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. 

Articles
SFO control tower at sunset.
FAA Asks For Airline Action Following SFO Debacle 
The FAA is “strongly” urging airlines to put into place best practices to avoid “incorrect airport surface” approaches and landings following a July 7 incident at San Francisco International Airport.
NTSC: Unstable Approach Led To ATR Incident  10
Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee is calling on Jakarta-based Pelita Air Service to establish a stabilized approach-monitoring system in the wake of an ATR 72 bounced-landing incident in March.
Podcast: The Cockpit of the Future 2
Curved touch screens, augmented reality, integrated smart systems that drastically reduce pilot workload—all these are coming in the no-to-distant future
Safety Recommendations Go Unanswered In Indonesia 
A status matrix published by Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee shows that only 16% of the 660 safety recommendations issued for air crashes and incidents in the past decade have been closed.
Satellite Images Give New Hope To MH370 Searchers 
Newly revealed satellite images of potential aircraft debris have boosted Australian researchers’ confidence about where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed more than three years ago.
Technology Boost Coming For Air Traffic Controllers  1
Advanced human-machine interfaces and new technologies are set to make ATC workstations as jaw-dropping as the newest flight decks, if not more so.
Pleiades 1A satellite image.
Researchers Double Down On Possible Crash Site 
Newly revealed satellite images of potential aircraft debris have boosted Australian researchers’ confidence about where Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed into the southern Indian Ocean on March 8, 2014.
Thales’ Next Generation Cockpit  1
Super-smooth touchscreen control, unique human-machine interfaces and connections to “open world” applications highlight Thales’ new flight deck.
Connectivity And Open World Access Drive Thales’s Avionics Future  2
Avionics used to be closed systems, but the coming of broadband connectivity on board has prompted a rebirth of new architectures to reap the benefits of an open system.
Podcast: Pilotless Airliner—How Realistic? How Soon? 29
Will large aircraft ever fly with no pilot on board? It is inevitable, our panel says. But what about passenger acceptance?
Ipad: The Apple of United’s Eye? 
Although United Airlines has had no shortage of growing pains since deciding in 2012 to morph Apple iPads into the perfect electronic flight bag for the flight deck, a less turbulent future is now on the horizon.
Podcast: Battle for the Aftermarket
Why Pratt & Whitney thinks an OEM grab for more of the aftermarket could upend its business model.
NTSB: SFO Runway Lighting Confused Air Canada Pilots  96
The pilots of a landing Air Canada Airbus A320 that nearly plowed into several aircraft at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) around midnight July 7 were visually confused by the runway lighting.
EMAS arrestment at Yeager Airport in West Virginia.
FAA Confirms Cases Of EMAS Phobia  57
Pilots in some cases appear to be avoiding a special type of crushable concrete designed to gently stop an aircraft from overrunning the end of a runway—a finding that is puzzling to FAA officials.
EMAS arrestment at Yeager Airport in West Virginia.
Mystery: Some Pilots Leery Of EMAS 
Pilots in some cases appear to be avoiding a special type of crushable concrete designed to gently stop an aircraft from overrunning the end of a runway—a finding that is puzzling to FAA officials.
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