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
Cirrus SF50: Personal Jet Sets High Standards 
Pilots and passengers of Cirrus SR20/SR22 single-engine aircraft are going to feel right at home when they belt into the 5-7-seat Cirrus Vision Jet.
Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet Specifications 
Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet specifications
Graphs Document Cirrus Vision Jet Performance 
Graphs are designed to illustrate the performance of Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet under a variety of range, payload, speed and density altitude conditions.
Mitsubishi Strives For Better MU-2 Pilot Quals 18
It’s been more than a year since the FAA morphed SFAR 108, the jet-like initial and recurrent pilot type qualifications rules, into the new Subpart N of FAR Part 91 pertaining to MU-2 pilot qualifications.
Meggitt Bluetooth Sensor Helps Prevents Tire Failures
Meggitt is working with Textron Aviation to earn STC approvals for installing remote Bluetooth tire pressure sensors on a wide variety of Citations and King Airs that will enable pilots to check tire pressures by means of an iPhone app.
Bombardier Shows Off Global 7000 
Embraer has delivered the first Legacy 500 midsize business jet assembled at its Melbourne, Florida, facility.
Phenom 300E Sets New Standards For Light Jet Cabin Comfort 
Board Embraer’s new Phenom 300E, short for 300 Enhanced, and you’ll find cabin accoutrements that look like they’ve been lifted from the firm’s $20 million Legacy 500.
ISS Autothrottle For PT6A
Innovative Solutions & Support’s autothrottle system, now approved for first-generation Pilatus PC-12 turboprops, virtually is a takeoff-to-touchdown power management system for the PT6A.
Honeywell Aero Dodges Spinoff Bullet
Honeywell said yesterday that it’s spinning off its home products, ADI global distribution and transportation systems business units, which collectively generate $7.5 billion in annual revenues.
Impact of Falcon 5X Woes Uncertain 5
Dassault officials declined to comment further on their disappointment with Safran’s bombshell admission that the 11,450-lb.-thrust Silvercrest turbofan, which is to power the Falcon 5X, is suffering yet another round of development woes.
Fifth G600 Joins Gulfstream Flight-Test
Gulfstream Aircraft’s fifth and final G600 test aircraft made its maiden flight Aug. 29, less than nine months since the G600 flight-test program began.
Down But Not Out: Zetta Gambles With Future
Zetta Jet Pte. Ltd and Zetta Jet USA, the firms that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in mid-September, are rolling the dice at Henderson. A Global 6000 in Zetta Jet livery is parked at the NBAA static display, accompanied by company pilot Matthew Waterhouse.
Nextant’s Challenger 604XT: Tamarack Active Winglets? 3
Nextant officials predict that the firm’s remanufactured and highly modified $8 million 604XT will be able to fly 500+ nm miles farther than a stock Bombardier Challenger 605/605/650 due to a wing extension and new winglets, plus a 4,000-ft. increase in maximum operating altitude to FL 450.
Phenom 300E Sets New Standards For Light Jet Cabin Comfort
Board Embraer’s new Phenom 300E, short for 300 Enhanced, and you’ll find cabin accoutrements that look like they’ve been lifted from the firm’s $20 million Legacy 500.
Bombardier Shows Off Global 7000 2
Embraer has delivered the first Legacy 500 midsize business jet assembled at its Melbourne, Florida, facility.
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