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.

Epic Aircraft Expects 2016 Certification For Former Turboprop Kitplane 
Despite the founder’s indictment, Russian ownership and potential Chinese competition, Epic Aircraft’s E1000 single-turboprop advances towards FAR23 certification.
Mitch Snyder Named Bell Helicopter President, CEO 

Bell Helicopter has named Mitch Snyder president and CEO, replacing John Garrison, who is joining Terex Corp. as president and CEO. Most recently, Snyder, who joined Bell in 2004, served as executive vice president of Bell’s military business organization. At Bell, Snyder has held several leadership positions within the company, including as vice president and program director for the V-22 Osprey program, where he was responsible for Bell’s commitments for the design, development, production and sustainment of the V-22.

Penton Aviation Acquires MRO Network 
Penton’s Aviation Week Network, the parent of Business & Commercial Aviation, has acquired MRO Network, a London-based event and information services provider focused on the fast-growing aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) market. MRO Network's Airline Purchasing & Maintenance (AP&M) Expo specializes in second, third and fourth-tier aftermarket suppliers, complementing Aviation Week's MRO Europe event, which engages first and second-tier providers.
Gulfstream Opens Dubai Distribution Center 
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp.'s distribution center near Al Maktoum International Airport in United Arab Emirates (UAE) will cover approximately 6,000 square feet/557 square meters.
JSSI Tip-to-Tail Coverage For Dassault Falcon 7X 

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, has announced its exclusive Tip-to-Tail® Program coverage for the Dassault Falcon 7X that includes coverage of the Airframe, Honeywell APU, and the three Pratt & Whitney PW307A Engines. Falcon 7X operators may also choose a stand-alone JSSI Engine or APU Program to fit their specific needs.

Astronics Corp. Introduces AeroShield Low Drag Radome 

Astronics Corp. through its wholly owned subsidiaries Astronics AeroSat and Armstrong Aerospace, debuted its new VVIP aircraft connectivity system components at the NBAA Convention in November. The AeroShield low-drag radome and composite adapter plate technology combination provide significant benefits to VVIP aircraft operators installing connectivity systems to include reduced drag, simplified installations and lower weight.

Pelton Gets EAA CEO Role 
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Board of Directors has made Jack Pelton, the EAA Chairman and de facto CEO, the full time boss by officially adding the CEO title and responsibilities to his position. The former Cessna CEO has led EAA since October 2012. The CEO is a paid position, although Pelton will continue as EAA’s volunteer chairman of the Board while he is CEO. He will maintain residences in Oshkosh and his hometown of Wichita, Kansas.
Jetex Flight Support Expands Into Toluca 

Jetex Flight Support has entered into an agreement with EOLO for EOLO’s FBO to become a co-branded facility. As part of the agreement, the FBO located in Toluca, Mexico will start operating as Jetex-EOLO, adding to Jetex’s worldwide network of FBOs. Toluca is the most important airport in Mexico for business aviation with Mexico being the second largest market in Latin America. At the FBO, clients will be offered Jetex’s full range of services.

Emirates Selects Cirrus SR22 As Training Aircraft 

Emirates Airlines, the world’s largest  international carrier, has selected the Cirrus SR22 as the primary training aircraft for its flight academy. The carrier has signed for a fleet of 22 aircraft, which will be based at Al Maktoum International-Dubai World Central Airport in support of the Emirates’ National Cadet Pilot Program.

Airbus Helicopters H120 Flies Burning Jet-A 

Airbus Helicopters recently flew a model H120 powered by a high-compression diesel engine burning Jet-A in place of the model’s standard Turbomeca Arrius turboshaft. The goal of the project is to reduce fuel consumption and emissions of light rotorcraft. The 30-minute flight occurred Nov. 6 at Marignane, France, under Europe’s Clean Sky research program. The aircraft’s a 4.6-liter V8 was developed by TEOS, a French race car powertrain specialist, and Austro Engine.

Startup XTI Aircraft Files With SEC 

After garnering almost $14 million in pledges from thousands of individuals through a crowdfunding campaign, startup XTI Aircraft has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to convert the expressions of interest in its unique aircraft into investments. XTI hopes to develop the TriFan 600, a six-place vertical-takeoff-and-landing business aircraft with two tilting ducted fans in the wing and a third fan in the rear fuselage for lift and control. The company launched its crowdfunding campaign in August.

Sandel Avionics Debuts Avilon Flight Deck For King Airs 

Sandel Avionics, Inc., has introduced Sandel Avilon, a retrofit flight deck for King Air aircraft. Avilon is intended to redefine how modern cockpit avionics are designed, built, sold and installed. “From the company’s inception, Sandel has a history of introducing groundbreaking technologies that defy industry conventions,” said Gerry Block, president and CEO of Sandel.

Beijing General Aviation Co.’s New Production Facility For P750 

Beijing General Aviation Co. has begun construction of a 46,000-sq.-meter production facility for its P750 single-engine turboprop aircraft. The plant, located in the Changzhou National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone’s Aviation Industrial Park, is expected to be capable of building 70 aircraft per year. The company says the aircraft is aimed at addressing the growing aviation market in China. It is a multipurpose design that can take off and land in short distances and operate in unimproved airstrips.

Embraer Delivers 300th Phenom 300 

Embraer Executive Jets has delivered its 300th Phenom 300 light business jet to an undisclosed U.S. customer at the company’s Melbourne, Florida, complex. The Phenom 300, which was first delivered six years ago, is in operation in 28 countries and has accumulated more than 250,000 flight hours. The aircraft has a 57% market share in the light business jet category, the company said.


Rules Eased For Business Jets To Cuba 
True capitalists are always looking for new ways to expand business, and with the tropical chill there now warming, U.S. business leaders—and the aircraft that carry them—are pointing south to Cuba.

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