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 1978 Piper Archer II, John is an FAA-certified flight instructor, instrument instructor, multi-engine rated commercial pilot, and former NASA engineer who specialized in avionics and control systems for Earth-orbiting satellites, including the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer and Rossi X-Ray Timing Explorer.

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 before joining Aviation Week in 2012.

He, his wife, and two high school-aged boys live in the wilds of Upper Marlboro, Maryland, where their two Weimaraners, EZ and Porter, can run amok. 

Articles
Shuster Bill A Boon For Remote Towers 
The FAA reauthorization bill introduced Feb. 3 by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Penn.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, will put the FAA in charge of demonstrating remote-tower technologies at seven airports, in a pilot program that would be launched within 6 months of the bill’s passage.
FAA Would Run Remote Tower Tech Demo Under Shuster Bill 
The FAA reauthorization bill introduced Feb. 3 by Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, would put the FAA in charge of demonstrating remote tower technologies at seven airports.
Drones Earn Slot In Accident Investigators’ Toolkit 
From rapid surveys of wreckage in remote locations to high-fidelity forensic reconstruction, drones are quickly becoming an essential tool for accident investigators who can use them.
Drone Aids TransAsia Flight 222 Accident Investigation  7
The Taiwan Aviation Safety Council (ASC) successfully deployed a UAV as part of its investigation into the July 23, 2014 crash of a TransAsia Airways ATR-72-500 on the island of Hoko, west of Taiwan.
Drone Helps TransAsia Flight 222 Investigators 
The Taiwan Aviation Safety Council (ASC) successfully deployed a UAV as part of its investigation into the July 23, 2014 crash of a TransAsia Airways ATR-72-500 on the island of Hoko, west of Taiwan.
Daalo Confirms One Passenger Missing After Incident 
Daalo Airlines has confirmed that one passenger is missing after an explosion blew a hole in the right side an Airbus A321’s fuselage approximately 15 min. after takeoff from the Somalian city of Mogadishu on a flight to Djibouti yesterday.
Report Slams TransAsia Pilots, Management In 2014 Crash 
The Taiwanese Aviation Safety Council said management at TransAsia Airways failed to implement previously recommended training upgrades.
NTSB Identifies Manufacturing, Repair Flaws In Two Engine Failures 

Repair errors or faulty manufacturing processes were the root cause of two engine failures in September 2014, one on an International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500-powered JetBlue Airbus A320-200, the other on a Pratt &Whitney PW4056-powered Delta Air Lines Boeing 747-400, according to newly released final reports by the NTSB. 

Lithium-Ion Battery Ban Gains Ground 

ICAO’s Air Navigation Commission (ANC) is recommending that no passenger airliners be allowed to carry lithium-ion batteries as bulk cargo until new packaging standards and threat assessments can mitigate the risks.

Air Cargo Industry Still Fighting Fuel System AD  16
New rules designed to guard against Boeing 757F fuel tank explosions offer no significant safety benefit, cargo industry says.
Airlines Try To Overturn FAA Freighter Fuel-Tank Directive 
Major cargo airlines and the advocacy group, Airlines for America (A4A), are fighting to nix an impending FAA airworthiness directive (AD) set to be published in late March, calling for Boeing 757 freighter fuel-system modifications to prevent potential explosions.
Tougher Lithium-Ion Battery Shipping Rules Begin April 1 
Responding to industry safety concerns, ICAO has fast-tracked changes to how lithium-ion batteries can be shipped in commercial airline cargo holds.
Honeywell Readies Crowdsourced Weather Radar 

Before the end of this year, Honeywell Aerospace plans to release a new software version for its IntuVue RDR-4000 weather radar that will allow an unnamed airline customer to begin downlinking snapshots of weather activity and threats directly from onboard radar to the ground through broadband links.

Watchdog: FAA Productivity Down, Spending Up 
Despite key congressional actions over the past 20 years aimed at helping the FAA operate more like a business, the agency’s operational productivity is down while employee costs have nearly doubled, according to an audit by the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (OIG).
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