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
The Opportunists 

Recently, I was asked to identify business aviation’s most significant aircraft. Impossible, I thought. But then adhering to the simple confines of the question, I finally posited that the first pressurized, turbine-powered aircraft designed specifically for executive travel was the true progenitor all that followed, and thus Leroy Grumman’s “Gulfstream” was the one.

Jet-A And Avgas Per Gallon Fuel Prices April 2016 
Jet-A and Avgas Per Gallon Fuel Prices April 2016
FAA Approves FANS 1/A+ Upgrades For GIV-SP Aircraft 

Gulfstream Aerospace has won FAA approval to install mandated avionics upgrades, called Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+, on Gulfstream GIV-SP aircraft. FANS 1/A+ uses automation and satellite-based technology to improve aviation communication, surveillance and traffic management. The active fleet of GIV-SP aircraft totals 325. “Like our solution for GV aircraft, this system was developed by Gulfstream and Honeywell to fully integrate the GIV-SP flight deck,” says Derek Zimmerman, Gulfstream Product Support president.

Fast Five: Questions for Rhett Ross 
Five questions for Rhett Ross, president and CEO of Continental Motors Group Ltd., Mobile, Alabama, and his answers.
Business Aviation Advocate Susan Sheets Dies At 63 

Susan Sheets Brogan, who served for 20 years as president of the National Aircraft Resale Association and as a business aviation advocate in Washington, died April 7 after a short battle with cancer. She was 63. Brogan worked in collaboration with the National Business Aviation Association and other Washington trade groups to advance the interests of aircraft owners and pilots. A proud private pilot and a former French and Latin teacher, she began her aviation career in 1980 with French aircraft manufacturer Aerospatiale, now Airbus Helicopters.

CAN Launches Its 50,000th Flight 

On April 14, the Corporate Angel Network (CAN) launched its 50,000th flight, carrying one-year-old cancer patient Baron Yerbe and his parents back to Atlanta after receiving his treatments at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York. Diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a rare form of eye cancer, at three months of age, the little boy has been undergoing treatment available only at Sloan Kettering. The flight, conducted by NCR, flew from Teterboro Airport in New Jersey to Cobb County International Airport - McCollum Field.

Carter Looking For Partners 

​Carter Aviation Technologies, LLC wants to build a larger, twin-turbofan version of its slowed rotor/compound helicopter, which it believes can break the rotorcraft world records for speed, range, and altitude.

New Pricing Plans From Gogo 

Gogo Inc. has rolled out new hourly pricing plans for turboprop and light jet operators, which the company says will make connectivity affordable and predicable for all aircraft operators. The new service plans start at $39 per hour and do not require the purchase of block hours have no minimum monthly fee. After paying for the first hour, customers then pay only for what they use and incur fees only when the service is being used.

CPDLC-Capable Airports Growing 

The number of airports with Controller-Pilot Data Link Communications (CPDLC) technology is growing rapidly and initial results of the digital service are impressive. Universal Avionics’ Cessna Citation VII, outfitted with the company’s Future Air Navigation System (FANS) 1/A+ system, recently tested the new CPDLC capability at Kentucky’s Louisville International Airport-Standiford Field (SDF).

Pilot Population—Commercial and Private—Dwindling  13
Reasons for the decline in pilot numbers include retirement age and dismally low salaries, but organizations such as AOPA and GAMA are offering some solutions to help boost private pilot numbers.
FAA Forecast Predicts GA Will Increase Over Next Two Decades 

A new forecast by the FAA predicts that the number of turboprops, business jets and rotorcraft in the active general aviation fleet will increase over the next two decades, although the largest segment of the fleet, fixed-wing piston aircraft, is expected to shrink. The agency said the long-term outlook for general aviation is favorable, though the active fleet should increase by just 0.2% per year from 2015 to 2036.

Seven Million UAS Predicted By 2030 

Five years ago, the FAA forecast the number of small unmanned aerial systems (UAS) operating in U.S. airspace would grow to 25,000 by 2020 and 30,000 by 2030. In its latest forecast, the agency revised that number somewhat. Now it expects sales of some 7 million small hobby and commercial drones a year by 2020. At the same time, the FAA has released is latest update on UAS sightings by pilots, controllers and the public. The 583 reports submitted between Aug.

Cessna Makes AOA Standard 172 Equipment 

Cessna Aircraft announced that it is now making Safe Flight’s angle-of-attack system standard equipment on all Cessna Skyhawk 172 aircraft and optional on its Skylane 182 and Turbo Stationair 206.

 

 

Clay Lacy Aviation Partners With SmartSky 

Clay Lacy Aviation has  partnered with SmartSky Networks to offer hardware sales, certification and installation of the SmartSky 4G network on Gulfstream G200, GIV-SP and GV aircraft. SmartSky’s technology delivers a secure signal that locks onto each aircraft in the network, the company said. Passengers will be able to stream, chat,
call, game and video conference. Visit: http://smartskynetworks.com/earlybird2016/

Cessna: Silvercrest Delay No Impact On Hemisphere Program 

Safran’s nearly three-year delay in development and certification of the Silvercrest engine has slowed Dassault’s Falcon 5X considerably, but Cessna says it’s had no impact on its Hemispheres program. The new engine has been in the running to power Textron Aviation’s newest Citation. But in a statement, a spokeswoman says while it has not yet announced an engine provider, the Hemisphere program is on schedule, with first flight expected in 2019.

 

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