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Thursday, March 1, 2012

Meet the Contributors March 2012

Claudio Agostini, aerospace and defense consultant, has been engaged with helicopter market competitive intelligence for more than 20 years. He has been writing for Rotor & Wing about helicopters in Latin America since 1999. He has also been engaged with local helicopter events and seminars since 2002, and regularly provides support in some areas to the Brazilian Association of Helicopter Pilots (ABRAPHE) in São Paulo, where he is based. Although not a licensed pilot, he’s had the opportunity to fly in a wide range of helicopters, from the Robinson R22 up to the Mil Mi-26, in many parts of the world.

Lee Benson is the retired senior pilot for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Before he was named senior pilot, Lee ran the aviation section’s safety and training programs, including organizing the section’s yearly safety meeting with other public agencies and the press.

Andrew Drwiega, Military Editor, is a senior defense journalist with a particular focus on international military rotorcraft. He has reported on attachment from Iraq three times (the latest of which was with a U.S. Marine Corps MV-22 squadron), and three times with British forces in Afghanistan (Kandahar and Camp Bastion), as well as from numerous exercises. He has flown in a wide variety of rotorcraft including the MV-22B Osprey, AH-64D Apache, Rooivalk and many others.

Pat Gray is our “Offshore Notebook” contributor, having flown in Gulf of Mexico helicopter operations for 20-plus years. Prior to that, he was in Vietnam in 1958 as a young paratrooper. He retired from the Army Reserve as a chief warrant officer 4, with more than 30 years active and reserve service. Gray’s civil helicopter experience covers crop dusting and Alaska bush, corporate, pipeline and offshore flying.

Robert Moorman has written for more than 25 years about the aviation industry, including rotorcraft. His articles have ranged from topics on commercial, regional, cargo, maintenance, training, safety, information technology and business aviation, to the U.S. military. Moorman runs his own freelance writing and communications business in the Washington, D.C., area.

Mike Redmon is an ATP rated pilot with CFI, CFII, and MEI privileges. He began flying helicopters for the U.S. Army and then moved to civilian fixed-wing flying. After six enjoyable years in helicopter EMS, he is back to flying airplanes. Helicopters he has flown are the UH-1, OH-58, AH-64, BK-117, A-109E, BH-430 and BO-105.

Chris Sheppard is the Associate Editor of Rotor & Wing. Coming from a strong background in journalism and public relations, she was an editor for a leading online newswire for several years. She has covered a wide range of topics, both online and in print since 2002. Chris is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Journalism at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at csheppard@accessintel.com.

Dale Smith has been an aviation journalist for 24 years specializing in business aviation. He is currently a contributing writer for Rotor & Wing and other leading aviation magazines. He has been a licensed pilot since 1974 and has flown 35 different types of general aviation, business and WWII vintage aircraft.

Ernie Stephens, Editor-at-Large, began flying in the 1980s, earning his commercial pilot’s license and starting an aerial photography company as a sideline. In his regular job as a county police officer, he was transferred to the department’s newly established aviation unit, where he served as the sergeant in charge and chief pilot until his retirement in 2006.

Terry Terrell gained his early aviation experience as a U.S. Navy fixed-wing instructor and U.S. Coast Guard aircraft commander, where his service included SAR in Sikorsky S-61s. Terry served as a cross-qualified captain and safety special projects officer with Houston’s Transco Energy, and later with Atlanta’s Kennestone AVSTAT Helicopter Ambulance Program and Georgia Baptist LifeFlight.

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