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Fred George

Fred George
Chief Aircraft Evaluation 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.

Articles
Pilot Report: Gulfstream G600 Is A Worthy Successor To The G550 
Gulfstream officials, however, are keeping the G550 in limited production mainly because of long-term special missions applications and government orders.
Gulfstream Unveils A New Flagship 
With four or perhaps five aircraft dedicated to the flight test program, the G700 is targeted to get its type certification and enter service in 2022.
Is Gulfstream G550 The Best Of The 20th Century Gulfstreams? 
In his 20/Twenty column, Fred George takes a look at the G550.
Gulfstream Unveils New G700 Flagship At NBAA-BACE
Aimed at toppling the 7,700-nm-range Bombardier Global 7500 as the reigning large-cabin uber jet, the $75 million G700 is the largest, heaviest, roomiest, most luxurious and, very likely, the longest-range business aircraft yet built by the U.S. manufacturer.
Citation Longitude Gets Its Papers, And It’s Off To Strong Start 
Prospects appear bright for the long-awaited and now type-certified super-midsize Citation Longitude as it enters a crowded market niche.
Understanding The Angle-Of-Attack Indicator  81
It’s reasonable to ask why the aviation industry hasn’t made the transition from indicated air speed to Angle of Attack as the primary performance indicator for target V speeds.
Pilot Report: HondaJet Elite 
The second-generation HondaJet Elite speaks reams about the long-term commitment of Michimasa Fujino, founding president and CEO of Honda Aircraft to perfecting his pioneering light jet.
Dassault Falcon 8X: A Trijet Honed To Perfection  1
Falcon 8X operators are virtually unanimous in saying that the Dassault flagship is a substantial improvement over the smaller Falcon 7X.
King Air 350i: Fill The Seats, Fill The Tanks And Feel The Difference 
Beechcraft King Air 350i, the second-generation Model B300, is significantly quieter, more comfortable and more capable than the original aircraft.
Is Sim Training Sufficient?: What You Don’t Learn At The Schoolhouse  3
While Part 142 sim training is essential, it is clearly not all-encompassing instruction for safe flying.
High-Altitude Haute Cuisine: Providing It Isn’t Trivial Or Inexpensive 
High-ticket catering doesn’t fit every business aircraft operator’s budget. If fine cuisine is expected, expect that to be reflected in the final tab.
Hawker 900XP: Ultimate Redux For The Grand Duchess De Havilland 
The Hawker 900XP, the 19th and final iteration of the 1960 de Havilland DH125, the original midsize business jet, clearly was the strongest performer.
Podcast: Live from EAA AirVenture, Oshkosh
The annual Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture focuses on innovation and battery powered aircraft. Listen as Fred George and Molly McMillin report live from Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Learjet 75: Third-Generation Leaves Competitors Below And Behind  1
Learjet 75 has been in production since November 2013 and flies higher, faster and farther than competitive light jets.
Confronted By The 'Children Of The Magenta Line' In Medicine  3
Serious pilots have to monitor the performance of doctors and computers in exam rooms as carefully as they do with other pilots and computers in the cockpit.

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