Fred George

Fred George
Senior Editor,
Business & Commercial Aviation

Fred is a senior editor with Business & Commercial Aviation. Fred is Aviation Week's aircraft evaluation specialist, having 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.

Strong Start For Global 7000/8000 
Bombardier’s unveiling of the Global 7000 mock-up has generated strong traffic flows through the exhibits at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition here.
Third-Generation Piaggio Avanti ‘EVO’ In Works 
Piaggio Aero has announced the launch of the third-generation Avanti EVO, the world’s fastest civil turboprop in production.
We Test-Run Embraer’s Newest Aircraft
With Embraer’s Legacy 500 approaching certification and customer deliveries set to begin this year, other manufacturers are likely bracing—or should be.
Gulfstream Makes G650 Fly Farther With ‘ER’ Variant 
Gulfstream threw down a new gauntlet May 19 with the introduction of the 7,500 nm-range G650ER, claimed by the company to be the world’s longest-range business jet.
Gulfstream Announces G650ER

Gulfstream slapped down a new gauntlet on Monday with the introduction of the 7,500-nm range G650ER, claimed by the firm to be the world’s longest-range business jet. Just as impressively, Savannah’s new über-jet will be able to fly 6,400 nm at Mach 0.90.

Embraer Phenom 100 


Embraer’s first go at a purpose-built business aircraft was well intentioned, having a spacious cabin for an entry level jet, 370+ KTAS cruise speeds, jetliner-inspired toughness and impressively low operating costs. More than 310 now are in service and more than half of the fleet is in the U.S.

Legacy 500 Specifications 


Legacy 500 Specifications

B&CA Equipped Price






Wing Loading




Legacy 500’s standard Rockwell Collins Pro Line fusion flight deck features four 15-1 inch displays, arranged in a T configuration. Displays may be split into two, three or four windows, providing flexibility for individual optimization for the phase of flight.

Pilot Report: Legacy 500 2
Redefining the midsize class
Business Airplanes 2014 



Business jet apartheid remained the dominant theme in 2013, as it has for the last five years since the world economy struggles to recover from its deepest downturn in eight decades. Most long-range, large-cabin business aircraft manufacturers flourished while most light and midsize jet makers floundered. Total jet deliveries stabilized at 678, essentially in line with deliveries a decade ago, according to GAMA statistics.

Gulfstream G650 

There now are more than 50 Gulfstream G650 jets in service, an impressively large number of new aircraft deliveries for just over one year of production. Operators say the airframe, engines and basic systems have been remarkably trouble free, resulting in near flawless dispatch reliability. That's an impressive milestone as the G650 is the first completely clean-sheet Gulfstream since the 1967-vintage GII, doubly so because of the reliability of early serial number airplanes.

The Most Challenging Aircraft We've Ever Flown 

A half century ago, the 280 kt., 1,800-nm range Howard 500 represented the pinnacle of business aviation's Big Piston Era. Durrell Unger “Dee” Howard of San Antonio, Texas, built 16 of these 5,000-hp beasts before losing the sales war to Leroy Grumman's new turboprop Gulfstream in the early 1960s.

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