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
Artificial Turf May Fake Out Airport Wildlife 

A version of this article appears in the September 1 issue of Aviation Week & Space Technology.

Bird-Strike Avoidance An Evolving Field 
The ongoing pursuit of bird-strike deterrence has yielded a mix of intriguing approaches
Low-Tech Bird Management Works Fine At BWI 
High-tech meets old-school at BWI when it comes to wildlife mitigation
Airports Reducing Wildlife Strike Risks
As bird-strike data improves, efforts to boost safety go beyond airports
ICAO Launches ‘Conflict Zone’ Projects As MH17 Investigation Continues
ICAO is exploring how to improve the Notam system to better share information.
NTSB Removes IPA, UPS From Flight 1354 investigation 

A battle between the Independent Pilots Association (IPA) and cargo carrier UPS has landed both in trouble with the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB).

According to a release issued by the NTSB earlier today, both the IPA, which represents UPS pilots, and the carrier have been removed as parties to the Flight 1354 investigation, which is to be concluded in a final public hearing on Sept. 9. 

NTSB removes IPA, UPS from Flight 1354 investigation 
According to a release issued by the NTSB earlier today, both the IPA, which represents UPS pilots, and the carrier have been removed as parties to the Flight 1354 investigation, which is to be concluded in a final public hearing on Sept. 9.
AAIU Links Climate Change To Aircraft Design Requirements 

Ireland’s Air Accident Investigation Unit (AAIU) wants the FAA to study the effects of “extreme ground gusts” on aircraft control systems in response to an increase in “extreme weather events” associated with climate change.

The recommendation comes from the final report on a Ryanair Boeing 737-800 that experienced rudder control problems after departure from Faro Airport in Portugal on October 24, 2011.

AAIB Links Climate Change To Aircraft Design Requirements 
The recommendation comes from the final report on a Ryanair Boeing 737-800 that experienced rudder control problems after departure from Faro Airport in Portugal on October 24, 2011.
Toronto Tightens Control Of Airport Vehicles After Incursion 

The Greater Toronto Airports Authority boosted its oversight of airport vehicles following the near-collision of an Air Canada Embraer E190 regional jet and a Sunwing Airlines maintenance van at the Toronto airport, according to a final report on the March 2013 incident issued by Canada’s Transportation Safety Board (TSB).

ADS-B Options Increase As Operators Resolve To Equip 

The owners of approximately 150,000 general aviation aircraft that will be required to install automatic dependent surveillance broadcast (ADS-B) avionics in their aircraft by Jan. 1, 2020, to keep flying are seeing a surge in new products available to meet the mandate. The increase in competition from new vendor entrants and products – most notably L-3 with its new Lynx line of ADS-B units – is expected to drive costs down for owners who are beginning to accept the FAA’s assurance that the deadline will not be extended.

Toronto Tightens Control Of Airport Vehicles After Incursion
Included were airport directives prohibiting vehicle operators from “leaving vehicles idling and unsecure on the airside,” spot checks for weak or inoperative roof beacons and “increased scrutiny” of safety management system reports of incidents related to “inadvertent movement of unsecure vehicles.”
NTSB Board Members At Odds On Asiana Recommendations 
NTSB members at odds over Asiana Airlines safety recommendations
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As the war in Afghanistan continues its drawdown, it will be time for the Army to reconcile its post-war intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets. A key piece of that will be the future of its Gray Eagle UAV program. Aviation Week’s Oct. 13 issue will look into the future for such tactical UAVs as well as the status of the Joint Air to Ground Missile program and the U.K.’s Brimstone, two weapons looking to ride on the Gray Eagle....More
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Aircraft Archeology in the High Adirondacks

Hiking seven miles to one of the tallest peaks in the Adirondacks -- in the rain -- is not most people's idea of fun, but when searching for one of the many airplane wrecks hidden among the upstate New York park's mountains, pain and discomfort are irrelevant. What was relevant was finding a hull of a Piper Cherokee 140 that crashed in the col between Mount Marshall and Iroquois Peak just after midnight on August 10, 1969....More
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Lockheed’s Stunning Spy Satellite Loss – And Comeback

In September 1999, the National Reconnaissance Office dumped its incumbent imagery satellite contractor, Lockheed Martin, in favor of a bolder and less costly proposal led by Boeing....More
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Podcast: Bird Strike

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