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Meet the Contributors

By Staff Writer | September 1, 2011
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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. 

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

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 three times 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.

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Robert Moorman has written for more than 25 years about the aviation industry, including rotorcraft. His articles have ranged from topics on commercial, regional, cargo, maintenance, training, safety, information technology and business aviation, to the U.S. military. Moorman runs his own freelance writing and communications business in the Washington, D.C., area.

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

Chris Sheppard is the Associate Editor of Rotor & Wing. Coming from a strong background in journalism and public relations, she was an editor for a leading online newswire for several years. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Journalism at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. She can be reached at csheppard@accessintel.com.

Dale Smith has been an aviation journalist for 24 years specializing in business aviation. He is currently a contributing writer 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.

ERNIE STEPHENS, Editor-at-Large, 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 newly established aviation unit, where he served as the sergeant in charge and chief pilot until his retirement in 2006. In addition to regular contributions in the pages of Rotor & Wing, Ernie (aka “Werewolf”) has written for Access Intelligence sister publication Avionics Magazine. [www.aviationtoday.com/av],well as Aviation Maintenance. He enjoys meeting our readers and flying a variety of helicopters.

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