Fred George

Fred George
Senior Editor,
Business & Commercial Aviation

Fred is a senior editor and chief pilot with Business & Commercial Aviation and Aviation Week's chief aircraft evaluation pilot. He has flown left seat in virtually every turbine-powered business jet produced in the past three decades. 
He has flown more than 195 makes, models and variants, ranging from the Piper J-3 Cub through the latest Boeing and Airbus large twins, logging more than 7,000 hours of flight time. He has earned an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and six jet aircraft type ratings, and he remains an active pilot. Fred also specializes in avionics, aircraft systems and pilot technique reports.
Fred was the first aviation journalist to fly the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and Gulfstream G650, among other new turbofan aircraft. He’s also flown the Airbus A400M, Howard 500, Airship 600, Dassault Rafale, Grumman HU-16 Albatross and Lockheed Constellation.
Prior to joining Aviation Week, he was an FAA designated pilot examiner [CE-500], instrument flight instructor and jet charter pilot and former U.S. Naval Aviator who made three cruises to the western Pacific while flying the McDonnell-Douglas F-4J Phantom II. 
Fred has won numerous aviation journalism awards, including NBAA’s David W. Ewald Platinum Wing Lifetime Achievement Award.

ADS-B Compliance Options Abound 
The FAA keeps reaffirming its Jan. 1, 2020, deadline for ADS-B compliance. Without complying, you are grounded after midnight Dec. 31, 2019.
The Go/No-Go Decision: High-Speed RTOs Are Fraught With Risk 
Dann Runik still gets chills when he remembers the morning of March 1, 1978. He was in the cockpit of a DC-8 at LAX as he watched Continental Flight 603, a heavily laden DC-10, lumber down Runway 6R on its takeoff roll.
Used Aircraft Report: Citation Mustang 
By the time Textron Aviation ended Citation Mustang production in May 2017, that model had become the most successful very light jet in history.
Used Aircraft Report: Piaggio P.180 Avanti/Avanti II 
P.180 Avanti and Avanti II aircraft are flying Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Maseratis in a world awash in Fiat- and Ford-like turboprops.
Operator Survey And Pilot Report: Piaggio P.180 Evo  2
Piaggio Aerospace is setting ambitious goals for the new P.180 Avanti Evo, making it quieter, more economical and more comfortable.
Silvercrest Is On Track For 2018 
​The Safran Silvercrest turbofan is on track for spring 2018 certification.
Silvercrest on Track for 2018
​The Safran Silvercrest turbofan is on track for spring 2018 certification.
Textron HUD Is Emblematic Of Aggressive Strategy 
Textron Aviation’s announcement this week provides clear evidence of a surge in product investment – $200-$230 million per year.
Used Aircraft Report: Dassault Falcon 2000S 
The Falcon 2000S is a large-cabin jet that has been redesigned, repackaged and repriced to fit into a niche between super-midsize and large-cabin business aircraft.
BBJ MAX 8: It’s Bigger, Flies Farther And Is More Efficient  14
Step aboard Boeing's BBJ MAX 8, one of the world's most exclusive private jets, and you'll find it does virtually everything better than the original BBJ that made its debut almost two decades ago.
Two More Years of Business Jet Slump, Says JetNetIQ
Operators say they’re reluctant to trade up because they don’t need more capable aircraft, the gap between new aircraft prices and residual values of their aircraft is too great, and they’re unsure about the economy or regulatory environment, among other factors.
Former CEO of TAG Aviation Has New Quest
For the first time in 16 years, Robert H. Wells, isn’t at EBACE. Two years ago, he retired as the high-profile head of TAG Aviation, his employer for 16 years, and also resigned as an EBAA board director, a position he held for 8 years. Rob and wife Edie uprooted from Geneva and transplanted to Seattle, hoping to cultivate old connections in the Pacific Northwest. Then, in January, he was named CEO of Quest Aircraft, which manufactures the rugged Kodiak bush plane.
Inmarsat’s Ka-Band Satcom Paradigm Shift
Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX Ka-band satcom service is soaring, with this week’s announcements by Bombardier, Dassault and Embraer about equipping their aircraft with the high-speed satcom systems.
BBJ Max 7: Farther and Roomier 7
Boeing Business Jets is showing a $200,000 model of the new BBJ Max 7 at EBACE. Paris-based Cabinet Alberto Pinto’s design takes full advantage of the extra 6 ft 4 in length of the Max 7 compared to the original BBJ.
Textron Cockpit Feature Is Emblematic of Aggressive Investment Strategy
Textron Aviation’s announcement this week of an available head-up display aboard the 3,500-nm range Citation Longitude provides clear evidence of a surge in product investment – $200 million to $2300 million per year.
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