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.

Gulfstream G600 Update: No Hiccups Nine Months After First Flight  9
Gulfstream’s G600, the eventual successor to the G550, is months ahead of the original schedule and on track for 2018 deliveries.
Embraer Phenom 100EV: Plusher, Peppier, Heavier 
Embraer has made significant improvements to the Phenom 100EV that are aimed at helping it rise above the flood of entry-level light jets in the pre-owned market.
Pilot Report: Quest Kodiak 100 With Aerocet Floats  6
Could there be a more ideal pairing of an airplane and floats? That was our first thought when we settled comfortably on to Lake Winnebago this past July while flying the Quest Kodiak 100.
Icon Resumes A5 LSA Production As Founder Perseveres 
Eight years of flying U.S. Air Force F-16 Vipers in high-risk military operations failed to prepare Kirk Hawkins for the daunting civilian challenge of starting up Icon Aircraft company, maker of the A5 light sport amphibian.
EAA AirVenture Hails Women In Aviation
WomenVenture Day at EAA AirVenture celebrated all the accomplishments of women in aviation during the last century and all the opportunities that await them in the 21st century.
Triple Performance Boost For King Air 350 
King Air 350, the largest and most capable version of the venerable Beech twin turboprop, is getting new aftermarket engines and propellers that will increase performance and reduce cabin sound levels.
Garmin Slashes Cost Of Retrofitting Autopilots 
It is no longer cost prohibitive to install a full-feature autopilot in an older general aviation airplane.
ADS-B Compliance Options Abound  12
Compliance with the ADS-B mandate need not be a nightmare. The rules provide many ways to meet the requirement. Plan now, and you’ll be flying when others are awaiting deliveries of avionics boxes and slots in shop schedules.
The Go/No-Go Decision: High-Speed RTOs Are Fraught With Risk  37
Dann Runik still gets chills when he remembers the morning of March 1, 1978. He was in the cockpit of a DC-8 at LAX as he watched Continental Flight 603, a heavily laden DC-10, lumber down Runway 6R on its takeoff roll.
Used Aircraft Report: Citation Mustang  5
By the time Textron Aviation ended Citation Mustang production in May 2017, that model had become the most successful very light jet in history.
Used Aircraft Report: Piaggio P.180 Avanti/Avanti II 
P.180 Avanti and Avanti II aircraft are flying Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Maseratis in a world awash in Fiat- and Ford-like turboprops.
Operator Survey And Pilot Report: Piaggio P.180 Evo  3
Piaggio Aerospace is setting ambitious goals for the new P.180 Avanti Evo, making it quieter, more economical and more comfortable.
Silvercrest Is On Track For 2018 
​The Safran Silvercrest turbofan is on track for spring 2018 certification.
Silvercrest on Track for 2018
​The Safran Silvercrest turbofan is on track for spring 2018 certification.
Textron HUD Is Emblematic Of Aggressive Strategy 
Textron Aviation’s announcement this week provides clear evidence of a surge in product investment – $200-$230 million per year.
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