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.

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? 
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.
Howard 500: An Audacious Close To The Radial Engine Era  18
Sixty-plus years ago, Leroy Grumman created the Gulfstream, the world's first clean-sheet turboprop specifically designed to transport small teams of executives.
Pilatus' PC-12 IS&S Avionics Upgrade 
IS&S integrated avionics packages for the PC-12 Eclipse 500/550 have custom features and non-standard color conventions.
Pilot Report: Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet  22
Modest performance and price, coupled with spacious cabin and safety features, make the Vision Jet popular with owners of Cirrus piston-powered aircraft trading up.
Divert Field Planning: Getting There Is The Easy Part  3
Potential divert airports are organized by the specific services they offer, such as FBO line support and fuel, aircraft maintenance, passenger accommodations and amenities, and availability of airline service.
Garmin G1000 Powers Nextant G90XT’s Regency Flight Deck 
The Nextant G90XT's Regency flight deck is powered by Garmin G1000 avionics. It features 10.4-in. left- and right-side PFDs and a central 15-in. MFD that displays engine parameters, fuel quantity, flap position, oxygen quantity, and cabin altitude and pressure differential. Regency also clusters all annunciator lights in a new glareshield panel, rather than splitting them between top and bottom panels as with a stock King Air G1000 retrofit panel.
H75-100 Turboprop Resembles The Walter/Motorlet M601 Powerplant  1
At first glance, H-series engines look a lot like the Walter/Motorlet M601 powerplants from which they are derived. All engines in this family are two-shaft, reverse flow designs.
Operators Survey: Bombardier Challenger 350  3
Bombardier has delivered more than 200 Challenger 350 super-midsize jets since its introduction into service in mid-2014.
Retrospective 20/Twenty: The Grumman Gulfstream  3
At the end of World War II, Leroy Grumman, co-founder of Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp., espoused the radical idea of building an aircraft designed expressly for the conveyance of small teams of business executives.
IS&S Autothrottle For The PT6A Is Significant Safety Advancement 
Innovative Solutions & Support's autothrottle (A/T) system, now approved for first-generation Pilatus PC-12 turboprops, is virtually a takeoff-to-touchdown power management system for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A.
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