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 1978 Piper Archer II, John is an FAA-certified flight instructor, instrument instructor, multi-engine rated commercial pilot, and former NASA engineer who specialized in avionics and control systems for Earth-orbiting satellites, including the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer and Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer.

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 before joining Aviation Week in 2012.

He, his wife, and two high school-aged boys live in the wilds of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, where their two Weimaraners, EZ and Porter, can run amok. 

Articles
Cathay Launches 2nd-Generation Cockpit Connectivity 
Cathay Pacific Airways in April will begin installing an Avionica cockpit connectivity suite in its fleet of Boeing 777s as part of an updated “e-enablement” of four aircraft types (the 777, Boeing 747, Airbus A320 and A330) in its mainline and Cathay Dragon regional fleets by mid-2019.
9M-MRO, the aircraft involved in the incident, in 2011.
Underwater Search For MH370 Abandoned 
As planned, the governments of Australia, China and Malaysia on Jan. 17 terminated the underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, after scouring the sea floor along a 120,000-km2 (46,000-mi.2) arc in the southern Indian Ocean.
Wreckage from the January 2016 West Atlantic Sweden CRJ200 crash.
Swedes Want Universal Emergency Callouts For Crews 
The Swedish Accident Investigation Authority is recommending that international aviation authorities create standard callouts for crews to use in abnormal and emergency situations, as well as for “unusual or unexpected” occurrences.
UAE Calls For A380 Landing Gear Inspections  23
A landing gear issue with an Emirates Airbus A380 landing in Dubai has prompted the United Arab Emirates Air Accident Investigation Sector to call for a mandatory A380 fleetwide inspection.
Watch: Can Augmented Reality Help Helicopter Pilots Stay Safe? 6
Aviation Week Avionics and Safety Editor John Croft samples an Airbus vision system designed to provide helicopter pilots with cues needed to fly more safely at night and in degraded visual environments, including brownout and whiteout.
FAA Launches High-Altitude Route Modernization 
The FAA is proposing 12 new high-altitude jet routes along the U.S. East Coast, part of a modernization strategy to replace legacy ground-referenced routes with GPS-based, performance-based navigation (PBN) routes.
Q-Routes Span New England To Carribbean 
The FAA is proposing 12 new high-altitude jet routes along the U.S. East Coast, part of a modernization strategy to replace legacy ground-referenced routes with GPS-based, performance-based navigation (PBN) routes.
Flying Airbus’s Augmented Reality System In A Mil Mi-2  4
The rugged terrain north of Tucson, Arizona, is an appropriate environment to sample the special sensor-driven symbology in this Airbus company’s 3-D vision prototype.
FAA Eases General Aviation Medical Process 
The FAA has issued new rules that make it easier and cheaper for general aviation pilots to gain required medical certifications to fly.
FAA Streamlines GA Medical Process 
The FAA has issued new rules that make it easier and cheaper for general aviation pilots to gain required medical certifications to fly.
New FAA Rules Let Technology Replace Natural Vision  9
The FAA’s new enhanced-flight-vision rule paves the way for airlines to install technology to fly as if in clear weather all the time, but will they buy it?
Garuda Boeing 737-800 following June 2015 incident.
Inadequate Training Key To Garuda Indonesia Excursions  24
Final reports by Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee on two 2015 Garuda Indonesia Airlines runway excursions point to inadequate training for pilots and, in one case, for air traffic controllers.
FAA To Study Blood In Sleep Deprivation Study 
The FAA plans to study the blood of more than 160 volunteers in a new trial to better understand the relationship between reduced or “mistimed” sleep and changes in gene expression, a process linked to the production of proteins by cells.
ADS-B 2020 Mandate: Airlines On Board; GA Lags 
The two largest sectors of U.S. aviation—airlines and fixed-wing general aviation—are at odds when it comes to the race to meet the FAA’s Jan. 1, 2020, deadline for equipping with automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) “Out” avionics.
UAS In 2017: Retooling ATC For Beyond-Visual-Line-Of-Sight Operations  1
In 2017, the rules for commercial UAS operators will likely become a great deal more liberal.
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