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 1978 Piper Archer II, John is an FAA-certified flight instructor, instrument instructor, multi-engine rated commercial pilot, and former NASA engineer who specialized in avionics and control systems for Earth-orbiting satellites, including the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer and Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer.

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 before joining Aviation Week in 2012.

He, his wife, and two high school-aged boys live in the wilds of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, where their two Weimaraners, EZ and Porter, can run amok. 

NTSB: Metal Fatigue Complicit In Southwest Engine Fail  33
The uncontained left engine failure of a Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Orlando, Florida, on Aug. 27 was likely initiated by a fan blade that broke off due to metal fatigue, according to a Sept 12 investigative update by the U.S. NTSB.
Wiring Eyed In Danish Air ATR 42 Fuel-Starvation Incident 
Low-fuel indicator failure helped hide problem from flight crew.
Systems Awareness, Complexity Focus Of Emirates Accident Investigation  5
The United Arab Emirates civil aviation authority report on Emirates 521 raises questions about the risks of automation behaving differently in certain modes.
Taxiway Departure Attempt Triggers Changes At JAL, Changi  4
While the crew halted the takeoff relatively early after realizing the error, the Air Accident Investigation Bureau of Singapore called the incident “serious.”
Investigators Reassemble Metrojet Wreckage 
A group of investigators from Russia and Germany have begun working with Egyptian officials in Cairo to start “reassembling” the recovered pieces of the Metrojet Airbus A321 that disintegrated on climb-out from Sharm el-Sheikh,, Egypt, on Oct. 31, 2015.
New Saab Company Targets Remote Tower Export Market 
First announced in late June, Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions will be headed by Johan Klintberg, who previously operated Saab’s maintenance, repair and overhaul business unit.
NTSB Targets Runway Incursions In Special Investigation  6
Government and industry will likely develop new runway incursion prevention strategies and interventions to reduce the growing potential for a major crash.
Boston Logan Test Will Drive WiMAX Guidance 
The FAA is planning a field trial of Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) at Boston’s Logan International Airport to help the agency develop guidance for how the technology can be used for communications between aircraft, ground vehicles and airport operations.
United Airlines Boeing 787 involved in the April 17 incident.
Crews Respond In Oven, Mobile-Phone Smoke Incidents  13
Separate inflight smoke incidents in April and May turned out to be relatively innocuous, but demonstrated superior crew responses, according to new investigative reports by the ATSB.
U.S. Looks For Radar ‘Spectrum Efficiencies’ 
The FAA and the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Commerce are planning to create a new cross-government program to investigate replacement options for long-range, short-range and weather radar systems supporting the aviation sector in the continental U.S.
New Drift Tests To Buoy MH370 Hunt As Underwater Search Wanes 
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau and a government research lab will set loose “drifter buoys” along with satellite tracker-equipped models of the flaperon from MH370 found on La Reunion Island in July 2015.
Rockwell Collins Nears Finish Line With 737 MAX Cockpit Displays 
Boeing’s goal was to maintain maximum commonality between the 737NG and the 737 MAX, in part to retain common type ratings between the two and minimal “differences training” for pilots.
New Stall, Upset Training Puts Alaska Airlines On Cutting Edge  33
A full stall in a commercial jetliner is an encounter few pilots have had the pleasure or pain of experiencing, but one that all U.S. airline pilots will come to know in a few short years.
Runway Collision Concern Spurs NTSB Special Investigation 
Alarmed by a rising number of the most severe types of runway incursions, the U.S. NTSB has launched a one-year special investigation report in cooperation with the FAA, unions and industry.
ALPA Expects Delay In Draft Battery Packaging Standards 
The head of the Air Line Pilots Association’s (ALPA) dangerous goods panel said the first draft of a performance-based packaging standard for lithium-ion batteries will not be ready by November, and will likely slip into early 2017.

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