William Garvey

William Garvey
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.

Vast Majority Of Aircraft Operators Are Slow To Embrace ADS-B Despite Deadline 6
The FAA estimates that just 10% of general aviation aircraft and only 3% of the major air carrier aircraft will be ADS-B compliant by year-end. That means 200,000 light planes, business turboprops and jets and airliners have yet to equip.
Honda Aero Preps For First Production HF-120 Shipment 
Before a room crowded with cheering, white uniformed workers, Honda Aero President and CEO Masahiko Izumi announced Nov. 12 that “after a long journey to this day” the Honda-GE joint venture is “standing at the starting line,” ready to ship its first production HF-120 turbofan assembled at Honda’s Burlington, N.C., facility.
Opinion: Flying Cars Could Have A Place In Business Aviation 9

My left leg had begun to ache, as is often the case on long drives. We’d covered some 711 interstate miles by the time we pulled into the motel lot in Johnson City, Tennessee, that day. I’d earned a steak, a bed and a tumbler of Jack, and not in that order. Tomorrow, another 350 mi. before reaching the gate. Ugh.

Letters From Our Readers 

Too Much Pressure

I am in no way minimalizing the tragic loss of life at any time in aviation. However, the comment (Readers’ Feedback, September 2014, page 11) that perhaps the pilots of the Gulfstream IV that crashed at Bedford, Massachusetts, this summer were influenced by a passenger’s reputed preference to depart immediately upon arrival touches on a familiar problem.

Fast Five 
Questions for Shawn Vick This management team really understands aircraft, their values, the companies that built them and the individuals and corporations that require them.
Cirrus Offers Performance Braking System From Cirrus Direct 

Cirrus Aircraft has begun offering its Performance Braking System for operators of Generation 3 and newer aircraft from Cirrus Direct, the company owned parts distribution system. The high-performance, single-caliper brake system uses tubeless tires and redesigned wheel fairings to improve reliability and performance. The system is standard on new SR22T, SR22 and SR20 models. Cirrus is additionally developing the upgrade for earlier model aircraft. The system is priced at $15,300 for Generation 3 and newer models.

Embraer Delivers Legacy 500 to Brazilian Customer 

Embraer Executive Jets on Oct. 10 officially entered the midsize jet market with the delivery of its Legacy 500 business jet to a Brazilian customer. The delivery followed Brazilian ANAC certification in August. U.S. FAA certification is anticipated within weeks, Embraer executives say. The delivery marked two celebrations the Brazilian airframer held last week. The second involved the groundbreaking on an 236,000-sq.-ft. expansion that will double its footprint in Melbourne, Florida. That expansion will provide space for U.S.

Granite Aviation Opens FBO at Sandpoint Airport, Idaho 

Granite Aviation recently opened its fixed-base operation facility at Sandpoint Airport (SZT) in Idaho. The $1.6 million facility includes a 3,700-sq.-ft. terminal, a 7,000-sq.-ft. hangar, four aircraft refueling trucks, deicer truck and a new 190-ft.-by-900-ft. aircraft ramp. Granite, a Phillips 66 dealer, opens the new FBO as the airport has undergone a recent increase in business and personal traffic. The airport is home to several other aerospace companies, including Tamarack Aerospace, Quest Aircraft and Timberline Helicopters.

NBAA Plans Three Regional Forums in 2015 

The National Business Aviation Association has set three regional forums for 2015, beginning Feb. 19 in West Palm Beach, Fla. That event will take place at Atlantic Aviation at Palm Beach International with support from GAMA Aviation and Signature Flight Support. Other events are scheduled for June 25 at Landmark Aviation in Teterboro, N.J. and Sept. 17 at Jet Aviation at St. Louis Downtown Airport in East St. Louis, Ill.

INGarmin’s G5000 Beechjet Retrofit Enters Flight Test 

Garmin has begun flight testing its G5000 retrofit on a Beechjet 400A, a milestone that puts the program on target for certification later in 2015. The G5000 is Garmin’s first foray into the Part 25 market and has already been certified on Cessna’s Citation X+ and Sovereign+, along with Bombardier’s Learjet 70/75 program. For the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP, Garmin is offering three 12-in. flight displays with two touchscreen display/controllers.

Learjet Banked Into Eurofighter in Fatal Crash 

German investigators probing the crash of a military-chartered Learjet 35A have found that the aircraft banked into one of two German air force Eurofighter Typhoons that were escorting it over Germany. In its interim report, published Sept. 23, the German Federal Bureau of Aircraft Accident Investigation said the 28-year-old Learjet, operated by Airbus Group-owned Gesellschaft Flugzieldarstellung GmbH (GFD), was being escorted by the Typhoons as part of an interception exercise.

Surf Air Expanding Services With New PC-12s 

Surf Air will receive the first of up to 65 Pilatus PC-12NG single-turboprop aircraft in this month. The California-based operator in August placed firm orders for 15 of the Pilatus aircraft and options for another 50 in a deal valued at up to $312 million. Surf Air began operations in 2013 with three used PC-12s, offering unlimited flights to members for a $1,000 fixed fee and then $1,750 monthly charges.

Business Jet Investor Confidence Weakens, Morgan Stanley Says 

Investor confidence in the business jet market has weakened somewhat, with investors who were formerly “bullish” on the market becoming “neutral,” Wall Street analyst Morgan Stanley reports. The good news for the market is investors aren’t worried about the market worsening. But Morgan Stanley believes the weaker outlook of investors comes from “all the false starts.” The analyst notes that forecasters initially expected the signs of recovery in 2010 to last longer than they did.

Piper Eyes M-Class Sales in China 

Piper Aircraft recently secured Civil Aviation Administration of China approval for its M-Class line, including the Piper Meridian single turboprop and the high performance single pistons Mirage and Matrix, clearing the way for the company to build a presence in the growing Chinese general aviation market. The approval comes as Piper in recent years has focused on international expansion of its products, lining up dealers globally, including several in China.

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