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
Synthetic Vision Under Review After Australian Incident 
Honeywell Aerospace is investigating ways to make its synthetic vision systems “more robust” following a June 18 incident in Australia involving a medevac Pilatus PC-12 outfitted with the company’s Primus Apex integrated avionics suite.
Avionics Maker Evaluating SVS After Incident 
Honeywell Aerospace is investigating ways to make its synthetic vision systems “more robust” following a June 18 incident in Australia involving a medevac Pilatus PC-12 outfitted with the company’s Primus Apex integrated avionics suite.
Wings Air Flight 1896 after the accident in Semarang, Indonesia.
Indonesia Targets Wings Air Safety Protocols  6
Indonesia’s Air Accident Investigation Commission is asking Lion Air’s short-haul subsidiary Wings Abadi Airlines to review with its pilots the carrier’s bounced-landing protocols and emergency evacuation training.
Drag-Reduction Tape Approved For European 737s 
A simplistic drag-reduction tape that could boost fuel efficiency by as much as 8% in cruise for the Boeing 737 family is now available to European-registered aircraft.
Cyberintrusion Detection System On Raytheon’s Radar 
Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services (IIS) has launched an internal research and development effort to create a cyberintrusion detection system to be included in the cockpits of military and civil aircraft.
Cyberintrusion Detection System On Raytheon’s Radar 
Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services has launched an internal research and development effort to create a cyberintrusion detection system to be included in the cockpits of military and civil aircraft.
Documenting The Divide Over ATC Privatization 
Three recent government reports—one commissioned by the architects for FAA change and two by the stalwarts of the status quo—will fuel battles over ATC privatization efforts.
Lights-Out Error Instigated Southwest Accident  49
Taxiway lights inadvertently turned off by an air traffic controller were a key factor in a December 2015 excursion of a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-300 at the Nashville International Airport.
Wideroe Cold Case Benefits From Illusion Tool 
Investigators have turned to new tool to better understand why a Wideroe Bombardier Q100 nearly plunged into the sea on a December 2010 approach to Svolvaer Airport in Norway.
Cathay Launches 2nd-Generation Cockpit Connectivity 
Cathay Pacific Airways in April will begin installing an Avionica cockpit connectivity suite in its fleet of Boeing 777s as part of an updated “e-enablement” of four aircraft types (the 777, Boeing 747, Airbus A320 and A330) in its mainline and Cathay Dragon regional fleets by mid-2019.
9M-MRO, the aircraft involved in the incident, in 2011.
Underwater Search For MH370 Abandoned  1
As planned, the governments of Australia, China and Malaysia on Jan. 17 terminated the underwater search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, after scouring the sea floor along a 120,000-km2 (46,000-mi.2) arc in the southern Indian Ocean.
Wreckage from the January 2016 West Atlantic Sweden CRJ200 crash.
Swedes Want Universal Emergency Callouts For Crews 
The Swedish Accident Investigation Authority is recommending that international aviation authorities create standard callouts for crews to use in abnormal and emergency situations, as well as for “unusual or unexpected” occurrences.
UAE Calls For A380 Landing Gear Inspections  23
A landing gear issue with an Emirates Airbus A380 landing in Dubai has prompted the United Arab Emirates Air Accident Investigation Sector to call for a mandatory A380 fleetwide inspection.
Watch: Can Augmented Reality Help Helicopter Pilots Stay Safe? 6
Aviation Week Avionics and Safety Editor John Croft samples an Airbus vision system designed to provide helicopter pilots with cues needed to fly more safely at night and in degraded visual environments, including brownout and whiteout.
FAA Launches High-Altitude Route Modernization 
The FAA is proposing 12 new high-altitude jet routes along the U.S. East Coast, part of a modernization strategy to replace legacy ground-referenced routes with GPS-based, performance-based navigation (PBN) routes.
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