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
Challenger 350 Performance 

These graphs are designed to illustrate the performance of Challenger 350 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.

Comparison Profile Challenger 350 

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. Tradeoffs are a reality of aircraft design.

Bombardier Challenger 350
Improving on the best-selling super-midsize jet
Aerion and Airbus Ink JV 

Robert Bass, chairman of Aerion Corp., and T. Allan McArtor, chairman and CEO of Airbus Group North America, celebrated a joint venture that will boost development of the AS2, the first supersonic business jet. It also will give Airbus complete access to Aerion’s broad range of proprietary design tools, including its supersonic natural laminar flow airfoil (SNLF) designs.

“We are delighted to formally launch our partnership with Airbus to launch the AS2,” says Bass. “We are aerodynamicists. Airbus can provide systems design and certification.”

New Technologies On Gulfstream's G600
We look at the new features being introduced in the cockpit of Gulfstream's G600 and the Pratt & Whitney PW800 engine that will power the new ultra-long-range business jet.
Raisbeck Technology Key to C90GTx Performance Improvements
Textron Aviation says that the 2015 version of its Beech King Air C90GTx will have a twin-engine, flaps-up takeoff distance of only 1,980 ft., a 575-ft. improvement over the current aircraft using flaps approach to increase lift.
Aerion and Airbus Ink JV
Robert Bass, chairman of Aerion Corp., and T. Allan McArtor, chairman and CEO of Airbus Group North America, celebrated a joint venture that will boost development of the AS2, the first supersonic business jet.
NBAA Awards 2014 Meritorious Service Award To Hoover
Wednesday, Ed Bolen, NBAA president and CEO, presented 92-year-old RA Bob Hoover with the association’s 2014 Meritorious Service to Aviation Award, an honor befitting him who General James Doolittle lauded as “the greatest stick and rudder man who ever lived” and who has inspired millions of young people with his air show performances. Previous winners include Capt. Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon; the Tuskegee Airmen; Clay Lacy; James D. Raisbeck; and Serge Dassault, among others.
Operators Press For Relief From Oxygen Mask Rule
NBAA, GAMA, Gulfstream Aerospace and business aircraft operators, among other interested parties, want a change in FAR 91.211, the rule that requires a single pilot of a pressurized aircraft to wear an oxygen mask above FL350 and one pilot in a two-crew cockpit to wear the mask above FL410.
This Pilot’s Viewpoint: The Need To Upgrade To Active Sidesticks
Every time I belt into the left seat of an Eclipse 500, I’m reminded that it’s the only jet I’ve yet flown with active sidesticks. That’s because the left and right cockpit controls are mechanically linked to each other as well as to the flight control surfaces.
Pilot Report: Flying Embraer’s Phenom 100E
Last Sunday, Marco Túlio Pellegrini, president and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, invited us to belt into the left seat of the Phenom 100E at Orlando Executive Airport to evaluate key improvements the firm has made to the product line at serial number 325 and subsequent.
Flying with Honeywell’s Enhanced SmartView
In late September, we belted into the left seat of Honeywell’s Falcon 900EX at Phoenix Deer Valley Airport for a firsthand demonstration of the feature set the company is developing for its Primus Epic avionics systems.
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Blogs
May 1, 2015
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From The Archives: 1956 Lockheed Job Advert

Less than a year after the U-2 Dragon Lady made its first flight, Lockheed was enticing jobseekers in the engineering field with ads promising 'a new era of classified projects'....More
Apr 30, 2015
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From The Archives: 1956 Rolls-Royce Advert 3

This advert appeared in Aviation Week & Space Technology a little over eight years after the iconic Dart engine powered the maiden flight of the prototype Viscount. The engine helped make the Vickers Viscount one of Britain's best-selling aircraft....More
Apr 30, 2015
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Disappointed in Boeing’s Earnings? Be Glad It’s Not 1956 4

Luckily for CEO Jim McNerney, this is not 1956....More
Apr 29, 2015
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From The Archives: 1956 Boeing 707 Advert

Almost two years after the rollout of the 707 prototype at Renton Field, Boeing placed adverts in Aviation Week & Space Technology promoting the flight characteristics of the airplane. "Seattle to Washington, D.C., and return - in 8 hours, 6 minutes!"...More
Apr 28, 2015
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When the Pentagon First Let Women Fly in Combat (1993) 27

Twenty-two years ago, the U.S. defense secretary proposed allowing women to fly in combat. Now, the first female fighter pilot is a member of Congress....More

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