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.

Boeing Eyes 747-8F Sales As Cargo Rebound Continues 


Boeing is confident that a steady uptick in air-freight demand will result in a full market recovery by 2017, which could bode well for its factory-new freighter offerings, notably the Boeing 747-8F.

“It’s still a challenging market for everybody, but with some growth in some of these really key areas and concentrated in the Asia-Pacific, in particular,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner said at the company’s annual investor day last week. 

International Traffic Trends Continue To Be Mixed 
Europe, showing signs of shaking its economic doldrums, saw premium travel rise 7.8% in March, after an 0.4% gain the previous month. But the brighter skies in key, mature regions are being offset by dark clouds forming elsewhere.
FAA: Regulatory ‘Simplification’ Push Is On Track 
The FAA’s effort to introduce more clarity into the complicated certification process is ahead of schedule.
New Aircraft Demand, Pricing Remain Strong 
Recent moves by American Airlines and United Airlines, which delayed five Boeing 787 deliveries and swapped 10 787-9 orders for Boeing 777-300ERs, respectively, led some to speculate that the moves were “harbingers of a change in cycle,” Boeing CEO Jim McNerney said.
EASA Tackles Non-Revenue Flight Safety 
EASA broadens guidance on non-revenue flights to help operators conduct more accurate risk assessments.
Rolls-Royce Evolving To Meet Mature Engine Needs  2
Rolls-Royce is determined to change the perception of its mature-engine support capabilities.
Lufthansa Technik Nabs First A350 Component Deal 
The Total Component Support deal includes spares-pool access and repair, LHT said. Finnair is slated to receive its first four A350s in the second half of this year. It has 19 on order, with deliveries slated to last through 2022.
ICF: Higher PFCs Could Mean Lower Airline Taxes In FAA Reform 
“The first step is to reform industry finances,” ICF says in its paper, the second in a planned series on FAA reauthorization.
Airports Laud Boosting Risk-Based Employee Screening In Lieu Of 100% Mandate 
The working group and hearing were direct results of December’s arrest of two people—including one airline employee—accused of smuggling guns onboard Delta Air Lines flights between Atlanta and New York.
Airline, Airport Execs Trade Real-World Examples To Back Opposing PFC Positions 
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) Managing Director Mark Reis said that SEA’s growth projection means that despite “significant investment” in a capital-improvement plan, demand will leave the airport short of gates and terminal space in the early 2020s.
Fitch: Airlines Generating Enough Cash To Keep Rewarding Shareholders, Trimming Debt 
Delta Air Lines—which paid out $500 million to shareholders in first-quarter dividends and buybacks—has been leading the shareholder-return parade, establishing a dividend in May 2013 and launching a share-repurchase plan. As the carrier’s above-market fuel hedges wear off, it will have even more cash to invest or give back to its owners.
Air Cargo Demand Dips In March, But Steady Climb Likely 
“March data [show] a correction in volumes after the spike in February, when we saw the positive impact of the Lunar New Year and modal shift owing to seaport congestion in the U.S.,” IATA explains.
FAA Warns Of Faulty Propeller Control Unit Repairs 
The Safety Alert For Operators (SAFO) targets UTC Aerospace (Hamilton Standard/Hamilton Sundstrand) series-14 PCUs, which are installed on ATR 42s, ATR 72s, Embraer EMB-120s, Saab 340s, and Bombardier Dash 8-100s, -200s, and -300s, among other aircraft.
FAA Ahead Of Schedule On Master Guidance Database
FAA says it is ahead of schedule in its massive effort to consolidate all flight standards and certification guidance into a single online master database and has tested a proof-of-concept, a top agency executive reports.
“We are making progress in reviewing our existing databases to assure the information is up to date,” FAA Director of Aircraft Certification Services Dorenda Baker told lawmakers in a hearing last week.
Baker told members of the Senate subcommittee on aviation operations, safety and security that she was “impressed” by
Special Topics
May 22, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Descends Toward Asteroid Ceres for Closer Look at Bright Spots

Images gathered May 16 with cameras from an altitude of 4,500 miles have again prompted speculation the spacecraft has spotted ice deposits on the 600 mile wide minor planet....More
May 18, 2015

Fire In the Cabin 2

While installing a fireplace in a cabin clearly would be a bad idea, Lufthansa Technik develops a technology that uses illuminated water mist with an image of burning wood to create a fireplace for VIP aircraft....More
May 15, 2015

Cardington: Britain’s Airship Heritage 2

Construction of Cardington’s Number 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Construction of Cardington’s No. 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Short Brothers was awarded an Admiralty contract for the development of dirigible airships....More
May 11, 2015

NavWeek: China Coastal Catch 8

China last year accelerated its plans to “reclaim” areas like the Spratly Islands, and the Asian giant is banking on its coast guard to protect its disputed maritime stakes in the region, according to the Pentagon....More
May 10, 2015

Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery Of Newest 737-800

Ethiopian Airlines' fleet renewal and growth continued this week with the delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 from Seattle. Routing through Washington-Dulles and then Dublin, Ireland, the latest 737NG is Ethiopian's 16th. Since 2010, the East African carrier has taken delivery of 25 Boeing 737/777/787s as well as 13 Bombardier DHC8-Q400 regional turbo aircraft. One of the fastest-growing and most modern of African airlines, Ethiopian also has a burgeoning MRO business....More

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