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.

Sam Graves, Warbird Pilot Aims To Excite And Educate Young People At Oshkosh
Most people in Missouri’s 6th Congressional District know Sam Graves as their elected representative on Capitol Hill. But, since the late 1990s, he’s also been an enthusiastic and accomplished vintage warbird pilot who regularly flies these historic aircraft during the aerial demonstrations at EAA AirVenture.
Flying The Annual 1,500+ nm Pilgrimage To Oshkosh 2
EAA AirVenture purists will tell you that the only way to get to Oshkosh is in a light aircraft. As a card-carrying EAA member who greatly respects that tradition, I loaded up my Beech Bonanza F33A and began the annual 10+ hour journey from San Diego to Oshkosh on the eve of the show.
AirVenture Oshkosh Expects To Draw 500,000 Attendees
AirVenture, billed as the “World’s Greatest Aviation Celebration,” runs July 20-July 26 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Questions for Marc Parent

Marc Parent

CAE president and CEO
Saint-Laurent, Quebec

Succession Planning Essential for Flight Departments
Succession planning in any flight department, like developing other essential disciplines, is a lengthy, comprehensive process. The sooner you start planning and grooming potential successors, the more likely the high standards you’ve set for your organization will endure after your departure.
A Look At The Embraer Legacy 600 3
The Legacy 600, built from 2002 to 2012, is one of the most successful jetliner conversions yet produced for the business aircraft market.
Embraer Legacy 650 Operators Survey 

Embraer Legacy 650 operators concede that there are more luxurious, larger cabin, higher flying, faster cruising and longer range large-cabin business aircraft than the aircraft they fly. But nothing comes close in terms of “value for money.”


Many flight departments also coordinate with other aviation organizations, comparing standards and practices. Participating teams often are led by people who want to move up the chain of command, perhaps becoming flight department managers themselves.

Falcon 5X Rolls Out at Merignac
Dassault Aviation’s Falcon 5X, the first in a line of next-generation business aircraft from the French firm, rolled out in front of 500 company guests, employees and partners at its Bordeaux Merignac plant on June 2nd.
Legacy 600 Ops Report 

This article was originally published in the June 2009 issue of BC&A.

June 2009

Piaggio’s Logli Charts Course For Turnaround 

Carlo Logli, who replaced Alberto Galassi as CEO of Piaggio in May 2014, is making sweeping changes at the troubled aerospace concern as he leads the firm toward a leaner, more sustainable future. He realigned department heads, closed two plants, balanced civil and military ventures and instituted lean manufacturing methods.

Refueling Discipline Crucial for Pilots and FBOs

Professional pilots can be perfectionists regarding preflight planning, cockpit resource management and adherence to SOPs. So, why is it that a large percentage of them aren’t equally fastidious about what’s in the fuel tanks of their aircraft?

Business Jets At The Paris Air Show
Speed is all what business aviation is all about, and the Paris air show is an important venue for business jet makers to display their long-range aircraft. Fred George takes a look at the aircraft on display at Le Bourget, including Dassault’s new Falcon 8X which is making its air show debut.
Aviage Working To Earn Trust
Alan Jones, CEO and president of Aviage Systems, believes that joint ventures, such as that of the three-year-old collaboration between GE and Aviation Industry Corporation of China, are key to earning credibility in the international market.
VistaJet’s Flohr Bullish On Global 7000
Thomas Flohr, founder and chairman of VistaJet says he’s confident of receiving his first Global 7000 in 2018.

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