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.

Road Trip 


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 

Shawn Vick

Chairman, Executive Committee Office of the CEO, Global Jet Capital Boca Raton, Florida

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.

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.

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.

Latest Blogs
Oct 30, 2014

Daylight Reveals Post-Antares Damage At Wallops

NASA’s Wallops Incident Response Team has reported on its initial assessment following the catastrophic failure of Orbital Science’s Antares rocket shortly after liftoff on Oct. 28, from Pad 0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia....More
Oct 30, 2014

Gabon Buys 12 Aravis

Gabon has become the third client for the 4x4 Aravis made by French defence company Nexter, after signing a contract on 29 October to procure 12 of these 12.5 ton heavily armoured vehicles....More
Oct 29, 2014

Poland and Germany Deepen Army Cooperation

Polish Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen signed a statement of intent to increase Polish-German army cooperation on the fringes of the annual Bundeswehr conference in Berlin on 29 October. German Ministry of Defense photo by Thomas Imo...More
Oct 28, 2014

Virtual Training

The Euronaval show in Paris this week is not one where one expects to see demonstrations of people wearing strange electronic gadgets and sensors. That is usually reserved for homeland security shows such as Milipol or air-land shows such as Eurosatory....More
Oct 28, 2014

Turnkey Not Smorgasbord

In the competition for the most futuristic looking vessel at the Euronaval show being held this week in Paris I would put the clear front runner as the Fast Attack Craft on the Saab stand....More

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