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.

Learjet 60XR: Solid Reliability, Strong Performance, Short Cabin 
Learjet 60XR, built from 2007 to 2013, retains all of Learjet 60’s performance, efficiency and reliability attributes.
HondaJet Receives Many High Marks 
Few, if any, light jets have entered service with such high dispatch reliability as the HA-420 HondaJet.
Dassault FalconEye: A Head-Up Leap Forward In Situational Awareness  1
FalconEye was developed in concert with Elbit Systems. It includes the largest field-of-view, brightest and highest resolution HUD yet offered in a Falcon Jet.
Battle Of The Ka-Band Titans  1
Demand for broadband connectivity aboard business aircraft is booming. Passengers expect seamless Wi-Fi access to the internet as much as they count on other services.
Piper Cheyenne 400LS: Big Dog Turboprop Could Best A Citation I  4
Piper company engineers elected to hot-rod the PA-42-720A Cheyenne III to field a viable challenger.
Aviation Week Puts The Pilatus PC-24 Through Its Paces  3
Pilatus’s first business jet, the PC-24, provides a unique mix of cabin volume, cargo capability, runway performance and fuel efficiency.
Pilatus PC-24: A Business Jet In A Class All Its Own  4
The much-anticipated Pilatus PC-24 might well be named the big Swiss surprise. Many people confuse it for a turbofan-powered variant of the PC-12.
Graphs Illustrate PC-24 Performance 
These graphs are designed to illustrate the performance of Pilatus PC-24 under a variety of range, payload, speed and density altitude conditions.
How The PC-24 Compares To Similar-Size Aircraft 
BCA compares the PC-24's specifications and performance attributes to the characteristics of other aircraft in its class.
PC-24 Flight Deck Powered By Honeywell Epic 2.0 Avionics  1
PC-24's ACE flight deck, powered by Honeywell Epic 2.0 avionics, features 12-in. screens, point-and-click graphic user interface and several advanced features.
PC-24 Engines Stand Apart From Competitors 
Two design features make the PC-24 engines stand apart from competitors.
Hawker 800XP: The Definitive Midsize Business Aircraft 
The 1995-2005 Hawker 800XP was the best-selling Hawker model of all time and the most popular midsize jet of its era. It is still a workhorse.
Citation Latitude: Bargain-Priced Super-Midsize Wins Customer Loyalty 
Textron Aviation now has built more than 130 Cessna Citation Latitudes since the first deliveries began in early 2015, and operators say the aircraft is a worthy testament to the company’s time-proven, conservative design philosophy.
Aircraft Weight Integrity: The Importance Of Knowing True Weights  3
The review of computing weight and balance isn’t the problem. It’s the lack of focus on the importance of measuring, or at least accurately estimating, the actual weights of passengers, bags, crew, stores and equipment.
Pilatus PC-12NG: The Best Of 11 Series  1
Pilatus is on schedule to deliver its 1,600th PC-12 aircraft this year, by far the largest number of single-engine pres- surized turboprops in the business aircraft fleet.
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