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.

Business Aviation Faces Pilot-Staffing Crunch 
A pilot-staffing crunch coming to business aviation could have a severe impact on safety of flight.
Download Full 2018 Purchase Planning Handbook (BCA Subscription Required) 
BCA subscribers, log in to download the entire 2018 Purchase Planning Handbook, including airplane comparison tables as well as Avionics Marketplace charts, which are available only in digital format.
2018 Business Airplane Outlook: Shallow, But Steady, Recovery 
The general aviation industry suffered a slight setback in 2017, with revenues dipping 3.6% compared to those in 2016, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
Retaining Top Talent: Crunch Time As Airlines Siphon Off Aviators  5
There is a pilot-staffing crunch coming to business aviation that could have a severe impact on safety of flight as air carriers suck up top talent from business and charter flight departments,.
Citation CJ3: Cessna’s Best-Ever Light Jet?  7
Textron Aviation now has delivered nearly 500 Citation CJ3/CJ3+ light jets since the aircraft made its production debut in late 2004. This is the company's bestselling, current-production light jet.
Naval Aviation Suffers Pilot Attrition To Airlines 
Naval aviator Lt. Cmdr. Anthony "Pampers" Kochanski is emblematic of military pilots who are lured away by the airlines because of pay and benefits.
Piper M600: Sweet Spot On The Price Vs. Performance Curve 
Piper's $3 million PA-46-600TP flagship, marketed as the M600, is settling solidly into a niche between the $2 million M500/Meridian turboprop and $4-5 million rivals.
Citation Excel And XLS Have Staying Power 
Cessna's Citation engineering and development philosophy has long been iterative, incremental and conservative — and indisputably successful.
Falcon 6X Debuts 
Dassault Aviation took the wraps off its 5,500-nm Falcon 6X at a day-long technical briefing at Paris Le Bourget Airport on Feb. 28. The new, top-of-the-line Falcon is slated for first flight in 2021 and entry into service in 2022.
Dassault's Falcon 5X Successor To Enter Service In 2022 
The Falcon 6X retains most of the Falcon 5X’s systems, and Its PW812D engines are new and lighter-weight versions of the PW814GA and PW815GA turbofans.
Stratos 714: A Leap Forward In VLJ Design  2
Entrepreneur Michael Lemaire, CEO of Stratos Aircraft in Redmond, Oregon, and his chief technology officer, Carsten Sundin, have ambitious plans to develop an all-composite, 400-kt.-cruise VLJ that will be significantly more fuel efficient than any light jet aircraft.
Homestretch to Certification For Epic E1000  2
The Epic E1000 could well be called Project Phoenix. Rising out of the failed Epic Air more than a decade ago, Epic Aircraft now is a financially healthy aircraft manufacturer.
Air Show! Or Err-Show?  12
Derring-do attitudes can blind pilots from recognizing their limits, grasping the full range of consequences of their actions, and seeing how their rogue behaviors inspire younger, impressionable pilots to attempt to follow suit.
Second-Generation Citation II Is Cost-Effective Entry-Level Jet 
Citation Bravo's performance and utility are head-and-shoulders above the original 1978 through 1994 CE-550. Bravo flies up to 2,000 ft. higher, 40 kt. faster and 300 mi. farther.
Nextant G90XT Pilot Report: GE Czech, Nextant Transform King Air  5
Thanks to its GE Aviation Czech engine technology, Garmin G1000 cockpit makeover and wider, quieter and more functional cabin, the G90XT is very much a contemporary turboprop.
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