Meet the Contributors

By Staff Writer | April 1, 2010
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Charlotte Adams covers aviation and defense technology. She has written for Aviation Maintenance magazine and was the editor-in-chief of Avionics magazine. She also writes for the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.

James Careless is a long-time contributor to Rotor & Wing. He has written for other aviation magazines such as our sister publications, Aviation Maintenance and Avionics, as well as other industry publications.

Keith Cianfrani contributes this month’s Safety 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 Drwiega 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 twice with British forces in Afghanistan (Kandahar and Camp Bastion), as well as from numerous NATO and British exercises. He has reported on rotary forces across the world, and in doing so has flown in a wide variety of rotorcraft on training missions, exercises and on operations including the Osprey, Apache, Rooivalk and many others. Andrew has also been involved in organizing, chairing and attending defense and helicopter conferences around the world. He has an extensive military library of around 400 books.

Brian Finnegan is president of Finnegan Aviation, LLC, an aviation services consulting company. Brian is the former president of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association (PAMA) and has extensive experience in aviation safety as an accident investigator, a manager of air safety investigation and an F/A-18 Hornet field service engineer. He is an A&P mechanic and private pilot with a B.S. in Aviation Maintenance Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Dale Smith has been an aviation journalist for 24 years specializing in business aviation. He is currently a contributing editor 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. In his spare time he moonlights as a award-winning aviation artist.

ERNIE STEPHENS, editor-at-large, began flying in the 1980s, earning his commercial pilot’s license and starting an aerial photography company. He currently flies as a helicopter pilot for the Maryland State Police Aviation Unit. In addition to Rotor & Wing, Ernie (aka “Werewolf”) has written for Aviation Maintenance.

Richard Whittle, longtime Pentagon correspondent for The Dallas Morning News, writes regularly for R&W about military aircraft and related topics. Simon & Schuster will publish his book, “The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey,” on April 27, 2010. It is available for advance order at www.amazon.com.

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