Meet the Contributors

By Staff Writer | April 1, 2016


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 Assn., Helicopter Assn. 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, Virginia, and spent eight years as a technical writer in the software and manufacturing industries. He holds a commercial pilot license and instrument rating.



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 the U.S. Congress and American military and executive branch officials, with a focus on breaking down official policy statements, memos and complex scientific information.



Wim Das

Wim Das works with Kees Otten for publishing company Dutch Aviation Media, a project they began as a hobby 15 years ago. Wim, a customer care technician at his local postal service, contributes the editing, photography and organization of visits to aviation operations around the world. Together with a team of four other contributors, Wim and Kees deliver articles to various leading European aviation magazines.



Kees Otten

Kees is a medical analyst at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands and also the primary author for Dutch Aviation Media. The project brings him and Wim Das to countries all over the world to write articles and provide photography on aviation operations.




Richard Whittle

Richard Whittle has authored two aviation books, The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey and Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution. He is a global fellow in international security studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C., and a Verville Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.



Keith Cianfrani

Keith M. Cianfrani, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, has more than 30 years of aviation experience flying offshore and in the Philadelphia and New York areas. He is a master army aviator, aviation safety officer, commercial pilot and instructor pilot, and was an accident investigator for the U.S. Army Safety Center. Keith is a member of the HAI Safety and U.S. Helicopter Safety Team SMS committees.



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.



Pat Gray

Pat Gray, our “Offshore Notebook” contributor, flew in Gulf of Mexico helicopter operations for 20-plus years. Prior to that, he was in Vietnam in 1958 as a young paratrooper. 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.



Terry Terrell

Terry Terrell gained his early aviation experience as a U.S. Navy fixed-wing instructor and U.S. Coast Guard aircraft commander, his service including search and rescue 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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