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.

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Watchdog: Industry Leans Toward Privatized ATC To Accelerate NextGen 

A large number of airlines, airports and a variety of industry experts believe Congress could consider separating the air traffic control (ATC) and airspace-modernization services from the FAA’s purview, in part to speed up the delivery of NextGen, a new study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found.

Watchdog: Industry Leans Toward Privatized ATC To Accelerate NextGen 
The FAA’s future architecture is a hot-button topic in Congress, as lawmakers begin to craft a reauthorization bill to keep the agency operating after the current four-year bill expires in Sept. 2015.
NTSB Addresses Contributing Factors In Unstable Approach Crash 
Following UPS 1354, NTSB calls for mending of safety nets
ICAO Task Force To Demo Risk-Avoidance Tools 
Task force demos avoidance tools as battles slow MH17 investigators
ATSB Expands MH370 Priority Zone As Teams Prepare For Underwater Search 
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says “recent refinements” in satellite ground station parameters and the primary radar track of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 will likely extend the priority search area for the missing Boeing 777-200ER further to the south than previously planned.
 
The potential change in search area is based on new estimates on exactly when the aircraft turned south toward the Indian Ocean from its last known pri
ATSB Expands MH370 Priority Zone As Teams Prepare For Underwater Search 
The potential change in search area is based on new estimates about exactly when the aircraft turned south toward the Indian Ocean from its last known primary radar position, captured by Malaysian air defense radar.
Fatigue Figures Prominently In UPS Flight 1354 Conclusions 2
The recommendation is the first of 20 the Board issued in its final hearing on UPS Flight 1354.
Atlanta Upgrades Ground Surveillance Suite 
Aerobahn software uses the airport’s surface multilateration (MLAT) system to provide common data to the airport, airlines and the FAA, as well as a common-operations picture to all participants.
Southwest Gaining Efficiency With Improved Weather Data 
Better weather data to provide savings edge for Southwest fleet
Tackling Optimized Profile Descent Procedures 
NASA-developed optimal flow tools are set to debut in 2018
Aircraft Tracking Concerns Not Limited To Commercial Airlines 
For emergencies, the Automated Asset Tracking System (AATS), described in recent query to industry would output the information every 1 min. to speed up search-and-rescue operations.
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