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
FAA Deploys ADS-B Interference Fix At Airports 
The FAA is rolling out a software change to the ADS-B ground stations at dozens of major airports in an effort to prevent signal interference problems for aircraft and vehicles using ADS-B input for surveillance applications.
Better, Safer GA Through Advanced Controls 
What advanced flight deck and controls technologies could make light general-aviation (GA) aircraft easier to fly, more affordable and at the same time safer?
FAA Medical Examiners Review Mental-Health ‘Firewalls’ 
Downstream of Germanwings, the FAA endorses the legacy approach to pilot mental health but looks to remove reporting barriers for its doctors.
FAA Deploys ADS-B Interference Fix At Airports 
The FAA is rolling out a software change to the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) ground stations at dozens of major airports, in an effort to prevent signal-interference problems for aircraft and vehicles using ADS-B input for surveillance applications.
Russia Signs Agreement With Aireon For Space-Based ADS-B 
Russian air navigation and aviation information service providers have signed an agreement with U.S.-based Aireon.
ATR, Virgin Australia Act On Pitch Disconnects 
ATR and Virgin Australia are taking actions to prevent pilots from accidentally overstressing the ATR 72’s tail, and to help maintenance engineers spot issues in the relatively rare cases when the aircraft’s pitch-control system separates pilot and copilot inputs.
Russia Interested In Space-Based ADS-B 
Russian air navigation and aviation information service providers have signed an agreement with U.S.-based Aireon, marking the first inroads for the nascent space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) provider in Eastern Europe.
Egypt Starts MS 804 Flight Data Recovery 
Egyptian accident investigators are preparing to download the memory modules from both the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from EgyptAir Flight MS 804.
Pitot Tube Problems Receiving Ongoing Scrutiny  48
Recent incidents in Ireland and Ausralia involving pitot tube anomalies prompt attention from regulators.
Dutch Cite Mode Confusion In Cityhopper Hard Landings  3
E190 pilots are sometimes getting confused as to whether their aircraft will automatically land, leading to some hard landing lessons
Norway Searches For 737 Stuck-Elevator Incidents  1
The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIB) is studying incidents in which pilots flying Boeing 737s for several Scandinavian airlines had to use larger-than-normal control yoke forces to unstick their aircrafts’ elevators.
Can Russia’s MS-21 Crack The Airbus-Boeing Duopoly?  59
The MS-21 looks promising, but breaking into Western markets where large installed Boeing and Airbus fleets prevail could prove insurmountable.
FAA Targets Technology To Improve Light-Aircraft Safety 

The FAA is asking industry to weigh in on a broad spectrum of advanced flight-deck and controls technologies that can make light general-aviation (GA) aircraft easier to fly and more affordable, while reducing fatal accident rates.                                                        &n

Cabin Chaos Triggers Turbulence Planning Overhaul  11
American Airlines is providing more weather information for pilots and creating a turbulence task force to lessen the chances of similar encounters.
Egypt Confirms MS804 Radar Data; Black Box Search Continues 
The Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee of Egypt said it has received radar images from EgyptAir Flight MS 804 that match previously-reported British and Greek data.
 

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