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
HondaJet Earns EASA Certification 
The HA-420 HondaJet has received European Aviation Safety Agency type certification, opening the door for the first two deliveries.
Bombardier Adds Pocket Door To Learjet 70/75 For Quieter Cabin 
All new-production Learjet 70/75 aircraft are now being fitted with a forward cabin bulkhead and pocket door that seals off the main cabin from the galley and entry door area.
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 business and general aviation and integrated systems VP Brad Mottier.
HondaJet Earns EASA Certification 1
Steven Higgins, section manager for high-performance aircraft and turboprops for EASA, presented the founding president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, with a new EASA type certificate for the HA-420 HondaJet.
Pilatus PC-12NG: Faster, More Capable, More Comfortable
A huge black five-bladed carbon fiber Hartzell prop distinguishes the 2016 PC-12NG and is largely responsible for its greater speed, range and performance. BCA’s Fred George flew the aircraft earlier this year.
G500 Misses EBACE; on Track for 2017 Certification
Gulfstream elected not to sidetrack one of its four G500 flight test aircraft to make a debut at EBACE 2016 to keep the program on schedule.
Purchase Planning Handbook: 2016 Business Airplanes

The new business aircraft market continued to fly into troubled skies in 2015, with piston engine aircraft deliveries dropping 6.5%, turboprops down 7.6%, and turbofan aircraft shipments flat at 1.6% growth, compared to 2014, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). However, billings were up 2.4%. Notably, business aircraft operators are not parking their older equipment. Thus, the size of the turbine aircraft fleet slightly increased.

Used Aircraft Report: Embraer Phenom 300

Six years ago, the $7 million Embraer Phenom 300 entered service, instantly redefining the value proposition in the light-jet segment. Excluding its shorter lavatory, the dimensions of the main passenger seating area compare favorably with the Learjet 70, including maximum height because of Phenom 300’s 4-in. dropped aisle. Its 66-cu.-ft. aft baggage compartment is the largest in the light-jet class and there is another 10 cu. ft. of luggage storage split between the nose compartment and lavatory. Its runway performance is closely matched to Citation CJ4.

Pilot Report: Pilatus PC-12 NG 5
There’s no mistaking a 2016 Pilatus PC-12 NG from earlier versions of the aircraft. The third iteration of this 22-year-old model sports a five-blade Hartzell prop with scimitar shaped blades made of black carbon fiber. It is more efficient at converting torque into thrust in all phases of flight than the aluminum Hartzell four-blade prop it replaces.
Cockpit Cognitive Biases Can Cause Real Trouble 1
They are those convenient intellectual shortcuts we use to streamline our decision-making processes. Cognitive biases help us process information expeditiously when we're under pressure.
Operators Survey: Dassault Falcon 7X 5
BCA is conducting a second 7X Operators Survey now that the aircraft has had time to mature and dozens of product improvements have been made. Consistent with our findings in our March 2011 Operators Survey, Falcon 7X operators contacted for this follow-up report say the aircraft provides substantially more speed, range and cabin comfort compared to midsize and large-cabin aircraft they previously flew.
Used Airplane Report: Nextant 400XTi

The buyers’ market for light jets is stronger than at any time in decades, with upward of 200 aircraft available. Well hidden among all that inventory are a scant few Nextant 400XT and 400XTi aircraft that are true bargains, priced at less than $3 million for the first 2011 models and up to $4.7 million for 2015 units. The newer XTi aircraft have more-space-efficient interiors, super-sound-proofing and plusher passenger seats, among other upgrades.

Cessna Citation Longitude Nearing First Flight 
Out of the ashes of the Hawker 4000 and drawing from its all-new Citation Latitude, Textron Aviation is creating a super-midsize jet.
Cessna Citation Longitude About to Take Off 7
Out of the ashes of the Hawker 4000 as well as drawing from its all-new Citation Latitude, Textron Aviation is creating a super-midsize jet with what could be a bright future.
Used Aircraft Report: Hawker 4000 1

The super-midsized Hawker 4000 (nee Hawker Horizon), in production from 2008 through 2012, suffered through one of the longest and most arduous gestations of any business aircraft yet built, requiring 12 years of development work and a $1 billion-plus investment. 

 

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