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
NTSB 787 Battery Recommendations Focus On Processes, Quality, Oversight
The U.S. NTSB has issued 18 recommendations to the FAA, Boeing and lithium-ion battery manufacturer GS Yuasa following its 23 month investigation into a 787 auxiliary power unit (APU) battery fire on a Japan Airlines Boeing 787 on the ground in Boston on Jan. 7, 2013.
Watchdog Slams FAA For Failure To Overhaul Management Structure 

The U.S. Transportation Department’s (DOT) Office of Inspector General says the FAA has not achieved “large-scale efficiencies, productivity enhancement and cost savings” made possible by reform measures approved by Congress over the past two decades.

Dutch Prepare To Begin Reconstructing Portion Of MH17 
The DSB, which is conducting three simultaneous investigations into the accident, plans to reconstruct a section of the aircraft at the air base.
Military Simulation And Training Market Pursues The Next Big Thing: LVC 
The market for military simulators and virtual training will continue to flourish over the next two decades. Senior Editor for Avionics and Safety John Croft examines how LVC-simulation technology may answer this demand.
Live Action Remains Key Element In Air Force RPA Training 
The Air Force’s training school for operators of remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) sees surging demand for enrollment.
Navy Pleased With First-Generation P-8A Pilots And Crew 
Pilots learning to fly the P-8A Poseidon are spending a majority of their time in simulator-based training.
Bolton: FAA To Craft 2030 NAS Vision By April 

FAA Nextgen chief Ed Bolton says the agency has a goal of April 2015 for developing a “working-level understanding” of what it wants the National Airspace System (NAS) to look like in the 2030 timeframe “so it can be foundational to the work we’re doing to the build a 2017 budget.”

Watchdog Slams FAA For Failure To Overhaul Management Structure 

The U.S. Transportation Department’s (DOT) Office of Inspector General says the FAA has not achieved “large-scale efficiencies, productivity enhancement and cost savings” made possible by reform measures approved by Congress over the past two decades.

Air Greenland Excursion Prompts Dash 8 Piloting, Loading Improvements 

Air Greenland is rolling out multiple safety upgrades for its crews following a runway excursion at Ilulissat, Greenland, which destroyed a Dash 8-200 this past January.

Bolton: FAA To Craft 2030 NAS Vision By April 
The effort is one of many that Bolton, in his position now for 14 months, has launched to refocus the FAA’s air traffic modernization role.
Watchdog Slams FAA For Failure To Overhaul Management Structure 
“The Agency’s inability to transcend ongoing problems is largely due to its failure to fully adopt sound management practices, make knowledge-based decisions, and assign clear accountability for productivity and results,” DOT Inspector General Calvin Scovel said at a Nov. 18 House Aviation Subcommittee hearing on FAA’s efforts to modernize the National Airspace System.
After Accident, Air Greenland Makes Safety Improvements 
Air Greenland is adopting improved procedures for pilots on difficult approaches following the January 2014 accident that destroyed a Dash 8-200.
Air Greenland Excursion Prompts Dash 8 Piloting, Loading Improvements 
Pilots of Flight GL3205—en route from the carrier’s hub in Kangerlussuaq on the morning of Jan. 29 with 12 passengers and one flight attendant in the cabin—attempted to land on Runway 7 in darkness with crosswinds in excess of Air Greenland limits at the conclusion of an approach that was considered “unstable” by the carrier’s standard operating procedures, according to a final report by the Danish Accident Investigation Board (AIB).
Is The Small-UAV Threat To Airliners Overrated? 14
The danger of a hobbyist or troublemaker flying a small, light, remotely piloted aircraft into the path of a commercial aircraft may be overblown due to the rigorous certification standards already in place for other unidentified flying objects—birds.
 
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