William Garvey

William Garvey
Editor-In-Chief,
Business & Commercial Aviation

Bill has been Editor-in-Chief of Business & Commercial Aviation since 2000. During his stewardship at Business & Commercial Aviation, the monthly magazine has received dozens of awards for editorial excellence. He is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award from the National Business Aviation Association; the Aviation Journalism Award from the National Air Transportation Association; and an Aerospace Journalist of the Year Award for Business Aviation. 
 
Previously, Bill served as Managing Editor of Aviation Week Television. He was the top editor for both Flying and Professional Pilot magazines, as well as a member of the senior editorial staff at Reader's Digest. He also managed communications for FlightSafety International. 
 
Bill has authored or co-authored three aviation books, was an essayist for National Public Radio, wrote aviation documentaries for The Discovery Channel, and has written for numerous publications including The New York Times, Smithsonian Air & Space, Popular Mechanics and The Associated Press, among others. 
 
An active aviator, Bill holds a Commercial Pilot license, along with multiengine, instrument, seaplane and glider ratings.

Articles
First All-Composite Aircraft Being Readied To Fly Again 
Restoration work is underway to get the only privately owned Windecker Eagle—the first all-composite aircraft—back in the skies.
Rebirthing The Citation X 
Russ Meyer is leading a refurbishment and resale program for the Citation X, the model he helped create.
Readers’ Feedback (April 2015)

All Fueled Up

Being the owner of several mogas STCs, I read “Getting the Lead Out: The Future of Avgas” (February 2015, page 7) with great interest. I would like to point out several misconceptions that may arise as a result of the article:

Airbus Launches New H160 

Airbus Helicopters announced the launch of its new H160 medium helicopter. The 5.5-6-metric-ton helicopter is intended to challenge AgustaWestland’s AW139, which has dominated the medium helicopter segment for a decade. Airbus says the H160 will be able to carry 12 passengers out to an oil platform 120 nm offshore, complete a missed approach and return to land on the same tank of fuel, all at a cruise speed of around 160 kt. It will be powered by a pair of Turbomeca Arrano 1A turboshaft engines.

 

 

Bell Announces Sales Agreements 

​Bell Helicopter announced a number of sales including an agreement from Air Methods Corp. for 200 407GXPs configured for emergency medical services. The order was one of the largest commercial sales in Bell’s history. Deliveries will begin in 2016 under a 10-year contract.

Jet-A and Avgas Fuel Prices March 2015 
Jet-A      
Region High
Asia Pacific Helicopter Fleet Report 2014 

The 2014 Asia Pacific Helicopter Fleet Report released at the HAI convention by the Hong Kong-based Asia Sky Group (ASG) aviation consultancy, noted that the civil piston and turbine-engine helicopter fleet in the Asia-Pacific region grew 9% last year to 2,463 aircraft. Leading that growth was Greater China whose fleet soared 29%, or by 149 aircraft, to 655 helicopters last year. While Japan has the largest civil helicopter fleet with 800 rotorcraft, growth there last year was a slow 3%.

HAI By the Numbers 

The Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) annual HELI-EXPO, held March 2-5 in Orlando, Florida, drew 18,272 registered attendees, hosted 735 exhibitors, including 57 aircraft on the convention hall floor.
An upbeat Matt Zuccaro, HAI President and CEO, said at the time that “a lot of business is being done on the show floor.” And a lot of newsworthy announcements were forthcoming as well.     

 
FSI to Increase Helicopter Sims 

FlightSafety International says it plans to increase its fleet of advanced helicopter simulators by more than 40%.It aims to add Level D qualified simulators to its Learning Centers in Dallas, as well as at new facilities in Denver and Singapore, and at a location yet to be determined. The Denver facility is scheduled to open in 2016. 

Advanced Helicopter Services Opens in Utah 

Advanced Helicopter Services has opened a new regional helicopter support location at the Provo, Utah, airport. The satellite maintenance facility will support a broad range of aircraft maintenance capabilities for a number of helicopter models and mission profiles, it said. Advanced Helicopter Systems is a maintenance, repair and overhaul, or MRO, provider based at the Watts-Woodland airport northwest of Sacramento, California. The company recently acquired Cascade Helicopter Services in Seattle to enhance its services.

MD Delivers in 2014 

MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton says 2014 looks to be one of the company’s most successful years, with deliveries of 60 single-engine MD500 and MD600 helicopters and seven MD902s. 

Robinson Delivers Expected to Surpass 2014 

Robinson Helicopters says deliveries this year are expected to easily surpass the 329 R22, R44 and R66 aircraft it delivered last year. While its 2014 tally was still considered “a good year” for the manufacturer, company President Kurt Robinson says deliveries dipped significantly compared to the 523 aircraft it produced in 2013 and attributed that falloff to challenges in foreign economies.

Guimbal Cabri Best Year in 2014 

​The two-place Guimbal Cabri light piston helicopter saw its best year yet in 2014 when 27 aircraft were delivered. The French company expects to deliver 44 Cabris this year and 58 in 2016.Powered by a Textron Lycoming 0-360, the Cabri is the only piston helicopter in production in Europe. The 100th unit is expected to fly this month. 

 
Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services Joins Dealer Network 

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services has joined Greenwich AeroGroup’s LiveAero Broadband SATCOM systems dealer network. Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America, based in British Columbia, Canada, provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services for helicopter operators globally. The dealership agreement enables Vector Aerospace Services in British Columbia to offer certification and installation services for the LiveAero System.

Royal Jet Awards SR Technics MRO Contract For CFM56-7B Engines 

Royal Jet, a charter company based in Abu Dhabi, has awarded SR Technics a five-year contract  to maintain, repair and overhaul its fleet of CFM56-7B engines. The contract is for the 12 engines currently in service on Royal Jet’s six Boeing Business Jet aircraft used by the carrier’s VIP guests. The engine work will be done at SR Technics’ headquarters at Zurich Airport, Switzerland. 

 
 
Blogs
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015
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Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 2

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015
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NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 13

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015
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Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 9

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015
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Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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