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.

U.S. Navy Considers EM Launcher For Arrestment, Ejection Testing 

The U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division is considering using electromagnetic rails or other technologies to replace or augment legacy thrusting systems — Pratt & Whitney J-57 jet engines and 5-in.-diameter Zuni rockets — at two test sites.

“Current supplies of jet engines at [the jet car track site] and rocket motors at [the supersonic naval ordinance research tracks] are depleting,” says the Navy in recent request for information (RFI) .

FAA Considers Broadening ADS-B Traffic Output 
Bob Nichols, head of the FAA’s Surveillance and Broadcast Services office, told Aviation Week last week that the agency is investigating whether it might begin openly broadcasting secondary-surveillance radar (SSR) information on the Universal Access Transceiver (UAT) link that the portables receive.
New Satellite Network To Streamline Distress Signals 
Meosar taking the ‘search’ out of search and rescue
After MH370, Flight-Tracking Again Tops Airline Agenda 4
The notion that a $250 million, state-of-the-art Boeing 777-200ER could vanish without a trace seemed ludicrous until March 8.
Why The Oceanic Airline Data Bridge Is Not Seamless 
A brief history of flight-tracking
Momentum Builds For Deployable, Streaming Tracking 
MH370 disappearance increases pressure for streaming data and deployable recorders
U.S. Navy Considers EM Launcher For Arrestment, Ejection Testing 
"Current supplies of jet engines at [the jet car track site] and rocket motors at [the supersonic naval ordinance research tracks] are depleting," says the Navy in recent request for information (RFI) .
ADS-B Options Increase As Operators Resolve To Equip
The owners of approximately 150,000 general aviation aircraft that will be required to install automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) avionics in their aircraft by Jan. 1, 2020, to keep flying are seeing a surge in new products available to meet the mandate.
Lycoming Sees Promise In New Engines, Fuels 3
Lycoming Engines says it is working on as many as 25 “active” OEM engine integration projects for general aviation, most of which are outside of the U.S.
Ukraine Shootdown May Spur Risk-Assessment Reform 2
MH17 forces airlines, regulators to confront flaws in conflict-zone procedures
MH17 Latest Blow To Malaysia’s Financial Outlook 

The loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) is the latest in a series of potentially crippling blows to Malaysian Airline System (MAS), whose CEO acknowledged it was facing a much-needed “operational reset” even before the July 17 disaster over Ukraine.

Like many state-founded and -funded airlines across the region, MAS has been suffering from the predations of low-cost carriers (LCC) AirAsia and Lion Air for years. March’s MH370 disaster has hurt the airline’s reputation and income stream, and the MH17 fallout is still to come. 

Advanced Weather Radar Can Make Pilots Smarter 
Honeywell and Rockwell Collins push the meteorological threat envelope
'False glideslope' Incidents Prompt 737 Software Mods 
Boeing fix targets ‘false glideslope’ upsets
MH17 Flight Route Approved By Eurocontrol, Safe Per ICAO, IATA 12
Ukranian air authorities thought route was safe FL330
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