John Croft

Senior Avionics & Safety Editor, Aviation Week & Space Technology

Posts by John Croft

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
in Things With Wings Jan 06, 2015

Getting Back to the Golden

The airline pilot’s version of Alexander Pope’s famous quote might go something like this: “To err is human; to follow the Golden Rules, divine.”....More
in Things With Wings Dec 19, 2014

Should pilots have a separate medical certification for the night shift?

A run of the mill runway excursion at the Malmo airport in Sweden early this year brought to light an interesting question - should pilots have to....More
in Things With Wings Dec 09, 2014

NTSB: Stall Warning Sounded Before Phenom 100 Crash

Downloaded cockpit voice recorder and flight data recorder information from a Embraer Phenom 100 that crashed 1 mi. short of the runway at the....More
From The Archives

Aviation Week is approaching its 100th anniversary in 2016. In a series of blogs, our editors highlight editorial content from the magazine's long and rich history.


Oct 8, 2015

The Case Of The Missing F-117 Parts (2001) 24

How AW&ST found out what had happened to the remains of a shot-down F-117....More
Sep 18, 2015

The U.S.-Russian Moon Landing That Never Happened (1963) 9

U.S. President John F. Kennedy is well known for the 1961 speech to Congress in which he made the Apollo program a national goal....More
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