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.

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 
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.
Two More Years of Biz Jet Slump
Deliveries of new turbofan business aircraft will continue to be in a “lull” until 2019, according to the JetnetIQ forecast report created by aviation consultant Rolland Vincent.
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.
Forecast: Bizjet Slump Continues Through 2019 
Deliveries of new turbofan business aircraft will continue to be in a “lull” until 2019, according to the JetnetIQ forecast report created by aviation consultant Rolland Vincent.
GlobeAir Reports VLJ Demand Surge
​Textron Aviation has ceased production of the Citation Mustang due to low demand, but that’s not slowing Bernhard Fragner’s success with the VLJ in Europe.
Supersonic Aerion Selects GE Engine 23
GE has signed a definitive agreement with Aerion for a joint study to define requirements for the three turbofan engines that will power the Mach 1.5 AS2 business jet. The agreement culminates two years of discussions.
VistaJet Nixes Positioning Fees
Thomas Flohr, founder and chairman of Salzburg-based VistaJet, thinks it makes no more sense to pay a positioning fee for a chartered jet than it does when a rider phones for a taxi.
Pilot Report: Flying the 737-8, Boeing’s New Narrowbody Breadwinner  79
Aviation Week’s pilot notes Boeing’s Leap-engined 737-8 has bigger displays and refinements such as fly-by-wire spoilers. Only a short training course is needed to upgrade from the 737NG.
Podcast: Boeing’s 737 MAX 8: How It Flies and When Will It Fly? 2
Last month, Aviation Week pilot Fred George strapped into the left seat of the updated version of the world’s best-selling jetliner. Listen in as he discusses the flight and technical upgrades. Also, our senior editor and resident Boeing expert Guy Norris breaks down the status of the flight test program and on-going inspections of the Leap-1B engines.
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