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
FAA Holds Firm On New Phoenix Departures 
Instead, the agency will reconvene the government and industry group that developed the procedures to evaluate other options to reduce noise.
NASA Tackles Memorized Pilot Training 
Based on a NASA study, the agency is suggesting enhancements to airline training curricula, including developing techniques that throw pilots more “surprise” curveballs.
NTSB Calls On FAA For Cockpit Video, Flight Data And Aircraft Locator Upgrades 5
The recommendations—four new and four revisions of previously issued requests—come as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) prepares for a high-level safety conference in early February to address many of the same issues.
Government Information Signals AirAsia Flight Suffered Loss Of Control 
Indonesian Transport Minister Ignasius Jonan discussed a limited snapshot of radar and flight data recorder information from the crash during a parliamentary hearing on Jan. 20.
NASA: Airline Pilot Training Regimen May Be Too Predictable 
Based on the results, the agency is suggesting several enhancements to airline training curriculums, including more techniques to surprise pilots in training scenarios.
ICAO Weighs Establishing Global Tracking Standards 1
All safety agencies and aircraft manufacturers agree that more stringent tracking standards are necessary, but approaches to delivering them differ.
Aviation Working Group Recommends Improved Aircraft Tracking System
In the wake of recent accidents, ICAO will draft new performance-based tracking and distress alerting standards for all airliners beyond 2020.
NASA Advances Single-Pilot Airliner Possibilities 6
Senior Avionics & Safety Editor John Croft looks at the airliner flight deck of the future, which might feature one seat in the cockpit for a captain and one on the ground, occupied by a “super dispatcher” or first officer.
Airbus, Boeing Recycle Technology For New ATM Products 
Rather than trying to develop new systems, Boeing and Airbus are finding ways to combine existing capabilities to improve ATM operations.
NASA Advances Single-Pilot Operations Concepts 36
In an effort to address potential pilot shortages in the future, NASA is conducting research on the operating concepts and ground stations that would be needed for single-pilot airliners.
 
Blogs
Jan 30, 2015
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Iraqi Airways 767 at Frankfurt Hahn Airport

Airbus A330 and A340 operators have until Feb. 6 to...More
Jan 30, 2015
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Passenger, Çargo Middle East Growth Rate #MROME

The Middle East region is forecast to have the highest RPK (revenue passenger kilometers) growth rate, but another region outpaces in cargo traffic over the period....More
Jan 29, 2015
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Supersonic Scoop (1947) 3

Aviation Week scored one of the biggest aerospace scoops of the 20th century when on December 22, 1947, it revealed that the fabled sound barrier had been broken by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager in the Bell XS-1....More
Jan 26, 2015
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New Photos: Chilled Lightning 5

F-35 begins extreme climate testing....More
Jan 26, 2015
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Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 4

No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago....More
Jan 23, 2015
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When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 18

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015
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10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015
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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More

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