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. 

Canada Suffers ‘Buckle Up’ Blues Over Instruction Tone
The peculiarity highlights the difficulty that airlines and regulators globally face with passenger compliance to “seatbelt on” indicators and announcements.
Taking Air Traffic Control Towers To The Mountains  3
Colorado will spend $6 million for a remote system it hopes will bring affordable control tower services at a handful of key mountain airports.
ATR, Lao Airlines Build Dedicated Pilot Pipeline 
A third-party training pipeline is one of several initiatives ATR is pursuing to address the need for more entry-level airline pilots and localized training for existing pilots.
Engine wash rig, showing 30-gal. tanks.
Flawed Engine Wash Fuels Training, Procedures Upgrades 
A flawed engine-wash operation was to blame for an “extremely bad fumy smell” that caused an Aer Lingus Airbus A320 to declare an emergency immediately after takeoff in October 2015.
Airlines Focus On Shaving Seconds To Gain Dollars  25
NASA, Boeing, United, Honeywell live-test new algorithms that optimize spacing between aircraft, boosting capacity at airports.
Copa Airlines Embraer 190.
Copa Rolls Out Flight Data Monitoring Dashboard  1
Panama-based Copa Airlines and its Colombia-based subsidiary are giving high marks to Teledyne Controls’ cloud-based flight data monitoring service.
Sheveluch volcano erupts in December 2016.
Airlines, ANSPs To Simulate Volcano Eruption Response 
An international group of air navigation service providers, airlines and others will take part in a simulated volcanic eruption exercise in late April to test coordination protocols, as well as tactical rerouting for airline operators using Pacific Ocean airways.
Eastern 980 ‘Flight Recorder’ Tape Actually A TV Show 
Portions of magnetic tape found by two U.S. citizens last summer, and thought to hold answers as to why Eastern Air Lines Flight 980 might have slammed into a mountain in Bolivia in 1985, turned out to be a recording of a 1966 TV show.
VoIP Coming To Air Traffic Control  6
Once installed, the FAA’s NAS Voice System will allow controllers anywhere to communicate with pilots everywhere.
Tug Caused Southwest Nose Gear Snap At BWI  50
The U.S. NTSB said “excessive speed” by a tug driver caused the nose gear of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300 to collapse upon pushback Aug. 4 at the airport.
An HD screen shows airport runways to a central controller.
Irish Remote Tower: Two Airports With One Controller  21
The Irish Aviation Authority has successfully completed operational trials showing that one air traffic controller can simultaneously handle traffic at two low-capacity airports, using remote tower technologies.
Podcast: Flying The C Series. Our Pilots Report 1
Our chief aircraft evaluation pilot, Fred George, flew the CS300. Our avionics and safety editor, John Croft, has done simulator runs. Executive Editor Jim Asker quizzes them on their impressions of Bombardier’s newest airliner.
Hybrid Turboprop For Nine Passengers Takes Shape 
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University researchers have become the nucleus around which a new nine-seat hybrid electric turboprop aircraft could be built in the near future.
Embry-Riddle's E-Spirit of St. Louis Test Run
Graduate students perform a test-run of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's E-Spirit of St. Louis all-electric two-seater. The modified Diamond HK36, planned for first flight in May coincident with the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, has a 150 hp Yasa liquid cooled automotive electric engine and is designed for an endurance of 1 hr and 45 min using Lithium ion battery packs and custom-designed cooling systems.
Nine-Passenger Hybrid Turboprop May Be On The Way  33
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and industry are crafting a nine-passenger business aircraft that will merge the best attributes of electric and fossil fuels.
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