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
Europe To Examine Night-Flight Medical Certificates For Pilots 

Swedish and European authorities are being asked to determine whether Sweden’s airlines are required to provide specialized medical certifications for pilots who regularly fly the night shift.

The action stems from the Swedish Accident Investigation Authority’s analysis of a runway excursion by an Amapola Flyg Fokker 50 cargo aircraft at Malmo Airport at 1:44 a.m. the morning of Jan. 10, 2013.

Supplier Choices Reveal 777X Flight-Deck Characteristics
Boeing’s selection of two suppliers for key elements of the 777X avionics system and digital backbone means the status quo for some 787 providers and a changing of the guard for others.
Europe To Examine Whether Airlines Must Provide Special Screening For Night Flight 
The action stems from the Swedish Accident Investigation Authority’s analysis of a runway excursion by an Amapola Flyg Fokker 50 cargo aircraft at Malmo Airport at 1:44 a.m. the morning of Jan. 10, 2013.
Industry Alliance To Operationalize Euro ATM Research Projects 

The European Commission (EC) has turned over the task of transforming European air traffic management (ATM) research and development (R&D) projects into operational improvements for the continent.

Under an agreement signed Dec. 5, the Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) Deployment Alliance—a partnership of four airline groups, 25 airports, and 11 air traffic control providers—will plan, coordinate and synchronize “a whole modernization of European airspace” with €3 billion ($3.7 million) in EC funding, the Alliance says in a statement. 

777X To Feature Rockwell Collins Displays, Surveillance Kit 
The win “triples” the amount of content Rockwell Collins provides for the in-production legacy 777 platform and matches the delivered content on the 787, says Kent Statler, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Rockwell Collins Commercial Systems.
FAA’s ADS-B 'Out' Mandates Challenged By Industry Groups  1
Many A&D entities voice concern about FAA ADS-B 2020 deadline; FAA in turn ponders some appeasements to meet that date.
NTSB: Flaws In Process, Oversight Enabled 787 Battery Fire 
The safety board’s final report on an APU battery fire in a JAL aircraft contains 18 recommendations to the FAA, Boeing and lithium-ion battery manufacturer GS Yuasa Corp., adding to five recommendations issued earlier in the investigation.
Industry Alliance To Operationalize Euro ATM Research Projects 
Under an agreement signed Dec. 5, the Single European Sky ATM Research (Sesar) Deployment Alliance—a partnership of four airline groups, 25 airports, and 11 air traffic control providers—will plan, coordinate and synchronize “a whole modernization of European airspace” with €3 billion ($3.7 million) in EC funding, the Alliance says in a statement.
NTSB: Stall Warning Sounded Before Phenom 100 Crash 
Downloaded cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder preliminary information from an Embraer Phenom 100 that crashed outside Washington, D.C. on Dec. 8 revealed that the aircraft’s automated stall warning system sounded continuously for the final 20 sec. of the flight, an NTSB board member says.
UAE Cautions Carriers On IFE Displays 
Display electronics were the culprit in the April 19 airborne smoke emergency on a Flydubai Boeing 737-800 (A6-FEK) at 15,000 ft. that was descending into Kiev.
UAE Cautions Carriers On Faulty Lumexis IFE Displays 

Display electronics were the culprit in an airborne smoke emergency in April involving an evolutionary in-flight entertainment (IFE) system that uses fiber optics rather than copper wires to connect seatback screens in the cabin.

Six Dead In Phenom 100 Crash Outside Washington 
Three people on board an Embraer Phenom 100 light jet and three others on the ground were killed Monday morning in a crash near an airport outside Washington, D.C.
UAE Cautions Carriers On Faulty Lumexis IFE Displays 
The incident occurred on an April 19 Flydubai Boeing 737-800 (A6-FEK) at 15,000 ft. on descent into Kiev and did not cause any injuries or damage to the airframe but revealed a weakness in the Lumexis Fiber-to-the-Screen (FTTS) IFE system, for which Flydubai was the launch customer in 2010.
 
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