JAMES CARELESS this month offers a preview of what exhibitors will be displaying at the Paris Air Show. James has been covering aviation as an award-winning freelance writer for 10 years. He also specializes homeland-security issues. James has written for Rotor & Wing and its sister publications, Aviation Maintenance, Avionics, and Via Satellite, as well as Law and Order and Tactical Response magazines. He currently is gathering information on new and improved products for police aviation units for our Airborne Law Enforcement issue next month.
GIOVANNI DE BRIGANTI again offers his thoughts on the rotorcraft industry in his Eurowatch column. A self-described third-generation "total aviation person," he was born in Italy and raised in the United States and Australia. He is a long-standing resident of France, and has covered aerospace and defense issues for all his professional life. He has a special interest in rotary flight, and has been writing about the European helicopter scene for Rotor & Wing since 1984.
GLENN GROSSMAN is a reserve officer in his seventh year on assignment to the Los Angeles Police Dept.’s Air Support Div. (out of 24 years with the LAPD). He assists the division in reconnaissance and surveillance of high-value targets for the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team, and took our cover photo of a LAPD sniper-training mission in the Eurocopter AS350B2. As we were putting this issue to bed, Glenn was in Washington as part of an LAPD contingent attending the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial ceremonies honoring 145 officers killed in 2006, including LAPD Police Officer Landon Dorris.
TIM MCADAMS has been a pilot for 25 years, with more than 10,000 hr. His certificates include rotorcraft ATP and CFI and airplane multi-engine land ATP. He has flown a variety of missions, including EMS, corporate, and charter. He is passionate about improving safety and strongly believes that, as aircraft become more technologically complex, the answer to accident reduction is comprehensive training and the use of simulators. Toward that end, this month Tim pens his last Safety Watch column for us. He has joined American Eurocopter as a sales and marketing manager for its Grand Prairie, Texas training center.
IAN PARKER reports on the latest in European regulatory issues. An aerospace journalist since 1980, he started his career at Flight International. He specialized in helicopters and subsequently edited Helicopter World and Defence Helicopter. Although he has written about many other aerospace topics, the helicopter theme has continued. Ian has contributed to Rotor & Wing since 1998. For fun, he flies a Yak 18T.
ERNIE STEPHENS this month polled operators on Eurocopter’s AS350. A 27-year veteran of law enforcement, he is a retired, decorated chief pilot for a major U.S. county police agency. He earned his private and commercial rotorcraft licenses in the civilian world, and used to own a small aerial-photography company. Although his first love is helicopters, he likes all aspects of aeronautics, including military aviation, powerplant technology, and industry management. Ernie holds a B.S. in Management of Technical Operation and an M.S. in Aeronautical Science, both from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.