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.

Understanding The Angle-Of-Attack Indicator  78
It’s reasonable to ask why the aviation industry hasn’t made the transition from indicated air speed to Angle of Attack as the primary performance indicator for target V speeds.
The Proficient Contract Copilot  7
I realized I was falling into an all-too-common, part-time, contract copilot trap. I could put everyone on the aircraft at risk if I blindly assumed that my basic FAR Part 61.55 legal compliance truly prepared me to belt into the right seat.
Icon Aircraft Shifts Composite Work To Mexico 
Icon Aircraft is shifting production of major components for its A5 sport amphibian from subcontractor Cirrus Design to its own facility in Tijuana, Mexico.
Flying Piper’s New M600 Turboprop  19
As the value leader in the single-engine turboprop class, the M600 has potential to carve out a considerably larger share of this market segment for Piper.
Used Aircraft Report: Challenger 604  2
Operators say that cabin and cockpit width, range performance, low profile ramp presence, solid dispatch reliability and good product support from Bombardier are among the 604's best features.
All The Way With AoA 
Cruising with autothrottles set for a certain angle-of-attack can save enough Jet-A to avoid a refueling stop.
Piper M600 Comparison Profile  2

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. Tradeoffs are a reality of aircraft design.

Piper M600 Performance  1
Graphs are designed to illustrate the performance of Piper M600 [PA-46-600TP] under a variety of range, payload, speed and density altitude conditions. Do not use these data for flight planning because they are gross approximations of actual aircraft performance.
Embraer Lineage 1000E Evaluation Flight Reveals Improvements  6
The Lineage 1000E is a substantially upgraded and more capable version of the Embraer Corporate Jet.
Five Minutes With EAA Chairman And CEO Jack Pelton 
View the Sounding Board: Five Minutes With EAA Chairman And CEO Jack Pelton in PDF format.
Airshow Legend Survives Health Scare 11
Legendary airshow performer R.A. Bob Hoover almost “Went West” on the eve of this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh due to life-threatening anemia.
Electric Future for Flight Training
Alexandre Couvelaire, inventor of the TBM700, Porsche-Mooney and an aviation futurist, believes that the electrically-powered Sun Flyer, being developed by Aero Electric Aircraft Corporation in concert with Bye Aerospace, is emblematic of next-generation basic GA training aircraft.
Boeing: 600K New Pilots Needed Over Next 20 Years 
Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, said at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that 617,000 new pilots will be needed in the next two decades.
EAA AirVenture 2016: Soul-Searching And Promising Progress  2
Although efforts to make flying safer took center stage this year, there was no dearth of new products and improvements on existing aircraft.
Boeing Sees Massive Need For Pilots Over Next 20 Years 
Sherry Carbary, vice president of Boeing Flight Services, said at the EAA AirVenture Oshkosh that 617,000 new pilots will be needed in the next two decades.
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