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.

CRT: Airbus, Boeing Booked More Orders Than Will Be Delivered  1
A CRT Capital study warns that parts of Boeing and Airbus backlogs might be under threat if lobbying campaigns against Gulf carriers bear fruit.
EASA Proposes Pooling Of State Resources
Europe is working on changes to its regional aviation regulations that include pooling resources between countries to help ensure technical tasks like certification and continued airworthiness have adequate resources region-wide, a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) proposal reveals.
New FAA Oversight System Aims To Reduce Audit Redundancy 
The Safety Assurance System (SAS), which debuted June 2014 in the certificate management office (CMO) responsible for Delta Air Lines, is being rolled out amid high expectations.
Airlines, Airports Gain Backers In Escalating PFC Battle 
At issue is the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC)—used by 360 U.S. airports, including 98 of the top 100 by passenger traffic—to generate about $2.8 billion per year for specific, FAA-approved projects.
Low Fuel Prices, Flat Freight Figures Won’t Derail FedEx Fleet Renewal 

Low fuel prices and softness in its air freight business will not disrupt FedEx’s fleet renewal plans.

The company, which wrapped up its fiscal 2015 third quarter on Feb. 28, is slated to add five Boeing 767 freighters in the fourth quarter and 23 more by fiscal 2018. It has 20 in its fleet, including three that are being modified and are not in service. It also has 18 Boeing 777Fs in the pipeline to go with 25 in service, with the next deliveries slated for fiscal 2016.

FAA Data Illuminates U.S. Airline Industry Transition 
FAA’s deep dive into historical airline figures reveals how radically the industry has restructured over the past 20 years.
Analysis: Pilot Shortage To Begin Costing Small Communities Air Service 

Hundreds of small communities face losing all air service in the next decade as the pilot-supply chain stagnates and regional pilots are tapped to replace retiring major-carrier colleagues and staff larger regional jets, leaving nobody left to fly 50-seat jets and turboprops, a stark analysis from consultancy InterVistas suggests.

Shifting Airline Strategies Evident In Airport-Funding Priorities 
The latest “Airport Capital Development Needs” report, based on a survey done every two years by Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), determines that U.S. airports will need $15.1 billion per year for the next five years, or $75.7 billion through 2019, to fund planned projects.
No FAA Approval Leaves U.S. SSJ100 Suppliers Struggling With MRO Support 
Regulators on both sides of the Atlantic are aware of the issue, but caution that solving it may not be easy.
CRT: U.S. Carrier Backlog Safe; Risks To Gulf Carriers Could Destabilize Order Books
An analysis of the record backlogs at Airbus and Boeing suggests that U.S. carriers are the most likely to live up to their commitments, while the Middle East’s major airlines could disrupt order books if U.S.-led efforts to derail Gulf carrier expansion are successful, CRT Capital says.
FAA Starts Maintenance Training School Rule Update

The long-needed revamping of FAA’s Part 147, the rules governing aircraft maintenance technician (AMT) schools, is underway, Steve Douglas, manager of the agency’s Aircraft Maintenance Division, confirmed.

MRO Market To Become More Concentrated As Narrowbody Fleet Grows 
This year’s air transport MRO spending is projected at $67 billion, the forecast shows. Of this, 85% will be generated by the top 10 aircraft types.
FAA Forecast Data Illuminates Streamlining Of U.S. Airline Industry 
Airlines are getting more passengers onto fewer aircraft, using fewer flights to move them, and flying to bigger airports more frequently—with economic pressure on smaller regional jets only exacerbating the trends.
FAA Sees Modest Passenger Growth Through 2035 

FAA sees U.S. carrier passenger growth averaging 2% annually through 2035, a slight decline from last year’s outlook.  While fuel’s “sharp” price decline “is a catalyst for a short-lived uptick,” the forecast projects $100-per-barrel oil by 2021, “keeping a lid on U.S. economic growth during the same period,” FAA says in its latest 20-year forecast. Capacity will grow 2.4% this year, compared with 2.2% last year, and will rise an average of 2.5% annually through 2035, FAA says.

Mar 27, 2015

U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015

Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015

Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015

NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015

SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015

Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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