Fred George

Fred George
Senior Editor,
Business & Commercial Aviation

Fred is a senior editor with Business & Commercial Aviation. Fred is Aviation Week's aircraft evaluation specialist, having 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
Operators' Survey: King Air 250
Customer loyalty to the Beech marque is virtually unsurpassed in the business aircraft industry.
Turbo Commander 1000 

Few pre-owned twin-engine turboprops offer more speed, range and utility, along with as high a cabin pressurization system and low operating costs, as does the Turbo Commander 1000. Sixty of 99 units produced between 1981 and 1985 remain in service and selling prices are firm at $1 million and up.

Safety Management System 

High-performance aviation organizations set the bar for crew discipline and error prevention by using comprehensive safety management systems (SMS) that trap errors before they can develop into safety risks. The process initially starts by creating a comprehensive flight department operations manual, one that promulgates detailed standard operating procedures as well as general policies. (See “The Flight Department Ops Manual,” B&CA, July 2014, page 44.)

Gamut Of New Developments At AirVenture 2014 
EAA AirVenture highlights product improvements, enduring passion
ADS-B Mandate Could Dismantle BARR 3
When Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert flew on his business aircraft to court Lebron James back to the team, aircraft watchers tracked the aircraft’s progress at websites that use ADS-B data to monitor aircraft that don’t pop up on publicly accessible FAA air traffic feeds.
Pilot Report: Eclipse 550
Second-generation VLJ outgrows adolescence
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F-A Turbofans 

Sixteen years after conception, a decade since its first flight and $1.4 billion dollars later, the Eclipse 500 finally is maturing into a full-fledged business jet, albeit the tiniest in current production. The world’s first VLJ was endowed with promising but untested DNA. As a result, it went through one of the most difficult and time-consuming development cycles in the history of business aircraft.

Eclipse 550 Performance 

Range/Payload Profile — Each of the four payload/range lines was plotted from only two data points by B&CA, so they are highly simplistic approximations. The graph illustrates the Eclipse 550 at a 518-lb. payload, 1,109 nm at high-speed cruise in 3 hr. 26 min. FAR Part 23 50-ft.

Avio 2.7—Total Aircraft Intergration 

The Avio system is more than an avionics package; it is a dual redundant aircraft computer system that also controls electrical, fuel, engine support, environmental, ice protection landing gear, exterior lights, pressurization, trim control and fire extinguishing systems. The anti-skid braking system computer is a stand-alone unit that was not planned for the original aircraft.

R. A. Bob Hoover Perpetual Trophy Slated for DC Museum
A major fundraising campaign officially kicked off on Wednesday at EAA with the goal of building and maintaining a perpetual trophy named for Robert A. “Bob” Hoover that will be “given a special place of honor in Washington, DC”.
Boeing Makes Major Investment In AirVenture
Boeing Plaza is the new name of the main static aircraft display at EAA AirVenture, following a sizable financial investment and multi-year commitment the Chicago-based jetliner company is making in the event.
GE Faces Hurdle In Fielding High-Power GA Turboprop
A GE official says that challenging Pratt & Whitney Canada for its lead in the 1,800 to 2,000 thrust horsepower (thp) turboprop class can’t be done with the existing H80 series engines.
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