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Meet the Contributors

By Staff Writer | May 1, 2011



Claudio Agostini, aerospace and defense consultant, has been engaged with helicopter market competitive intelligence for more than 20 years. He has been writing for Rotor & Wing about helicopters in Latin America since 1999. He has also been engaged with local helicopter events and seminars since 2002, and regularly provides support in some areas to the Brazilian Association of Helicopter Pilots (ABRAPHE) in São Paulo, where he is based. Although not a licensed pilot, he had the opportunity of flying in a wide range of helicopters, from the Robinson R22 up to the Mil Mi-26, in many parts of the world.

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 three times with British forces in Afghanistan (Kandahar and Camp Bastion), as well as from numerous NATO and British exercises.

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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Douglas Nelms has more than 30 years of experience as an aviation journalist and currently works as a freelance writer. He has served as managing editor of Rotor & Wing. A former U.S. Army helicopter pilot, Nelms specializes in writing about helicopters.

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.

Mark Robins is an experienced and accomplished editor who has bylined more than 50 full-length feature articles in his career, most dealing with technical and manufacturing developments. He has written for such technical trade magazines as Quality and Electronic Packaging and Production. He has also worked full-time for the editorial departments of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

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.

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 newly established aviation unit, where he served as the sergeant in charge and chief pilot until his retirement in 2006.

Todd Vorenkamp, a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, is a naval aviator who has served as an aircraft commander in the Boeing H-46, Sikorsky H-3 and H-60, and Eurocopter H-65. He is the former editor-in-chief of Rotor Review, the Naval Helicopter Association’s quarterly publication, and is a trustee of the association. His writing was featured in the anthology, “Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families,” published by Random House and the National Endowment for the Arts. Todd is currently working on a master’s degree in fine art photography from the Academy of Art University. 

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