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.

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  6
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  5
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  5
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  1
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.
Meggitt Bluetooth Sensor Helps Prevents Tire Failures
Meggitt is working with Textron Aviation to earn STC approvals for installing remote Bluetooth tire pressure sensors on a wide variety of Citations and King Airs that will enable pilots to check tire pressures by means of an iPhone app.
Bombardier Shows Off Global 7000 
Embraer has delivered the first Legacy 500 midsize business jet assembled at its Melbourne, Florida, facility.
Phenom 300E Sets New Standards For Light Jet Cabin Comfort 
Board Embraer’s new Phenom 300E, short for 300 Enhanced, and you’ll find cabin accoutrements that look like they’ve been lifted from the firm’s $20 million Legacy 500.
ISS Autothrottle For PT6A
Innovative Solutions & Support’s autothrottle system, now approved for first-generation Pilatus PC-12 turboprops, virtually is a takeoff-to-touchdown power management system for the PT6A.
Honeywell Aero Dodges Spinoff Bullet
Honeywell said yesterday that it’s spinning off its home products, ADI global distribution and transportation systems business units, which collectively generate $7.5 billion in annual revenues.
Impact of Falcon 5X Woes Uncertain 7
Dassault officials declined to comment further on their disappointment with Safran’s bombshell admission that the 11,450-lb.-thrust Silvercrest turbofan, which is to power the Falcon 5X, is suffering yet another round of development woes.
Fifth G600 Joins Gulfstream Flight-Test
Gulfstream Aircraft’s fifth and final G600 test aircraft made its maiden flight Aug. 29, less than nine months since the G600 flight-test program began.
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