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.

Podcast: Business Aviation Under Siege 3
Safety and security have always been a given in the business aviation industry. Now, attention has turned to adding sustainability to the mix, with alternative jet fuel leading the news at EBACE this year. Also, in the aftermath of the Boeing MAX crashes, are changes needed to the ODA process? Listen in as our editors discuss this and more from Geneva, Switzerland.
MCAS Accident Factors: Training, Airmanship, Experience Deficiencies  17
While MCAS is unique to the MAX, all in aviation can derive important safety lessons for their own operations from the tragedies.
Airplane Outlook For 2019 
Turbine aircraft sales historically have tracked with economic trends. This no longer is true. Flat is the new normal in turbine business aircraft sales.
Cessna Conquest II: Undervalued, Speedy, Fuel Efficient Turboprop 
Conquest II’s combination of cabin comfort, speed and fuel efficiency, along with 2,150-nm range, make it bargain in the used aircraft market.
Falcon 8X Sets Coast to Coast Record
Falcon set out to establish a new coast-to-coast business jet speed record from Santa Monica to Teterboro, departing from one of Santa Monica’s shortened GA runways.
Tracing The Single-Engine Turboprop: Novelty Aircraft Become Assets  1
The high-speed, single-engine turboprop that has become a business aviation mainstay has roots in the 1950s-vintage Morane-Saulnier MS.760 Paris jet.
Piper Meridian: Cheapest High-Performance Single-Engine Turboprop 
Piper's PA-46-500TP Meridian has been the lowest-priced pressurized, single-engine turboprop offered by an airframe manufacturer for nearly two decades.
Pilots Say MAX MCAS Software Updates Prove Effective In Simulator Demo  24
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  6
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.
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