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
Gulfstream G150 
The G150 is one of the fastest and most cost-effective mid-light business aircraft that is capable of flying non-stop between most coastal cities in the U.S.
Healthy Mix Of Professionals And Enthusiasts Keeps Oshkosh Relevant 
The annual air show in Wisconsin offers a glimpse of the future, honors the past and serves as a platform for the vibrant general aviation sector.
This Pilot’s Perspective on ‘Red Mist’ At Oshkosh 3
The world’s largest fly-in should be a fun, peacetime party. There’s no need for it to involve the chaos of air combat.
Icon Donates First A5 To EAA Young Eagles 
Icon Aircraft founder and CEO Kirk Hawkins on July 20 presented keys to the first production A5 light-sport amphibian aircraft to EAA Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker and EAA Chairman Jack Pelton here at AirVenture.
Higher Calling Drove Design Of Quest Kodiak 
Quest Kodiak 100 creator Tom Hamilton clearly recalls the summit meeting at Mission Aviation Fellowship’s headquarters in the late 1990s when he asked representatives of MAF, the Jungle Aviation and Radio Service (JAARS), New Tribes and AirServ Christian nonprofit groups what they needed in their next support aircraft.
Airbus’s Chapman Flies A350 Paris Air Show Routine At Oshkosh
Chapman says he was less constrained by airspace boundaries than he was at the Paris Air Show because there is no nearby airport to Oshkosh that could create a traffic conflict.
GE Could Build 2,000 thp GA Turboprop Engine 1
GE plans to capitalize on experience gained in developing the GE Czech H80 to develop a clean-sheet 2,000 thermodynamic horsepower general aviation engine suitable for high-performance turboprop business aircraft.
Icon Donates First A5 To EAA Young Eagles
On Monday, July 20, Icon Aircraft founder and CEO Kirk Hawkins presented keys to the first production A5 light-sport amphibian aircraft to EAA Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker and EAA Chairman Jack Pelton at AirVenture.
Higher Calling Drove Design Of Quest Kodiak
Quest Kodiak 100 creator Tom Hamilton clearly recalls the summit meeting he attended at Mission Aviation Fellowship’s headquarters in the late 1990s.
New Owner For A Classic Cessna 195 2
Sixty years ago, the Cessna 195 was viewed as general aviation trash. Now it’s seen as a treasure.
Boeing B-52 Makes Oshkosh Debut 11
What’s it like to be the first pilot to land a Boeing B-52H Stratofortress at EAA AirVenture? We asked Aircraft Commander Major Jeremy Holt about flying the classic eight engine strategic bomber into Oshkosh.
Pilot Report: Splash-and-Dash Aboard Icon A5 At Oshkosh 2
Icon A5 is pure joy in the air, generating the kind of excitement and emotion that kids have, such as EAA Young Eagles, when they first take to the air.
D-Day Invasion Led By 'That’s All, Brother' 2
The historic Douglas C-47 Skytrain that led the Allied invasion of Normandy almost ended up as a Basler turboprop conversion, when it was discovered in a scrap yard here at Oshkosh.
Sam Graves, Warbird Pilot Aims To Excite And Educate Young People At Oshkosh
Most people in Missouri’s 6th Congressional District know Sam Graves as their elected representative on Capitol Hill. But, since the late 1990s, he’s also been an enthusiastic and accomplished vintage warbird pilot who regularly flies these historic aircraft during the aerial demonstrations at EAA AirVenture.
Flying The Annual 1,500+ nm Pilgrimage To Oshkosh 2
EAA AirVenture purists will tell you that the only way to get to Oshkosh is in a light aircraft. As a card-carrying EAA member who greatly respects that tradition, I loaded up my Beech Bonanza F33A and began the annual 10+ hour journey from San Diego to Oshkosh on the eve of the show.
Special Topics
 

Sign up to Aviation Week Newsletter

Daily analysis on technology advances impacting the global aviation, aerospace & defense industries.

Penton Corporate

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×