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. 

FAA Eyes 'Free' Surveillance Network Overhaul  2
By vacating 50 MHz of L-band spectrum, the FAA and three other federal agencies could land billions in cash for needed infrastructure upgrades—if they can agree on how to do it.
ATR 72 Severe Vibrations Unsettle Swedes  35
The Swedish Accident Investigation Authority is calling on European regulators to limit the maneuvering envelope or engine power profiles on the ATR 72.
U.S. Navy Readies Super Blue Angels Routine 
The U.S. Navy says it has developed and tested the air show routine the Blue Angels will use when the team takes to the skies with its next aircraft, the F/A-18E Super Hornet, in 2020 or before.
Honeywell Warning Plays Into Business Jet Concerns 
In business jet and general aviation trends, Honeywell spotlighted mid-to-large cabin declines, used inventory rising, slowing orders and production rates, and flight hours remaining “flat-to-down” through next year. “Aftermarket slowing considerably,” said a presentation slide.
Before-and-after traffic routes around Boston Logan International Airport.
FAA, Massport To Test Boston Logan Noise Mitigation 
The FAA and the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) have agreed to test adjustments to performance-based navigation (PBN) routes put into place at Boston Logan International Airport over the past several years.
Honeywell Eyes New Connectivity-Driven Business Models 8
Connectivity and a new service economy will make the flight deck of the future more like a smartphone. Systems from weather radar to the APU could benefit.
Failed Airbus A320 Actuator Incident Debated By Safety Agencies, Airbus  78
Airbus and the French BEA maintain that it is acceptable to fly an aircraft for 10 days with an inoperative aileron servo control, but Hungary’s safety agency recommends reducing that time.
EI-EFB, the aircraft in question.
Incident Highlights Difficulties With Fume Investigations  29
Ryanair replaced two engines and numerous air conditioning system components on a Boeing 737-800, as the airline attempted over nearly a one-month period to troubleshoot the origin of a chemical-type—or “cheesy”—smell reported on the flight deck by multiple crews in September 2014.
Southwest Airlines Flight 1248 runway overrun
Excursions Targeted With New Runway Condition Reporting 
Starting Oct. 1, airport operators must begin reporting runway contamination in a new standardized format designed to give pilots better information on stopping distances when water, ice, snow and slush are present at certain depths.
How Wider Single-Aisle Toilets Could Cost Airlines Billions  35
Industry says wider toilets for single-aisles will cut a row of seats, costing $33 billion over 25 years.
New Airliner Flight Tracking Tool Will Provide One-Minute Updates

Nascent space–based surveillance company Aireon has joined forces with flight tracking specialist FlightAware to offer airlines a Web-based aircraft tracking tool, which will provide updates every 1 min.

New Airliner Flight Tracking Tool Will Provide One-Minute Updates  11
Nascent space–based surveillance company Aireon has joined forces with flight tracking specialist FlightAware to offer airlines a Web-based aircraft tracking tool, which will provide updates every 1 min.
GEE Boeing 777-200 Certification At Risk 
Global Eagle Entertainment said it will be forced to end the “trial operations” of its Ku-band inflight connectivity system on a China Airlines Boeing 777-200 unless the FAA extends an exemption allowing continued operations of the as-of-yet uncertified system.
Airlines Seek To Curb Service-Animal Rules  42
Major U.S. airlines are hoping to restrict the types of animals that passengers are legally allowed to bring on board an aircraft.
FAA Funds Evaluation Of Aircraft Network Vulerability 
The FAA has selected Astronautics Corporation of America to develop and test methods to evaluate the vulnerability of aircraft onboard networks to cyberattacks.

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