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
Astronautics Gets EASA Nod For Nexis 
Virgin America—which provided an aircraft for the EASA STC—was the U.S. launch customer for Nexis. The system includes two electronic flight bags (EFBs) and two servers that offer connections to aircraft-avionics data, in part to run Astronautics’ ADS-B applications, as well as partitions to allow for safely using third-party applications.
OPL Mi-2 Hoplite Avionics Testbed
Aviation Week flies with Tom Schnell, director of the University of Iowa's Operator Performance Lab, in Schnell's Mi-2 Hoplite avionics testbed to sample the Lab's degraded visual environment research
FAA Scouts Next-Generation ATC Digital Voice Recorder 
Details about the new National Airspace System (NAS) Voice Recorder Program are contained in an August 20 Request for Information.
FAA Seeking NextGen ATC Digital Voice Recorder 
Details about the new National Airspace System (NAS) Voice Recorder Program are contained in an August 20 Request for Information.
Podcast: Cockpits of the Future 2
What if commercial pilots never had to learn to fly IFR? The distinction between instrument flight rules and visual flight rules (VFR) may go away in the not-too-distant future. What if the Black Hawk successor offered military pilots a 360-degree, all-weather view on a touch screen that could easily be reconfigured? These are the sort of things we might see in next-gen cockpits. Join Aviation Week editors Jim Asker, John Croft and Graham Warwick in peering into the future.
FAA To Replace ATC Digital Voice Recorder Equipment
The FAA is gearing up to replace the digital voice recording equipment in 450 civilian and 300 U.S. military air traffic control (ATC) facilities before the legacy technology becomes “unsustainable” beyond 2021.
NASA Ushers In Connected Aircraft Benefits to Two Airlines 
With ADS-B In and a new route-planning application, pilots can take part in saving airlines fuel, time—and money.
Mi-2 To The Avionics Rescue 
Cold War-era workhorse enables the next generation of helicopter situational awareness.
ALPA Readies Litmus Test for FAA-Reauthorization Bill 
The next reauthorization could be a game-changer for the FAA and industry, with Congress mulling a separation of the agency’s safety and air traffic control (ATC) roles, similar to the privatized air traffic control models in Canada and Europe.
ERAM Under Scrutiny As FAA Called To Report On ATC Glitch 
A former House Aviation Subcommittee chairman is calling on the FAA to provide a “full report” on the causes and reactions to the air traffic control automation system glitch that he says caused 475 canceled flights at the three Washington, D.C.-area airports on Aug. 15.
BEA Cautions Authorities On Legacy Airbus A320 Guidance Computers  7
The French civil aviation investigative authority, BEA, is asking EASA and Airbus to consider issuing an airworthiness directive that would force operators of hundreds of Airbus A320-family aircraft to replace legacy flight management guidance computer with an updated version.
FAA’s ERAM, Public Notice Under Scrutiny After ATC Incident 

A former House Aviation Subcommittee chairman is calling on the FAA to provide a “full report” on the causes and reactions to the air traffic control automation system glitch that he says caused 475 canceled flights at the three Washington, D.C.-area airports on Aug. 15.

New FAA Rules Mean New Vision Systems  5
Marginal weather costs airlines billions of dollars related to ceiling and visibility issues; now rules and guidance systems on the horizon could greatly reduce that amount
Australia Highlights E-Cigarette Risks In The Cabin 
“A recent incident in the United States demonstrates the potential risk after a passenger found her e-cigarette was smoldering and smoking in her handbag after she got off her flight,” the ATSB said on its website.
FAA Revamps Research 747 Interior 
A recent FAA market survey calls for a vendor to supply 255 newly built, modular passenger and flight-attendant seats to replace legacy seats the agency says “have suffered wear and tear to the point that they are unable to be maintained to a safe and aesthetically comfortable standard.”
 

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