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.

Articles
Pilot Report: Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet 
Modest performance and price, coupled with spacious cabin and safety features, make the Vision Jet popular with owners of Cirrus piston-powered aircraft trading up.
Divert Field Planning: Getting There Is The Easy Part 
Potential divert airports are organized by the specific services they offer, such as FBO line support and fuel, aircraft maintenance, passenger accommodations and amenities, and availability of airline service.
Nextant G90XT Pilot Report: GE Czech, Nextant Transform King Air 
Thanks to its GE Aviation Czech engine technology, Garmin G1000 cockpit makeover and wider, quieter and more functional cabin, the G90XT is very much a contemporary turboprop.
Garmin G1000 Powers Nextant G90XT’s Regency Flight Deck 
The Nextant G90XT's Regency flight deck is powered by Garmin G1000 avionics. It features 10.4-in. left- and right-side PFDs and a central 15-in. MFD that displays engine parameters, fuel quantity, flap position, oxygen quantity, and cabin altitude and pressure differential. Regency also clusters all annunciator lights in a new glareshield panel, rather than splitting them between top and bottom panels as with a stock King Air G1000 retrofit panel.
H75-100 Turboprop Resembles The Walter/Motorlet M601 Powerplant 
At first glance, H-series engines look a lot like the Walter/Motorlet M601 powerplants from which they are derived. All engines in this family are two-shaft, reverse flow designs.
Operators Survey: Bombardier Challenger 350  1
Bombardier has delivered more than 200 Challenger 350 super-midsize jets since its introduction into service in mid-2014.
Retrospective 20/Twenty: The Grumman Gulfstream  1
At the end of World War II, Leroy Grumman, co-founder of Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp., espoused the radical idea of building an aircraft designed expressly for the conveyance of small teams of business executives.
IS&S Autothrottle For The PT6A Is Significant Safety Advancement 
Innovative Solutions & Support's autothrottle (A/T) system, now approved for first-generation Pilatus PC-12 turboprops, is virtually a takeoff-to-touchdown power management system for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A.
Hawker 750: Operators Say Dispatch Reliability Is Rock Solid  9
Hawker 750 operators say dispatch reliability is rock solid, the aircraft is easy to fly and quiet, smooth and comfortable for passengers.
Third Icon A5 Crash Claims Ex-MLB Pitcher Halladay  9
Retired Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay, winner of the Cy Young in both the American and National Leagues, on Nov. 7 became the third person to die in a crash of the Icon A5 light sport amphibian.
Cirrus SF50: Personal Jet Sets High Standards  7
Pilots and passengers of Cirrus SR20/SR22 single-engine aircraft are going to feel right at home when they belt into the 5-7-seat Cirrus Vision Jet.
Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet Specifications 
Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet specifications
Graphs: Cirrus Vision Jet Performance 
These graphs are designed to illustrate the performance of Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet under a variety of range, payload, speed and density altitude conditions.
Eclipse 400: Pioneering Single-Turbofan Aircraft Of 2007  2
The contrasts between Eclipse 400 and Vision Jet could not be clearer. Masefield’s diminutive jet was all about speed, range and efficiency. Vision Jet is all about generous passenger accommodations, docile handling qualities and cockpit comfort.
Mitsubishi Strives For Better MU-2 Pilot Quals 20
It’s been more than a year since the FAA morphed SFAR 108, the jet-like initial and recurrent pilot type qualifications rules, into the new Subpart N of FAR Part 91 pertaining to MU-2 pilot qualifications.
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