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By Staff Writer | September 1, 2009
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CHARLOTTE ADAMS covers aviation and defense technology. She has written for Aviation Maintenance and was the editor-in-chief of Avionics. She also writes for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

CHRIS BAUR is a dual-rated ATP with more than 11,000 hours, a certified aircraft dispatcher and flight instructor. He is a retired military pilot who served in the U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Air Force (ANG) and currently is a captain at a major U.S. airline. His helicopter background includes flying the longest oceanic rescue mission in history, flown in a USAF HH-60G Pavehawk. Chris is also type rated on numerous helicopters to include BH-206, SA-365 and HU-369. He flew Part 91 and 135 commercial helicopter operations in the Northeast during the 1980s.

LEE BENSON is a retired senior pilot for the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. 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.


KEITH CIANFRANI contributes this month’s Accident Watch column. A retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, master aviator, and Army instructor pilot, he is rated in both fixed- and rotary-wing. While at the U.S. Army Safety Center, he was an advisor to the director of Army safety and served as an aviation safety officer and accident investigator. He authored many aviation safety articles in the center’s Flight Fax magazine. He holds a master’s in aerospace safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Keith is a certificated flight instructor and has flown commercial aircraft for more than 20 years in and around the New York City area. A risk-management instructor, he teaches at Drexel University and at The Philadelphia Military Academy at Elverson.

ANDREW HEALEY trained as a Royal Navy navigation officer and pilot with front-line tours flying anti-submarine Sea Kings from aircraft carrier Hermes, and Wasps off Antarctic patrol ship Endurance. Before leaving the navy with an ATPL(H), he was awarded a Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service in the Air for his part in the rescue of seamen from a burning ship in the English Channel. As a civilian, he flew Jet Rangers, A-Stars and Agusta A109s for a charter company near London.

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

ERNIE STEPHENS 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 is a UGA graduate who 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. ATP licensed with ratings in both jets and helicopters, and more than 16,000 hours total flight time, Terry served as a cross-qualified captain and safety special projects officer with Houston’s Transco Energy, which operated the first Learjet 55s and a fleet of more than 30 TwinStars. He later served in multiple organizational capacities with Atlanta’s Kennestone AVSTAT Helicopter Ambulance Program and Georgia Baptist LifeFlight during their notable operational years, speaking on behalf of emergency medical transportation throughout the community.

RICHARD WHITTLE, longtime Pentagon correspondent for The Dallas Morning News, writes regularly for Rotor & Wing about military aircraft and related topics. Rick is the author of a book on the V-22 Osprey that Simon & Schuster will publish in April 2010.

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