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
Flying Garmin’s G5000 Cockpit For The Beechjet 400A/400XP 
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.
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.
Commercial Morphing Wing Aircraft Retrofit In Works 
Winglet specialist Aviation Partners and joint venture partner FlexSys are working with an undisclosed customer to retrofit an aircraft with the first commercial morphing wing.
Podcast: Holding Pattern As BizAv Awaits New Products
Listen in as our editors on site at the NBAA Convention and Exhibition discuss the latest technologies and other major developments in the business aviation industry.
Pilot Report: Embraer Legacy 500's Enhanced Vision System HUD
We strapped into the left seat of Legacy 500 s.n. 52 for a brief demonstration of the improved performance of its Rockwell Collins HGS-3500 compact head-up display.
Flying Gulfstream's G500 3
Fred George, Business & Commercial Aviation’s Aircraft Evaluation Editor, shows us the features and performance of the Gulfstream G500 as he takes us up on its 66th test flight.
Jetcraft Cuts Forecast, But Is Optimistic 
A new forecast by Jetcraft predicts deliveries of 7,879 business jets representing $248 billion in revenue years through 2025.
Pilatus Remains Zip-Lipped On PC-24 Progress 
The second Pilatus PC-24 prototype, most recently seen undergoing avionics tests at Honeywell’s Phoenix-Deer Valley hangar, is making its National Business Aviation Association Convention & Exhibition debut this year.
Cirrus Vision Jet Is Certified 
The FAA officially has awarded Cirrus Aircraft a Federal Aviation Regulations Part 23 type certificate for its $1.96 million, 300-kt. single-engine turbofan SF50 Vision Jet here.
Pilot Report: Embraer Phenom 100 EV Third-Generation Light Jet 1
Whoosh! It took a little more than one hour of test flight to convince us that Phenom 100 EV, short for “Evolution,” finally has shed the original Phenom 100’s matronly image.
First Avanti EVO Delivered from New Piaggio Plant
Piaggio Aero Industries is flying into calmer skies after weathering several years of severe storms.
Cirrus Vision Jet Is Certified 5
The FAA has officially awarded Cirrus Aircraft with an FAR Part 23 Type Certificate for its $1.96 million, 300-kt. single-engine turbofan SF50 Vision Jet.
Inmarsat Sparks the Great Band Rush 1
Some business aircraft operators are holding off on making a decision on Ka band equipment. But with such strong competition from Inmarsat and Viasat, operators likely will be the big winners.
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