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
Pilot Report: Cessna Citation M2 

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.

Citation M2 Performance 

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

Cessna Citation CJ2 

The Citation CJ2, built from 2000 to 2006, is holding its value well at $2.4 to $2.9 million. That’s because it fills the niche in Cessna’s light jet product line left vacant when the Citation I/I-SP went out of production in the early 1980s. The
CitationJet and the CJ1 series aircraft were never true replacements for the Citation I/I-SP because their cabins were too short, tanks-full payload was too low and range was too limited. The CJ2 remedied some of those shortcomings.

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.
EAA 2015: Best AirVenture In A Decade 4
What was once a quirky annual meeting of pilots who owned garage-built flying kites, odd-duck antiques and très outre experimentals has now morphed into a mainstream aviation event enjoyed by both aviators and non-pilots.
Gulfstream G150 Positioned For Long Life In Fleet 1
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 4
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.
 

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