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
Crunch Time In The Cockpit Tests CRM

Four minutes after takeoff on Nov. 4, 2010, not long after retracting slats and flaps, Capt. Richard Champion de Crespigny and the crew of Qantas Flight 32, flying an ill-fated Airbus A380 from Singapore to Sydney, heard the two most startling sounds of their flying careers. One of the aircraft’s Rolls-Royce Trent engines had just suffered catastrophic failure.

Learjet 75 Offers Improvements On Model 45 Predecessor

The Learjet 75, Bombardier’s marketing name for the Learjet 45-456 and subsequent units, has been in production since November 2013 and it offers a package of improvements that make it a far more capable business airplane than the original Model 45 introduced in the mid-1990s. It offers true full-tanks, full-seats loading flexibility, substantially better runway performance, sportier climb performance, improved fuel efficiency, longer range and better reliability.

Operators Survey: Bombardier Global 5000 3
Superior range, speed and cabin comfort are the main reasons why business aircraft operators were motivated to upgrade to the Bombardier Global 5000 from smaller, slower and shorter-range business aircraft. It simply delivers on those requirements.
Contract Flight Crews: Special Procedures to Mitigate Risks

“A flight department must screen temps as thoroughly as new hires,” says Drumgold. This starts with a close examination of a contract pilot’s records, licenses, certificates and logs. Then, it takes a one-on-one interview, investigation of references and plenty of immersion into the flight department’s culture. The vetting process needs to be thorough to assure that the contract pilot buys into your SOPs, SMS and risk mitigation protocols.

Used Aircraft Report: Bombardier Global Express 4
Bombardier threw down the gauntlet in front of Gulfstream when it announced the Global Express in December 1993, officially launching the battle between Montreal and Savannah for King of the Heavy-Iron class.
How Contract Pilots Fit in the Flight Department 6

Chronic pilot shortages now are a reality for many small and medium-size flight departments. Managers have pared back on staffing levels to comply with cost-cutting mandates. Moreover, full-time pilots aren’t available for duty full time. They have vacation days, periodic simulator training sessions, occasional sick days, parental leave time and perhaps even a few personal days off.

Used Aircraft Report: Hawker 900XP

When Hawker Beechcraft fit 4,750-lb.-thrust Honeywell TFE731-50 turbofans to it, the firm put pep into the step of the Duchess de Havilland. The Hawker 900XP was the 19th, best and final iteration of the stately, but matronly 1960 de Havilland DH 125, the original midsize business jet. Produced from 2008 to 2012, 184 units were built.

Wheels Up Forecasts 50% Growth In 2016 
Kenny Dichter, co-founder and CEO of membership-based private aviation club Wheels Up, predicts a 50% boost in revenue next year and an 80% increase in revenue flight hours.
Pelton Sets EAA Priorities 
Jack Pelton has a new job. And this one, unlike his volunteer position as Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) chairman, comes with a salary.
Gulfstream G500 On Track For 2018 Deliveries 

The $43.5 million G500, Gulfstream’s long-awaited replacement for the $41 million G450, is making its NBAA debut only six months after its first flight.

HondaJet To Get FAA Type Certification ‘Very Soon,’ CEO Says 
Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino says the $4.5 million HA-420 HondaJet will receive FAA type certification “very soon.”
Dassault Falcon 8X Pilot Report 2
BCA senior editor Fred George belted into the left seat of Falcon 8X No. 1 to evaluate the new aircraft's general flying qualities.
HondaJet Type Certification Coming Soon
Function and reliability testing with FAA pilots aboard is slated to be complete by Nov. 21, 2015, paving the way for type certification by December, with initial entry into service coming shortly thereafter.
Embraer Legacy 500 Sets Speed Marks 1
Embraer trumpeted two new speed records for its Honeywell HTF7500E-powered Legacy 500 twinjet at NBAA, bringing the total this year to six.
Howard 500 Makes NBAA Debut 2
Lots of heads turned when Ryan Mohr, chief pilot for Phillippi Equipment Co. of Eagan, Minnesota, landed Lady of the Night, one of the firm's Howard 500 heavy twins at Henderson Airport on Saturday evening
 

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