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.

Articles
Boston Brewing Optimal Mix Of Runway Safety Technologies 
Runway safety has evolved from a “silver bullet” mind-set to one of technological, procedural, educational and analytical interventions optimized for one particular runway or hot spot.
Headway Made In Curbing Airline Runway Incursions 
The number and rate for the most severe incursions at towered airports in the U.S. appear to be in check and are well below the FAA’s safety goal.
Podcast: Flight Tracking One Year After MH370
Aviation Week editors discuss the ongoing search for MH370 and the outlook for changes to flight tracking.
Rockwell Collins, SITA Roll Out New Tracking Options For Airlines
Rockwell Collins and SITA are helping the airline industry piece together which data pipes will most economically meet global tracking push.
FAA Aims For Zero Cybersecurity ‘Events’ Next Year 
The FAA has set a goal to sustain “zero” cybersecurity events that could “disable or significantly degrade” its services during the next fiscal year.
FAA Seeks New Programs To Reduce ‘Insider Threat’ 
The FAA wants to hire more than 20 new employees and spend more than $11 million to implement “facility and personnel security recommendations” to counter internal threats and to implement recommendations stemming from the September 2014 fire at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZAU).
Industry Assesses Cost Benefits Of Tracking, Operational Control 
Taking responsibility for the whereabouts of their aircraft will be a new experience for many of the world’s airlines, and the jury’s out on whether it will be affordable
Report: Poor Work Conditions For Many European LCC Crew 
An in-depth study underscores the worsening work conditions for LCC crewmembers, especially pilots, in Europe.
Remote Tower Vendors See Growing Interest From ANSPs, Airports 

Interest in virtual control towers is shifting from curiosity to serious consideration as a growing number of air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and airports consider cost-benefit analyses for staffing air traffic control towers at low-volume airports, or when contemplating new tower construction at higher-activity airports. 

“What we’re seeing is fully formed requirements coming out of a number of different ANSPs,” says Alex Sauriol, executive vice president for airport and ATM solutions for Searidge Technolofies. 

Study Warns Of ‘Bogus’ Employment Schemes For European Airline Crews 
Members of the ESDC include the European Cockpit Association, European Transport Workers Federation and the Association of European Airlines.
Podcast: Is The Pilot Shortage For Real? 8
Our editors discuss the global pilot shortage and why the solution is not as simple as paying American regional pilots more.
TSB: 767 Evacuation Highlights Training, Evacuation Issues 
The disorderly evacuation occurred as the 243 passengers and eight crew members were deplaning that afternoon after a flight from Casablanca.
ICAO: Mixed Review On Key Safety Upgrade Metrics 
“At the rate that we’re improving, it will take until 2043 to hit that 2017 [target],” said ICAO Air Navigation Bureau Director Nancy Graham, at the recent second High Level Safety Conference (HLSC) in Montreal.
Asia-Pacific Offers Much Opportunity For Expatriate Pilots 4
For the subset of pilots willing and able to work in the Far East, the money and rapid job advancement are there for the taking, and will be for the next five years or more.
ICAO On Path To Improved Flight Tracking, Conflict Zone Alerts
ICAO task force to study concepts for sharing risk data and to create guidance for developing risk assessments that states can use to decide when to issue warnings or close airspace.
 
Blogs
Mar 2, 2015
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1969: The Concorde's Hopeful First Flight 2

On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015
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U.S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions 3

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015
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Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015
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France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015
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Inside The Roc's Lair 18

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More

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