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.

Rebirthing The Citation X 
Russ Meyer is leading a refurbishment and resale program for the Citation X, the model he helped create.
Readers’ Feedback (April 2015)

All Fueled Up

Being the owner of several mogas STCs, I read “Getting the Lead Out: The Future of Avgas” (February 2015, page 7) with great interest. I would like to point out several misconceptions that may arise as a result of the article:

Airbus Launches New H160 

Airbus Helicopters announced the launch of its new H160 medium helicopter. The 5.5-6-metric-ton helicopter is intended to challenge AgustaWestland’s AW139, which has dominated the medium helicopter segment for a decade. Airbus says the H160 will be able to carry 12 passengers out to an oil platform 120 nm offshore, complete a missed approach and return to land on the same tank of fuel, all at a cruise speed of around 160 kt. It will be powered by a pair of Turbomeca Arrano 1A turboshaft engines.



Bell Announces Sales Agreements 

​Bell Helicopter announced a number of sales including an agreement from Air Methods Corp. for 200 407GXPs configured for emergency medical services. The order was one of the largest commercial sales in Bell’s history. Deliveries will begin in 2016 under a 10-year contract.

HAI By the Numbers 

The Helicopter Association International’s (HAI) annual HELI-EXPO, held March 2-5 in Orlando, Florida, drew 18,272 registered attendees, hosted 735 exhibitors, including 57 aircraft on the convention hall floor.
An upbeat Matt Zuccaro, HAI President and CEO, said at the time that “a lot of business is being done on the show floor.” And a lot of newsworthy announcements were forthcoming as well.     

FSI to Increase Helicopter Sims 

FlightSafety International says it plans to increase its fleet of advanced helicopter simulators by more than 40%.It aims to add Level D qualified simulators to its Learning Centers in Dallas, as well as at new facilities in Denver and Singapore, and at a location yet to be determined. The Denver facility is scheduled to open in 2016. 

Jet-A and Avgas Fuel Prices March 2015 
Region High
Advanced Helicopter Services Opens in Utah 

Advanced Helicopter Services has opened a new regional helicopter support location at the Provo, Utah, airport. The satellite maintenance facility will support a broad range of aircraft maintenance capabilities for a number of helicopter models and mission profiles, it said. Advanced Helicopter Systems is a maintenance, repair and overhaul, or MRO, provider based at the Watts-Woodland airport northwest of Sacramento, California. The company recently acquired Cascade Helicopter Services in Seattle to enhance its services.

MD Delivers in 2014 

MD Helicopters owner Lynn Tilton says 2014 looks to be one of the company’s most successful years, with deliveries of 60 single-engine MD500 and MD600 helicopters and seven MD902s. 

Asia Pacific Helicopter Fleet Report 2014 

The 2014 Asia Pacific Helicopter Fleet Report released at the HAI convention by the Hong Kong-based Asia Sky Group (ASG) aviation consultancy, noted that the civil piston and turbine-engine helicopter fleet in the Asia-Pacific region grew 9% last year to 2,463 aircraft. Leading that growth was Greater China whose fleet soared 29%, or by 149 aircraft, to 655 helicopters last year. While Japan has the largest civil helicopter fleet with 800 rotorcraft, growth there last year was a slow 3%.

Guimbal Cabri Best Year in 2014 

​The two-place Guimbal Cabri light piston helicopter saw its best year yet in 2014 when 27 aircraft were delivered. The French company expects to deliver 44 Cabris this year and 58 in 2016.Powered by a Textron Lycoming 0-360, the Cabri is the only piston helicopter in production in Europe. The 100th unit is expected to fly this month. 

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services Joins Dealer Network 

Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services has joined Greenwich AeroGroup’s LiveAero Broadband SATCOM systems dealer network. Vector Aerospace Helicopter Services-North America, based in British Columbia, Canada, provides maintenance, repair and overhaul services for helicopter operators globally. The dealership agreement enables Vector Aerospace Services in British Columbia to offer certification and installation services for the LiveAero System.

Royal Jet Awards SR Technics MRO Contract For CFM56-7B Engines 

Royal Jet, a charter company based in Abu Dhabi, has awarded SR Technics a five-year contract  to maintain, repair and overhaul its fleet of CFM56-7B engines. The contract is for the 12 engines currently in service on Royal Jet’s six Boeing Business Jet aircraft used by the carrier’s VIP guests. The engine work will be done at SR Technics’ headquarters at Zurich Airport, Switzerland. 

Robinson Delivers Expected to Surpass 2014 

Robinson Helicopters says deliveries this year are expected to easily surpass the 329 R22, R44 and R66 aircraft it delivered last year. While its 2014 tally was still considered “a good year” for the manufacturer, company President Kurt Robinson says deliveries dipped significantly compared to the 523 aircraft it produced in 2013 and attributed that falloff to challenges in foreign economies.

AgustaWestland Developing Retrofit Capability for AW139s 

AgustaWestland announced it had increased the maximum takeoff weight of its AW139 to 7,000 kg and will begin delivering new-build aircraft with the added heft from Italy in May and then from its U.S. assembly line in Philadelphia in July. The company is developing a retrofit capability for all AW139s to benefit from the change, although retrofitted aircraft will not benefit from all the performance improvements that new-build aircraft will. 

Special Topics
May 22, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Descends Toward Asteroid Ceres for Closer Look at Bright Spots

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May 18, 2015

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May 15, 2015

Cardington: Britain’s Airship Heritage 2

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May 11, 2015

NavWeek: China Coastal Catch 8

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May 10, 2015

Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery Of Newest 737-800

Ethiopian Airlines' fleet renewal and growth continued this week with the delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 from Seattle. Routing through Washington-Dulles and then Dublin, Ireland, the latest 737NG is Ethiopian's 16th. Since 2010, the East African carrier has taken delivery of 25 Boeing 737/777/787s as well as 13 Bombardier DHC8-Q400 regional turbo aircraft. One of the fastest-growing and most modern of African airlines, Ethiopian also has a burgeoning MRO business....More

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