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.

Refueling Discipline Crucial for Pilots and FBOs

Professional pilots can be perfectionists regarding preflight planning, cockpit resource management and adherence to SOPs. So, why is it that a large percentage of them aren’t equally fastidious about what’s in the fuel tanks of their aircraft?

Business Jets At The Paris Air Show
Speed is all what business aviation is all about, and the Paris air show is an important venue for business jet makers to display their long-range aircraft. Fred George takes a look at the aircraft on display at Le Bourget, including Dassault’s new Falcon 8X which is making its air show debut.
Aviage Working To Earn Trust
Alan Jones, CEO and president of Aviage Systems, believes that joint ventures, such as that of the three-year-old collaboration between GE and Aviation Industry Corporation of China, are key to earning credibility in the international market.
VistaJet’s Flohr Bullish On Global 7000
Thomas Flohr, founder and chairman of VistaJet says he’s confident of receiving his first Global 7000 in 2018.
Falcon 2000LX for Beijing Red Cross
Dassault Aviation’s versatile large cabin twin will be Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center’s first fixed wing aircraft dedicated to medevac services.
New EVS Camera Technologies Debut
The era of civil aviation’s dependency on cryogenically-cooled infrared enhanced flight vision system cameras is coming to an end.
Elbit to Provide Enhanced Vision for China’s C919
Shanghai Avionics Corporation has signed a contract with Elbit Systems of America, LLC, to provide Kollsman enhanced vision system-superior performance infrared cameras for the new COMAC C919 jetliner.
GE, LHT Sign MoU for Large Engine Overhauls 1
Lufthansa Technik AG and GE Aviation have announced they will build a new technology engine overhaul facility for GE engines that power Boeing’s two largest jetliners.
Interest in Scorpion Picks Up
Textron is talking with Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Exelis about an active electronically scanned array radar that can be integrated in the front of the aircraft.
Falcon 8X Makes Le Bourget Debut
Dassault Aviation’s 6,450-nm-range tri-jet flagship shows off its maneuverability during a flying display with project test pilots Eric Gérard and Hervé Laverne at the controls.
Flying The A350: Airbus’s Most Technologically Advanced Airliner
Aviation Week chief aircraft evaluation editor Fred George thoroughly vets the A350. His in-depth pilot report notes the ease and efficiency of the cockpit controls.
Eclipse 500: Rocky Road to Maturity

Eclipse 500 suffered bruising battles even before it finally made it to market in 2007. During its troubled gestation, engines, avionics and several systems components needed to be upgraded. 

It entered service as a work in progress needing flight into known icing certification, along with dozens of avionics upgrades and systems improvements.

Middle East Misadventure 

In mid-2014, Matt Guthmiller, at age 19, became the youngest person yet to fly solo around the world. Now an engineering student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his 26,700-nm odyssey spanned 15 countries on five continents. The journey in a leased 1981 A36 Beech Bonanza, its cabin stuffed full of auxiliary fuel tanks, required 23 refueling stops. Many of those stopovers were far from the great circle route because of the relative scarcity of avgas at airports outside North America.

Honeywell’s Variable-Speed APU Debuts On Airbus A350  6
More power, same weight, less fuel burn: Honeywell’s auxiliary power unit for the A350 sets new performance standards.
Airbus A350’s Enhanced, Modular Avionics 
New Airbus twin has large-format cockpit displays and core processing modules with more integration and functionality.

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