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.

Pilots Say MAX MCAS Software Updates Prove Effective In Simulator Demo  22
Pilots reveal the inside story on details of new MCAS protection features after Boeing 737 MAX upgrade simulator demonstrations.
What’s It Doing Now? Making Instrument Standardization A Priority  5
Several fatal accidents involving breakdowns in situational awareness provide evidence that more needs to be done to standardize and simplify interfaces.
Bombardier Global 7500: A Personal Flying Flagship Without Equal  1
The $75 million Global 7500 is the largest, roomiest, farthest-flying and most expensive purpose-built business jet created by a general-aviation manufacturer.
Global 6000: Third-Generation Jet Fully Matures In Capability  1
Operators give high marks to the Bombardier Global 6000 long-range jet for its speed, comfort, reliability and product support.
Grounded! Getting Your Medical Reinstated  4
As good preparation for your next medical certificate examination, it’s advisable to download and peruse the FAA’s Guide for Aviation Medical Examiners.
Hawker Beechcraft Premier 1A: Midsize Cabin On Light-Jet Airframe 
Operators love the aircraft’s speed, but most say they need as much as one more hour of range.
Vision Jet 2.0: Cirrus Makes It Fly Higher, Farther And Quieter 
The Cirrus SF50 Vision Jet only has been in production for 15 months and the planemaker already is announcing a Generation 2 version.
MIT Aims To STAMP Out Accidents  2
Nancy Leveson, professor of aeronautics and astronautics at MIT, has been on a 30-plus-year quest to engineer out hazards that can lead to aircraft accidents.
Focus On Citation Sovereign: Large Cabin, Near Transcontinental Range  3
The Cessna Citation Sovereign has earned a reputation for rock-solid reliability, plus it has the largest cabin of any midsize jet of its vintage.
Boeing Business Jet: Why Go Big? Because You Can  2
Nearly 150 BBJ, BBJ2 and BBJ3 aircraft have entered service since 1999, triple the number forecast by Borge Boeskov, first president of Boeing Business Jets.
Quest Kodiak 100 Series II: Still Rugged As A Bear But Without Claws  1
Walk up to a Series II Kodiak and you will be hard-pressed to notice differences between it and the original model unless you have logged hundreds of hours in the type.
Dying to Get There? Risk Reduction For Single-Pilot Ops  3
The NTSB concluded that Fleming “likely experienced some level of spatial disorientation” and he also perhaps thought the autopilot was engaged when it was not.
Gulfstream V: Tokyo To New York Range For $10 Million 
The Gulfstream V, similar to the company's previous large-cabin aircraft, makes no apologies for its size, thirst or operating costs.
The Ultimate Narrowbody Citation 560: Encore+  1
The Model 560 Citation family is the fastest and farthest flying group of light jets built by Cessna under the original Citation 500 type certificate.
Embraer's Prætor 500 And 600: No-Excuses Transcontinental Range 
The two newly anointed Brazilian aviation “magistrates” are, once again, raising price-versus-performance expectations in their respective segments.
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