John Croft

Senior Avionics & Safety Editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology

Posts by John Croft

in Things With Wings Dec 05, 2016

Skyhawk Prang: Lining Up Swiss Cheese Holes

Checklists, procedures and aircraft design are generally pretty good at helping pilots catch errors that could lead to an accident. But when a....More
in Things With Wings Oct 28, 2016

POTUS Polka In the Sky

To Polka is to do a whole lotta fancy footwork. A new audit by the Government Accountability Office shows that the same is required when military and....More
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
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