Meet the Contributors

By Staff Writer | June 1, 2015

James T. McKenna

An aviation journalist for more than 25 years, James T. McKenna served as R&WI editor-in-chief from 2003 to 2008. He then worked on communications projects for Bell Helicopter and numerous consulting clients, including the Aerospace Industries Association, Helicopter Association International and AHS International. He has completed aircraft accident investigator courses of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and the Air Line Pilots Association and the NTSB’s crisis communications course.


Joseph Ambrogne


Joseph Ambrogne is the Technical Editor of R&WI. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Christopher Newport University in Newport News and spent eight years as a technical writer in the software and manufacturing industries. He holds a commercial pilot license and instrument rating and has been flying helicopters since 2010.



Pat Host

Associate Editor Pat Host, in five years with our sister publication Defense Daily, has developed a stable of inside sources to gain access to sensitive documents and stories that impact readers. He has conducted one-on-one interviews with high-ranking members of Congress and military and executive branch officials, all the while honing the skills to break down official policy statements, memos and complex scientific information and explain their real-world business implications.


Frank Lombardi

Frank Lombardi, an ATP with both fixed-wing and rotary-wing ratings, began his flying career in 1991 after graduating with a bachelor’s of science degree in aerospace engineering, He has worked on various airplane and helicopter programs as a flight test engineer for Grumman Aerospace Corp. Frank became a police officer for a major East Coast police department in 1995, and has been flying helicopters in the department’s aviation section since 2000. He remains active in test and evaluation, and holds a master’s degree in aviation systems flight testing from the University of Tennessee Space Institute.


Lee Benson

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.



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