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
Fuel Probe Fault Behind ATR 42 Flame-Out 
Faulty wiring to a fuel probe appears to be a key factor in an engine-out incident involving a Danish Air Transport ATR 42-500 on a night flight from Esbjerg to Billund, Denmark, on March 17.
Podcast: Get Out! The Passenger Evacuation Problem 28
Our editors discuss what the industry can do to prevent bag-toting passengers from becoming a risk to themselves and those around them during an emergency evacuation.
Rockwell Collins Nears Finish Line With 737 MAX Cockpit Displays  9
Boeing 737 MAX cockpit displays bridge the gap between the “old” infrastructure of the venerable 737 flight deck and the 737NG flight environment.
Norway Probing 737 Elevator Incidents  3
Data from 800,000 flights will be examined.
‘Gift’ Jump Starts Philippines’ RNP Procedures 
A slate of donated required navigation performance (RNP) procedures for Tacloban City Airport (Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport) in the Philippines may set the stage for further improvements in the island nation’s ground-based aerial infrastructure.
Garmin Approval Bolsters Risk-Based Movement 
A move by the FAA to allow Part 23 aircraft owners to install experimental aircraft avionics in their panels recently gained momentum at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Astronautics To Build Cybersecurity Lab in Wisconsin 
Astronautics Corp. of America is planning to build a first-of-its-kind, cockpit-based cybersecurity research laboratory at its Milwaukee facility.
AirVenture 2016: Soul-Searching And Progress 
While there were a handful of new projects and steady progress on existing forward-looking programs, the industry took time to reflect on structural issues—the less-than-stellar safety record, medical and regulatory reform—that are being solved in order to put general aviation on a more solid footing.
EAA AirVenture 2016: Soul-Searching And Promising Progress  2
Although efforts to make flying safer took center stage this year, there was no dearth of new products and improvements on existing aircraft.
Cybersecurity Lab to be Built by Astronautics in Wisconsin 
Astronautics Corp. of America is planning to build a first-of-its-kind, cockpit-based cybersecurity research laboratory at its Milwaukee facility.
Unstable Approaches Rampant In Sunday AirVenture Arrivals 26
A temporarily closed runway and relatively low ceilings caused a glut of aircraft to arrive into Wittman Airport at the same time Sunday, many of which flew unstable approaches by traditional metrics.
LAM Aviation: Going It Alone For Safety 
LAM Aviation is beginning an in-house flight test campaign of an innovative wing design that provides both high-speed performance and low-speed control protection, while at the same time seeking a launch customer for its LAM Columbia Volant experimental aircraft.
Garmin Approval Bolsters Risk-Based Movement 
A move by the FAA to allow Part 23 aircraft owners to install experimental aircraft avionics in their panels gained momentum at EAA AirVenture.
Industry Counting On Tech, Human Factors As Solutions to GA Crashes 
The NTSB’s cadre of 53 air safety investigators can practically plan their annual workload based on a stubbornly persistent statistic—that each year there will be about 225 fatal fixed-wing general aviation accidents.
Nav Canada Board Approves Rate Cut 
Nav Canada’s board of directors on July 14 approved a two-phase cut in service fees charged to airlines operating to, from or over Canada’s airspace in the 2017 fiscal year, which starts Sept. 1.
 

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