Meet the Experts

By Staff Writer | April 1, 2015
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Joseph Ambrogne is the Technical Editor of Rotor & Wing. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Va. and spent eight years as a technical writer in the software and manufacturing industries. He also holds a commercial pilot license and instrument rating, and has been flying helicopters since 2010.



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 yearly safety meeting with other public agencies and the press.



Mark Colborn is a senior corporal and instructor pilot for the Dallas Police Department Helicopter Unit and a retired CW4 and UH-60L Blackhawk Standardization Instructor Pilot for the Texas Army National Guard. He also builds and flies multi-rotor unmanned aircraft systems and closely follows the legal and moral implications of integrating these machines into the aviation community for Rotor & Wing. Mark is a member of the U.S. Joint Helicopter Implementation Measurement Data Analysis Team, which has conducted analyses of 938 helicopter accidents to identify accident trends and preventive measures.




Mike Hangge is an active-duty Army Warrant Officer with an elite aviation unit. With more than 25 years of experience, he has performed duties as a mission, medevac, maintenance, and developmental pilot. He has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He is also a novelist under the pen name mjHangge.



Pat Host is an experienced Washington and Pentagon reporter and an expert on defense and procurement issues. Pat’s addition to our team provides Rotor & Wing a valuable new resource inside the Washington DC Beltway. In the course of the past five years with our sister publication, Defense Daily, Pat has developed a stable of inside sources in order to gain access to the sometimes sensitive documents and stories that impact readers. He has conducted one-on-one interviews with high-ranking members of Congress, military officials, committee members, and executive branch officials, all the while honing the skills that have allowed him to become particularly adept at breaking down official policy statements and memos, as well as complex scientific information in order to draw out the real-world business implications.


Emma Kelly, Australia and Pacific Correspondent, 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.



Katie Kriz is the Assistant Managing Editor of Rotor & Wing. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., where she also developed an interest in photography. She participated in a rotational program with Access Intelligence, which led to her position with Rotor & Wing.



Frank Lombardi, an ATP with both fixed-wing and rotary-wing ratings, began his flying career in 1991 after graduating with a Bachelor 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.



Ernie Stephens, Rotor & Wing’s Editor-at-Large, began flying in the 1980s, earning his commercial pilot’s license and starting an aerial photography company. 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.

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