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
WSI’s TAPS Weather System Could Provide Tracking 
Airlines using WSI’s TAPS for weather forecasts and to avoid turbulence may get 15-min. tracking updates as an added benefit.
FAA Conducts Crash Tests For Airport Frangibility Guidelines 
The FAA is staging ground collisions between representative aircraft wings and landing gear with approach lights and landing aids to develop standardized test procedures for evaluating the “frangibility” of landing aids and light towers near runways.
FAA Readies Data-Link Rollout, Coming First To Towers 
FAA takes datacomm babysteps as secure texting replaces voice for departure clearances.
FAA Conducts Crash Tests For Airport Frangibility Guidelines 
The FAA is staging ground collisions between representative aircraft wings and landing gear with approach lights and landing aids to develop standardized test procedures for evaluating the “frangibility” of landing aids and light towers near runways.
FAA Readies Texting System For Houston Airports, Salt Lake City 
In particular, CPDLC will be used sending initial and amended departure clearances to an aircraft, an option that airlines say can shave minutes or more from a flight while increasing safety by removing human error in comprehending, copying and downloading the information into the avionics.
SpaceX Dragon Helping FAA Free Up More Airspace 1
Real-time space vehicle data will help the FAA deploy dynamic protective boundaries around a plethora of space activities set to begin in the next few years.
GAO Highlights Pitfalls In ICAO Plans For Next-Generation Tracking Systems 
While the GAO did not issue any recommendations to the FAA, questions and doubts about certain aspects of the ICAO preliminary plan could complicate harmonization efforts unless the final standards allow for performance-based solutions that can largely be met with the types of equipment U.S. airlines already carry.
Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies Fusion-Equipped King Air
Aviation Week recently sampled the new touch-screen Pro Line Fusion cockpit in Rockwell Collins’ King Air 250 demonstrator on a flight from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Rockford, Illinois.
FAA Details Key Element Of Next-Generation Pilot, Controller Medical Certification 
The upgrade is part of a broader FAA “Destination 2025” safety goal to reduce commercial-airline fatality rate by 24%, to 6.2 deaths per 100 million passengers per year, by 2018, and to reduce the general-aviation rate to no more than 1 fatal accident per 100,000 flight hours, also by 2018.
FAA Details Key Element Of Next-Generation Pilot, Controller Medical Certification 
The upgrade is part of a broader FAA “Destination 2025” safety goal to reduce commercial-airline fatality rate by 24%, to 6.2 deaths per 100 million passengers per year, by 2018, and to reduce the general-aviation rate to no more than 1 fatal accident per 100,000 flight hours, also by 2018.
Airbus, Boeing Set Sights On Synthetic Vision
Business jet and general aviation pilots already enjoy the safety benefits of synthetic vision. Airline pilots are next in line.
UAE Cites Chart Problems In IL-76 Close Call 4
Pilots of an Ilyushin IL-76TD came within feet of landing on workers and equipment on a new, unfinished runway at Sharjah, partly because of a Jeppesen airport diagram that appeared to show the runway was open.
China Advances In Satellite-Based Landings
Curved approaches with a range of glidepath angles are among the benefits of ground-based satellite landing systems on display in China.
NTSB: Controllers, Software Complicit In Wrong-Runway Landings 3
The NTSB is calling on the FAA to issue new rules requiring controllers to withhold a landing clearance until after an aircraft has “passed all other airports that may be confused with the destination airport.”
EASA Opposes Full-stall Simulator Training For Upset Training  1
Starting next year, airline and business jet pilots in the European Union will be required to complete a comprehensive upset prevention and recovery course every three years, but without full stall training.
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