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
Saab To Demonstrate Remote Tower Technology In U.S. 
Saab plans to demonstrate remote-control tower operations at a general aviation airport in the Washington, D.C., area for a three-month data collection project beginning in June or July 2015.
Anatomy Of Two Upset Recovery Training Providers 
U.S. training schools offer distinctly different approaches to upset training
New Designs Emerge For Tamper-proof Avionics 
In the wake of MH370, designers work toward securing avionics systems
Huerta: FAA Plans Chicago ARTCC Rebuild By Oct. 13 
Twenty of the 29 electronics racks damaged during a fire caused by an employee will have to be replaced, with an expected full recovery of operations planned for Oct. 13.
Sampling Upset Prevention and Recovery Training 1

Aviation Week Senior Editor for Avionics and Safety John Croft samples the upset prevention and recovery training (UPRT) techniques and aircraft used by the two main global providers, APS and Flight Research.

Globalstar And Partner Advance Space-Based ADS-B 

Satellite communications provider Globalstar and its partner ADS-B Technologies have successfully completed what Globalstar says is the most rigorous demonstration to date of dual-link, space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) services.

Globalstar And ADS-B Technologies Advance Space-Based ADS-B 

Satellite communications provider Globalstar and its partner ADS-B Technologies have successfully completed what Globalstar says is the most rigorous demonstration to date of dual-link, space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) services.

Ames Studies Long-Haul Pilot Engagement In Cockpit 
A conundrum: Increasingly reliable aircraft lead to disengaged pilots
Approach Lights Problems Lead To Broader Examination Of LED Rollout
Industry blasts FAA for lack of flight-testing on LED replacement lights.
Investigators Seek More Data To Solve Swiftair Mystery 
The crash killed six crew members and 110 passengers on the flight from Ouagadougou to Algiers.
Globalstar And Partner Advance Space-Based ADS-B
Globalstar has carried out what it calls most rigorous demonstration to date of dual-link, space-based ADS-B services.
Watchdog: Industry Leans Toward Privatized ATC To Accelerate NextGen 

A large number of airlines, airports and a variety of industry experts believe Congress could consider separating the air traffic control (ATC) and airspace-modernization services from the FAA’s purview, in part to speed up the delivery of NextGen, a new study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found.

Watchdog: Industry Leans Toward Privatized ATC To Accelerate NextGen 
The FAA’s future architecture is a hot-button topic in Congress, as lawmakers begin to craft a reauthorization bill to keep the agency operating after the current four-year bill expires in Sept. 2015.
Latest Blogs
Sep 30, 2014
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Hong Kong unrest a bad sign for peace in the Taiwan Strait

Beijing’s increasingly heavy-handed treatment of Hong Kong, resulting in current street protests, raises the risk of China eventually trying to seize Taiwan by force, though the probability may not have changed much....More
Sep 30, 2014
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Photo: Airbus A350 Formation Flight

All five Airbus A350-900 test aircraft took to the skies Monday for a formation flight over southern France, just ahead of EASA's certification of the type today....More
Sep 29, 2014
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9/29 Frago

Defense news from around the Web...More
Sep 29, 2014
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YF-22 Lifts Off 12

The prototype of the F-22 Raptor flew 24 years ago today....More
Sep 26, 2014
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Last NATO AWACS Comes Home From Afghanistan

The last NATO E-3A airborne warning and control system (AWACS) returned to its home base in Geilenkirchen, Germany, Sept. 25....More

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