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.

Less Is More 
Our first impression of Bombardier's new CS300 jetliner after strapping into the left seat was that the cockpit is chock-full of advanced technologies.
Used Aircraft Report: Beech King Air 250 
The Beechcraft King Air 200 series has been in continuous production for over 40 years. More than 1,800 units have been delivered and the King Air 250 remains in solid demand with 162 deliveries since late 2010.
Pilot Report: Garmin G1000XNi 
The second-generation system has dual core processors, 250 times more nonvolatile memory, better graphics refresh rates and less lag for zooming and panning.
Pilot Report: Bombardier’s C Series Sets New Standard  41
Our chief aircraft evaluation pilot says he has yet to fly a jetliner with more docile yet responsive handling qualities.
Podcast: Flying The C Series. Our Pilots Report 1
Our chief aircraft evaluation pilot, Fred George, flew the CS300. Our avionics and safety editor, John Croft, has done simulator runs. Executive Editor Jim Asker quizzes them on their impressions of Bombardier’s newest airliner.
Used Aircraft Report: Beech King Air B100  9
The Beech King Air B100 is a versatile big-cabin turboprop for operators on a tight budget.
Operator Profile: Transystems And Their Citation M2 
Dan Rice, chairman of Transystems, says mishaps are preventable results of human error that can diminish productivity, balloon operating costs and, in the most extreme, jeopardize lives.
Pilot Report: Daher’s New TBM 930  1
Daher’s new TBM 930 flagship is the culmination of three decades of enhancements made to the original TBM 900.
Used Aircraft Report: Embraer Legacy 650  3
For as little as $10 million, you can buy a Legacy 650, an aircraft that can fly eight passengers from London to New York, Beijing to Moscow, Singapore to Sydney or Sao Paulo to Miami.
Operators Survey: Cessna Citation Mustang  4
The Citation Mustang, introduced at the 2002 NBAA Convention by then-Cessna Chairman and CEO Russ Meyer, was marketed as a sure-thing alternative to the new class of very light jets (VLJs) that were all the rage at the turn of the 21st century.
Pilot Report: Embraer’s New Eyes  1
Embraer Legacy 500 is the company's first aircraft to have the certified version of the Embraer Enhanced Vision System.
Flying Garmin’s G5000 Cockpit For The Beechjet 400A/400XP  5
The Beechjet 400A/Hawker 400XP has the potential to be one of the most popular business aircraft retrofit programs in the past 30 years.
Garmin Flight Stream 510 
The fully paperless cockpit is becoming a reality with the advent of FAA-certifiable tablet computers that may be used as Class 1 electronic flight bags in accordance with Advisory Circular 120-76C. Garmin, among other avionics manufacturers, is developing wireless interfaces between tablet computers and avionics systems. Garmin’s link between the G5000 and tablet computers running Garmin Pilot software is the $1,500 Flight Stream 510 SD card that has both internal Bluetooth and Wi-Fi transceiver chips.
Textron Aviation’s 400XPR FJ44-4 Upgrade 
Rated at 3,230 lb. thrust for takeoff, the Williams International FJ44-4A-32 turbofans produce about 9% more thrust than the original Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5R engines fitted to the Beechjet 400A and Hawker 400XP. At first glance, that seems like a nominal increase at best. But the FJ44-4 has a fat ISA+17C flat rating that makes a considerable difference in hot-and-high airport, climb and cruise performance.
Used Aircraft Report: Citation Excel and XLS 
The Citation 560XL family is one of the best examples of Cessna Aircraft's time-proven incremental engineering and development philosophy that has produced so many derivative models on time, on weight and on budget. Created in the mid-1990s as a rush response to the clean-sheet, leading edge Learjet 45, Citation 560XL combines a shortened Citation 650 fuselage, a scaled up and modified Citation V wing and newly introduced PW545 turbofan engines.
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