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
Operators Survey: Cessna Citation M2 
For more than a decade, Cessna’s mantra has been “It’s a sure thing.” The Citation M2 appears to epitomize everything that slogan entails.
Flying Into And Out Of Uncontrolled Airports 
There are close to 5,000 airports in the U.S. with paved runways, but only about 500 have full- or part-time control towers.
Used Airplane Report: Cessna Citation CJ1+ 
For as little as $2 million, you can buy a used Cessna Citation CJ1+ that can fly four passengers nearly 1,200 nm and land with 100-nm NBAA IFR reserves. That’s farther than some new light jets costing more than double the price. Cessna Aircraft delivered just over 100 of these entry-level light jets between late 2005 and early 2011, before the one-two Sunday punch of the Great Recession and arrival of the Embraer Phenom 100 knocked it out of production.
Understanding The Angle-Of-Attack Indicator  72
It’s reasonable to ask why the aviation industry hasn’t made the transition from indicated air speed to Angle of Attack as the primary performance indicator for target V speeds.
The Proficient Contract Copilot  6
I realized I was falling into an all-too-common, part-time, contract copilot trap. I could put everyone on the aircraft at risk if I blindly assumed that my basic FAR Part 61.55 legal compliance truly prepared me to belt into the right seat.
Icon Aircraft Shifts Composite Work To Mexico 
Icon Aircraft is shifting production of major components for its A5 sport amphibian from subcontractor Cirrus Design to its own facility in Tijuana, Mexico.
Used Aircraft Report: Challenger 604  2
Operators say that cabin and cockpit width, range performance, low profile ramp presence, solid dispatch reliability and good product support from Bombardier are among the 604's best features.
All The Way With AoA 
Cruising with autothrottles set for a certain angle-of-attack can save enough Jet-A to avoid a refueling stop.
Flying Piper’s New M600 Turboprop  19
As the value leader in the single-engine turboprop class, the M600 has potential to carve out a considerably larger share of this market segment for Piper.
Piper M600 Comparison Profile  2

Designers attempt to give exceptional capabilities in all areas, including price, but the laws of physics, thermodynamics and aerodynamics do not allow one aircraft to do all missions with equal efficiency. Tradeoffs are a reality of aircraft design.

Piper M600 Performance  1
Graphs are designed to illustrate the performance of Piper M600 [PA-46-600TP] under a variety of range, payload, speed and density altitude conditions. Do not use these data for flight planning because they are gross approximations of actual aircraft performance.
Embraer Lineage 1000E Evaluation Flight Reveals Improvements  6
The Lineage 1000E is a substantially upgraded and more capable version of the Embraer Corporate Jet.
Five Minutes With EAA Chairman And CEO Jack Pelton 
View the Sounding Board: Five Minutes With EAA Chairman And CEO Jack Pelton in PDF format.
Airshow Legend Survives Health Scare 11
Legendary airshow performer R.A. Bob Hoover almost “Went West” on the eve of this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh due to life-threatening anemia.
Electric Future for Flight Training
Alexandre Couvelaire, inventor of the TBM700, Porsche-Mooney and an aviation futurist, believes that the electrically-powered Sun Flyer, being developed by Aero Electric Aircraft Corporation in concert with Bye Aerospace, is emblematic of next-generation basic GA training aircraft.
 

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