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.

La Reunion And The MH370 Puzzle
Aviation Week editors discuss the latest news surrounding the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 in March, 2014. If a “flaperon” found on the island this week is indeed from the Boeing 777-200ER, what does its location and condition tell us about the final minutes of the Beijing-bound widebody jet?
Found Flaperon Fits MH370 Profile  1
An aircraft component believed to be from a Boeing 777-200ER has washed ashore on Reunion Island and may help finally solve the MH370 crash mystery.
Found Flaperon Fits MH370 Profile  8
The discovery, not yet officially linked to Flight MH370, was made more than 16 months after the March 8, 2014, disappearance of 9M-MRO, the 777 that operated as MH370 between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing with 239 people on board.
Rockwell Collins Prepping For The Apps and Services Era 
Rockwell Collins is beginning to consider the strategies, partners and acquisitions required to make the avionics and information services provider a dominant player in the coming “era of applications and services” for airliners.
Persistent Runway Debris Prompts Upgrade At Dubai 
Dubai International Airport plans to begin using a camera-based foreign object debris (FOD) detection system early in 2016 to help the operators more quickly identify and remove debris from runway areas, eliminating a persistent safety problem.
Podcast: Drones Descend on Oshkosh
Aviation Week editors discuss the latest in experimental aircraft
Healthy Mix Of Professionals And Enthusiasts Keeps Oshkosh Relevant 
The annual air show in Wisconsin offers a glimpse of the future, honors the past and serves as a platform for the vibrant general aviation sector.
T-33 Diamond In The Rough 4
A majestic sound and vision—a diamond formation of 1950s era Lockheed T-33 Shooting Stars—is noticeably missing from this year’s AirVenture air show at Oshkosh
High-Five Prep for AirVenture
For me, five “perks of the job” came in a 24-hour period on July 17-18 just ahead of EAA AirVenture 2015 in the form of five flights in five unique aircraft.
Not-So-Old Cro And The Old Crows 4
In a delightful twist of fate at Oshkosh, I was able to take part in a formation flight of three P-51s, two of which carried the “Old Crow” title.
FAA OKs Touch-Screen Avionics For King Air
Commercial aviation’s first touch-screen primary flight displays have received FAA certification as standard equipment on Beechcraft King Airs.
NTSB Boss 'Speaking to the Choir' At Oshkosh 5
NTSB Chairman Christopher Hart says the attendees at the world’s largest general-aviation gathering set the bar for safety and professionalism in the GA pilot population.
Leesburg Executive Airport's Remote Tower Center
Remote control tower technology could one day replace some existing towers and appear in  locations where air traffic or business interests warrant a tower, but the economics do not.
Carriers, Pilots And Installers On A Learning Curve With ADS-B Systems  2
Agency says avionics shops are incorrectly interpreting FAA and product manufacturer guidance material.
Leesburg: A Stepwise Introduction Of Remote Towers For U.S. Airports  3
Controllers will use a mix of modern and traditional tools to scour the virtual skyline at remote-towered airports.
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