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.

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.
Path of Condor Flight DE2064.
Oven-Related Diversion Spotlights Fire Caution  18
The abundance of caution on a Condor flight in July highlights the seriousness with which the airline industry views the potential for smoke or fumes as a precursor to inflight fires.
Technology Boost Coming For Air Traffic Controllers  9
Advanced human-machine interfaces and new technologies are set to make ATC workstations as jaw-dropping as the newest flight decks, if not more so.
Cyber Warfare Comes Of Age With Industry Impact 
Cyber Command unifies, increases industry outreach; San Francisco Airport incident prompts a new safety reminders; and preparing for a government shutdown.
SFO control tower at sunset.
FAA Asks For Airline Action Following SFO Debacle 
The FAA is “strongly” urging airlines to put into place best practices to avoid “incorrect airport surface” approaches and landings following a July 7 incident at San Francisco International Airport.
NTSC: Unstable Approach Led To ATR Incident  21
Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee is calling on Jakarta-based Pelita Air Service to establish a stabilized approach-monitoring system in the wake of an ATR 72 bounced-landing incident in March.
Podcast: The Cockpit of the Future 6
Curved touch screens, augmented reality, integrated smart systems that drastically reduce pilot workload—all these are coming in the no-to-distant future
Safety Recommendations Go Unanswered In Indonesia 
A status matrix published by Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee shows that only 16% of the 660 safety recommendations issued for air crashes and incidents in the past decade have been closed.
Satellite Images Give New Hope To MH370 Searchers 
Newly revealed satellite images of potential aircraft debris have boosted Australian researchers’ confidence about where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed more than three years ago.
Pleiades 1A satellite image.
Researchers Double Down On Possible Crash Site 
Newly revealed satellite images of potential aircraft debris have boosted Australian researchers’ confidence about where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014.
Thales’ Next Generation Cockpit  1
Super-smooth touchscreen control, unique human-machine interfaces and connections to “open world” applications highlight Thales’ new flight deck.
Connectivity And Open World Access Drive Thales’s Avionics Future  2
Avionics used to be closed systems, but the coming of broadband connectivity on board has prompted a rebirth of new architectures to reap the benefits of an open system.
Podcast: Pilotless Airliner—How Realistic? How Soon? 30
Will large aircraft ever fly with no pilot on board? It is inevitable, our panel says. But what about passenger acceptance?
Ipad: The Apple of United’s Eye? 
Although United Airlines has had no shortage of growing pains since deciding in 2012 to morph Apple iPads into the perfect electronic flight bag for the flight deck, a less turbulent future is now on the horizon.
Podcast: Battle for the Aftermarket
Why Pratt & Whitney thinks an OEM grab for more of the aftermarket could upend its business model.
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