John Croft Joins Aviation Week as Avionics & Safety Editor

Subject matter expertise continues to expand Aviation Week technology coverage

Aug 14, 2012, 13:27 ET from Aviation Week

NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Aviation journalist and former NASA engineer John Croft has joined Aviation Week's Avionics & Safety editorial team as Avionics & Safety editor based in Washington.

Most recently, Croft was Americas Editor for Flight International, covering a wide variety of beats—including avionics, commercial aircraft engines, helicopters, flight simulators, safety, space, and unmanned vehicles. Croft developed a strong online social media presence for his blog AsTheCroftFlies, along with a YouTube channel and Twitter feed.  His most recent feature included an exclusive update on the April 2011 accident involving the Gulfstream G650 long-range business jet.

Early in his career, Croft led engineering teams in the design, test and manufacture of satellite guidance, navigation and control systems, working on such programs as the Explorer Platform (EP) and the X-ray Timing Explorer (XTE) missions.  Croft also is a multiengine-rated pilot and flight instructor.

"We are thrilled to welcome John to the Aviation Week team," says Anthony L. Velocci, Jr., Aviation Week group editorial director and editor-in-chief of Aviation Week & Space Technology. "As a subject expert and widely respected journalist, he will be a valuable addition to our team of reporters recognized for their insightful coverage of aviation and aerospace technologies. His addition will expand our capability to deliver to industry professionals the most authoritative avionics and safety analysis available anywhere."

About Aviation Week:
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On July 2, 2012, the group's flagship Aviation Week & Space Technology (AW&ST) relaunched with an even greater focus on technology, business and operations that has long been the brand's hallmark.  In addition to civil, military and space, AW&ST's market coverage is further expanded with new monthly Defense Technology and MRO editions to include land and sea and aftermarket insights. 

Aviation Week's 2012 digital expansion includes a redesigned for deeper community engagement and navigation and a comprehensive technology upgrade to the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN).  AWIN, the industry's essential integrated business tool, now has increased capability through more fleet and MRO data and an expanded team of data analysts.

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