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.


The Red Button: Garmin’s Emergency Autoland 
The “No Panic Button” autoland system could become perceived as minimum required safety equipment, along with seat belts, fire extinguishers and emergency exits.
E1000 Cleared For Takeoff 
Long in coming, the Epic turboprop finally earns its type certificate.
King Air C90GTx: More Range, More Payload, More Capability Up Front 
The built-for-comfort, not-for-speed C90 King Air underwent a major upgrade in 2005 when Raytheon Aircraft swapped out the pair of anemic PT6A-21 turboprops for a brace of PT6A-135As.
FAA Certifies Epic Aircraft’s E1000 Six-Seat Turboprop 
Epic Aircraft has earned FAA type certification for its $3.25 million Epic E1000 aircraft, ending a seven-year effort.
Garmin Brings Autonomy To Cockpit With Emergency Autoland Capability 
Aviation Week pilot gets first-hand experience of the first emergency Autoland system for general aviation.
Flying Garmin's New Emergency Autoland  15
The latest Garmin G3000 NX avionics package includes an emergency autoland function, essentially a virtual, digital copilot that can take control of the aircraft and land it safely.
Gulfstream Looks To Retake Business Jet Lead With G700  5
New G700 large-cabin, long-range flagship is a stretch of Gulfstream’s G650ER with the advanced flight deck from the G500/G600.
Podcast: Is BizAv Entering The Third Age Of Aviation?
The biggest noise at this year’s NBAA-BACE came from Gulfstream with the unveiling of its new G700. But the topic of how industry can become more sustainable is becoming louder. And with electric aircraft entering the mix, where is the industry heading next? Listen in as our editors discuss.
Pilot Report: Gulfstream G600 Is A Worthy Successor To The G550 
Faster, higher, roomier, quieter and, surprisingly, less expensive are five ways to differentiate the $60 million 6,500-nm-range G600 from the G550 in Gulfstream’s top-end product line-up.
Gulfstream Unveils A New Flagship 
With four or perhaps five aircraft dedicated to the flight test program, the G700 is targeted to get its type certification and enter service in 2022.
Is Gulfstream G550 The Best Of The 20th Century Gulfstreams? 
In his 20/Twenty column, Fred George takes a look at the G550.
Gulfstream Unveils New G700 Flagship At NBAA-BACE
Aimed at toppling the 7,700-nm-range Bombardier Global 7500 as the reigning large-cabin uber jet, the $75 million G700 is the largest, heaviest, roomiest, most luxurious and, very likely, the longest-range business aircraft yet built by the U.S. manufacturer.
Citation Longitude Gets Its Papers, And It’s Off To Strong Start 
Prospects appear bright for the long-awaited and now type-certified super-midsize Citation Longitude as it enters a crowded market niche.
Understanding The Angle-Of-Attack  81
It’s reasonable to ask why the aviation industry hasn’t made the transition from indicated air speed to Angle of Attack as the primary performance indicator for target V speeds.
Pilot Report: HondaJet Elite 
The second-generation HondaJet Elite speaks reams about the long-term commitment of Michimasa Fujino, founding president and CEO of Honda Aircraft to perfecting his pioneering light jet.
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