Fred George

Fred George
Senior Editor,
Business & Commercial Aviation

Fred is a senior editor 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 two decades. 
He has flown more than 150 individual aircraft types, ranging from the Piper J-3 Cub through Boeing and Airbus single-aisle jetliners, logging more than 5,700 hours of flight time. He has earned an Airline Transport Pilot certificate and four 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 A400M and Gulfstream G650. 
Prior to joining Aviation Week, he was an FAA designated pilot examiner [CE-500], instrument flight instructor and jet charter pilot. He also is 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 and serves as a Director of the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Purchase Planning Handbook: 2016 Business Airplanes 

The new business aircraft market continued to fly into troubled skies in 2015, with piston engine aircraft deliveries dropping 6.5%, turboprops down 7.6%, and turbofan aircraft shipments flat at 1.6% growth, compared to 2014, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). However, billings were up 2.4%. Notably, business aircraft operators are not parking their older equipment. Thus, the size of the turbine aircraft fleet slightly increased.

Embraer Phenom 300 

Six years ago, the $7 million Embraer Phenom 300 entered service, instantly redefining the value proposition in the light-jet segment. Excluding its shorter lavatory, the dimensions of the main passenger seating area compare favorably with the Learjet 70, including maximum height because of Phenom 300’s 4-in. dropped aisle. Its 66-cu.-ft. aft baggage compartment is the largest in the light-jet class and there is another 10 cu. ft. of luggage storage split between the nose compartment and lavatory. Its runway performance is closely matched to Citation CJ4.

Pilot Report: Pilatus PC-12 NG 3
There’s no mistaking a 2016 Pilatus PC-12 NG from earlier versions of the aircraft. The third iteration of this 22-year-old model sports a five-blade Hartzell prop with scimitar shaped blades made of black carbon fiber. It is more efficient at converting torque into thrust in all phases of flight than the aluminum Hartzell four-blade prop it replaces.
Cockpit Cognitive Biases Can Cause Real Trouble 1
They are those convenient intellectual shortcuts we use to streamline our decision-making processes. Cognitive biases help us process information expeditiously when we're under pressure.
Operators Survey: Dassault Falcon 7X 5
BCA is conducting a second 7X Operators Survey now that the aircraft has had time to mature and dozens of product improvements have been made. Consistent with our findings in our March 2011 Operators Survey, Falcon 7X operators contacted for this follow-up report say the aircraft provides substantially more speed, range and cabin comfort compared to midsize and large-cabin aircraft they previously flew.
Used Airplane Report: Nextant 400XTi

The buyers’ market for light jets is stronger than at any time in decades, with upward of 200 aircraft available. Well hidden among all that inventory are a scant few Nextant 400XT and 400XTi aircraft that are true bargains, priced at less than $3 million for the first 2011 models and up to $4.7 million for 2015 units. The newer XTi aircraft have more-space-efficient interiors, super-sound-proofing and plusher passenger seats, among other upgrades.

Cessna Citation Longitude Nearing First Flight 
Out of the ashes of the Hawker 4000 and drawing from its all-new Citation Latitude, Textron Aviation is creating a super-midsize jet.
Cessna Citation Longitude About to Take Off 7
Out of the ashes of the Hawker 4000 as well as drawing from its all-new Citation Latitude, Textron Aviation is creating a super-midsize jet with what could be a bright future.
Used Aircraft Report: Hawker 4000 1

The super-midsized Hawker 4000 (nee Hawker Horizon), in production from 2008 through 2012, suffered through one of the longest and most arduous gestations of any business aircraft yet built, requiring 12 years of development work and a $1 billion-plus investment. 

Garmin G5000 Avionics

Longitude’s cockpit layout closely parallels that of Latitude. Three side-by-side, 14-in., landscape configuration flat panel displays occupy most of the instrument panel. The LCDs are some of the highest resolution screens yet installed in a business aircraft. Synthetic vision is standard. Above the screens are left and right display controllers and a central integrated standby instrument system. At the top, there is a central glareshield-mounted flight guidance control panel.

Honeywell HTF7700L Turbofans

Honeywell’s second-generation HTF7000 series engines are more powerful and fuel efficient than the original powerplant that entered service in 2003, plus they have lower emissions. Aboard Longitude, they’re rated at 7,550 lb. thrust for takeoff.

Crunch Time In The Cockpit Tests CRM

Four minutes after takeoff on Nov. 4, 2010, not long after retracting slats and flaps, Capt. Richard Champion de Crespigny and the crew of Qantas Flight 32, flying an ill-fated Airbus A380 from Singapore to Sydney, heard the two most startling sounds of their flying careers. One of the aircraft’s Rolls-Royce Trent engines had just suffered catastrophic failure.

Learjet 75 Offers Improvements On Model 45 Predecessor

The Learjet 75, Bombardier’s marketing name for the Learjet 45-456 and subsequent units, has been in production since November 2013 and it offers a package of improvements that make it a far more capable business airplane than the original Model 45 introduced in the mid-1990s. It offers true full-tanks, full-seats loading flexibility, substantially better runway performance, sportier climb performance, improved fuel efficiency, longer range and better reliability.

Operators Survey: Bombardier Global 5000 3
Superior range, speed and cabin comfort are the main reasons why business aircraft operators were motivated to upgrade to the Bombardier Global 5000 from smaller, slower and shorter-range business aircraft. It simply delivers on those requirements.
Contract Flight Crews: Special Procedures to Mitigate Risks

“A flight department must screen temps as thoroughly as new hires,” says Drumgold. This starts with a close examination of a contract pilot’s records, licenses, certificates and logs. Then, it takes a one-on-one interview, investigation of references and plenty of immersion into the flight department’s culture. The vetting process needs to be thorough to assure that the contract pilot buys into your SOPs, SMS and risk mitigation protocols.


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