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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.

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.
Dassault FalconEye: A Head-Up Leap Forward
The thundery weather conditions appeared nearly ideal for an evaluation of Dassault’s new FalconEye combined vision system at dusk on the day we flew Dassault’s Falcon 8X flight test aircraft.​
We Fly Rockwell Collins Combined Vision System
We had the opportunity to fly Rockwell Collins’ Challenger 601, fitted with the latest HGS-6605 head-up display that has the CVS upgrade. The flight also enabled us to compare it to Dassault’s FalconEye HUD/CVS gear that we evaluated earlier this year.
Praetor 500 and 600 Blaze New Path for Embraer
Michael Amalfitano, president and CEO of Embraer Executive Jets, opened the curtain on the Praetor 500 and Praetor 600.
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.

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