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
Vnukovo Falcon 50 Airborne Before Striking Snowplow 

Russian and French investigators have downloaded the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from a French-registered Falcon 50EX (F-GLSA) that slammed into a snow removal vehicle during takeoff at Moscow Vnukovo airport late Oct. 20.

New Company Enters Market For Runway Arrestors 
A quiet battle likely will simmer at Chicago Midway as a startup provider of anti-overrun technology takes on the heretofore uncontested ruler of engineered materials arresting systems.
Vnukovo Falcon 50 Airborne Before Striking Snowplow 
Russian and French investigators have downloaded the flight data and cockpit voice recorders from a French-registered Falcon 50EX (F-GLSA) that slammed into a snow removal vehicle during takeoff at Moscow Vnukovo airport late Oct. 20.
Airframers Eye Honeywell Smart Maintenance Tools 

A regional aircraft manufacturer will be the launch customer for a new family of maintenance applications and Wi-Fi-equipped hardware components which Honeywell will begin deploying next year. The project includes the installation of Data Lan Management Units (DLMU-W) in a family of regional aircraft, along with subscriptions to the first in a series of Honeywell “My-Maintainer” iPad applications. My-Maintainer will be offered by Honeywell through its Global Data Center.

Fusion Retrofit for King Air Ready for Touchdown
Rockwell Collins says it will certify its first aftermarket version of Pro Line Fusion late this year for the Beechcraft King Air, one year later than originally projected when the flight deck was launched at NBAA in 2011 for Pro Line 21-equipped aircraft. Adam Evanschwartz, director of business and regional aircraft marketing for Rockwell Collins, says the extra time resulted from “scope enhancements” to the cockpit, improvements that Rockwell Collins came upon during the flight-test campaign.
Universal Ups Vision Ante With InSight Flight Deck
Universal Avionics is rolling out the first major update to its integrated flight deck in nearly a decade, with larger displays, enhanced synthetic vision and hooks for future connectivity options that will future-proof the system for efficiency- and safety-boosting applications.
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.
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Oct 24, 2014
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Orphan bizjet update

Here’s some news about the McDonnell Model 119/220 I wrote about earlier this week....More
Oct 24, 2014
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Milestone for the MRJ

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries’ rollout of the Mitsubishi Regional Jet on Oct. 18 may have occurred later than planned, but it marked a major milestone in Japan’s efforts to get back into the commercial airliner business....More
Oct 24, 2014
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Saudi army mountain training

About 40 Saudi officers are finishing 12 days of training in the French Alps today with the 27th French mountain infantry brigade to learns skills that will then be taught in the future Taïf mountain training school in Saudi Arabia....More
Oct 24, 2014
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Qatari coast guard orders 20 Italian RIBs

The Qatari Coast Guard has placed an order with Al-Dar Marine, a Qatari-owned maritime business,  for 20 search and rescue RIBs (rigid inflatable hulls)....More
Oct 23, 2014
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Celestial Ballet

Watch video from the Hubble Space Telescope of Mars and the Siding Spring comet passing each other on Oct. 19....More

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