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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.

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.
Global 5000: Best Cabin In 5,000-nm Transatlantic Dash Class 
Operators say Bombardier’s Global 5000 has the best cabin of any business aircraft in this range class, along with unsurpassed long-range cruise speed and nearly best-in-class runway performance.
Rockwell Collins System Blends Synthetic And Enhanced Vision 
Increasingly, business aircraft operators make new technologies buy their way onto their aircraft.
Praetors Bolster Embraer Midsize And Supermidsize Market Penetration 
As the only new business jets unveiled at this year’s NBAA, Embraer’s Praetors build on the Legacy 450 and 500.
Podcast: High Speed to Low Speed at NBAA
From flying cars to supersonics, and new midsize jets to the state of the market, listen in as our editors review a convention boldly venturing where no NBAA has gone before.
Praetor 600: Flying Nonstop from Brazil to Florida
The Praetor 600, Embraer’s new long-range variant of the Legacy 500, boasts 3,750+-nm range as typically equipped while carrying eight passengers.
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