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.

Elbit to Provide Enhanced Vision for China’s C919
Shanghai Avionics Corporation has signed a contract with Elbit Systems of America, LLC, to provide Kollsman enhanced vision system-superior performance infrared cameras for the new COMAC C919 jetliner.
GE, LHT Sign MoU for Large Engine Overhauls 1
Lufthansa Technik AG and GE Aviation have announced they will build a new technology engine overhaul facility for GE engines that power Boeing’s two largest jetliners.
Interest in Scorpion Picks Up
Textron is talking with Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Exelis about an active electronically scanned array radar that can be integrated in the front of the aircraft.
Falcon 8X Makes Le Bourget Debut
Dassault Aviation’s 6,450-nm-range tri-jet flagship shows off its maneuverability during a flying display with project test pilots Eric Gérard and Hervé Laverne at the controls.
Flying The A350: Airbus’s Most Technologically Advanced Airliner
Aviation Week chief aircraft evaluation editor Fred George thoroughly vets the A350. His in-depth pilot report notes the ease and efficiency of the cockpit controls.
Eclipse 500: Rocky Road to Maturity

Eclipse 500 suffered bruising battles even before it finally made it to market in 2007. During its troubled gestation, engines, avionics and several systems components needed to be upgraded. 

It entered service as a work in progress needing flight into known icing certification, along with dozens of avionics upgrades and systems improvements.

Middle East Misadventure 

In mid-2014, Matt Guthmiller, at age 19, became the youngest person yet to fly solo around the world. Now an engineering student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his 26,700-nm odyssey spanned 15 countries on five continents. The journey in a leased 1981 A36 Beech Bonanza, its cabin stuffed full of auxiliary fuel tanks, required 23 refueling stops. Many of those stopovers were far from the great circle route because of the relative scarcity of avgas at airports outside North America.

Honeywell’s Variable-Speed APU Debuts On Airbus A350  6
More power, same weight, less fuel burn: Honeywell’s auxiliary power unit for the A350 sets new performance standards.
Airbus A350’s Enhanced, Modular Avionics 
New Airbus twin has large-format cockpit displays and core processing modules with more integration and functionality.
Airbus A350’s Rolls-Royce Trent XWBs 
Rolls-Royce’s Trent XWB, the only engine available on the A350, sets new standards for high fuel efficiency, low noise and emissions.
Let's Go Flying: Airbus A350 1
Aviation Week chief aircraft evaluation editor Fred George flew left seat in Airbus’s new big twin.
Flying The A350: Airbus’s Most Technologically Advanced Airliner 11
After putting the Airbus A350 through its paces, the ruling is it's a different aircraft than Boeing’s 787, and is a significant advance over the popular A330.
Now Playing EBACE For Piaggio: Team Avanti 1
Piaggio isn’t displaying at EBACE for the first time in 15 years, a sobering reminder of the declines suffered by the company in recent years.
Preventing Crew Fatigue from A to Zzz
Fatigue management starts before the mission by determining if each crewmember is fit for flight.
Acropolis Signs For First Airbus ACJ320neo
Farnborough-based Acropolis Aviation has ordered the first corporate jet version of A320NEO, valued at $125 million, with a 19-seat custom interior at current list prices.
Special Topics

Sign up to Aviation Week Newsletter

Daily analysis on technology advances impacting the global aviation, aerospace & defense industries.

Penton Corporate

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×