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.

Pilot Report: Flying the 737-8, Boeing’s New Narrowbody Breadwinner  91
Aviation Week’s pilot notes Boeing’s Leap-engined 737-8 has bigger displays and refinements such as fly-by-wire spoilers. Only a short training course is needed to upgrade from the 737NG.
Podcast: Boeing’s 737 MAX 8: How It Flies and When Will It Fly? 3
Last month, Aviation Week pilot Fred George strapped into the left seat of the updated version of the world’s best-selling jetliner. Listen in as he discusses the flight and technical upgrades. Also, our senior editor and resident Boeing expert Guy Norris breaks down the status of the flight test program and on-going inspections of the Leap-1B engines.
Download Complete 2017 BCA Purchase Planning Handbook
Download the entire 2017 Purchase Planning Handbook, including airplane comparison tables and Avionics Marketplace charts, the latter of which are only available digitally.
Making Risk Management Matter  3
It’s up to the business aviation community to help pilots truly grasp the impact of their aeronautical decision-making.
2017 Business Aircraft: Jet Operators Are Flying The Most Since 2009  1
Business jet operators are flying more than 4.3 million missions per year, the highest since 2009 and even more than in 2008 prior to the Great Recession.
Gulfstream G550: Price/Performance Sweet Spot In Large-Cabin Class  1
For as little as $14 million, you can buy an early serial number 2003 Gulfstream G550, a large-cabin business aircraft that is capable of flying eight passengers more than 6,700 nm. These jets sold new for more than $45 million.
2017 Purchase Planning Handbook: How To Use The Airplane Charts  2
For an aircraft to be listed in the Purchase Planning Handbook, a production conforming article must have flown by May 1 of this year. The dimensions, weights and performance characteristics of each model listed are representative of the current production aircraft being built or for which a type certificate application has been filed. The basic operating weights we publish should be representative of actual production turboprop and turbofan aircraft because we ask manufacturers to supply us with the average weights of the last 10 commercial aircraft that have been delivered.
Operators Survey: Bombardier Learjet 70/75  3
Learjet 70 and 75, the marketing names for the upgraded Learjet 40 and 45, are far more capable than the original models that entered service 20 years ago.
Used Aircraft Report: Learjet 45/45 XR 
The Learjet 45 and 45XR, built from 1998 to 2012 and only the second clean-sheet Learjets since the 1963 Learjet 23, have a lot going for them
Less Is More: Merit In Cockpit Minimalism  14
Jetliner manufacturers believe there’s merit in minimalism. They’re wary of distractions that could impede or derail pilot performance in high-stress situations. They’re also loathe to bury control of systems in multiple layers of submenus.
Hawker Hunter T7
Podcast: Can Airshow and Demonstration Flights Be Made Safer? 61
Aviation Week pilots explore why things sometimes go wrong at airshows and what can be done to improve safety.
Used Aircraft Report: Beech King Air 250  7
The Beechcraft King Air 200 series has been in continuous production for over 40 years. More than 1,800 units have been delivered and the King Air 250 remains in solid demand with 162 deliveries since late 2010.
Pilot Report: Garmin G1000 NXi  8
The second-generation system has dual core processors, 250 times more nonvolatile memory, better graphics refresh rates and less lag for zooming and panning.
Pilot Report: Bombardier’s C Series Sets New Standard  47
Our chief aircraft evaluation pilot says he has yet to fly a jetliner with more docile yet responsive handling qualities.
Podcast: Flying The C Series. Our Pilots Report 1
Our chief aircraft evaluation pilot, Fred George, flew the CS300. Our avionics and safety editor, John Croft, has done simulator runs. Executive Editor Jim Asker quizzes them on their impressions of Bombardier’s newest airliner.
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