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.

Articles
Five Minutes With EAA Chairman And CEO Jack Pelton 
View the Sounding Board: Five Minutes With EAA Chairman And CEO Jack Pelton in PDF format.
Airshow Legend Survives Health Scare 10
Legendary airshow performer R.A. Bob Hoover almost “Went West” on the eve of this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh due to life-threatening anemia.
Electric Future for Flight Training
Alexandre Couvelaire, inventor of the TBM700, Porsche-Mooney and an aviation futurist, believes that the electrically-powered Sun Flyer, being developed by Aero Electric Aircraft Corporation in concert with Bye Aerospace, is emblematic of next-generation basic GA training aircraft.
Boeing: 600K New Pilots Needed Over Next 20 Years 
Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, said at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that 617,000 new pilots will be needed in the next two decades.
EAA AirVenture 2016: Soul-Searching And Promising Progress 
Although efforts to make flying safer took center stage this year, there was no dearth of new products and improvements on existing aircraft.
Boeing Sees Massive Need For Pilots Over Next 20 Years 
Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, said at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that 617,000 new pilots will be needed in the next two decades.
Embraer Lineage 1000E Evaluation Flight Reveals Improvements 
The Lineage 1000E is a substantially upgraded and more capable version of the Embraer Corporate Jet.
Used Aircraft Report: Dornier 328 Turboprop  2
Almost three decades ago, Dornier Luftfarhrt GmbH, then part of Daimler-Benz Aerospace, began design work on a 30-seat regional turboprop, intended to offer a step-up change in passenger comfort, block speed, operating economics and avionics technology.
Fast Five: Jack Pelton, EAA Chairman and CEO
On the eve of EAA Airventure 2016 at Oshkosh, WI, EAA Chairman and CEO Jack Pelton talks Young Eagles, FAA reform and UAVs.
Used Aircraft Report: Galaxy/Gulfstream G200  2
It's a bona fide buyers' market for the IAI Galaxy/G200 in mid-2016. According to Penton's Aircraft Bluebook, selling prices for early 2001 models are approaching $3 million and late model 2011 aircraft are going for less than $8 million.
Gulfstream G280 Customers Rate Performance  1
Somewhere in the G280 family tree, there is a decades-old Israel Aircraft Industries Astra IV ancestor, the first super-midsize jet.
GE’s ATP on Track for 2017 First Run 
The first run of GE Aviation’s 2,000-hp-class advanced turboprop series, internally known as GE93, is on track for the fourth quarter of 2017, says Brad Mottier, vice president of business and general aviation and integrated systems.
HondaJet Notable For Comfort, Quiet And Speed  1
It has taken Honda five years longer than planned to deliver on its surprising entry into the aviation market, but Aviation Week evaluation pilot Fred George says the HondaJet raises the bar for entry-level light jets.
Honda Spools Up Aircraft, Engine Production 
HondaJet and HF120 engine lines begin to accelerate as HondaJet deliveries head from ramp-up.
Management, Charter, FBO Consolidation Inevitable, Experts Say 
Mergers and acquisitions in the management, charter and FBO sector will continue, according to four experts at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition.
 

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