Meet the contributors Arthur J. Negrette

By Staff Writer | May 1, 2016
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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.

Mark ColbOrn

Mark Colborn is a senior corporal and instructor pilot for the Dallas Police Department Helicopter Unit and a retired chief warrant officer 4 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 R&WI.


Kees Otten and Wim das

Wim Das and Kees Otten began Dutch Aviation Media as a hobby 15 years ago. Wim, a customer care technician at his local postal service, contributes the editing, photography and organization of area visits. Kees is a medical analyst at the Leiden University Medical Center in the Netherlands and also the primary author. With a team of four other contributors, Wim and Kees publish articles in various leading European aviation magazines.

todd vorenKamp

Todd Vorenkamp, a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, is a former naval aviator who has served as an aircraft commander on the Boeing H-46, Sikorsky Aircraft H-3 and H-60 and Eurocopter H-65. He is the former editor-in-chief of Rotor Review, the Naval Helicopter Assn.’s quarterly publication, and is a trustee of the association. His writing was featured in the anthology, “Operation Homecoming: Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Home Front in the Words of U.S. Troops and Their Families,” published by Random House and the National Endowment for the Arts. Todd works in New York City as a writer and award-winning photographer.

Richard whittle

Richard Whittle has authored two aviation books, The Dream Machine: The Untold History of the Notorious V-22 Osprey and Predator: The Secret Origins of the Drone Revolution. He is a global fellow in international security studies at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington, D.C., and a Verville Fellow at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum.

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

Lee Benson

Benson is the retired senior pilot for the Los Angeles County Fire Dept. Before he was named senior pilot, Benson ran the aviation section’s safety and training programs, including organizing the section’s yearly safety meeting with other public agencies and the press.


An ATP with both fixed-wing and rotary-wing ratings, Frank began his flying career in 1991 after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering. He has worked 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 dept. in 1995 and has been flying helicopters in the dept.’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.

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