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.

Hazy: A321neo LR Adds Flexibility, But Stops Short Of Replacing 757 
Air Lease Corp.’s decision to launch the Airbus A321neo’s long-range (LR) variant was driven by the added flexibility it will offer operators flying longer routes with existing narrowbodies, including Boeing 757s, but the lessor stops short of calling it a replacement for the venerable Boeing twin.
New FAA Policy Opens Door For Cheaper FANS Upgrades 
FAA has clarified the applicability of a 2008 rule on flight-recorder upgrades, clearing the way for operators of some 7,500 aircraft to install or upgrade safety-enhancing avionics without a costly cockpit voice recorder (CVR) modification.
Making Strides In Runway Safety Measures 
The FAA says its runway safety area improvement effort is paying the biggest dividends possible: lives saved.
Telair Sale, Precision Offering Signal AAR’s Focus On Commerical MRO 
AAR’s sale of its Telair cargo manufacturing businesses to TransDigm and revelation that its Precision Manufacturing division is for sale signal the company’s intention to focus on its growing aviation-services businesses.
Lessors Suggest Older Aircraft Gaining Favor, But Not At Expense Of Backlogs 
Lessors are reporting more demand for older aircraft but see no evidence that airlines are changing their minds about new-generation models they have lined up for either expansion or replacement.
Newest EMAS Vendor’s Initial Installation ‘Weathering Well’ At Midway 
The debut installation by Runway Safe, provider of runway safety area overrun arrestor beds, is “weathering well through the harsh Chicago winter” and will soon be outfitted with special instrumentation to monitor its resilience to jet blast, the company’s head of U.S. operations tells Aviation Daily.
Southwest Probing Maintenance-Tracking Issue Behind Missed Inspections 
Southwest Airlines is investigating why a required inspection interval in its routine-maintenance program was left out of its maintenance-tracking system, causing it to miss deadlines for checking backup hydraulic systems on 128 Boeing 737s.
Tracking Mandate May Change FAA’s Data Link Recording Rule 
The FAA is considering changes to data link recording mandate to aid in global tracking efforts.
International Travel Growth Pace Slowing, IATA Figures Suggest 
An uptick in international passenger traffic expansion in the 2014 third quarter (Q3) tailed off at year-end, as weakness in key growth markets suppressed demand, International Air Transport Association (IATA) figures show.
MTU Projecting Near-Term Stability After Record 2014 
“In 2015, the growth of our series production business will be driven mainly by the GP7000 and the new geared-turbofan programs that will enter series production,” the company notes.
Drop In Oil Prices Means An Airline Profitability Boost Now, But... 3
From hedging strategies to equipment choices to routes and capacity, the implications of current fuel prices are not as straightforward as one might think.
Former TSA CTO Joins AAAE’s Airport Innovation Lab 

The American Association of Airport Executives has added former Transportation Security Administration Chief Technology Officer John Sanders as a principal advisor of its recently created Airport Innovation Accelerator (AIA). The AIA will serve as a de facto incubator that helps companies bring potentially beneficial technology and services to airports. It plans to tap the expertise of airport executives to help identify and shape the most promising offerings. The AIA expects to begin operations by midyear.

MRO Providers Expect Low Fuel Costs To Boost Airline Spending
Aftermarket-services providers have no doubt that low fuel prices will lead to increased airline spending, but are less certain about when the effects will become visible in backlogs and balance sheets.
BA Launches Electronic Logbook On 787 
The ELB runs on the aircraft’s electronic flight bag and onboard server system, and aggregates observed-fault data with information generated by other airplane systems.
Mar 4, 2015

1957: Broken Arrow 8

The most capable interceptor of the 1960s might not have been American or Russian, or even British, French or Swedish....More
Mar 2, 2015

1969: The Concorde's Hopeful First Flight 2

On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015

U.S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions 4

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015

NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015

A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015

Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015

France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015

Inside The Roc's Lair 18

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More

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