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Meet the Contributors

By Staff Writer | May 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.

Chris Baur is a dual-rated ATP with more than 11,000 flight hours, a certified aircraft dispatcher and flight instructor. He is a retired military pilot who served in the U.S. Army, Coast Guard and Air Force (ANG). Chris is currently president of Hughes Aerospace. 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 Part 135 commercial helicopter operations in the Northeast during the 1980s.


ee 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.


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.

Frank Colucci has written in depth about the rotorcraft industry for more than 30 years for various aerospace and defense publications. He helped establish a military helicopter magazine overseas and today is a regular contributor to the American Helicopter Society’s Vertiflite, Rotor & Wing sister publication Avionics magazine, Aerospace Testing International, and other industry publications. The author of an early book on the AH-64 Apache, Frank routinely writes about rotorcraft systems integration, structures, simulation and other evolving technologies.

Giovanni de Briganti has covered the aerospace and defense industry since the beginning. Born in Italy, he lived in Texas, Virginia and South Australia before settling in Paris. He is currently editor-in-chief of, a news website, having previously worked for Defense News, Armed Forces Journal and various European defense publications, including two that he founded. A self-avowed total helicopter person, he has been covering European issues for Rotor & Wing since the mid-1980s.

Andrew Drwiega, military editor, 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 operations, including the Osprey, Apache, Rooivalk and many others. He has an extensive military library of around 400 books.

Mark Robins is an experienced and accomplished editor who has bylined more than 50 full-length feature articles in his career, most dealing with technical and manufacturing developments. He is a graduate of Michigan State University with degrees in both Advertising and Packaging Engineering. He has written for such technical trade magazines as Quality and Electronic Packaging and Production. Additionally, he has worked full-time for the editorial departments of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He resides in Glenview, Ill.

Richard Whittle, longtime Pentagon correspondent for The Dallas Morning News, writes regularly for Rotor & Wing about military aircraft and other related topics. Simon & Schuster published his book, “The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey,” on April 27, 2010. It is available through

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