John Croft

Senior Avionics & Safety Editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology

Posts by John Croft

in Things With Wings Oct 11, 2016

Vulture Disaster: Bad Luck, Poor Planning or Fate?

A basic tenet of pre-flight planning is to “become familiar with all available information concerning that flight….” That’s a tall order given the....More
in Things With Wings Aug 24, 2016

Third Generation Flying Eye Hospital Set For Departure

Orbis International is planning to take its “new” Boeing MD-10 Flying Eye hospital on its inaugural work trip next month, a back-to-the-future....More
in Things With Wings May 09, 2016

Scarecrow Patrol Goes Awry for J-5A Cub

I’m not sure which is a more far-fetched – that farmers in Florida use Piper J-5A Cubs to buzz corn fields at 5-15 ft. altitude to scare off birds,....More
in Things With Wings Nov 27, 2015

Database Error Complicit In Turkish Airlines Landing Accident

GIGO reared its head in the runway excursion by a Turkish Airlines A330-300 at Kathmandu in March. No one was killed but a very beautiful and....More
in From The Archives May 08, 2015

1953 Honeywell Advertisement Magazine Cover

The control system theory that makes for precision autoflight control of today’s modern jetliners is taken for granted, but in 1953 – only 30 years....More
in Things With Wings May 07, 2015

Vantage Searches For An Advantage

It's easy to see why the composite machine turns heads; it sits high on a fighter-jet type landing gear, has a spaceship-like cockpit and those....More
in Things With Wings Apr 02, 2015

Safety Snapshot: Generation Clutter

Clutter in the cockpit poses safety issues....More
in Things With Wings Mar 24, 2015

Germanwings Flight 4U9525 -- What We Know So Far

Germanwings 4U9525 crashed in the French Alps near Prads-Haute-Bléone en route from Barcelona to Dusseldorf 24 March 2015....More
in Things With Wings Mar 16, 2015

Safety Snapshot: Split-second Decision Saved the Day (and more) in Perth

Quick eyes and fast actions by the first officer of a QantasLink Boeing 717 prevented what otherwise may have been a deadly encounter between the....More
in Things With Wings Jan 14, 2015

Hanging with History

If you have ever wanted to get real up close and personal with aviation history, then grab your Nitrile gloves, California Dusters and Bunny Cloths....More
A Century of Aviation Week

Aviation Week & Space Technology is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. In a series of blogs, our editors highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history.


Aug 26, 2016

When Aviation Week Was Accused of Treason -- The Back Story Revealed 8

A 1957 revelation that the U.S. was tracking Soviet missile launches from a secret radar in Turkey has its roots in sleuthing of students from Kettering Grammar School in the UK....More
Aug 23, 2016

When Aviation Week Was Accused Of Treason 23

Aviation Week editors routinely get blowback when they write about sensitive topics, and the best example of that may be an October 1957 story that revealed the U.S. had been tracking Russian missile launches from advanced long-range radar units in Turkey....More
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