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Meet the Contributors

By Staff Writer | March 1, 2011


Lee Benson is the retired senior pilot for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Before he was named senior pilot, Lee ran the aviation section’s safety and training programs, including organizing the section’s yearly safety meeting with other public agencies and the press.

Bob Cox is a senior business reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, has covered the aviation and defense industries in North Texas since 1999 and written extensively about Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program. Previously Bob was a senior reporter for the Wichita Eagle for 11 years and covered numerous beats, including aviation. He has 31 years of daily newspaper reporting experience. Bob lives in Arlington, Texas.

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.

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Thierry Dubois is a long-time contributor to Access Intelligence publications. He has been an aerospace journalist for 12 years, specializing in helicopters since 2006. He writes on technical subjects, both for professional media and a popular science magazine in France,.

David Jensen has more than 25 years experience as an aviation journalist. He was editor of Rotor & Wing and Avionics Magazine before entering semi-retirement in his home state of South Dakota. Jensen currently is a freelance writer and consultant. He began his journalism career as a newspaper reporter. He went on to become a newspaper editor and, briefly, was a speechwriter for a Fortune 50 corporation.

Robert Moorman has written for more than 25 years about the aviation industry, including rotorcraft. His articles have ranged from topics on commercial, regional, cargo, maintenance, training, safety, information technology and business aviation, to the U.S. military. Moorman runs his own freelance writing and communications business in the Washington, DC area.

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.

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 SAR 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.

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