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.

Trying Out Rockwell Collins’s New Fusion Touchscreen Flight Deck 
Aviation Week recently ‘test drove’ Rockwell Collins’s Fusion touchscreen flight deck on a Beechcraft King Air 250.
InSight Flight Deck Is Major Upgrade From Universal Avionics 
Universal Avionics is about to certify a new flight deck called InSight that tightens the working relationship between pilot and machine with a blend of higher-resolution 3-D synthetic vision, larger displays and new icon-based command-and-control architecture. The system is the first major integrated cockpit refresh in nearly a decade from the company that first certified synthetic vision for the multifunction display in 2002, light airplanes in 2005 and air transport cockpits in 2006.
Seamless Situational Awareness On Honeywell’s Primus Epic Flight Deck 
Three words best describe a new suite of new software tools Honeywell is building for its Primus Epic integrated flight decks: seamless situational awareness. From turning on the master switch in pre-flight to setting the parking brake post-flight, business aviation or airline pilots using the new applications will gain hyper-awareness of their condition and surroundings with displays and symbology that present the appropriate information at the right time, smoothly transitioning from one phase to the next. The new applications will hit the market in the next 2-3 years.
Honeywell Tackles New Cockpit Concepts 
Engineers at Honeywell’s Flight Deck of the Future Lab help develop advanced cockpit technologies
Genesys Aerosystems Focuses On Special Missions Sector 
New avionics company Genesys Aerosystems, an amalgam of S-Tec and Chelton Flight Systems, is concentrating on special missions needs to make its mark in the Avionics realm
Video: Honeywell's Flight Deck of the Future Lab
Senior Editor for Avionics and Safety John Croft visits Honeywell's Flight Deck of the Future (FD-X) Lab to see some of the advanced technologies being developed there, including eye-tracking, gesture- and voice-control modalities for next-gen cockpits.
Zurich, Ryanair Bolster Collision Avoidance Protection 
While the Swiss Accident Investigation Board (SAIB) in its final report on the April 2013 incident does not make any recommendations, both Ryanair and Swiss air navigation services company Skyguide did make voluntary changes to prevent similar events from occurring.
Rope-Style Cleaning Mops Behind A380 Water Leaks 5
Qantas has deployed an interim solution to problems with water leaks on its A380 fleet while Airbus develops a permanent fix, an ATSB incident report reveals.
Southwest Pilots Avoided Pairings With LaGuardia Hard-Landing Captain 
According to factual information released by the NTSB on Oct. 28, the captain failed to lift the nose for landing, resulting in the nose wheel collapsing and “substantial” damage to the aircraft.
IATA: Government Assets Needed For Conflict Areas Intelligence
IATA officials say airlines require the caliber of state-acquired intelligence to decide when and where aircraft should not be flying.
Rope-Style Cleaning Mops Behind A380 Water Leaks 
The pilots, in contact with Qantas maintenance watch ground staff, decided there were no safety-of-flight issues, but elected to return to Los Angeles.
Vnukovo Falcon 50 Airborne Before Striking Snowplow 

Russian and French investigators have downloaded the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from a French-registered Falcon 50EX (F-GLSA) that slammed into a snow removal vehicle during takeoff at Moscow Vnukovo airport late Oct. 20.

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