John Croft

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

Based in Washington, John is Aviation Week’s senior editor for avionics and safety. Along with being a part-owner of a 1977 Piper Archer II, John is an FAA-certified flight instructor and former NASA engineer who specialized in avionics and control systems for Earth-orbiting satellites.
 
After leaving NASA in 2000, he earned a Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Maryland and went to work for several aerospace publications, most recently with Flight International as Americas Editor.

Articles
Poor Procedures, Lack Of Weather Information Frame Lion Air Bali Crash 
A final report by Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) identifies four contributors to the April 13, 2013, accident sequence: The pilot continued the approach at too-high a descent rate without a clear view of the runway and waited too long to attempt a go-around, while the local meteorological service did not issue weather updates to pilots as heavy rain associated with a thunderstorm enveloped the airport while the flight was on final approach.
Poor Procedures, Lack Of Weather Information Frame Lion Air Bali Crash 
The captain of the Lion Air Boeing 737-800 that crashed into the ocean just short of the runway at Bali last year tried to land despite having no visual contact with the runway while well below the minimum descent altitude (MDA) for the non-precision instrument approach to the airport.
Southwest Set To Start Fuel-Saving FMS Tuning 
By digitally injecting better wind information into an aircraft’s flight management system (FMS), Avtech’s Aventus NowCast tool can save on the order of 20 lb. of fuel per approach on a narrowbody aircraft like the 737 to 150 lb. for a widebody aircraft in certain wind conditions.
Bird Strike Reduction Working; More Focus Needed Beyond Airports 
Airports are succeeding in lowering the risk of damaging bird strikes, but dangers centered farther from airfields need more attention, the latest U.S. wildlife strike data show.
Artificial Turf May Fake Out Airport Wildlife 

A version of this article appears in the September 1 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology.

Bird-Strike Avoidance An Evolving Field 
The ongoing pursuit of bird-strike deterrence has yielded a mix of intriguing approaches
Low-Tech Bird Management Works Fine At BWI 
High-tech meets old-school at BWI when it comes to wildlife mitigation
Airports Reducing Wildlife Strike Risks
As bird-strike data improves, efforts to boost safety go beyond airports
ICAO Launches ‘Conflict Zone’ Projects As MH17 Investigation Continues
ICAO is exploring how to improve the Notam system to better share information.
NTSB Removes IPA, UPS From Flight 1354 investigation 

A battle between the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) and cargo carrier UPS has landed both in trouble with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

According to a release issued by the NTSB earlier today, both the IPA, which represents UPS pilots, and the carrier have been removed as parties to the Flight 1354 investigation, which is to be concluded in a final public hearing on Sept. 9. 

NTSB removes IPA, UPS from Flight 1354 investigation 
According to a release issued by the NTSB earlier today, both the IPA, which represents UPS pilots, and the carrier have been removed as parties to the Flight 1354 investigation, which is to be concluded in a final public hearing on Sept. 9.
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