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.

MH17 Latest Blow To Malaysia’s Financial Outlook 

The loss of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) is the latest in a series of potentially crippling blows to Malaysian Airline System (MAS), whose CEO acknowledged it was facing a much-needed “operational reset” even before the July 17 disaster over Ukraine.

Like many state-founded and -funded airlines across the region, MAS has been suffering from the predations of low-cost carriers (LCC) AirAsia and Lion Air for years. March’s MH370 disaster has hurt the airline’s reputation and income stream, and the MH17 fallout is still to come. 

Advanced Weather Radar Can Make Pilots Smarter 
Honeywell and Rockwell Collins push the meteorological threat envelope
'False glideslope' Incidents Prompt 737 Software Mods 
Boeing fix targets ‘false glideslope’ upsets
MH17 Flight Route Approved By Eurocontrol, Safe Per ICAO, IATA 10
Ukranian air authorities thought route was safe FL330
Ryanair Scolded For Keeping Flight Attendants, Passengers In The Dark 

Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit is recommending that Ryanair remind its pilots of the importance of “timely communications” with passengers in emergency situations, one of four recommendations the safety agency issued on July 8 in its final report on a May 2011 incident. 

Darpa Award Key To Rockwell Collins UAS Detect-And-Avoid Technology 

Rockwell Collins’s research into detect-and-avoid technologies for non-cooperative aerial targets, a key safety requirement for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), received a boost with the company winning a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) contract for new radar technology.

Darpa Award Key To Rockwell Collins UAS Detect-And-Avoid Technology 
Part of Darpa’s Arrays at Commercial Timescales program, the contract calls for Rockwell Collins to develop electronic scanned array antennas more quickly and cheaply than possible today, in part by using commercial processes.
Swedish Remote Tower Set For Operations This Fall 
Saab says daily operations with the remote tower, expected to go live this fall, will distinguish Ornskoldsvik as the “first airport in the world to be controlled using Saab’s Remote Tower technology”.
IATA And ICAO Launch Flight-Tracking Drive 
Regulators and industry strive to close flight-tracking ambiguities
FAA Finalizes Path To Instrument Approach Reduction 
The new policy is designed to reduce the number of ground-based VOR and non-directional beacon (NDB) instrument approaches at U.S. airports, while maintaining the ability for operators with legacy avionics to access an airport.
DOT Testing Severe Weather Flow Tool In N.Y. Area This Summer 

The DOT’s Volpe National Transportation Systems Center is evaluating a prototype airport surface traffic management (ASTM) tool designed to boost traffic flow and aid controllers with tactical decisions during severe weather events in the New York area this summer. 

The goal of the project is to develop a proof of concept case that can be handed over to the FAA’s surface operations office after the trial is finished at the end of September.

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Jul 23, 2014

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Jul 23, 2014

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According to photos on a Facebook page, A330-200 5A-ONF, operated by Afriqiyah Airways, was destroyed by fire during fighting at Tripoli on July 20th....More
Jul 22, 2014

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It's not the first time an airline had suffered two or more losses of the same type of commercial jetliner within a short timeframe....More
Jul 21, 2014

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Jul 21, 2014

UPDATE: DigitalGlobe's Before and After Images of MH17 Crash Site 10

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