John Croft

John Croft
Senior Avionics & Safety Editor,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

John Croft was Aviation Week’s senior editor for avionics and safety from 2012 to 2017.

Articles
Redefining The Runway Incursion Problem  9
Despite mitigations deployed, the number of reported runway incursions each year has remained stubbornly steady, or some say, on the rise. Safety advocates and industry want to find out why.
Podcast: The New Scarce Commodity—Pilots 5
From U.S. Air Force generals to Chinese civil authorities, the push is on to find more pilots. Aviation Week editors discuss.
Is U.S. Airline Pilot Shortage Real?  26
Stopgap measures such as bonuses must give way to longer-term sustainable strategies to shore up the pilot pipeline. Photo credit: Boeing
EasyJet Airbus A320.
Did Airbus Underestimate A320 Capacitor Threat? 
Pilots of an EasyJet Airbus A320-200 climbing out from Edinburgh, Scotland, on a flight to Hamburg, Germany, in 2016 declared an emergency after an acrid electrical smell permeated the cockpit and entered the cabin.
Investigators Stumped In Air Canada E190 Avionics Failure  56
Canadian investigators remain stumped as to the source of the liquid that caused a crucial avionics electronics box in the belly of an Air Canada Embraer 190-100 to short-circuit and catch fire during a May 2016 flight.
Runway Collision Spurs Indonesian Safety Upgrades  5
Indonesia’s air accident investigation board (KNKT) is calling on the country’s air traffic controllers and pilots of Wings Abadi Airlines, a short-haul subsidiary of Lion Air, to better protect against runway accidents.
FAA Cuts Radio Resources As Inflight Weather Becomes Norm 
Increasingly ubiquitous inflight weather information is largely behind an FAA move to decommission 30% of the about 2,100 remote communications outlets.
Jetstar Tightens Tire Checks After Boeing 787 Flap Failure  28
Failure to spot an anomaly on the tires of a 787 before takeoff led to a high-energy impact with flying rubber and damage to the flap drive system.
Jetstar Incident: Cabin Crew Communications Crucial 
Astute cabin crewmembers who noted oddities during the liftoff of their Jetstar Airways Airbus A320 flight are being credited with helping to provide information that led the pilots to return the damaged aircraft to the departure airport.
FAA Cuts Radio Resources As Inflight Weather Now The Norm 
Increasingly ubiquitous inflight weather information is largely behind an FAA move to decommission 30% of the approximately 2,100 remote communications outlets (RCOs) that pilots historically have called during flights over the continental U.S., Hawaii and Puerto Rico to obtain weather and advisory information.
ST Aerospace at Singapore Changi Airport.
Changi Incursion Highlights Communications Breakdown 
A runway incursion involving a landing Boeing 737 and a Boeing 787 being towed at Singapore’s Changi Airport in May exposed coordination issues between an MRO provider; the airport; and the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore.
ADS-B To Simplify RVSM Approvals 
The FAA proposes that operators of aircraft equipped with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) “Out” surveillance systems approved by the agency no longer need to apply for specific authorizations to use those aircraft in Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) airspace.
FAA Proposes ADS-B To Simplify RVSM Approvals 
The FAA proposes that operators of aircraft equipped with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) “Out” surveillance systems approved by the agency no longer need to apply for specific authorizations to use those aircraft in Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) airspace.
Boeing KC-46 Pegasus.
Autopilot Horn Override Could Spell Trouble For KC-46  72
A trick that mutes a blaring horn when the autopilots on Boeing models are manually disconnected could potentially cause an entry-into-service delay for the KC-46 Pegasus tanker, a derivative of the 767-2C freighter.
Boeing KC-46 Pegasus.
Horn Override Problematic For 767-2C Derivative 
A trick that mutes a blaring horn when the autopilots on Boeing models are manually disconnected could potentially cause an entry-into-service delay for the KC-46 Pegasus tanker, a derivative of the 767-2C freighter.
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