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John Croft

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

John Croft was Aviation Week’s senior editor for avionics and safety from 2012 to 2017.

Top Technologies: 'Protecting the Pilot' to 'Keeping It Together'  5
Here are some of the most important technologies, innovations and novel ideas that have made aviation and space what they are today.​
Blue Ridge Fusion: Technology Helps Remove High-Terrain Blind Spots 
NextGen ultimately will affect almost all aircraft movement — on the ground as well as in the air.
Knowing in Advance: Eliminate Clearance Surprises And Confusion  1
MITRE has found that most pilots agree that having a mobile clearance-delivery process would streamline pre-departure activities.
The NextGen Files: Metering Ground Movements 
The FAA is investing $17 billion to move the National Airspace System through a massive modernization effort known as NextGen that ultimately will impact almost all aircraft movements.
STAR Gazing At KGYY: Improving Arrival Safety And Efficiency 
The FAA is investing $17 billion in a massive modernization effort, known as NextGen, which is introducing a new aviation lexicon.
Ohio University’s Hands-on Avionics Adventures  2
Ohio University students take to the air to get hands-on experience with next-generation avionics systems in a DC-3.
Redefining The Runway Incursion Problem  10
Despite mitigations deployed, the number of reported runway incursions each year has remained stubbornly steady, or some say, on the rise. Safety advocates and industry want to find out why.
Podcast: The New Scarce Commodity—Pilots 5
From U.S. Air Force generals to Chinese civil authorities, the push is on to find more pilots. Aviation Week editors discuss.
Is U.S. Airline Pilot Shortage Real?  28
Stopgap measures such as bonuses must give way to longer-term sustainable strategies to shore up the pilot pipeline. Photo credit: Boeing
EasyJet Airbus A320.
Did Airbus Underestimate A320 Capacitor Threat? 
Pilots of an EasyJet Airbus A320-200 climbing out from Edinburgh, Scotland, on a flight to Hamburg, Germany, in 2016 declared an emergency after an acrid electrical smell permeated the cockpit and entered the cabin.
Investigators Stumped In Air Canada E190 Avionics Failure  56
Canadian investigators remain stumped as to the source of the liquid that caused a crucial avionics electronics box in the belly of an Air Canada Embraer 190-100 to short-circuit and catch fire during a May 2016 flight.
Runway Collision Spurs Indonesian Safety Upgrades  5
Indonesia’s air accident investigation board (KNKT) is calling on the country’s air traffic controllers and pilots of Wings Abadi Airlines, a short-haul subsidiary of Lion Air, to better protect against runway accidents.
FAA Cuts Radio Resources As Inflight Weather Becomes Norm 
Increasingly ubiquitous inflight weather information is largely behind an FAA move to decommission 30% of the about 2,100 remote communications outlets.
Jetstar Tightens Tire Checks After Boeing 787 Flap Failure  28
Failure to spot an anomaly on the tires of a 787 before takeoff led to a high-energy impact with flying rubber and damage to the flap drive system.
Jetstar Incident: Cabin Crew Communications Crucial 
Astute cabin crewmembers who noted oddities during the liftoff of their Jetstar Airways Airbus A320 flight are being credited with helping to provide information that led the pilots to return the damaged aircraft to the departure airport.

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