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. 

Phoenix Company To Provide Upset Training For U.S. Army 
Aviation Performance Solutions will certify CAE flight instructors to teach upset prevention and recovery training at the U.S. Army’s fixed-wing flight training program in Alabama.
Avionica: Sowing The Seeds For The Connected Aircraft 
From meager beginnings, this small Miami-based avionics is fast becoming a global powerhouse to supply the backbone for aircraft connectivity.
ACA To Weigh Cyberthreats To Aircraft Networks 
The FAA has selected Astronautics Corporation of America (ACA) to develop and test methods to evaluate the vulnerability of aircraft onboard networks to cyberattacks.
Podcast: The Connected Aircraft 6
Aircraft are ever more connected to the internet, in the cabin, the cockpit and to the maintenance shop.
American Boosts Pay At Two Regional Subsidiaries 
American Airlines has increased starting pay significantly at two of its three regional subsidiaries, Envoy Air and PSA Airlines.
Cockpit, Back Office Opportunity As Connectivity Options Mount  13
Now that connectivity is virtually a given, airlines are beginning to look up and down the value chain for low-cost upgrades that generate big savings.
Delta Air Lines Flight 1086, March 5, 2015, at LaGuardia Airport
NTSB Calls For Rudder-Blanking Preventatives  23
The U.S. NTSB is recommending that the FAA, Boeing and airlines explore and mitigate a relatively obscure directional-control problem linked to aircraft with tail-mounted engines.
NTSB: Metal Fatigue Complicit In Southwest Engine Fail  33
The uncontained left engine failure of a Southwest Airlines flight from New Orleans to Orlando, Florida, on Aug. 27 was likely initiated by a fan blade that broke off due to metal fatigue, according to a Sept 12 investigative update by the U.S. NTSB.
Wiring Eyed In Danish Air ATR 42 Fuel-Starvation Incident 
Low-fuel indicator failure helped hide problem from flight crew.
Systems Awareness, Complexity Focus Of Emirates Accident Investigation  5
The United Arab Emirates civil aviation authority report on Emirates 521 raises questions about the risks of automation behaving differently in certain modes.
Taxiway Departure Attempt Triggers Changes At JAL, Changi  4
While the crew halted the takeoff relatively early after realizing the error, the Air Accident Investigation Bureau of Singapore called the incident “serious.”
Investigators Reassemble Metrojet Wreckage 
A group of investigators from Russia and Germany have begun working with Egyptian officials in Cairo to start “reassembling” the recovered pieces of the Metrojet Airbus A321 that disintegrated on climb-out from Sharm el-Sheikh,, Egypt, on Oct. 31, 2015.
New Saab Company Targets Remote Tower Export Market 
First announced in late June, Saab Digital Air Traffic Solutions will be headed by Johan Klintberg, who previously operated Saab’s maintenance, repair and overhaul business unit.
NTSB Targets Runway Incursions In Special Investigation  6
Government and industry will likely develop new runway incursion prevention strategies and interventions to reduce the growing potential for a major crash.
Boston Logan Test Will Drive WiMAX Guidance 
The FAA is planning a field trial of Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) at Boston’s Logan International Airport to help the agency develop guidance for how the technology can be used for communications between aircraft, ground vehicles and airport operations.

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