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
How Qantas Crew Responded In 747-400 Vibration Incident  147
Australian investigators have noted the resourcefulness of a Qantas Boeing 747-400 crew in attempting to isolate the problem that was causing abnormal vibrations during a flight last year, and determining the aircraft could continue to its destination safely.
FAA Nabs $20 Million To Study Spectrum ‘Reallocation’ 
Four U.S. government agencies have received $71.5 million from the Office of Management and Budget to study whether they can auction a minimum of 30 MHz of L-band spectrum used for air traffic control radar and other cross-agency purposes.
Jetstar Speed Incident Spurs 787 Software Modifications  79
Boeing has made two changes to the 787’s flight control software, after a Jetstar Airways 787-8 experienced an erratic-airspeed incident in December 2015.
NASA Readies ‘Conga Line’ Eradicator 
New aids are designed to provide surface situational awareness to help controllers, airports and airlines eventually eliminate the so-called “conga lines” of aircraft waiting to depart busy airports.
In The Wake of An A380: Dealing With Wake Turbulence  43
A series of high-altitude rolls by a Bombardier Challenger 604 business jet following a wake encounter with an Airbus A380 over the Arabian Sea on Jan. 7, 2017, is causing aviation safety experts to reconsider separation standards and best practices when cruising near super-weight category aircraft.
Podcast: Trump and Shuster vs. Washington Gridlock on ATC Privatization 8
From Washington, Aviation Week editors discuss proposals for privatizing the U.S. air traffic control system and handicap the odds of President Donald Trump’s new proposal winning passage on Capitol Hill .
Trump Offers New Structure For FAA Panel Under House Bill 
The Trump administration has developed a restructuring “framework” that is designed to be incorporated into a new FAA reauthorization bill.
FAA Nabs $20 Million To Study Spectrum ‘Reallocation’ 
Four U.S. government agencies have received $71.5 million from the Office of Management and Budget to study whether they can auction a minimum of 30 MHz of L-band spectrum used for air traffic control radar and other cross-agency purposes.
U.S. Agencies Funded To Study Spectrum Reallocation 
Four U.S. government agencies have received $71.5 million from the Office of Management and Budget to study whether they can auction a minimum of 30 MHz of L-band spectrum used for air traffic control radar and other cross-agency purposes.
Garmin Aims High With HUD 
Garmin is looking up rather than down in aircraft size for future application of its new GHD 2100 head-up display system, first launched on the Cessna Citation Longitude twin-engine business jet.
Pence Pilot: “My Career Just Ended”  166
The two pilots flying U.S. vice presidential candidate Mike Pence from Iowa to New York after an Oct. 27 campaign rally were immediately concerned for their careers following a runway excursion at New York’s LaGuardia Airport.
Thales Presses Big Data Analytics, Artificial Intelligence  1
French company Thales, which continues to pursue big data analytics and other breaking technologies, could get a boost from election of Emmanuel Macron as president.
Garmin Aims High With HUD 
Garmin is looking up rather than down in aircraft size for future application of its new GHD 2100 head-up display system, first launched on the Cessna Citation Longitude twin-engine business jet.
Rediscovering The Danger Of Wake Turbulence In Cruise  2
High-altitude wake turbulence is often thought of as a bump in the night, but the tale of a Challenger business jet toppled by an A380 in January has the industry taking a second look.
Anatomy Of Two Would-be Mesh Network Startups  3
Developing and testing a new product in secret and then going public or the other way around. Which has a better chance of being successful?
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