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.

Southern Incentives

It’s beginning to heat up now. I’m told this is the prelude to the scorching that’s coming in August, a condition I readily accept as just penance for fleeing south before the winter of all winters turned my New England hometown into an ice locker buried in towering snowdrifts.

Flexjet Takes Delivery Of Two Of 50 Gulfstreams 
Remarkable growth trajectories are in play at Flexjet and helicopter lessor Milestone Aviation Group.
B&CA’s Fred George Receives Aerospace Media Award in Business Aviation Category
At the 2015 Aerospace Media Awards dinner held June 14 in Paris, B&CA Senior Editor Fred George was honored with the Best Business Aviation Award for his February cover story: "Bombardier Learjet 85 – The Window of Opportunity Slams Shut."
Textron’s Focus on Aviation Shows Results  1
Textron is demonstrating and benefitting from heavy investment in new models and aircraft product improvements.
Despite Europe’s Economic Malaise, EBACE 2015 Was A Strong Show
A full static ramp and crowded exhibition halls at the annual European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition this year belied the financial woes of much of Europe.
Righting the Wrongheaded 12
Government and public disdain for those using business jets is nothing new. There’s been evidence of that aplenty in recent years. But maybe Oprah, Warren Buffett and Jay Z can help set the record straight.
Jet-A and Avgas Fuel Prices May 2015 

Jet-A and Avgas Per Gallon Fuel Prices May 2015

Possible FAA Civil Penalty Against Beech 

The FAA is proposing a $430,000 civil penalty against Beechcraft Corp., a division of Textron Aviation, in Wichita, for allegedly failing to maintain the required aircraft production-quality-control system, the FAA said. The agency alleges that Beechcraft Baron customers began reporting fuel leaks on 43 Barons that the company recently manufactured. Investigators determined the leaks were caused by improperly installed fuel bladders.

First Flight for the PC-24 

The Pilatus PC-24 took off on its maiden flight on May 11 from Buochs Airport. Just under 1,800 Pilatus staff, all of whom are directly or indirectly involved in the PC-24 project, were there to applaud the business jet as it taxied for takeoff. Prototype P01, (HB-VXA), flew across central Switzerland for a total of 55 min. The twin-engine business jet took off from Runway 7 in just under 600 meters and climbed to 10,000 ft. (approximately 3000 meters) in about 3 min. where the two pilots completed a series of planned tests.

Embraer to Move All Phenom Jet Assembly to U.S. Site 

Embraer plans to move all Phenom light jet assembly to its Melbourne, Florida, facility from its plant in Brazil over the next year, the company said. The ramp up of Melbourne production will occur gradually throughout 2015 and will be completed in 2016. About 300 employees now work at Embraer’s customer center, production and customer support at the site. The move is needed as Embraer begins assembly of the prototypes of its new commercial jets, the E2 airliners.

Teterboro Most Popular for Business Aviation 

Teterboro Airport in New Jersey was the most popular business aviation airport among U.S., Canada and Mexico airports in March, according to an analysis of acukwik.com traffic for May. William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport in Florida, Dallas Love Field and Opa-Locka Executive Airport in Miami rounded out the top five. Around the world, the most popular business aviation airport was Teterboro, followed by William P.

General Aviation Shipments and Billings Fall in 1Q 2015 

General aviation deliveries in all categories fell during the first three months of 2015 compared to the same period of 2014, according to a new report by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. “The first-quarter numbers show that, while our industry has been gaining traction over the past few years, we face some renewed headwinds in several regions of the world, including Asia, parts of Europe, and Latin America,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. The general aviation industry is focused on regaining its momentum, Bunce said.

First Production Cirrus SF50 Begins Assembly 

​The first production-conforming aircraft,  dubbed P1, is coming together at Cirrus’ facilities in Duluth, Minnesota, where the pressure vessel built at the company’s Grand Forks, North Dakota, facility and shipped to Duluth is being bonded to the tail and other components. Meanwhile, three conforming prototypes — C0, C1 and C2 — are taking part in the FAA certification program and have accumulated more than 400 hr. flight time. A fourth aircraft, a proof-of-concept model called V1, is also flyable.

Cirrus Expands ‘Vision Center’ in Knoxville 

Cirrus Aircraft is expanding its “Vision Center” in Knoxville, Tennessee, after a site search that included 15 states and 30 airport locations, the company said.

Industry and FAA Partner to Expand UAS Ops 

Companies involved in newsgathering, agriculture and rail transport have partnered with the FAA in the hope of extending operations of small unmanned aircraft beyond the limits outlined in proposed rules unveiled in January. CNN, PrecisionHawk and BNSF Railway have committed significant resources to the FAA’s Pathfinder program, Administrator Michael Huerta announced in Atlanta on May 6 at the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International’s Unmanned Systems 2015 convention.

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