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. 

Astronautics To Build Cybersecurity Lab in Wisconsin 
Astronautics Corp. of America is planning to build a first-of-its-kind, cockpit-based cybersecurity research laboratory at its Milwaukee facility.
Cybersecurity Lab to be Built by Astronautics in Wisconsin 
Astronautics Corp. of America is planning to build a first-of-its-kind, cockpit-based cybersecurity research laboratory at its Milwaukee facility.
EAA AirVenture 2016: Soul-Searching And Promising Progress 
Although efforts to make flying safer took center stage this year, there was no dearth of new products and improvements on existing aircraft.
Unstable Approaches Rampant In Sunday AirVenture Arrivals 21
A temporarily closed runway and relatively low ceilings caused a glut of aircraft to arrive into Wittman Airport at the same time Sunday, many of which flew unstable approaches by traditional metrics.
LAM Aviation: Going It Alone For Safety 
LAM Aviation is beginning an in-house flight test campaign of an innovative wing design that provides both high-speed performance and low-speed control protection, while at the same time seeking a launch customer for its LAM Columbia Volant experimental aircraft.
Garmin Approval Bolsters Risk-Based Movement 
A move by the FAA to allow Part 23 aircraft owners to install experimental aircraft avionics in their panels gained momentum at EAA AirVenture.
Industry Counting On Tech, Human Factors As Solutions to GA Crashes 
The NTSB’s cadre of 53 air safety investigators can practically plan their annual workload based on a stubbornly persistent statistic—that each year there will be about 225 fatal fixed-wing general aviation accidents.
Nav Canada Board Approves Rate Cut 
Nav Canada’s board of directors on July 14 approved a two-phase cut in service fees charged to airlines operating to, from or over Canada’s airspace in the 2017 fiscal year, which starts Sept. 1.
DHS Wants Air Marshals On Cuba Flights 
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson wants to have agreements in place with the Cuban government to allow U.S. federal air marshals (FAM) to travel on flights into the U.S. from 10 Cuban airports, preferably before services start this fall.
FAA, Industry Aim To Mitigate GA Crashes With Tech, Human Factors 
FAA and industry are searching high and low for interventions and technologies to help keep recreational pilots and their passengers flying another day.
In Search Of A Secure Self-Service Airport Experience  1
Proof-of-concept trials worldwide and technology developments should lead to wide-scale biometric identification verification for simplified travel beyond 2020.
Eastern Air Lines Readies For Scheduled Service Proving Flights  4
Charter flights are one thing, but returning Eastern Air Lines to its former prominence will require scheduled service, and Cuba could be the start.
Eurocontrol Gaming System Helps Airports Handle Chaos 
Eurocontrol’s mobile simulators allow airports to prepare for worst of the real world by practicing in the virtual world.
Watchdog Prompts DOT To Tweak Frequent-Flier Rules 
The Transportation Department (DOT) by the end of 2018 will decide how much warning time airlines must provide to consumers before changing frequent-flier program terms and conditions.
Eastern Eyes FAA Approvals With Havana Decision In Limbo 
The relaunched Eastern Airlines will soon begin proving flights with the FAA, in hopes of adding domestic and international airline approvals to its scheduled and nonscheduled charter certificate this summer.

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