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Meet the Contributors

By Staff Writer | February 1, 2011


Chris Baur is a dual-rated ATP with more than 11,000 flight hours, a certified aircraft dispatcher and flight instructor. He is a retired military pilot who served in the U.S. Army, Coast Guard and Air Force (ANG). Chris is currently president of Hughes Aerospace. 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 Part 135 commercial helicopter operations in the Northeast during the 1980s.

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 twice 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. 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 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. Gray’s civil helicopter experience covers crop dusting and Alaska bush, corporate, pipeline and offshore flying.

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Andrew Parker is Managing Editor of Rotor & Wing, and Associate Editor for rotorandwing.com. He has served as Managing Editor for Avionics magazine, as well as Aviation Maintenance. He has covered the aviation industry for six years, following four-plus years as a reporter for local newspapers in Northern Virginia.

Mike Redmon is an ATP rated pilot with CFI, CFII, and MEI privileges. He began flying helicopters for the U.S. Army and then moved to civilian fixed-wing flying. After six enjoyable years in helicopter EMS, he is back to flying airplanes. Helicopters he has flown are the UH-1, OH-58, AH-64, BK-117, A-109E, BH-430, and BO-105.

Dale Smith has been an aviation journalist for 24 years specializing in business aviation. He is currently a contributing writer 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. He enjoys meeting our readers and flying a variety of helicopters.

Richard Whittle, longtime Pentagon correspondent for The Dallas Morning News, writes regularly for Rotor & Wing about military aircraft and other related topics. Simon & Schuster published his book, “The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey,” in April 2010. It is available through www.amazon.com.

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