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.

Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34 

Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-34

Embraer Legacy 450 Pilot Report 2
In the entry-level super-midsize category, is the Legacy 450 better value than the Citation Latitude? Digging deeper into design details, performance numbers and everyday capabilities can provide some answers.
Quest Kodiak 100 

More than 130 Quest Kodiak 100 single-engine turboprops now are in service and the aircraft epitomizes a “build to suit” design philosophy, according to many operators contacted by BCA. Originally designed specifically for mission aviation organizations, the Kodiak 100 has earned a strong following among government, business and private aviation departments.

Cabin Amenities 

Three interior packages are available for the Kodiak. The standard Tundra Interior configuration includes nonslip floor coverings, durable composite side panels, sidewall cargo net tie-down points, and two pilot and four passenger chairs. There are eight passenger headset jacks, passenger service units and reading lights, plus a full ventilation and heating system. A two-place, crew-only oxygen system is included.

Mixing It Up 

More than 2,800 of the public-use airports in the U.S. have paved runways that are at least 4,000 ft. long, according to Future Flight, a review of the small aircraft transportation system (SATS) concept published by the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies. That opens up a sizable number of landing facilities for turbofan business aircraft, especially as many have excellent runway performance because of their sporty thrust-to-weight ratios and efficient high-lift systems.

Cessna Caravan and Grand Caravan 

Mention the name Russ Meyer, Jr. and you’ll think of the Cessna chairman and CEO most responsible for the success of the Citation family of fanjets. Yet, it was he, along with his predecessor Dwayne Wallace who originated the concept for clean-sheet, single-engine Caravan, the company’s quietly successful and enduring utility turboprop.

Embraer Enhanced Vision System (E2VS) 

The Legacy 450 and Legacy 500 are the launch platforms for Rockwell Collins’ new HGS-3500 compact head-up guidance system and uncooled, tri-spectral EVS-3000 enhanced vision sensor. Embraer and Rockwell Collins are pursuing Enhanced Flight Vision System certification for the combined HGS/EVS system that will enable operators to fly down to 100 ft. AGL/1,600 ft. RVR minimums on low-visibility instrument approaches.

Embraer Legacy 450 Performance 

These graphs are designed to illustrate the performance of the Embraer Legacy 450 under a variety of range, payload, speed and density altitude conditions. Do not use these data for flight planning purposes because they are gross approximations of actual aircraft performance.

Rockwell Collins Pro Line Fusion Avionics 

Four, 15.1-in. landscape configuration displays, arranged in a T configuration, dominate the instrument panel and center console. Each display may be divided into multiple windows to support multitasking. Synthetic vision is standard for the PFDs.

Embraer Legacy 450 Comparison Profile 

Designers attempt to give exceptional capabilities in all areas, including price, but the laws of physics, thermodynamics and aerodynamics do not allow one aircraft to do all missions with equal efficiency. Trade offs are a reality of aircraft design.

Honeywell HTF7500E Turbofan Engines 

Well proven over the last 12 years in service aboard business aircraft, the HTF7500E is a twin-spool, medium-bypass-ratio turbofan. Up front, there’s a single-stage, wide-chord, damperless fan, driven by an uncooled and shrouded three-stage low-pressure turbine. Aft of the fan, air is routed to the compressor through an inertial separator that causes most FOD to pass out the bypass duct rather than be ingested by the engine. The compressor consists of four axial compressor stages, with two variable geometry stator stages, and a single centrifugal compressor.

Cessna Citation M2: Pilot Report

Cessna Aircraft, the oldest member of the Textron Aviation family, is rebounding as a result of streamlined manufacturing processes, supply chain cost controls and expedited development of new products.

Cessna Citation CJ2: Filling a Niche and Holding Value
For less than $3 million, the Cessna Citaction CJ2 provides high value in light jet transportation. It offers excellent airport performance, reasonable block times on typical missions, unbeatable reliability and unmatched product support from Cessna.
Citation M2 Performance 

Graphs illustrate the performance of Citation M2 under a variety of range, payload, speed and density altitude conditions.

Why Pilots Need More Than Simulator Training 16
Simulator training is essential, but it alone simply isn’t sufficient to provide flight crews with all the skills and knowledge needed to assure the highest safety margins.

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