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
Delta To Boost Loss-Of-Control Prevention With New Instructor Training 4
The mandate is one of several rule changes spawned in part by the 2009 LOC crash near Buffalo, New York, of a Continental Connection Bombardier Q400 turboprop operated by Colgan Air.
Searidge To Provide Video Systems For Budapest Remote Tower 
The Budapest 2.0 project is a two-year program to demonstrate both remote tower operations for the airport and arrival and departure procedures in Budapest terminal airspace, including continuous descent approaches.
Honeywell Launches Uplink Weather Service 
The Weather Information Service application, available for Window-based tablets and Apple iOS devices, overlays weather data from government meteorological sources onto the aircraft’s filed flight plan, helping crews and dispatchers make strategic inflight decisions about routes and altitudes.
Spirit Emergency Highlights Divide Between Training, Real Life 11
Engine failure followed by smoke in the cockpit reveals potential shortcomings in emergency-procedures training under duress.
IAE Adds V2500 Anti-Corrosion Coatings As Pollutant Protection 
IAE has also begun including the modified blades on its newly built V2500 “SelectOne” engines, which are primarily used by the Airbus A320 family.
GIV Crash: Missed Opportunities To Flag Control Issues Before Takeoff 
The pilot-flying continued the takeoff, later stating seven times in rapid succession that the aircraft’s gust lock was “on” as he tried unsuccessfully to lift off.
FAA Funds Contract Towers, Protects Employees From Incident Disclosures 
The FAA has contracted the same three companies currently running its contingent of 252 civilian-staffed control towers—Midwest ATC Services, Robinson Aviation and Serco Management Services—to continue operating the facilities for five years.
FAA, NTSB Remain At Odds On ‘Dive And Drive’ Instrument Approaches 12
To date, the FAA has refused an outright ban on the technique, despite nearly a decade of pressure by the NTSB. UPS separately says it plans to prohibit the practice in its pilot manuals.
Forensic Mining With ADS-B 1
Along with basic surveillance information, ADS-B “Out” contains a treasure trove of performance indicators that could be a forensics bonus in the future.
BEA: FAA, EASA to Issue ‘Corrective Measures’ for Engine Anti-Icing Errors 
BEA reported the move in a just-released update on the July 24, 2014, crash of a Swiftair MD-83 that was flying for Air Algerie.
FAA Buys More Time to Resolve Flight Service Station Quandary 
Lockheed Martin has been the sole-source provider of the free AFSS services since 2005, when the FAA spun off the program from the government and consolidated the workforce and locations.
FAA Buys More Time to Resolve Flight Service Station Quandary 
Lockheed Martin has been the sole-source provider of the free AFSS services since 2005, when the FAA spun off the program from the government and consolidated the workforce and locations.
FAA Warns Airlines on Vestibular Illusions, Calls for More Go-Around Training 
The agency recently published a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) on the topic aimed at airline operations and training departments.
Next-Generation EFBs Integral To NextGen Cockpit 2
With the capabilities of installed avionics but more flexibility, next-generation electronic flight bags—not tablets—will bring legacy cockpits into the secure NextGen era.
Wind, Fatigue Among Factors Under Scrutiny In Air Canada A320 Underrun 

Canadian and Airbus investigators will scrutinize pilot actions, potential fatigue, wind conditions and a non-precision instrument-approach procedure for Runway 05 at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, following an underrun by an Air Canada Airbus A320 (C-FTJP) during a low-visibility landing in a snow storm with gusty crosswinds just after midnight on March 29.

 
Blogs
Apr 25, 2015
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Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015
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Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 1

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015
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Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015
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Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More

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