Fred George

Chief Aircraft Evaluation Editor

San Diego, CA

Summary

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.

Articles

Aerion AS2: A $5 Billion Supersonic Saga

By Fred George Nov 16, 2020
It’s the history of aviation. Go faster, higher, farther. So, imagine a world, a decade or more from now, when people can fly between most business…
Business Aviation

Choosing An Aircraft Management Firm: Does Quality Match Price?

By Fred George Nov 16, 2020
The aircraft management business has been flooded with dozens of new entrants in recent years, many promising lower costs for a full range of support services. However, bargain price, full-service aircraft management is fiction.
Business Aviation

Dassault Falcon 900LX: Top Prices For Best-in-Class Fuel Efficiency

By Fred George Nov 16, 2020
The Falcon 900LX continues to retain a higher percentage of its original price than larger, heavier and considerably more fuel-thirsty competitors.
Business Aviation