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
NASA Hones ATM Technologies  5
With NASA’s help, air traffic controllers in the future will “team” with their computer systems to safely and efficiently manage highly automated passenger aircraft that dynamically collaborate with the ATM system to optimize routing, capacity and fuel savings.
Rockwell Collins Touts Early Success Using Weather Radar As Runway-Finder 

Fractional ownership company NetJets has received more than 1,000 resumes from qualified candidates for open pilot positions, the company says. 

It has also received about 200 resumes from flight attendant candidates for open positions. 

NetJets recently announced plans to add up to 87 pilot positions and up to 50 new flight attendant positions throughout 2015. 

The first group of new pilots is expected to start on-site training in the first quarter, the company said. 

ICAO Working Group Highlights Surveillance Issues In Oceanic Airspace
Safety upgrades for how the ground handles distress reports from airliners flying in remote regions will be on the agenda for the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) high-level safety conference next month in Montreal.
Airline Tracking And Tamperproof Distress Reporting On ICAO Agenda 8
An ICAO working group is recommending that new aircraft delivered after 2020 come equipped with a tracking data broadcast system that sends regular position updates to airline operators.
Rockwell Collins Tests Weather Radar As Runway-Finder 
A commercial aviation weather radar that can map the physical environment around a runway is showing great promise, according to its developer, Rockwell Collins.
ATSB: Tiger Pilots Followed Airbus ‘Golden Rules’ 
The Golden Rules are operational guidelines developed by Airbus to address the causes of a large number of pilot-related accidents and incidents.
Three Airlines To Trial Precision-Navigation Routes In Europe
Under coordination by ProSky to facilitate implementation and training of new air traffic controllers, the four countries’ air navigation service providers will work to implement procedures that include Required Navigation Performance (RNP) approaches and arrivals and RNP-to-ILS (instrument landing system) transitions.
Missing Aircraft: Flight Tracking, Data Streaming Back On Agenda 
A debate about the need for global flight tracking and data streaming is back on the airwaves after AirAsia flight QZ8501 disappeared from radar on Dec. 28 and the Airbus A320’s emergency locator transmitters failed to emit signals before entering the Java Sea.
Missing Aircraft: Flight-Tracking, Data-Streaming Back On The Agenda 12
A debate about the need for global flight-tracking and data streaming is back on the airwaves after AirAsia flight QZ8501 disappeared from radar on Dec. 28.
2015 Will Be Critical Year For FAA’s NextGen 
Although major elements are now on schedule, FAA’s NextGen ATC system faces important tests in 2015 to overcome criticism from industry stakeholders.
Drop In Fuel Costs Could Help Airlines Upgrade Avionics 
Fuel-driven retrofit opportunities and increasing needs for MRO collectively producing a positive outlook for the civil avionics market in 2015.
No Firm Date For UAV Rules As FAA, Industry Launch Safety Campaign 9
Concerned that tens of thousands Americans will receive small quadcopters as gifts this holiday season, the FAA and industry have teamed to produce educational materials in an attempt to prevent potential accidents in the air and on the ground.
Europe To Examine Night-Flight Medical Certificates For Pilots 

Swedish and European authorities are being asked to determine whether Sweden’s airlines are required to provide specialized medical certifications for pilots who regularly fly the night shift.

The action stems from the Swedish Accident Investigation Authority’s analysis of a runway excursion by an Amapola Flyg Fokker 50 cargo aircraft at Malmo Airport at 1:44 a.m. the morning of Jan. 10, 2013.

Rockwell Collins Touts Early Success Using Weather Radar As Runway-Finder 
In a series of flight tests in a company-owned Bombardier Challenger 601 business jet over the past two years, engineers have been able to verify that the radar—using modified software algorithms—can consistently detect reflective airport-light structures, including approach lights and runway edge lights at airports in the Midwest, Northeast and Southern U.S.
Supplier Choices Reveal 777X Flight-Deck Characteristics
Boeing’s selection of two suppliers for key elements of the 777X avionics system and digital backbone means the status quo for some 787 providers and a changing of the guard for others.
 
Blogs
Jan 30, 2015
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Iraqi Airways 767 at Frankfurt Hahn Airport

Airbus A330 and A340 operators have until Feb. 6 to...More
Jan 30, 2015
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Passenger, Çargo Middle East Growth Rate #MROME

The Middle East region is forecast to have the highest RPK (revenue passenger kilometers) growth rate, but another region outpaces in cargo traffic over the period....More
Jan 29, 2015
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Supersonic Scoop (1947) 2

Aviation Week scored one of the biggest aerospace scoops of the 20th century when on December 22, 1947, it revealed that the fabled sound barrier had been broken by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager in the Bell XS-1....More
Jan 26, 2015
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New Photos: Chilled Lightning 5

F-35 begins extreme climate testing....More
Jan 26, 2015
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Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 4

No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago....More
Jan 23, 2015
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When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 18

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015
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10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015
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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More

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