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.

Articles
Bombardier Shows Off Global 7000 
Embraer has delivered the first Legacy 500 midsize business jet assembled at its Melbourne, Florida, facility.
Phenom 300E Sets New Standards For Light Jet Cabin Comfort 
Board Embraer’s new Phenom 300E, short for 300 Enhanced, and you’ll find cabin accoutrements that look like they’ve been lifted from the firm’s $20 million Legacy 500.
ISS Autothrottle For PT6A
Innovative Solutions & Support’s autothrottle system, now approved for first-generation Pilatus PC-12 turboprops, virtually is a takeoff-to-touchdown power management system for the PT6A.
Honeywell Aero Dodges Spinoff Bullet
Honeywell said yesterday that it’s spinning off its home products, ADI global distribution and transportation systems business units, which collectively generate $7.5 billion in annual revenues.
Impact of Falcon 5X Woes Uncertain 8
Dassault officials declined to comment further on their disappointment with Safran’s bombshell admission that the 11,450-lb.-thrust Silvercrest turbofan, which is to power the Falcon 5X, is suffering yet another round of development woes.
Fifth G600 Joins Gulfstream Flight-Test
Gulfstream Aircraft’s fifth and final G600 test aircraft made its maiden flight Aug. 29, less than nine months since the G600 flight-test program began.
Down But Not Out: Zetta Gambles With Future
Zetta Jet Pte. Ltd and Zetta Jet USA, the firms that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in mid-September, are rolling the dice at Henderson. A Global 6000 in Zetta Jet livery is parked at the NBAA static display, accompanied by company pilot Matthew Waterhouse.
Bombardier Shows Off Global 7000 2
Embraer has delivered the first Legacy 500 midsize business jet assembled at its Melbourne, Florida, facility.
Nextant’s Challenger 604XT: Tamarack Active Winglets? 3
Nextant officials predict that the firm’s remanufactured and highly modified $8 million 604XT will be able to fly 500+ nm miles farther than a stock Bombardier Challenger 605/605/650 due to a wing extension and new winglets, plus a 4,000-ft. increase in maximum operating altitude to FL 450.
Phenom 300E Sets New Standards For Light Jet Cabin Comfort
Board Embraer’s new Phenom 300E, short for 300 Enhanced, and you’ll find cabin accoutrements that look like they’ve been lifted from the firm’s $20 million Legacy 500.
Citation Sovereign: Largest Cabin, Best Runway Performance In Class  1
Citation Sovereign is considered one of the best buys in the used aircraft market.
More Than 250 Business Aircraft Operators Embrace A Version Of FOQA 
Most business aviation operators were cool to the concept of Flight Operational Quality Assurance programs as late as a decade ago.
Legacy 500: Super Midsize Technology Leader Fights For Market Share  5
Embraer launched development of the Legacy 500 in 2007, with the aim of creating business aviation's first super-midsize aircraft with fly-by-wire, throttle-by-wire, brake-by-wire and steer-by-wire systems.
GE Halting Corporate Jet Operations For Executives 
General Electric will no longer operate its fleet of corporate jets in an effort to cut costs, the company has confirmed.
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.
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