Meet the contributors

By Staff Writer | July 1, 2015
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James T. McKenna
An aviation journalist for more than 25 years, James T. McKenna served as R&WI’s editor-in-chief from 2003 to 2008. He then worked on communications projects for Bell Helicopter and numerous consulting clients, including the Aerospace Industries Association, Helicopter Association International and AHS International. He has completed aircraft accident investigator courses of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board and the Air Line Pilots Association and the NTSB’s crisis communications course.

Rex Alexander
Rex Alexander is a 30-year veteran of military, general and commercial helicopter and fixed-wing aviation. Currently a senior consultant, member and co-founder of HeliExperts International, he also serves—among other positions—as a member of the National Fire Protection Association committee on the NFPA 418 standard for heliports and HAI’s Heliport Committee. He works with the FAA and states, cities and counties on rule making, infrastructure design, research, safety and risk mitigation.

Keith Cianfrani
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 New York City.



Dave Downey
Dave Downey is a consultant and trainer in the aviation and defense sectors. He is a former Bell Helicopter VP and FAA executive. He is an experimental test pilot with FAA airplane, rotorcraft, seaplane and ground instructor ratings.


Bryn Elliott
Bryn Elliott is editor of Police Aviation News (http://www.policeaviationnews.com), owner of Police Aviation Research and organizer of the annual Police Aviation Conference. He has more than 35 years experience in a range of aviation industry sectors. Drawing upon a 30-year law enforcement career with the Metropolitan Police in London, he researches airborne emergency services provided by military, government and law enforcement sectors.


Mike Hangge
Mike Hangge is an active-duty U.S. 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
Associate Editor Pat Host, in five years with our sister publication Defense Daily, has developed a stable of inside sources to gain access to sensitive documents and stories that impact readers. He has conducted one-on-one interviews with high-ranking members of Congress and military and executive branch officials, all the while honing the skills to break down official policy statements, memos and complex scientific information and explain their real-world business implications.

Arthur J. Negrette
Arthur J. Negrette is a Sacramento-based lawyer with a practice limited to Aviation Law. In addition, he has completed more than 30 years of flying both airplanes and helicopters for various military and civil organizations.


Ernie Stephens
R&WI’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 seargeant in charge and chief pilot until his retirement in 2006.


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