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.

Embraer Legacy 450 Comparison Profile 

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. Trade offs are a reality of aircraft design.

Aerocet 6650 Amphibious Floats 
In late August, Priest River, Idaho-based Aerocet Inc. earned full FAA approval for its 6650 composite floats for the Quest Kodiak 100. Compared to the previously available aluminum floats, the composite Aerocet 6650 floats are 300 lb. lighter and they have considerably lower hydrodynamic drag due to their comparatively long, quad-fluted, shallow-chine, banana-shaped step sections.
Honeywell HTF7500E Turbofan Engines 

Well proven over the last 12 years in service aboard business aircraft, the HTF7500E is a twin-spool, medium-bypass-ratio turbofan. Up front, there’s a single-stage, wide-chord, damperless fan, driven by an uncooled and shrouded three-stage low-pressure turbine. Aft of the fan, air is routed to the compressor through an inertial separator that causes most FOD to pass out the bypass duct rather than be ingested by the engine. The compressor consists of four axial compressor stages, with two variable geometry stator stages, and a single centrifugal compressor.

Cessna Citation M2: Pilot Report

Cessna Aircraft, the oldest member of the Textron Aviation family, is rebounding as a result of streamlined manufacturing processes, supply chain cost controls and expedited development of new products.

Cessna Citation CJ2: Filling a Niche and Holding Value
For less than $3 million, the Cessna Citaction CJ2 provides high value in light jet transportation. It offers excellent airport performance, reasonable block times on typical missions, unbeatable reliability and unmatched product support from Cessna.
Citation M2 Performance 

Graphs illustrate the performance of Citation M2 under a variety of range, payload, speed and density altitude conditions.

Why Pilots Need More Than Simulator Training 16
Simulator training is essential, but it alone simply isn’t sufficient to provide flight crews with all the skills and knowledge needed to assure the highest safety margins.
EAA 2015: Best AirVenture In A Decade 4
What was once a quirky annual meeting of pilots who owned garage-built flying kites, odd-duck antiques and très outre experimentals has now morphed into a mainstream aviation event enjoyed by both aviators and non-pilots.
Gulfstream G150 Positioned For Long Life In Fleet 1
The G150 is one of the fastest and most cost-effective mid-light business aircraft that is capable of flying non-stop between most coastal cities in the U.S.
Healthy Mix Of Professionals And Enthusiasts Keeps Oshkosh Relevant 
The annual air show in Wisconsin offers a glimpse of the future, honors the past and serves as a platform for the vibrant general aviation sector.
This Pilot’s Perspective on ‘Red Mist’ At Oshkosh 4
The world’s largest fly-in should be a fun, peacetime party. There’s no need for it to involve the chaos of air combat.
Icon Donates First A5 To EAA Young Eagles 
Icon Aircraft founder and CEO Kirk Hawkins on July 20 presented keys to the first production A5 light-sport amphibian aircraft to EAA Young Eagles Chairman Sean D. Tucker and EAA Chairman Jack Pelton here at AirVenture.
Higher Calling Drove Design Of Quest Kodiak 
Quest Kodiak 100 creator Tom Hamilton clearly recalls the summit meeting at Mission Aviation Fellowship’s headquarters in the late 1990s when he asked representatives of MAF, the Jungle Aviation and Radio Service (JAARS), New Tribes and AirServ Christian nonprofit groups what they needed in their next support aircraft.
Airbus’s Chapman Flies A350 Paris Air Show Routine At Oshkosh
Chapman says he was less constrained by airspace boundaries than he was at the Paris Air Show because there is no nearby airport to Oshkosh that could create a traffic conflict.

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