HeliNY Team Feature Series: Bryan Ovidio

Meet Bryan. He is the Assistant Manager of Operations here at HeliNY. Bryan started as a Ramp Agent. He’s your go to for scheduling and arranging your flight tour. He loves meeting new people from all over the world that come to HeliNY to see this beautiful city from up above. Bryan gave us a sneak peek at his experience here.

Q: What is the coolest part about your job?
A: All of the passengers I get to meet. Every day I meet someone from a different part of the world and you get a chance to talk to them a little bit and learn something new. We get a lot of tourists from all over the world and most of them are open to talking about where they are from and how they like the city. If it’s their first time, I like to recommend places for them to go. Sometimes I meet people from places I’ve never even heard of or thought of going to, so it’s really cool.
Q: How did you get into this industry?
A: I was recommended to the manager of operations. He started me off as a Ramp Agent and since then I’ve been promoted. I also go to school for Aviation at Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology in Queens, so this is a nice little foot in the door to network and make connections. I’m aiming to become an Air Traffic Controller.
Q: What is your favorite part about working at HeliNY?
A: Working alongside with a team that I trust. We’re all like brothers here. Also, the helicopters! It’s cool to be around them all day. It’s definitely not your typical, boring 9-5 workday.
Q: What’s the most amazing thing you’ve experienced while working here?
A: Meeting some celebrities, especially ones that I’ve idolized. I met Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and saw JayZ from a distance. I also work with a celebrity, Lorenzo Lamas, the Renegade. That was a nice surprise for all of us. He’s very down to Earth and a very cool guy.
Q: What is your favorite NYC Landmark?
A: The Freedom Tower definitely takes the cake. Just because how big the building is and also what it represents. I’ve gotten to see it at night and it’s breathtaking.
Q: How often do you go up into the helicopter?
A: I’ve only actually done the tours twice, once during the day and once at night. I love the night one. You see all these postcards and pictures online, but when you see all of those lights in person, blasting in your face from the sky, it just really takes your breath away. It’s a sight you can’t replicate.
Q: Do you have any advice for people who want to get into the industry?
A: Just have a good head on your shoulders and stay focused. Make sure you follow the rules because there are a lot of rules in Aviation especially if you have to deal with FAA. So, if there are rules in your workplace make sure you know them to key because you will get tested on it when you least expect it. As long as you work diligently, you’ll do just fine in this industry.
Keep checking our blog posts in the coming months as we feature more of the HeliNY team so you can learn more about how we operate both in the sky and on the ground!
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