Meet the Contributors

By Staff Writer | July 1, 2009

JAMES CARELESS is a long-time contributor to Rotor & Wing. He has written for other aviation magazines such as our sister publications, Aviation Maintenance and Avionics, as well as Aircraft Maintenance. James writes the lion’s share of Rotorcraft Report.

TONY CAPOZZI has been flying since 1977 and is dual rated in rotary wing and fixed wing aircraft. He graduated from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1982 and holds an ATP, CFII, A&P, Inspection Authorization and is an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner. Tony owns and has flown a wide variety of airplanes and helicopters over the years and is the author of a helicopter training handbook for students working on Private through CFI ratings.

KEITH CIANFRANI Lt. Col. U.S. Army (ret.), instructor pilot and master aviator. He was an advisor to the director of Army Safety, an aviation safety officer and accident investigator while at the U.S. Army Safety/Combat Readiness Center. Keith is a certified flight instructor and has flown commercial aircraft in and around the Philadelphia and New York areas for more than 20 years. Keith also teaches aviation safety and ground school in Philadelphia. As a safety expert, he owns and operates an aviation safety consulting business and is currently working with Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and consults with Fox 29 News in Philadelphia.


PAT GRAY has been involved in Gulf of Mexico helicopter operations for 20-plus years. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a chief warrant officer 4, with more than 30 years active and reserve service. His civil helicopter experience covers crop dusting and Alaska bush, corporate, pipeline and offshore flying. He holds unlimited air transport pilot fixed-and rotary-wing ratings. He has been active in aviation for 50 years and marvels at all the technological advances the industry has made during the past 10-15 years.

ANDREW HEALEY began writing about the helicopter industry more than 20 years ago. He trained as a Royal Navy navigation officer and pilot with front-line tours flying anti-submarine Sea Kings from aircraft carrier Hermes, and Wasps off Antarctic patrol ship Endurance. Before leaving the navy with an ATPL(H), he was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air for his part in the rescue of seamen from a burning ship in the English Channel. As a civilian, he flew Jet Rangers, A-Stars and Agusta A109s for a charter company near London. Andrew has since written for many aerospace journals and most of the London-based national newspapers. He also runs a newsletter publishing corporation.

DOUGLAS NELMS has more than 30 years as an aviation journalist and currently works as a freelance writer. He formerly served as managing editor of R&W. A former U.S. Army helicopter pilot, he specializes in writing about helicopters.

RICHARD WHITTLE writes the Program Insider stories for R&W and covers many aspects of the military. Rick is also the author of a book on the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor scheduled for publication by Simon & Schuster in April 2010.

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