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.

Articles
Questions for Marc Parent

Marc Parent

CAE president and CEO
Saint-Laurent, Quebec

Embraer Legacy 650 

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.”

Succession Planning 
I’m never going to retire,” quipped a Fortune 50 aviation director. He’s now in his early 60s. He knows better.
Benchmarking 

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.
Embraer Legacy 600 
The Legacy 600, built from 2002 to 2012, is one of the most successful jetliner conversions yet produced for the business aircraft market.
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.
Falcon 2000LX for Beijing Red Cross
Dassault Aviation’s versatile large cabin twin will be Beijing Red Cross Emergency Medical Center’s first fixed wing aircraft dedicated to medevac services.
New EVS Camera Technologies Debut
The era of civil aviation’s dependency on cryogenically-cooled infrared enhanced flight vision system cameras is coming to an end.
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.
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