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. 

Astronautics, Jagid Launch ‘Flying LTE Tower’ 
Systems integrator Jagid Management has teamed with Astronautics Corporation of America to build a roll-on, roll-off “flying LTE tower” that will allow police and military customers to pass ISR data over broadband links.
Harris ADS-B Extend portable ground station.
Harris, North Dakota To Create Wide Area BVLOS Network 
Harris Corp., the longtime provider of the FAA’s telecommunications backbone and automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast ADS-B surveillance service, will broaden its offerings.
ATR Targets Saab In U.S. Market Push  1
Replacing dozens of aging 30-seat Saab turboprops flying for U.S. regional airlines could be the sweet spot for French turboprop manufacturer ATR.
Gulfstream, BAE Systems Win Aviation Week 2017 Technology Laureate 4
The companies jointly reintroduced the intuitiveness of flight controls by integrating electronically coupled sidesticks on the G500 and G600 business jets.
EASA Finds Dangerous Trends In European Airspace 
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said preliminary accident and incident data from 2016 for its 32 member countries shows increased risks from systems failures, airborne collisions and runway excursions.
Aireon Records Satellite-Based ADS-B Traffic 
Testing for the remaining two satellites will begin after the vehicles drift into final positions in an adjacent orbital plane.
Bad Smell That Prompted Emergency After Takeoff Traced To Engine Wash
An “extremely bad fumy smell” in the cabin and cockpit that caused an Aer Lingus Airbus A320 to declare an emergency immediately after takeoff from Dublin in October 2015 was caused by a flawed engine-wash operatio
NASA Program Aims To Eliminate Taxiway Waiting 
If NASA is successful, a frustrating but accepted reality at busy U.S. airports—the inevitability of a “conga line” of aircraft on the taxiway waiting for departure—should begin fading into history before the turn of the decade.
Fixing The Most Inefficient Phase Of Flight: Ground Operations  35
NASA is fully immersed in a five-year program to bring scheduling efficiency into the departure queues of the National Airspace System, in other words, getting rid of the “conga line.”
Canada Suffers ‘Buckle Up’ Blues Over Instruction Tone
The peculiarity highlights the difficulty that airlines and regulators globally face with passenger compliance to “seatbelt on” indicators and announcements.
Taking Air Traffic Control Towers To The Mountains  4
Colorado will spend $6 million for a remote system it hopes will bring affordable control tower services at a handful of key mountain airports.
ATR, Lao Airlines Build Dedicated Pilot Pipeline 
A third-party training pipeline is one of several initiatives ATR is pursuing to address the need for more entry-level airline pilots and localized training for existing pilots.
Engine wash rig, showing 30-gal. tanks.
Flawed Engine Wash Fuels Training, Procedures Upgrades 
A flawed engine-wash operation was to blame for an “extremely bad fumy smell” that caused an Aer Lingus Airbus A320 to declare an emergency immediately after takeoff in October 2015.
Airlines Focus On Shaving Seconds To Gain Dollars  27
NASA, Boeing, United, Honeywell live-test new algorithms that optimize spacing between aircraft, boosting capacity at airports.
Copa Airlines Embraer 190.
Copa Rolls Out Flight Data Monitoring Dashboard  1
Panama-based Copa Airlines and its Colombia-based subsidiary are giving high marks to Teledyne Controls’ cloud-based flight data monitoring service.
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