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
Military Simulation And Training Market Pursues The Next Big Thing: LVC 
The market for military simulators and virtual training will continue to flourish over the next two decades. Senior Editor for Avionics and Safety John Croft examines how LVC-simulation technology may answer this demand.
Is The Small-UAV Threat To Airliners Overrated? 6
The danger of a hobbyist or troublemaker flying a small, light, remotely piloted aircraft into the path of a commercial aircraft may be overblown due to the rigorous certification standards already in place for other unidentified flying objects—birds.
FAA: North Texas Metroplex Producing Results 
“Flights are arriving a little earlier than before, and departures are able to get on their way even faster,” Huerta said, touting the early success of the project at a press conference in Fort Worth on Nov. 19.
DHL, Ground Crew Faulted For Abu Dhabi ‘Tail-Tipping’ Incident 
There were no injuries, but the aircraft sustained “substantial” structural damage in the rear sections, according to a final report by the UAE General Civil Aviation Authority.
Virgin America Swapping EFBs, Adding Astronautics System
Virgin America has begun replacing navAero electronic flight bags in 53 Airbus A319s and A320s with an Astronautics-built system that will pave the way for Nextgen fuel and time-saving applications.
Virgin America Swapping EFBs, Adding Astronautics System 
The Nexis Flight-Intelligence System, which includes two displays and two multi-purpose servers, will also be installed in 40 new A320s on order, 30 of which will be powered by GE’s new Leap-1A turbofan engine.
Trying Out Rockwell Collins’s New Fusion Touchscreen Flight Deck
Aviation Week recently ‘test drove’ Rockwell Collins’s Fusion touchscreen flight deck on a Beechcraft King Air 250.
Seamless Situational Awareness On Honeywell’s Primus Epic Flight Deck
Three words best describe a suite of new software tools Honeywell is building for its Primus Epic integrated flight decks: seamless situational awareness.
European Cockpit Association Cautions On Remote Tower Transition 
Sweden is set to become a trailblazer in remote control tower services following the granting of an operational license in early November by that country’s government for a Saab-built virtual tower and remote control center.
 
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