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
NTSB Addresses Contributing Factors In Unstable Approach Crash 
Following UPS 1354, NTSB calls for mending of safety nets
ICAO Task Force To Demo Risk-Avoidance Tools 
Task force demos avoidance tools as battles slow MH17 investigators
ATSB Expands MH370 Priority Zone As Teams Prepare For Underwater Search 
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says “recent refinements” in satellite ground station parameters and the primary radar track of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 will likely extend the priority search area for the missing Boeing 777-200ER further to the south than previously planned.
 
The potential change in search area is based on new estimates on exactly when the aircraft turned south toward the Indian Ocean from its last known pri
ATSB Expands MH370 Priority Zone As Teams Prepare For Underwater Search 
The potential change in search area is based on new estimates about exactly when the aircraft turned south toward the Indian Ocean from its last known primary radar position, captured by Malaysian air defense radar.
Fatigue Figures Prominently In UPS Flight 1354 Conclusions 2
The recommendation is the first of 20 the Board issued in its final hearing on UPS Flight 1354.
Atlanta Upgrades Ground Surveillance Suite 
Aerobahn software uses the airport’s surface multilateration (MLAT) system to provide common data to the airport, airlines and the FAA, as well as a common-operations picture to all participants.
Southwest Gaining Efficiency With Improved Weather Data 
Better weather data to provide savings edge for Southwest fleet
Tackling Optimized Profile Descent Procedures 
NASA-developed optimal flow tools are set to debut in 2018
Aircraft Tracking Concerns Not Limited To Commercial Airlines 
For emergencies, the Automated Asset Tracking System (AATS), described in recent query to industry would output the information every 1 min. to speed up search-and-rescue operations.
Poor Procedures, Lack Of Weather Information Frame Lion Air Bali Crash 
A final report by Indonesia’s National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC) identifies four contributors to the April 13, 2013, accident sequence: The pilot continued the approach at too-high a descent rate without a clear view of the runway and waited too long to attempt a go-around, while the local meteorological service did not issue weather updates to pilots as heavy rain associated with a thunderstorm enveloped the airport while the flight was on final approach.
Latest Blogs
Sep 30, 2014
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Hong Kong unrest a bad sign for peace in the Taiwan Strait

Beijing’s increasingly heavy-handed treatment of Hong Kong, resulting in current street protests, raises the risk of China eventually trying to seize Taiwan by force, though the probability may not have changed much....More
Sep 30, 2014
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Photo: Airbus A350 Formation Flight

All five Airbus A350-900 test aircraft took to the skies Monday for a formation flight over southern France, just ahead of EASA's certification of the type today....More
Sep 29, 2014
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9/29 Frago

Defense news from around the Web...More
Sep 29, 2014
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YF-22 Lifts Off 12

The prototype of the F-22 Raptor flew 24 years ago today....More
Sep 26, 2014
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Last NATO AWACS Comes Home From Afghanistan

The last NATO E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) returned to its home base in Geilenkirchen, Germany, Sept. 25....More

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