Meet the Contributors August 2012

By Staff Writer | August 1, 2012
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Keith Brown is the founder and principal of Defense Strategies, a company focused on defense aerospace strategic planning and marketing. Keith retired from the Army as a career Aviator and acquisition/procurement professional. He’s held numerous command, staff, joint and acquisition assignments including four years as an Army Aviation platform PM within PEO for Aviation, having an annual budgets exceeding $400 million and contracts exceeding $3 billion. He’s also participated in source selection processes and chaired an aviation Source Selection Evaluation Board. Keith resides in Huntsville, Ala.

Keith Cianfrani is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, master aviator and Army instructor pilot, rated in both helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. He holds a master’s degree 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.

Andrew Drwiega, Military Editor, is a senior defense journalist with a particular focus on international military rotorcraft. He 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 exercises. He has flown in a wide variety of rotorcraft including the MV-22B Osprey, AH-64D Apache, Rooivalk and many others.


Ian Frain graduated with BSc in Engineering Studies (Aerospace & Mechanical subjects) from University of Hetfordshire in 2002. He then worked at an EASA Part 145 fixed-wing MRO at London Gatwick Airport, participating in aviation recruitment with a rotary wing EASA Part 145 MRO. Ian then moved into B2B media in aviation and has worked as researcher for aviation information software for four years and is now running aviation research consultancy, Hel-Ian. He can be reached at ian@hel-ian.eu.

Emma Kelly has been an aviation journalist since the late 1980s, starting her career with Air Cargo News International. Following a number of years working on regional airline publications and for Inmarsat, Emma served in various editor roles at Flight International. In 2003 Emma emigrated to Australia and became a freelance aviation journalist where she contributes regularly to aviation and defense publications around the world.

Frank Lombardi, an ATP with both fixed-wing and rotary-wing ratings, began his flying career in 1991 after graduating with a bachelor’s of science in aerospace engineering, working on various airplane and helicopter programs as a flight test engineer for Grumman Aerospace Corp. Frank became a police officer for a major East Coast police department in 1995, and has been flying helicopters in the department’s aviation section since 2000. He remains active in test and evaluation, and holds a master’s degree in aviation systems-flight testing from the University of Tennessee Space Institute.

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 has written for such technical trade magazines as Quality and Electronic Packaging and Production. He has also worked full-time for the editorial departments of the American Society of Civil Engineers and Society of Manufacturing Engineers.

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.

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