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
Is An Aircraft-based Broadband Network Viable? 
Airborne Wireless Networks’ “Infinitus Super Highway” replaces LEO satellites with aircraft in a mesh communications network to deliver broadband data.
New Venture Promises Ubiquitous Broadband 
A Simi Valley, California, company has launched a commercial venture to provide a broadband mesh network over the continental U.S. using commercial aircraft.
ATR 72 Icing Upset Draws Wide Attention 
French and Danish accident investigators and airframer ATR have joined with Norway’s Accident Investigation Board to figure out why a Scandinavian Airlines ATR 72-212 “banked uncontrollably and lost significant altitude” on Nov. 14.
New York Airport Privatization: Third Time’s A Charm? 
New York state’s Westchester County has applied to the FAA to privatize its commercial service reliever airport for the New York City metropolitan area, marking the third time since 2000 that the state or one of its counties has attempted such a spinoff under the FAA’s troubled Airport Privatization Pilot Program.
Corridors Taking Shape For Proving Civil UAS Operations 
Officials in the FAA’s UAS test sites across the U.S. are carving out hundreds of linear miles of airspace for proving the technologies and procedures needed for widespread beyond-visual-line-of-sight operations, a linchpin for success of commercial UAS ventures and other routine operations.
Corridors Taking Shape For Proving Civil UAS Operations 
Officials in the FAA’s UAS test sites are carving out hundreds of linear miles of airspace for proving the technologies and procedures needed for widespread beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) operations, a linchpin for success of commercial UAS ventures and other routine operations.
U.S. Drone Corridors Taking Shape  2
The FAA’s UAS test sites across the U.S. are carving out hundreds of linear miles of airspace for proving out the technologies and procedures needed for widespread beyond visual line of sight operations.
U.S. Corridors For Drones Taking Shape 
The FAA’s UAS test sites across the U.S. are carving out hundreds of linear miles of airspace for proving out the technologies and procedures needed for widespread beyond visual line of sight operations.
Colombia Crash: Electrical Issues, Fuel Status In Spotlight  3
Investigators likely will look into electrical problems and possible fuel exhaustion first when researching the Nov. 28 crash of a British Aerospace BAe 146-200 jet.
Colombia Crash: Electrical Issues, Fuel Status In Spotlight  1
Investigators likely will look into electrical problems and possible fuel exhaustion first when researching the Nov. 28 crash of a British Aerospace BAe 146-200 jet in Colombia.
Thales: Big Data Produces Big Results In Big Test 
Fewer delays, better arrival time estimates expected with modern air traffic management tools under development at Thales.
Second Remote Tower Proposed For A U.S. Airport 
The FAA is seeking vendors of remote ATC tower systems to compete for the contract to build one at a business and general aviation facility 50 mi. north of Denver.
Second Remote Tower Proposed For A U.S. Airport 
The FAA is seeking vendors of remote ATC tower systems to compete for the contract to build one at a business and general aviation facility 50 mi. north of Denver.
Studies Highlight Pros And Cons Of ATC Corporation  1
Lawmakers are digesting a new crop of government reports to support their positions for or against splitting the FAA’s air traffic and safety roles.
Investigators: Reasons Unclear For Pilot Incapacitations 
One of the pilots on a UAE-based flight deck will become incapacitated at least once every two months—and investigators are not sure why.
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