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
ICAO Event To Sow Global Seeds For Interoperable Small UAS 
The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) this September will hold the first of what officials hope will be a yearly event concerning small UAS.
Virgin Australia Regional Airlines ATR 72.
Is There A Problem With ATR Tails? 
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said it is “not possible to fully determine the magnitude of the risk” associated with continued operation of ATR 42 and ATR 72 twin turboprops until a wide-ranging engineering analysis underway at ATR is complete in July.
Virgin Australia Regional Airlines ATR 72.
Turboprop Tails Cause Concern In Australia 
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said it is “not possible to fully determine the magnitude of the risk” associated with continued operation of ATR 42 and ATR 72 twin turboprops until a wide-ranging engineering analysis underway at ATR is complete in July.
HUD Acceptance Gains Ground With Chinese Carriers 
The hyper political sensitivity over air safety in China helps to explain the CAAC’s willingness to take the worldwide lead in mandatory HUD installations for airlines.
Bahamas Excursion Highlights Larger Problem With Landings  34
The Bahamian Air Accident Investigation Department (AAID) has issued a searing report on safety problems at SkyBahamas Airlines in the aftermath of a 2013 runway excursion at Leonard M. Thompson International Airport.
Searidge remote tower.
Remote-Tower Outlook Drives NATS' First Acquisition 
NATS, the UK’s privatized air navigation services provider (ANSP), has made its first acquisition after more than 50 years in the business, taking a 50% share in Ottawa-based Searidge Technologies.
Icelandair Saves On E-Enabled 737 MAX Aircraft 
Icelandair will equip its 16 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft with a suite of e-enabled avionics built by Miami-based Avionica, saving the carrier $3 million over competing Boeing options initially and millions more over time.
Podcast: Uber’s Flying Taxi Plan and Personal Aviation 12
Uber has announced plans for an air taxi service. How realistic are they?
Taiwan Safety Panel Calls For Lithium Battery Assessment 
Taiwan’s Aviation Safety Council is calling on the country’s aviation regulator to evaluate the risks of passengers using lithium-ion power banks to recharge their portable electronic devices while onboard an aircraft.
Avilon Cockpit Advances The Human-Machine Interface  1
Though at least 18 months late to market, Sandel Avionics’ new Avilon cockpit will still shake up the state of the art for guidance and navigation.
Industry, Regulators Edge Closer To Beyond Line Of Sight UAS  6
Demonstration flights and limited operational approvals are building experience and confidence in flying drones safely beyond visual line of sight of the operator.
This modified Boeing 777 flaperon replicates the found item.
Test Boosts Confidence In MH370 Crash Location  1
Australian researchers are more confident in their assessment of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370’s (MH370) final resting place after its disappearance in March 2014.
Lufthansa Technik Cockpit Contract Boosts IS&S Outlook 
Lufthansa Technik has teamed with Pennsylvania-based Innovative Solutions and Support as a supplier of glass cockpit retrofits for legacy Boeing 737, 757 and 767 flight decks.
Data-Driven Disruption Management Rules At American Airlines 
When Winter Storm Stella threatened blizzard conditions for the Northeast U.S. in mid-March, American’s response was based in part on a simulation.
Who Is In Charge Of Safety At Amsterdam Schiphol?  8
The Dutch Safety Board is calling on the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment to determine who in the government should have “final responsibility” for the safety of air traffic at and around Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
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