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.

Articles
Can Global Surveillance Be Crowd-Sourced? 3
With more than 6,200 receivers in place around the populated portions of the world, Flightradar24 will now turn to the oceans to give the nascent surveillance provider more visibility of long-haul routes.
Hamburg Incident Highlights Dangers Of Ignoring ILS ‘Critical Areas’ 
The pilots recovered to normal flight before returning for a non-eventful landing. Interfering with the glideslope transmitter was a Boeing 737 that had landed on a different runway and was waiting to cross Runway 23 to reach the terminal.
Perth Deploys Technology, Operational Changes Following Vehicle Incursion
Operators of Australia’s Perth Airport have implemented seven safety upgrades in the wake of a serious incursion between an airport car performing a routine runway inspection and a QantasLink Boeing 717 that was landing there in rain and low visibility after an instrument approach in July 2014.
Piedmont Ramps Up ERJ-Training Curriculum, New Pilot Promotion 
Piedmont Airlines says is ramping up its Embraer ERJ 145 training curriculum as it awaits first delivery of the type in October and begins service before year-end.
Safety Issues At United Ripple Through The Industry 
An alert from top United Airlines safety officials is raising concerns about safety culture at the third-largest airline in the U.S. and beyond.
Bird’s-Eye View Of Runway Prang And More 3
It’s hard to get a better look at a runway incident than having dozens of steerable electro-optical cameras and millimeter-wave radars trained on the impending action.
Huerta: FAA Could ‘Move Out Aggressively’ With Virtual Control Tower Technology 
The results of an upcoming technology demonstration at a small general aviation airport outside of Washington, D.C., will be key to the future of near-term virtual control tower technology in the U.S.
Huerta: FAA, DOT ‘Open’ To Discussion On FAA Restructuring 
FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said he and Transportation Department (DOT) Secretary Anthony Foxx are “open” to discussing a restructuring of the agency, specifically the removal of its air traffic control and modernization roles from its safety and certification tasks, as part of a fiscal year 2016 reauthorization package.
Boston Brewing Optimal Mix Of Runway Safety Technologies 1
Runway safety has evolved from a “silver bullet” mind-set to one of technological, procedural, educational and analytical interventions optimized for one particular runway or hot spot.
Headway Made In Curbing Airline Runway Incursions 
The number and rate for the most severe incursions at towered airports in the U.S. appear to be in check and are well below the FAA’s safety goal.
Podcast: Flight Tracking One Year After MH370
Aviation Week editors discuss the ongoing search for MH370 and the outlook for changes to flight tracking.
Rockwell Collins, SITA Roll Out New Tracking Options For Airlines
Rockwell Collins and SITA are helping the airline industry piece together which data pipes will most economically meet global tracking push.
FAA Aims For Zero Cybersecurity ‘Events’ Next Year 
The FAA has set a goal to sustain “zero” cybersecurity events that could “disable or significantly degrade” its services during the next fiscal year.
FAA Seeks New Programs To Reduce ‘Insider Threat’ 
The FAA wants to hire more than 20 new employees and spend more than $11 million to implement “facility and personnel security recommendations” to counter internal threats and to implement recommendations stemming from the September 2014 fire at the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center (ZAU).
 
Blogs
Mar 31, 2015
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Operation Decisive Storm -- Air Power Over Yemen 2

A Saudi-led coalition of Middle Eastern and African states has started a major air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. We take a look at the air assets assembled for Operation Decisive Storm....More
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015
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Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More

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