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
Review Team Slams FAA NextGen Research Plan 
The NRC team reviewed the document in the first quarter of this year and published a final report—with recommendations—this summer.
ATSB: RF Interference Likely Behind Cricket Drone Crash 
An eight-rotor remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) that crashed while providing coverage of the International Cricket Council World Cup Final in Melbourne, Victoria, this spring may have been overcome by radio frequency interference from broadcast telecommunications facilities, mobile broadcast vehicles and cell phones from the more than 93,000 attendees of the event.
Changi Makes Change After Cargo Container Fault 
In its final report on the incident, Singapore’s Air Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) says the engine “sustained serious damage” and had to be replaced.
Checklist Lack, Chain Of Events Cited In Jet2 Emergency 
Minor problems cascade to make life difficult for a Jet2 crew on an early evening approach to East Midlands.
Podcast: Air Show Aerobatics—Tighter Control or Outright Ban?
Join us this week as we discuss in depth the aftermath of the air show display accident in the U.K. last week. Should there be tighter controls or is it time to end aerobatic displays by vintage military aircraft at air shows? Could it be the end for air shows as we know them?
NRC Panel Slams FAA NextGen Research Plans 
A group of aerospace and technology experts from government, industry and academia has sent the FAA back to the drawing board over a congressionally mandated research plan for certifying and integrating new technologies into the National Airspace System.
Review Team Slams FAA NextGen Research Plan 
The NRC team reviewed the document in the first quarter of this year and published a final report—with recommendations—this summer.
Review Team Slams FAA NextGen Research Plan 
The NRC team reviewed the document in the first quarter of this year and published a final report—with recommendations—this summer.
ICAO Pilot Workshops Aim To Reduce Loss-Of-Control Inflight Accidents  3
Pilots skilled in airline upset-recovery training are taking part in a year-long series of international educational workshops designed by ICAO to help reduce loss-of-control inflight accidents, the leading cause of airline fatalities.
Astronautics Gets EASA Nod For Nexis 
Virgin America—which provided an aircraft for the EASA STC—was the U.S. launch customer for Nexis. The system includes two electronic flight bags (EFBs) and two servers that offer connections to aircraft-avionics data, in part to run Astronautics’ ADS-B applications, as well as partitions to allow for safely using third-party applications.
OPL Mi-2 Hoplite Avionics Testbed
Aviation Week flies with Tom Schnell, director of the University of Iowa's Operator Performance Lab, in Schnell's Mi-2 Hoplite avionics testbed to sample the Lab's degraded visual environment research
FAA Scouts Next-Generation ATC Digital Voice Recorder 
Details about the new National Airspace System (NAS) Voice Recorder Program are contained in an August 20 Request for Information.
FAA Seeking NextGen ATC Digital Voice Recorder 
Details about the new National Airspace System (NAS) Voice Recorder Program are contained in an August 20 Request for Information.
Podcast: Cockpits of the Future 2
What if commercial pilots never had to learn to fly IFR? The distinction between instrument flight rules and visual flight rules (VFR) may go away in the not-too-distant future. What if the Black Hawk successor offered military pilots a 360-degree, all-weather view on a touch screen that could easily be reconfigured? These are the sort of things we might see in next-gen cockpits. Join Aviation Week editors Jim Asker, John Croft and Graham Warwick in peering into the future.
FAA To Replace ATC Digital Voice Recorder Equipment
The FAA is gearing up to replace the digital voice recording equipment in 450 civilian and 300 U.S. military air traffic control (ATC) facilities before the legacy technology becomes “unsustainable” beyond 2021.
 

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