Saturday, August 1, 2015
Meet the Contributors
James T. McKenna
An aviation journalist for more than 25 years, James T. McKenna served as R&WI’s editor-in-chief from 2003 to 2008. He then worked on communications projects for Bell Helicopter and numerous consulting clients, including the Aerospace Industries Association, Helicopter Association International and AHS International. He has completed aircraft accident investigator courses of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and the Air Line Pilots Association and the NTSB’s crisis communications course.
Mike Hangge is an active-duty U.S. Army warrant officer with an elite aviation unit. With more than 25 years experience, he has performed duties as a mission, medevac, maintenance and developmental pilot. He has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He also is a novelist under the pen name mjHangge.
Associate Editor Pat Host, in five years with our sister publication Defense Daily, has developed a stable of inside sources to gain access to sensitive documents and stories that impact readers. He has conducted one-on-one interviews with high-ranking members of Congress and military and executive branch officials, all the while honing the skills to break down official policy statements, memos and complex scientific information and explain their real-world business implications.
Pat Gray, our “Offshore Notebook” contributor, flew 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.
Frank Lombardi, an ATP with both fixed-wing and rotary-wing ratings, began his flying career in 1991 after graduating with a bachelor’s of science degree in aerospace engineering, He has worked on various airplane and helicopter programs as a flight test engineer for Grumman Aerospace Corp. Frank became a police officer for a major East Coast police department in 1995 and has been flying helicopters in the department’s aviation section since 2000. He remains active in test and evaluation and holds a master’s degree in aviation systems flight testing from the University of Tennessee Space Institute.
Emma Kelly has been an aviation journalist since the late 1980s, having started her career with Air Cargo News International. Following many years working on regional airline publications and for Inmarsat, Emma served in various editor roles at Flight International before becoming a R&WI contributor.
Joseph Ambrogne is the technical editor of R&WI. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Christopher Newport University in Newport News and spent eight years as a technical writer in the software and manufacturing industries. He holds a commercial pilot license and instrument rating and has been flying helicopters since 2010.
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 search and rescue 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.