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.

Unexpected Taxi Instructions Caused Loss of Situational Awareness Before BA 747 Clipped Building
The crew of a British Airways Boeing 747-400 appeared to lose situational awareness when their taxi-out instructions did not match what they anticipated, leading them to miss a key turn and clip a building while rolling down an unassigned taxiway, South African air accident investigators concluded.
Rolls-Royce Details High-Temperature Test Plan For New Engine Family 

Atlas Air’s demand-driven expansion of its freighter fleet underscores the volatility gripping the world cargo market, as positive and negative data points combine to present a picture that changes depending on one’s perspective. 

EASA To End Volcanic Ash Operations Plan Database Updates 
“A majority of European States have declared that, in case of volcanic eruption affecting European airspace, they would avoid unnecessary closure of airspace and recognize that operators will make their own decisions to operate or not into areas of forecast ash contamination, based on their VA SRA,” or Volcanic Ash Safety Risk Assessment plans, the agency explains in a new safety bulletin.
Premium Traffic Growth Continues At A Sluggish Pace 
Year-over-year premium international traffic was up 4.9% in April, bettering March 4.6%, IATA notes. But bigger-picture trends continue to suggest the relative stagnation since mid-2014 is not going away anytime soon.
Bulletin Warns Of ERJ 170, 190 Pitch-Trim Switch Issue 
“We have become aware of cases of inverted installation [upside-down] of the pitch trim switches in the control yoke,” ANAC explained in a special airworthiness bulletin, citing Embraer service bulletins sent out in late February and early March.
CRJ Aftermarket Dwindling, But Not Yet Disappearing  2
The Bombardier CRJ’s numbers are dwindling, but the model still has a solid place in airline service.
GE-Lufthansa Partnership Eyes 747-8, 777X Third-Party Engine Work 
GE Aviation and Lufthansa Technik have laid the groundwork for a Europe-based GEnx-2B and GE9X full-service overhaul facility.
Falsified Records Found With Used CFM56 Turbine Blades 
Hours, cycles under-stated on at least eight sets of blades offered by brokers
Efforts To Improve Tracking, Data Recovery Face Standardization Hurdles 
The global initiative to track aircraft constantly and recover post-crash data quickly generates as many questions as answers.
Changed Product Certification Guidance Out For Review 
Regulators in key aircraft-manufacturing countries work to harmonize certification guidance for product changes.
Jay Pardee, FAA Executive; Data-Driven Safety Expert, Dies At 68 
A long-time staffer and former manager of FAA’s Engine and Propeller Directorate (EPD), Pardee is perhaps best known for his efforts to establish the Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing program, which is helping FAA transition to a proactive, data-driven safety oversight approach.
April Figures Show Continued Solid Global Passenger Demand 
“A majority of regions posted strong increases in April compared to a year ago,” IATA noted, singling out the Asia-Pacific region’s 9.0% rise in international markets, India’s 20.7% domestic-market jump, and the 8.2% increase posted by Middle Eastern carriers as particularly noteworthy.
RBC: U.S. Carriers Need 600 More Orders To Maintain Growth, Fleet Replacement 
RBC based its projection on a survey of 34 global carriers that, combined, operate about 6,200 aircraft, or about 40% of the global fleet.
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