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
SpaceX Dragon Helping FAA Free Up More Airspace 
Real-time space vehicle data will help the FAA deploy dynamic protective boundaries around a plethora of space activities set to begin in the next few years.
GAO Highlights Pitfalls In ICAO Plans For Next-Generation Tracking Systems 
While the GAO did not issue any recommendations to the FAA, questions and doubts about certain aspects of the ICAO preliminary plan could complicate harmonization efforts unless the final standards allow for performance-based solutions that can largely be met with the types of equipment U.S. airlines already carry.
Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies Fusion-Equipped King Air
Aviation Week recently sampled the new touch-screen Pro Line Fusion cockpit in Rockwell Collins’ King Air 250 demonstrator on a flight from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Rockford, Illinois.
FAA Details Key Element Of Next-Generation Pilot, Controller Medical Certification 
The upgrade is part of a broader FAA “Destination 2025” safety goal to reduce commercial-airline fatality rate by 24%, to 6.2 deaths per 100 million passengers per year, by 2018, and to reduce the general-aviation rate to no more than 1 fatal accident per 100,000 flight hours, also by 2018.
FAA Details Key Element Of Next-Generation Pilot, Controller Medical Certification 
The upgrade is part of a broader FAA “Destination 2025” safety goal to reduce commercial-airline fatality rate by 24%, to 6.2 deaths per 100 million passengers per year, by 2018, and to reduce the general-aviation rate to no more than 1 fatal accident per 100,000 flight hours, also by 2018.
Airbus, Boeing Set Sights On Synthetic Vision
Business jet and general aviation pilots already enjoy the safety benefits of synthetic vision. Airline pilots are next in line.
UAE Cites Chart Problems In IL-76 Close Call 4
Pilots of an Ilyushin IL-76TD came within feet of landing on workers and equipment on a new, unfinished runway at Sharjah, partly because of a Jeppesen airport diagram that appeared to show the runway was open.
China Advances In Satellite-Based Landings
Curved approaches with a range of glidepath angles are among the benefits of ground-based satellite landing systems on display in China.
NTSB: Controllers, Software Complicit In Wrong-Runway Landings 3
The NTSB is calling on the FAA to issue new rules requiring controllers to withhold a landing clearance until after an aircraft has “passed all other airports that may be confused with the destination airport.”
EASA Opposes Full-stall Simulator Training For Upset Training  1
Starting next year, airline and business jet pilots in the European Union will be required to complete a comprehensive upset prevention and recovery course every three years, but without full stall training.
RAA: ‘Negative Consequences’ From First-Officer Rule 
“Frankly, the [First Officer Qualification] places an emphasis on flight time that favors candidates who have amassed 1,500 hr. over candidates who have undertaken academic pathways through their piloting career but have not amassed 1,500 hr.,” said Faye Malarkey Black, interim president of the Regional Airline Association.
China Demonstrates GPS-Based Instrument Landing System 3
SmartPath, to date the only FAA-certified system on the market, is installed at several airports around the world, including Newark, Houston, Sydney and Frankfurt.
Regulators, Market To Determine Fate Of Synthetic Vision Guidance Systems 3
OEMs and avionics companies are turning to their customers to make the case for next-generation synthetic vision systems approval.
Honeywell Readies Situational Awareness Tools For Embraer E2 Pilots
Synthetic vision and exocentric 3-D taxi views are designed to boost situational awareness for less-experienced pilots.
ATR 72 Crew’s Ingenuity Cited In Rare Sea Salt Incident 2
The crew of an Aer Arann ATR 72 flying for Aer Lingus is credited with “good airmanship” in finding a way to remove salt deposits that had completely blocked the view forward from the twin turboprop’s windscreen while attempting to land at the Cork Airport in January 2014.
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May 18, 2015
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Fire In the Cabin 2

While installing a fireplace in a cabin clearly would be a bad idea, Lufthansa Technik develops a technology that uses illuminated water mist with an image of burning wood to create a fireplace for VIP aircraft....More
May 15, 2015
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Cardington: Britain’s Airship Heritage 2

Construction of Cardington’s Number 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Construction of Cardington’s No. 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Short Brothers was awarded an Admiralty contract for the development of dirigible airships....More
May 11, 2015
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NavWeek: China Coastal Catch 8

China last year accelerated its plans to “reclaim” areas like the Spratly Islands, and the Asian giant is banking on its coast guard to protect its disputed maritime stakes in the region, according to the Pentagon....More
May 10, 2015
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Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery Of Newest 737-800

Ethiopian Airlines' fleet renewal and growth continued this week with the delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 from Seattle. Routing through Washington-Dulles and then Dublin, Ireland, the latest 737NG is Ethiopian's 16th. Since 2010, the East African carrier has taken delivery of 25 Boeing 737/777/787s as well as 13 Bombardier DHC8-Q400 regional turbo aircraft. One of the fastest-growing and most modern of African airlines, Ethiopian also has a burgeoning MRO business....More
May 7, 2015
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Vantage Searches For An Advantage 3

It's easy to see why the composite machine turns heads; it sits high on a fighter-jet type landing gear, has a spaceship-like cockpit and those forward-swept wings, which beyond looking awesome, allow for a larger cabin as the main structure for the wings can be behind the seating area....More

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