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Meet the Contributors

By Staff Writer | October 1, 2009

CHARLOTTE ADAMS covers aviation and defense technology. She has written for Aviation Maintenance magazine and was the editor-in-chief of Avionics. She also writes for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

CHRIS BAUR is a dual-rated ATP with more than 11,000 hours, a certified aircraft dispatcher and flight instructor. He is a retired military pilot who served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force (ANG) and currently is a captain at a major U.S. airline. His helicopter background includes flying the longest oceanic rescue mission in history, flown in a USAF HH-60G Pavehawk. Chris is also type rated on numerous helicopters to include BH-206, SA-365 and HU-369. He flew Part 91 and 135 commercial helicopter operations in the Northeast during the 1980s.

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 other industry publications.


GIOVANNI DE BRIGANTI has covered the aerospace and defense industry since the beginning. Born in Italy, he lived in Texas, Virginia and South Australia before settling in Paris. He is currently editor-in-chief of, a news website, having previously worked for Defense News, Armed Forces Journal and various European defense publications, including two that he founded. A self-avowed total helicopter person, he has been covering European issues for Rotor & Wing since the mid-1980s.

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. While there, he flew with a French aero club and earned a Vietnamese pilot’s license. He returned in 1964 as an Army gunship pilot with the Utility Tactical Transport Helicopter Co., the first armed helicopter unit deployed in combat. He retired from the 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.

ROBERT MOORMAN has written for more than 25 years about various aspects of the aviation industry, including rotorcraft. His articles have ranged from topics on commercial, regional, cargo, maintenance, training, safety, information technology (IT) and business aviation to the U.S. military. He has extensive experience covering Capitol Hill and the various aviation-related agencies and industry associations. He has covered most of the major aviation trade shows worldwide and has written numerous in-depth articles on the state of the aviation industry. Moorman runs his own freelance writing and communications business in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. His article on the Presidential Helicopter program marks a return to Rotor & Wing after four-year hiatus.

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 Rotor & Wing. A former U.S. Army helicopter pilot, he specializes in writing about helicopters.

DALE SMITH has been an aviation journalist for 24 years specializing in business aviation. He is currently a contributing editor 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. In his spare time he moonlights as a award-winning aviation artist.

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 new aviation unit, where he served as the sergeant in charge and chief pilot until his retirement in 2006. In addition to Rotor & Wing, Ernie (aka "Werewolf") has written for Aviation Maintenance.

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