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
Lockheed, Sikorsky Show Off Their Combined Unmanned Abilities 
What do you get when combining Lockheed’s Indago quadcopter, fixed-wing Desert Hawk and optionally piloted K-Max with Sikorsky’s SARA autonomous helicopter?
Podcast: Can A Robot Be Your Co-pilot? 25
Automation is reaching the point that it may be possible for artificial intelligence and robotics to take much of the routine workload of cockpit crews—and “remember” things no humans could in an emergency. Is this the future?
Few New Details Mark Metrojet A321 Crash Anniversary 
A report marking the first anniversary of the crash of Metrojet Flight 9268 provides few new details on exactly what might have downed the Airbus A321 on Oct. 31, 2015.
UAV Registrations, Pilot Applications Booming, FAA Says 
Since releasing its Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft System rule on Aug. 29, the FAA as of Nov. 9 had received more than 30,000 new aircraft registrations from commercial operators and more than 22,500 remote pilot applications.
FAA: UAV Registrations, Pilot Applications Booming 
Since publishing its small-UAS rule Aug. 29, the FAA received more than 30,000 new-aircraft registrations from commercial operators, and more than 22,500 remote-pilot applications.
FAA: UAV Registrations, Pilot Applications Booming 
Since releasing its Part 107 Small Unmanned Aircraft System rule on Aug. 29, the FAA as of Nov. 9 had received more than 30,000 new aircraft registrations from commercial operators and more than 22,500 remote pilot applications.
Wreckage of the Cessna involved in a midair collision with an Air Force F-16 in
NTSB Faults Controllers In 2015 Collisions  18
The NTSB has determined that air traffic controllers failed to safely separate aircraft involved in two fatal 2015 midair collisions—one near Charleston, South Carolina, in July and another near San Diego in August.
Wreckage of the Cessna involved in a midair collision with an Air Force F-16 in
NTSB Blames Controllers In 2015 Collisions 
The NTSB determined that air traffic controllers failed to safely separate aircraft involved in two fatal 2015 midair collisions—one, near Charleston, South Carolina, involved an Air Force F-16.
Wreckage of the Cessna involved in a midair collision with an Air Force F-16 in
Controllers, ADS-B Cited In Midair Collisions Report 
The NTSB determined that air traffic controllers failed to safely separate aircraft involved in two fatal 2015 midair collisions—one, near Charleston, South Carolina, involved an Air Force F-16.
Alabama Company Teaches All Things Mi-17  2
Built like a 1970s pickup truck, the trusty Mil Mi-17 is becoming popular with oil and gas companies in the Americas, who are increasingly sending their pilots and maintainers to Alabama to stay up to speed.
Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Unmanned Teamwork 
Lockheed Martin and a cast of supporting companies held what the company said was a first-of-its-kind public demonstration of multiple unmanned aircraft systems.
Lockheed Martin Demonstrates Unmanned Teamwork 
Lockheed Martin and a cast of supporting companies held what the company said was a first-of-its-kind public demonstration of multiple unmanned aircraft systems.
LM Demos Unmanned Teamwork 
Lockheed Martin and a cast of supporting companies held what the company said was a first-of-its-kind public demonstration of multiple unmanned aircraft systems.
NASA To Equip Alaska Airlines With ADS-B In Tool 
NASA’s Langley Research Center plans to purchase ADS-B In avionics for three Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-900ERs, in order to begin operational testing of a NASA-developed fuel- and time-saving software application in revenue operations, starting in early 2017.
NTSB Sees Fatigue Cracking In 767 Engine Failure 
The NTSB said fatigue cracking is a likely suspect in the rupture of a GE CF6-80C2 turbofan engine high-pressure turbine second-stage disc that occurred when an American Airlines Boeing 767-300ER was taking off from Chicago O’Hare International Airport on Oct. 28.
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