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. 

Inflight Broadband Date Rates Rise, Costs Fall 

Manage the background processes and optimize the data flow.

Batteries, Halon Replacement, Fuel Cells Top FAA Fire Safety Agenda 
Anything that can catch fire will catch fire in the hands-on testing facilities within the FAA’s Fire Safety Branch.
Battery Fire Dangers Persist As Guidelines, Packaging Lags 
Carriers may be left to their own devices to fight lithium-ion battery fires as ICAO contemplates pseudo-solutions.
Packaging Preventatives For Battery Fires in Cargo 
Given the huge number of lithium-ion batteries being shipped by air, some will eventually short-circuit and go into thermal runaway. Industry and regulators are considering some box-level solutions.
Lithium Battery Fire Demos at the FAA Tech Center
The small lithium-metal and lithium-ion batteries we use everyday can pose big safety problems on aircraft, especially when carried as bulk cargo. This video shows the intensity of those fires when just a few batteries enter a state known as thermal runaway. FAA engineers at the William J. Hughes Technical Center have quantified the risks and are now testing methods to potentially mitigate them.
Singapore Airlines Upgrades Pilot Training After Houston Incident  17
Singapore Airlines is putting its pilots through “more-demanding” simulator and crew resource-management training, following a loss-of-separation incident involving a company Boeing 777-300ER on climb out from Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport in July 2014.
Turkish Changes Safety Processes After Kathmandu Runway Excursion  8
Turkish Airlines has made six changes to its processes and procedures following the March 4 excursion by an Airbus A330-300 landing at the Tribhuvan airport in Kathmandu, Nepal.
Egypt To Launch Initiative To Combat Security Fears 
Hurt by a decrease in tourism following the Oct. 31 crash of a Metrojet Airbus A321, the Egyptian government plans to launch an international public-relations campaign to “revitalize” the tourist flights coming to country’s airports, particularly Sharm el-Sheikh, from which the doomed Airbus A321 headed for St. Petersburg, Russia, had departed.
Simulation And Training At Canada’s 450 Tactical Helicopter Squadron  1
Aviation Week visited the new center for the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CH-147F Chinook squadron in Petawawa, Ontario.
Industry Embraces ‘Blended’ Training For Pilots, Maintainers 
PowerPoint and whiteboards don’t cut it for teaching the new generation to fly, crew and maintain aircraft. This is what the military and civilian aviation worlds are doing about it.
Leading By Simulation: Canada’s Chinook Squadron 
Tough lessons from Afghanistan fuel next-generation virtual training targets.
Redbird’s ‘GIFT’ To Aspiring Private Pilots 2
New students will soon be able to learn with a virtual instructor in an immersive environment as part of a new private-pilot curriculum soon to be released by Redbird Flight.
Honeywell Boosts Precision Approach Capability 

The FAA has certified software upgrade and optional hardware changes for Honeywell’s SmartPath ground-based augmentation system (GBAS) that will allow equipped airlines and airports to roll out more precision approaches and land in lower weather conditions starting this quarter.

Norway To Start Using Virtual Towers In 2017 
Norway is beginning to take the wraps off an ambitious plan to replace brick-and-mortar towers with virtual towers at a large number of its airports, and first operations are likely to begin in 2017.
Norway To Start Using Virtual Towers In 2017 
Norway is beginning to take the wraps off an ambitious plan to replace brick-and-mortar towers with virtual towers at a large number of its airports, and first operations are likely to begin in 2017.

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