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.

Articles
Gulfstream G500 Achieves First Flight 
Gulfstream Aerospace announced first flight of the G500 on Tuesday, a critical milestone that keeps the aircraft’s flight test and certification program on track for its slated 2017 FAA and European Aviation Safety Agency certification.
Strong Business Aircraft Growth Ahead In Africa
The African Business Aircraft Association has released its first data-driven report that describes the state of business aviation in Africa and what association members believe needs to be accomplished to foster future growth.
EAN Lagos Offers Luxury Lounge
EAN Aviation is revamping its 1,800-square-foot passenger lounge to provide more functional, convenient and comfortable accommodations.
Strong Business Aircraft Growth Ahead In Africa 
The African Business Aircraft Association has released its first data-driven report that describes the state of business aviation in Africa and what association members believe needs to be accomplished to foster future growth.
Split Scimitar Winglets Approved For BBJ
FAA has granted a supplemental type certificate for the split scimitar winglet retrofit on BBJ and other Boeing 737-700 aircraft.
Citation Latitude: A Bargain-Priced Super-Midsize Jet

The Citation Latitude is the latest proof that Textron Aviation is back on its feet, largely recovered from the Great Recession and fully competing for its historic share of the business jet market. For more than four decades, Citation engineers have been business aviation’s undisputed masters of iteration and the Latitude embraces this low-risk design approach to perfection.

What Is The 2015 Outlook For The Business Jet Market? 1
General aviation manufacturers now are riding the wave of the improved economy. Billings increased to $24.5 billion and deliveries exceeded 2,400 airplanes.
King Air C90A/B

Built-for-comfort, not-for-speed has been the design mantra for 90 series King Airs for more than half a century. The roomy 179-cu.-ft. main cabin, measuring section 4.8 ft. tall, 4.5 ft. wide and 7.5 ft. long, seats four passengers in club. Some aircraft have an additional seat or two in the 48-cu.-ft. aft baggage compartment. In the aft cabin, there is a full-width, internally service lavatory with privacy curtain.

Citation Latitude Performance

These graphs are designed to illustrate the performance of Citation Latitude under a variety of range, payload, speed and density altitude conditions. Do not use these data for flight planning purposes because they are gross approximations of actual aircraft performance.

 

Pilot Report: Citation Latitude

The Citation Latitude is the latest proof that Textron Aviation is back on its feet, largely recovered from the Great Recession and fully competing for its historic share of the business jet market. For more than four decades, Citation engineers have been business aviation’s undisputed masters of iteration and the Latitude embraces this low-risk design approach to perfection.

Checklists and Callouts: Keep It Simple, Avoid Distraction, Prevent Ineptitude 3
Short and simple checklists pay off with a more relaxed working environment in which flight crews have the most time to devote to situational awareness and dealing with unexpected occurrences.
Falcon 20-F5 Costs a Lot to Maintain, Retains Mystique 4
The downside to owning a Falcon 20-F5 is the potentially eye-watering maintenance expense. But conscious operators have found numerous ways to slash costs.
Operators Survey: Gulfstream G550

There now are more than 460 Gulfstream G550 business jets in service and operators say it’s a top performer, a versatile workhorse offering solid dispatch reliability and backed by unmatched product support.

Cessna Citation CJ1+ 1

Strap into a CJ1+ and you’ll feel as comfortable as when you slip on your favorite shoes. The third-generation CitationJet, built from mid-2005 to late 2010, has FADEC-equipped engines with slightly more thrust, increased operating weights and an upgraded interior compared to the CJ1. It also has a completely integrated Rockwell Collins Pro Line 21 avionics package, including full-feature FMS-3000, and more standard equipment.

Pilot Report: Embraer Phenom 100E 2
Green shoots finally are popping up in the entry-level light jet market, after the segment entered a nosedive six years ago. Now, Textron Aviation, Embraer and HondaJet, the Big Three of the light jet manufacturers, are gearing up to take advantage of better times ahead with three distinctively different models, all priced at close to $4.5 million when comparably equipped.
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