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.

Army Seeking Self-Navigation Capabilities For Pseudolites 
The U.S. Army is conducting market research for technologies that will allow a network of “pseudolites” to take over the role of the GPS constellation for navigation purposes when jamming interrupts services.
Airframers Eye Honeywell Smart Maintenance Tools 
The project is part of a broader plan by Honeywell to aggregate maintenance data that will be more readily available with the DLMU-W and wireless applications, making for more-efficient maintenance trending and troubleshooting of aircraft systems.
U.K. Flags Standard Operating Procedure Breaches In Thomas Cook Incident 
In an analysis of the serious incident, the U.K. Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) details the otherwise normal flight that became chaotic at 1,500 ft. and 3.8 nm from Newcastle during an instrument landing system approach.
Boeing And Airbus Field Tracking/Locating Systems Ahead Of Mandates 
High-profile air accidents have triggered a search for enhanced location devices on aircraft, as have ICAO mandates
EC To Mark MH370 First Anniversary With Flight-Tracking Regulations 
“After MH370 disappeared without a trace, the EC and [European Aviation Safety Agency] have been looking at possibilities to encourage the implementation of aircraft tracking and are working on draft performance-based requirements to become part of [a] regulatory package,” Thomas Mickler, Washington D.C. representative for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), says.
Boeing Targets Newark For Displaced Threshold Capacity-Boosting Experiment 
The goal is to begin a trial on Runway 4R/22L at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) next year.
Chicago Center Arson Spotlights FAA’s Subpar Backup Plans 1
The FAA is rushing to overhaul backup plans and technology used at 20 en route air traffic control facilities in the continental U.S. after weaknesses were exposed by one troubled employee’s sabotage of the Chicago air route traffic control center. The damage caused the complete loss of command-and-control functions for en route aircraft over a five-state area in the Midwest.
Report Critical Of FAA’s Monitoring Of ADS-B Health 
A watchdog agency has detected several glitches in ADS-B, which the FAA is now addressing
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