Sean Broderick

Sean Broderick
Managing Editor, MRO,
Aviation Week Intelligence Network

Sean Broderick's aviation career started in 1991, working for Airbus in Toulouse. His industry experience includes four years with an aviation consultancy, where he worked on the successful launch of a U.S. Part 121 carrier; 12 years with an airport association as a magazine editor and communications executive; and more than 15 years of full- and part-time work as a journalist for Aviation Week writing primarily about maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) and safety. He graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Communications ('91) and earned an M.S. in Integrated Marketing Communications ('13) from West Virginia University.

Articles
Technology Investments Paying Off In EasyJet Maintenance Cost-Cutting

EasyJet’s push to lower maintenance-unit costs even as its fleet age climbs is going far beyond re-tendering of contracts to include investing in new technologies—and some already are paying dividends.

Podcast: Aftermath of the NTSB's 787 Battery Report 1
Aviation Week's John Croft and Sean Broderick discuss the NTSB's 787 battery recommendations with Jim Asker. Learn how Boeing fail-safed the battery and listen as we discuss how the aircraft was certified and still experienced serious problems.
Flap Configuration Warning Highlights FAA’s Data-Trending Efforts 
The reminder, issued as a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO), stems from analysis of Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) data on flap-misconfiguration events.
FAA Creates Three-Phase Plan To Improve ATC-Outage Response 

FAA, pledging to reduce air traffic control outage-contingency response times from “days to hours,” created a three-phase plan that includes making better use of current options and leveraging NextGen capabilities for more rapid reactions.

Industry Balks At Some Proposed NTSB Changes 
Proposed changes in NTSB accident investigation procedures concern industry stakeholders
Challenger Incident Highlights Maintenance Check Flight Perils 
Improper procedures led to test-flight incident, British investigators find
Training Guide Targets Improved Pilot Monitoring 

A working group (WG) of aviation safety and flight operations experts has delivered a comprehensive educational tool and training aid designed to help pilots more effectively monitor the most critical phases of flight. 

FAA Creates Three-Phase Plan To Improve ATC-Outage Response 

FAA, pledging to reduce air traffic control outage-contingency response times from “days to hours,” created a three-phase plan that includes making better use of current options and leveraging NextGen capabilities for more rapid reactions.

San Antonio Adds Virtual Checkpoint Assistant 

San Antonio International is the latest airport to install Airus Media’s virtual in-terminal assistant, and the first to use the avatar specifically for TSA Pre-Check. Each of the airport’s two avatars—one in the regular checkpoint area and one in Pre-Check—are located where passengers begin to stand during peak times. Motion sensors activate the avatar—named Ava—triggering a 90-sec. message in either English or Spanish.

FAA Creates Three-Phase Plan To Improve ATC-Outage Response 
The agency’s plan follows a review of air traffic control backup and security protocols, triggered in response to the Chicago En Route Center’s 17-day outage earlier this fall.
FAA Correction To Ward Off Jump In Service Difficulty Reports
A last-minute correction to the new repair station regulations is warding off a dramatic increase in service difficulty reports.
Low Fuel Costs Boost Older Airframes’ Fortunes, Not Threatening Backlogs 

The sharp decline and expected short-term stability in jet fuel prices have prompted carriers to re-examine the use of less fuel-efficient aircraft to satisfy near-term demand, but the trend is not triggering shifts in long-term fleet planning.

While carriers like Delta Air Lines and Southwest Airlines have long leveraged the used-aircraft market to add capacity while minimizing capital costs, the trend is showing signs of expanding. A 25% drop in jet fuel prices since mid-summer—to about $100 per barrel, a four-year low—may explain why.

 
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Best MRO Providers Are...?

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Dec 9, 2014
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