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.

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TBM Delivers 55 Aircraft In 2015 

Daher delivered 55 TBM 900s in 2015, which the company said was a 10% increase over the previous year, and the second best year since deliveries of the initial versions of the single engine turboprop began in 1991. Of last year’s total, 44 went to U.S. buyers and five to Brazilians. However, Nicolas Chabbert, senior vice president of Daher’s airplane unit, said he expects this year to be a challenging one internationally. The TBM 900 is the current production TBM family, following the 850 and original 700.

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Arrius 2R EASA Certified 

Turbomeca’s Arrius 2R turboshaft — the first European engine to be fitted to a Bell-produced helicopter — has been certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The EASA certification, announced by Bell and Turbomeca on Dec. 16, is one of the final hurdles for the new Model 505 JetRanger X turbine-powered light helicopter currently undergoing flight testing. Certification of the helicopter is expected early in 2016.

Survey Reports On Operators’ Aircraft Plans 

Business aviation operators responding to a survey reported plans to refurbish and buy new and used aircraft. JSfirm.com, a Texas-based aviation job website, released its first business aviation report from a survey of more than 300 Part 91 and 135 operators. The survey was conducted to gauge the health of the industry, it said. Of those responding, 57% reported an increase in flight hours last year; 35% said they planned to refurbish existing aircraft in the next two years and 47% said they planned to buy new or used aircraft, the survey said.

New Ports Of Entry Checklist From NBAA 

National Business Aviation Association’s Domestic Operations Committee has created a customs checklist to help business aviation operators meet Customs and Border Protection requirements at U.S. ports of entry. The challenge was in addressing local policies and logistical requirements that vary among the ports of entry, said Ron Bojanski, Midwest Aviation/Kiewit Engineering Canadian operations manager who led the project.

Register Your UAV 

Just weeks after the FAA set up its online system to register small UAVs, the agency has already signed up at least 181,000 aircraft. Administrator Michael Huerta is “encouraged” by the results but says this is just the beginning. “Our challenge is to make sure everyone is aware of the requirement and registers,” he says. In addition, the FAA has released an B4UFLY mobile application to let UAV pilots know about flight requirements and restrictions. The FAA expects to finalize rules for commercial, non-hobbyist operations of small UAVs by late spring.

Hindustan Aeronautics Plans To Develop New Helicopter Engine 

India’s Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd. plans to develop a new helicopter engine—the Hindustan Turbo Shaft Engine (HTSE) 1200. The announcement follows the first test run of the 25-kN (5,620-lb.) thrust Hindustan Turbo Fan Engine (HTFE) 25. “The HTSE-1200 can be used for helicopters of 3.5-ton class in the single-engine configuration such as the Light Utility Helicopter and for 5 to 8 ton class in twin engine configuration such as the Advanced Light Helicopter and Light Combat Helicopter,” said T.

Europe’s Private Jet Travel Market 

According to a Victor private jet travel industry report, the three largest private jet travel markets in Europe are: France, with 19.2% of the flights; Germany, with 15.4%; and the U.K. with 12.8%. May 23 was the busiest day for travel in 2015, with 2,221 flights related to the Monaco Grand Prix. The top three airports for high-season private jet travel included Nice, France, with 13,250 flights; Olbia, Italy, with 6,220 flights; and Ibiza, Spain, with 5,634 flights.

Disappointing 2015 For Dassault Aviation 

Dassault Aviation’s business jet unit saw reduced orders and deliveries in 2015, a disappointing year that was offset in part by new export contracts for the company’s Rafale combat jet. Dassault took in orders for only 45 new Falcon jets in 2015, just half of what the company recorded the previous year. In addition, an order for 20 Falcon Netjets was canceled last year, and Dassault fell short of its goal of delivering 66 business jets in 2015, instead recording just 55.

Finmeccanica Begins ‘One Company’ Initiative 

Italian aerospace and defense conglomerate Finmeccanica has begun operations under its new corporate structure. Under CEO Mauro Moretti’s “One Company” initiative, launched Jan. 1, Finmeccanica-owned AgustaWestland, Alenia Aermacchi and Selex ES have now been absorbed into the larger Finmeccanica entity and will operate as divisions rather than separate companies. Under the initiative, AgustaWestland becomes Finmeccanica Helicopters while aircraft manufacturer Alenia Aermacchi becomes Finmeccanica Aeronautics.

AirPooler and Flytenow Are No Longer Operating 

Two web-based aircraft ride sharing services have been shot down by the FAA. The “Ubers of the air” are no longer, thanks to a decision by a Federal Appeals Court panel. The concept behind AirPooler and Flytenow was straightforward. Pilots would go to either website, list an upcoming flight’s date, origin and destination, along with the aircraft’s make and model and seats available. The passengers could peruse the site and sign up for a trip that matched their planned travels.

TAG Opens New Facilities At Farnborough Airport 

TAG Farnborough Airport has added more space for passengers and crew at its terminal to meet growing demand. Air traffic grew 2% last year. That includes a 6% jump in the number of airliner-size business jets, which represents the highest growth in the category for the year, it said. Many of the airport carriers operate to and from the U.S., the Middle East and Asia. A new lounge accommodates up to 80 passengers. Crew facilities include a quiet lounge, a “snooze” room with flat beds, a zero gravity ergonomic chair and a complimentary gym and showers.

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