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
Globalstar And Partner Advance Space-Based ADS-B 

Satellite communications provider Globalstar and its partner ADS-B Technologies have successfully completed what Globalstar says is the most rigorous demonstration to date of dual-link, space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) services.

Globalstar And ADS-B Technologies Advance Space-Based ADS-B 

Satellite communications provider Globalstar and its partner ADS-B Technologies have successfully completed what Globalstar says is the most rigorous demonstration to date of dual-link, space-based automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) services.

Ames Studies Long-Haul Pilot Engagement In Cockpit 
A conundrum: Increasingly reliable aircraft lead to disengaged pilots
Approach Lights Problems Lead To Broader Examination Of LED Rollout 
Industry blasts FAA for lack of flight-testing on LED replacement lights.
Globalstar And Partner Advance Space-Based ADS-B 
Globalstar has carried out what it calls most rigorous demonstration to date of dual-link, space-based ADS-B services.
Watchdog: Industry Leans Toward Privatized ATC To Accelerate NextGen 

A large number of airlines, airports and a variety of industry experts believe Congress could consider separating the air traffic control (ATC) and airspace-modernization services from the FAA’s purview, in part to speed up the delivery of NextGen, a new study by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) has found.

Watchdog: Industry Leans Toward Privatized ATC To Accelerate NextGen 
The FAA’s future architecture is a hot-button topic in Congress, as lawmakers begin to craft a reauthorization bill to keep the agency operating after the current four-year bill expires in Sept. 2015.
NTSB Addresses Contributing Factors In Unstable Approach Crash 
Following UPS 1354, NTSB calls for mending of safety nets
ICAO Task Force To Demo Risk-Avoidance Tools 
Task force demos avoidance tools as battles slow MH17 investigators
ATSB Expands MH370 Priority Zone As Teams Prepare For Underwater Search 
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) says “recent refinements” in satellite ground station parameters and the primary radar track of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 will likely extend the priority search area for the missing Boeing 777-200ER further to the south than previously planned.
 
The potential change in search area is based on new estimates on exactly when the aircraft turned south toward the Indian Ocean from its last known pri
ATSB Expands MH370 Priority Zone As Teams Prepare For Underwater Search 
The potential change in search area is based on new estimates about exactly when the aircraft turned south toward the Indian Ocean from its last known primary radar position, captured by Malaysian air defense radar.
Fatigue Figures Prominently In UPS Flight 1354 Conclusions 2
The recommendation is the first of 20 the Board issued in its final hearing on UPS Flight 1354.
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