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
FAA Says Airline SMS Mandate Will Not Affect Suppliers 
FAA’s mandate requiring airlines to develop safety management systems may affect MRO shops, but agency says impact will be minimal.
EASA Urges Vigilance On Recorder Airworthiness
EASA SIB targets improving cockpit voice recorder reliability and data quality.
U.S. Majors Cashing In On Cheap Oil, But Not Banking On It 
It’s business as usual for U.S. major carriers, as recent low fuel costs will not, as of now, factor into decisions regarding fleet and capacity.
ICF: Time Ripe For Airports To Drop PFC, AIP Demands; Back Broad FAA Reform 
Contrary to established norms, however, that focus should be less on their few top priorities and more on finding common ground with other industry stakeholders, so FAA funding can be de-politicized, loosening Washington’s grip on the aviation industry, consultancy IFC International argues.
EasyJet’s Business-Traveler Push Paying Off 
Systemwide revenue-per-seat (RPS) was up 3.7% for the three months ended Dec. 31, the carrier’s fiscal 2015 first quarter (Q1).
Despite Juno, Airlines Ahead On Year-Over-Year Weather Disruptions 
The cancellations were about equally distributed between mainline and regional flights, masFlight data show.
Pay Raises, Fuel Hedges To Boost Virgin America’s 2015 Costs 
The wage increases, coming in April, will boost pilot pay by about 15% and raise pay for other affected employees by about 5%.
Low Fuel Prices Not Shifting U.S. Majors’ Fleet, Capacity Plans 5
United this year will take delivery of two used Boeing 737-700s, aircraft acquired due in part to their more favorable economics, thanks to fuel prices of around $50 per barrel.
United Seeks To Keep Momentum With Regional Fleet Changes, Capacity Discipline 
United’s mainline capacity increased just 0.5% year-over-year in 2014, and CEO Jeff Smisek said the airline will maintain capacity discipline going forward, even as profits rise and fuel prices decrease.
FAA Master Guidance Library Progressing, But Still ‘Several Years Off’ 
Testifying at a House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on Jan. 20, FAA Director of Aircraft Certification Services Dorenda Baker said a “proof of concept” of the single source for all guidance is being reviewed by top agency executives.
Industry Opposes FAA ‘Approval’ Rule For Voluntary Repair Station Closures
The change, which the association say is a unique requirement among all agency-issued certificates, was put in place as part of FAA’s update to its Part 145 rules for repair stations published late last year.
Benefits Of Higher PFC Would Top Trust-Fund Decline, GAO Says 
The GAO analysis attempts to quantify what raising the PFC—which has been capped since 2000—would do to overall funding, factoring in any reduction in tax revenue caused by a reduction in air travel due to perceived higher fares.
 
Blogs
Jan 30, 2015
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Iraqi Airways 767 at Frankfurt Hahn Airport

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Jan 30, 2015
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Passenger, Çargo Middle East Growth Rate #MROME

The Middle East region is forecast to have the highest RPK (revenue passenger kilometers) growth rate, but another region outpaces in cargo traffic over the period....More
Jan 29, 2015
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Supersonic Scoop (1947) 2

Aviation Week scored one of the biggest aerospace scoops of the 20th century when on December 22, 1947, it revealed that the fabled sound barrier had been broken by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager in the Bell XS-1....More
Jan 26, 2015
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New Photos: Chilled Lightning 5

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Jan 26, 2015
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Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 4

No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago....More
Jan 23, 2015
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When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 18

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015
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10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015
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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More

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