Meet the Contributors

By Staff Writer | September 1, 2015

Rotor & Wing International Editor-In-Chief Jim McKenna

James T. McKenna

An aviation journalist for more than 25 years, James T. McKenna served as R&WI’s 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.


Rotor & Wing International Technical Editor Joseph Ambrogne

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.


Rotor & Wing International Contributor Pat Host

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.


Rotor & Wing International Contributor Tim Tucker

Tim Tucker

Tim Tucker is the chief instructor for Robinson Helicopter’s well-known pilot safety course. Additionally, he has been an FAA helicopter designated pilot examiner for private pilot through ATP since 1983 and is authorized to conduct tests in 13 different makes and models. Tim spent 27 years as an instructor pilot/instrument flight examiner for the U.S. Army and was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross and 28 Air Medals during his service in Vietnam. In 2000, he received HAI’s Flight Instructor of the Year Award and in 2007 the HAI Joseph Mashman Safety Award. Tim serves on the executive committee for the U.S. Helicopter Safety Team and has more than 20,000 helicopter flight hours.


Rotor & Wing International Contributor Mark Colborn

Mark Colborn

Colborn is a senior corporal and instructor pilot for the Dallas Police Department Helicopter Unit and a retired CW4 and UH-60L Blackhawk Standardization Instructor Pilot for the Texas Army National Guard. He also builds and flies multi-rotor unmanned aircraft systems and closely follows the legal and moral implications of integrating these machines into the aviation community for R&WI.


Rotor & Wing International Contributor Lee Benson

Lee Benson

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



Rotor & Wing International Contributor Arthur Negrette

Arthur J. Negrette

Arthur J. Negrette is a Sacramento, Calif.-based lawyer with a practice limited to aviation Law. In addition, he has completed more than 30 years flying both airplanes and helicopters for various military and civil organizations.



Rotor & Wing International Contributor Mike Hangge

Mike Hangge

Mike Hangge is an active-duty U.S. Army warrant officer with an elite aviation unit. With more than 25 years experience, he has performed duties as a mission, medevac, maintenance and developmental pilot. He has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He also is a novelist under the pen name mjHangge.

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