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.

Articles
Honeywell’s Variable-Speed APU Debuts On Airbus A350  3
More power, same weight, less fuel burn: Honeywell’s auxiliary power unit for the A350 sets new performance standards.
Airbus A350’s Enhanced, Modular Avionics 
New Airbus twin has large-format cockpit displays and core processing modules with more integration and functionality.
Airbus A350’s Rolls-Royce Trent XWBs 
Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB, the only engine available on the A350, sets new standards for high fuel efficiency, low noise and emissions.
Let's Go Flying: Airbus A350 1
Aviation Week chief aircraft evaluation editor Fred George flew left seat in Airbus’s new big twin.
Flying The A350: Airbus’s Most Technologically Advanced Airliner 5
After putting the Airbus A350 through its paces, the ruling is its a different aircraft than Boeing’s 787, and is a significant advance over the popular A330.
Now Playing EBACE For Piaggio: Team Avanti 1
Piaggio isn’t displaying at EBACE for the first time in 15 years, a sobering reminder of the declines suffered by the company in recent years.
Preventing Crew Fatigue from A to Zzz
Fatigue management starts before the mission by determining if each crewmember is fit for flight.
Acropolis Signs For First Airbus ACJ320neo
Farnborough-based Acropolis Aviation has ordered the first corporate jet version of A320NEO, valued at $125 million, with a 19-seat custom interior at current list prices.
Gulfstream G500 Achieves First Flight
Gulfstream Aerospace announced first flight of the G500 on Tuesday, a critical milestone that keeps the aircraft’s flight test and certification program on track for its slated 2017 FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency certification.
Gulfstream G500 Achieves First Flight 
Gulfstream Aerospace announced first flight of the G500 on Tuesday, a critical milestone that keeps the aircraft’s flight test and certification program on track for its slated 2017 FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency certification.
Strong Business Aircraft Growth Ahead In Africa
The African Business Aircraft Association has released its first data-driven report that describes the state of business aviation in Africa and what association members believe needs to be accomplished to foster future growth.
EAN Lagos Offers Luxury Lounge
EAN Aviation is revamping its 1,800-square-foot passenger lounge to provide more functional, convenient and comfortable accommodations.
Strong Business Aircraft Growth Ahead In Africa 
The African Business Aircraft Association has released its first data-driven report that describes the state of business aviation in Africa and what association members believe needs to be accomplished to foster future growth.
Split Scimitar Winglets Approved For BBJ
FAA has granted a supplemental type certificate for the split scimitar winglet retrofit on BBJ and other Boeing 737-700 aircraft.
Citation Latitude: A Bargain-Priced Super-Midsize Jet

The Citation Latitude is the latest proof that Textron Aviation is back on its feet, largely recovered from the Great Recession and fully competing for its historic share of the business jet market. For more than four decades, Citation engineers have been business aviation’s undisputed masters of iteration and the Latitude embraces this low-risk design approach to perfection.

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