their
products at the show, This years show,
in Reno, Nevada, will also be the
celebration of two years since I took
over ownership of Heliweb Magazine.
To say it has been an easy two years
would be lying. It has not been easy...
at all. But heading into this years ALEA
show, I am more excited than ever. I
enjoy this show the most due to its
slower pace (hands up those that feel
like they never accomplish anything at
Heli-Expo because they are so busy!)
and the fact that the majority of those in
attendance are my brothers and sisters in
I do miss the adrenaline rush of being
on a hot call or the feeling of quiet
satisfaction you get knowing that you
helped someone out of a bad situation or
made a difference in someones life.
For the person you are rushing to help,
their reason for summoning the police
could also be the worst moment of their
lives to date, be it a domestic violence
call or a car accident.
That being said, I don’t miss the late
nights, missed birthdays, Christmases,
visits to the emergency room to get
stitched up after not seeing an offender
coming from behind with a baseball bat
(yes, that really happened, I have the
scars to prove it in my scalp!)
I am sure reading this, there are a few of
you out there jokingly saying to yourself
“well, that explains a lot!” and to a degree
you might be right.
Taking over a magazine and
transforming it from a “somewhat
read” to a “must read” does take a
certain level of insanity to decide you
are going to take on, especially with
competitors that have over a decade head
start on you. Well, I knew that going in, and
none of it deterred me.
Call it insanity, or call it being driven to
succeed, but I took on this task knowing the
risks and what it would take. I knew that it
would try to break me and likely there would
be several people along the way that would
try to do the same.
Well, it sure happened, and continues to
on occasion, but if there is one thing I know
how to do, its to get back up and try again
after being knocked down. Sometimes just
coming back to the task for my own benefit
and to prove to myself that I could do it.
Most when I tell them that 24 months ago I
left the ALEA conference with three weeks
to put together a magazine that “I would
want to read.”
I started almost two years ago with a trunk
full of magazines and a vision to shape a
magazine that would get back to the grass
roots of the industry and tell stories people
wanted to read about technology, new
helicopter developments, but most of all,
to highlight those quiet achievers in the
industry that deserve recognition and to try
even in our small way to give back to the
industry and impact the safe operation of
helicopters around the world.
I took that vision to the amazing group of
people I get to call friends and asked for
help to try and make that happen. One issue
at a time.
Well, here we are two years later, and on
reflecting on how far we have come in that
short space of time, I am amazed. You can
have all the vision in the world, but if you
can’t motivate anyone to help you realize
that dream, then you are dead in the water.
I am fortunate enough to be surrounded
by a talented team of people that help in
any way possible, no matter what the next
problem we have to overcome is.
As I write this, one of my team is calling
vendors in an effort to solve a problem
we have. Trying to make sure all of the
things we have planned for the show go
off without a hitch. Without any discussion,
he took the initiative to solve a problem
and that is the kind of all star that everyone
wants to have around.
The list would be long if I thanked everyone
by name, but we would not be here today
and be moving like a freight train gaining
market share at an unheard of rate, if not
for our team of professionals that are the
best in the industry when it comes to web,
photography, journalism and all the other
roles that make our magazine resonate with
We started out by looking where others
didn’t and finding stories where others
can’t because we have a genuine interest
in doing things the right way, being
professional and approaching each story on
its merits, not by how much money we think
we can make out of it. Because of that, we
continue to gain followers and readership
at a rapid rate. Proof positive that doing the
right thing or “doing good things for good
people” as I say to my staff - eventually pays
off! See you at the show!
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