Many times over the years I have sat in an FBO lounge and read about business aviation through the prose of William Garvey.


After my flying career morphed into a career in publishing, it was an honor and pleasure to finally meet this gentleman when our two companies merged a few years ago. Then, on June 18, it gave all of us at BCA great joy to see Bill honored for his contributions to aviation journalism. Bill received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Aerospace Media Dinner held on the eve of the Paris Air Show at the Aero Club de France. The awards program celebrated excellence in aerospace publishing.

What an honor to bestow on this very talented yet humble man.

As you all know, Bill’s a uniquely gifted writer who can transport you right up to FL 350 in the comfort of your recliner. When writing of his extensive travels, he takes you right along with him to destinations around the globe. We all benefit from the valuable lessons he teaches us about aviation, whether spiced with his distinct humor or, when needed, written in a precise style that matches the seriousness of our profession.

During his acceptance speech, he said he never aspired to be a journalist and certainly not an aviation journalist. His father said, “You like to write — do that!” As you’ll see from these comments from our esteemed team, we are grateful he took the advice. — Frank Craven

Bill is a consummate professional as a journalist, editor and aviator. His early reporting career included duties with newspapers and news wire services. He honed his editing skills with Reader’s Digest. His interest in aviation took him to the aviation training industry and later to ever-advancing positions in aviation writing and publishing in all media — print, TV and web.

Bill not only writes about aviation but does aviation as a pilot and occasional aircraft owner. He guides his team of editors, writers and contributors at all times with the readers’ needs as the first priority.

For more than 60 years, BCA has been the industry’s most authoritative voice in business aviation safety, maintenance, management and operations. Bill continues that tradition with expertise and professionalism, and the recognition of his life work is well deserved. — Richard N. Aarons

 I can’t think of any aerospace journalist today who deserves the Aerospace Media Award for Lifetime Achievement more than Bill Garvey. One of the best editors for whom I’ve been privileged to work, Bill has transformed BCA into a major journal of aviation safety accessed by business aviation and commercial operators worldwide

When he moved into the captain’s seat at BCA in 2001, Bill brought with him decades of experience in aviation, both as a participant and reporter. He also brought with him the essential characteristic common to all great editors: a well-honed sense of curiosity that he has generously imparted to the staff of writers he leads in our shared monthly endeavor to address aviation safety, technology, operations, maintenance, training and management.

Many of the stories Bill has assigned to me have derived from his curiosity about all things aviation, and, together over the last 16 years, I’m proud to say we’ve accomplished meaningful and beneficial work together. His guidance and understanding have been essential in my dedication to my craft and personal accomplishment as an aviation journalist. I wish him many more years in the left-front seat at BCA and look forward to further exploration of his insatiable and wide-ranging curiosity about our mutual interest and commitment: making aviation safer and more efficient, as well as exposing it to a wider audience of users. — David Esler

Bill Garvey, ever the master storyteller, perhaps is best known for his engaging editorials in the front of BCA. He often leads off with a personal story about family, friends or business associates and then connects the tale to the main topic of the story. Bill’s tangible, personal connection with readers is one of his biggest lifetime professional achievements. — Fred George

Bill and I have had long discussions about lifetime achievement awards and the folks who receive them. We know most recipients longer than either of us want to admit. It’s great fun to reminisce and retell (we are good at that) stories involving folks who have made incredible contributions to business aviation and the aviation industry in general. So now it is fitting that it’s Bill’s turn at the podium receiving well-deserved recognition for his accomplishments and lifetime contributions to an industry that has benefited from his tireless efforts to give aviators meaningful content that has enriched their careers and kept them safe. Well done, Bill. Keep your pencil sharp. — Jessica A. Salerno