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Wings Ireland
5th May 2004, 16:01
Hi Guys,
I have been a regular reader on this board but have not posted in recent times-not since IMO's previous sites in fact!
For the past few months I have been working on an Irish Aviation Magazine due to go on sale in the shops very soon.
There is a very revealing interview with the GOC of the Irish Air Corps in Issue 1.
Hope Im not stepping on toes by plugging this-just giving a heads up.
Here is the web address:
http://www.wingsireland.com

Thanks again,

Taj

Stinger
5th May 2004, 17:02
If you ask me it sounds like a great idea. Where will it be on sale?

Wings Ireland
5th May 2004, 17:04
Hi Stinger,
Thanks for the support!
It will be on sale in all major book shops nationwide-Easons etc.
If you have trouble getting it through a bookshop you can contact me through the website where 6 and 12 month subscriptions are available.

sledger
5th May 2004, 19:55
Best of luck with the magazine, look forward to reading it!:cool:

conco
5th May 2004, 22:23
Will it be available in the North?

faughanballagh
6th May 2004, 03:50
Wings,

Is there an address I can send for one since I'm in the US?

Frank
6th May 2004, 07:50
Hi faughanballagh,

There's a email address on the Wings Ireland website you can contact for subscription details.

http://www.wingsireland.com


Regards,

Frank.

Wings Ireland
10th May 2004, 11:43
Hello folks,

If anyone's interested there is a subscriptions special offer starting today:

http://www.wingsireland.com/subscriptions.html

Thanks

Taj

Wings Ireland
25th May 2004, 22:52
Just to let you know guys, the magazine is finally hitting the shelves on Thursday

Thanks

Tadhg

Vmax
26th May 2004, 02:02
Best of luck with the new venture,hope it all goes well.

conco
5th June 2004, 02:21
Went to my local Easons today, expecting 'Wings Ireland' to be there in all its glory, but it wasn't. So your not selling it in the North then?

Turkey
5th June 2004, 02:25
Eason's Blanchardstown got 10 copies, so I was told, and sold them all the same day, leaving none for me :mad: :( :confused:

Boomer
5th June 2004, 06:08
Yeah it sold VERY Fast including in Easons O Connell Street, Ill order a copy via the website as soon as my CC gets empty again :)

hptmurphy
6th June 2004, 00:36
I've got it and read it...looks like a shiny version of Irish Aviator from the eary eighties which ran for 10 issues.....the mag is very basic but informative

Its a very welcome insight to the Irish aviation scene but will it have a popular audience. Its very orientated towards the informed ...maybe it needs some historical imput to make it acceptable to all. I would like to think it wiil continue...but it seems to be lacking in something!

DeV
8th June 2004, 16:28
How many pages are in each issue?
Can we subscribe by mastercard or is it cheques only?

DeV
8th June 2004, 17:21
Is it possible to get a copy of the first issue with a subscription?

Wings Ireland
8th June 2004, 18:41
Kind words much appreciated hpt!

Every magazine has to start somewhere-its all about finding our feet at the moment. The format will evolve until we find something we are happy with. As starts go, this isnt a bad one. It was decided that from a visual point of view, there wasn't much point in being too radical about it yet!
It is not directed at a popular audienc-nor is any aviation magazine, so that is not something that would worry me. The fact that aviation itself is becoming more mainstream every year is sufficient to predict a continued, if small, growth in sales.
From my point of view the one thing the magazine is lacking at the moment is advertisers!!!
On the historical point there will be an aviation history article in every Issue starting in Issue three. First in line is a little known World War I US Army flying boat station in Wexford. The author has been researching the topic for a number of months so Im sure that will make for interesting reading.
Ireland has a rich aviation history, so there will be plenty of interesting topics in the subsequent months.

Brian, subscriptions can commence with issue 1 if desired. As we dont have a credit card facility on the web site yet, payment is by cheque/credit card only. Drop me a line through the web site and I'll give you the details.

Thanks

Taj

hptmurphy
8th June 2004, 19:04
home grown specialist magazines tend to fade away after a couple of issuses...due to lack of popular support. I feel that if everybody commited themselves to one years purchase it would considerably give the people involved confidence to continue.

I look forward to the next few issues as I feel this has been an area much neglected in this country in the past. And the price is very acceptable. keep up the good work and look forward to future editions

Wings Ireland
8th June 2004, 19:16
I am in 100% agreement with you on that-the first few months are the critical part. The magazine will recieve a major boost at the Salthill Airshow where it will go on sale and all funds generated will be pumped back in. The good news is that there are a few companies who have committed to a full years advertising so that helps keep some regular funding coming through. The key though is to attract international advertisers and that is something that I am working on at the moment.
As regards sales, the cut taken by the shops/distributors/VAT leaves the magazine with significantly less than half the sale price. So for those of you who intend buying it through the shops on a monthly basis-remember that the magazine sees very little of your money. For the same price over 12 months you could have the magazine delivered through your letterbox and help guarantee its future, while saving you petrol, time and queues.

Goldie fish
20th June 2004, 10:53
I know you are only starting off,But is distribution Limited to mail order and the capitol at the moment? Easons in Limerick were unaware of it.

1st Aider
20th June 2004, 16:32
They couldnt have been Goldie because it' been on sale in Easons in Limerick since it came out earlier this month I think.Very good magazine.Good luck with it Wings.

Goldie fish
20th June 2004, 22:39
Must have been the person I was dealing with then. I looked allover the shelves for it but couldnt find it either.

1st Aider
21st June 2004, 02:24
There was only a handful of copies so that must have been it alright.It was with the rest of the aircraft magazines.As I said before, an excellent read

Goldie fish
26th June 2004, 10:26
Issue 2 in the shops now...

Goldie fish
10th September 2004, 09:31
I was delighted to see issue 3 all over the shelves of Easons in Limerick. Plenty to go around.(Today anyway):cool:

hptmurphy
11th September 2004, 01:20
the content is definetly improving with some great Nostalgia shots. Ihope sales are as expected.:)

Wings Ireland
14th September 2004, 21:13
Thanks for the support guys. Sales are much better than expected. Easons predicted 500 max per month before launch. Current sales figures are almost 4 times that and increasing every month.The mag is outselling all imported aviation magazines by 15 to 1.
New issue will be delivered on Friday and in shops by Tuesday next week. This issue will be on sale in NI also so that should boost sales further. Its time to start making some euros back now!
Issue 4:

Ireland's Forgotten Flying Boat Station-US WW-1 Naval Air Station in Wexford. Saw action against U-Boats.
Affordable Aviation: NMAI
From Control Effects to Flying the Circuit
Birr Fly In
Microlighting In France
Memory Lane by Damien Smyth.

The content is hopefully a step up again.

Wings Ireland
12th October 2004, 17:55
New magazine is out now-all subs in the post today.

Check out: http://www.wingsireland.com/current/index.html

I have also added a forum to the site if anyone is interested in registering.

hptmurphy
13th October 2004, 04:42
can anybody send in items from memory lane...as iworked at waterford airport airport for six years and have some interesting stuff?

Wings Ireland
13th October 2004, 15:34
Hello hpt,

Yes, anyone can send in photos and articles-there is a lot of good material out there. I have some very interestig stuff lined up I would be very interested in seeing something from Waterford.
Send me an e-mail to editor@wingsireland.com and we'll talk further.

Thanks

Tadhg