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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Meet the Contributors November 2011

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 military rotorcraft. He was the editor of Defence Helicopter for seven years. Andrew 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 NATO and British exercises. He has reported on rotary forces across the world, and in doing so has flown in a wide variety of rotorcraft on training missions, exercises and operations, including the Osprey, Apache, Rooivalk and many others. He has an extensive military library of around 400 books.

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.

Douglas Nelms has more than 30 years of experience as an aviation journalist and currently works as a freelance writer. He has served as managing editor of Rotor & Wing. A former U.S. Army helicopter pilot, Nelms specializes in writing about helicopters.

Mark Robins is an experienced and accomplished editor who has bylined more than 50 full-length feature articles in his career, most dealing with technical and manufacturing developments. He has written for such technical trade magazines as Quality and Electronic Packaging and Production. He has also worked full-time for the editorial departments of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

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. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Journalism at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at csheppard@accessintel.com.

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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