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
Better Bilaterals Would Boost African Airline Fortunes, Study Finds 

The trend of soaring global airline profits is threatening to leave Africa behind, and a study suggests that the lack of liberalized air service agreements between African nations is playing a major role in suppressing the region’s markets.

Better Bilaterals Would Boost African Airline Fortunes, Study Finds 
After posting collective net losses in the last two years—the only world region to do this—African carriers are on pace to return a net profit of $100 million in 2014 on a net profit margin of less than 1%. The other five world regions as designated by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) are on pace to post a collective net profit of $18 billion.
FAA Finalizes 737NG Autothrottle Upgrade 

FAA has given operators of nearly 500 U.S.-registered Boeing 737NGs until September 23, 2017 to replace autothrottle computers—a fix that eliminates a design flaw which contributed to a 2009 Turkish Airlines accident in Amsterdam.

While the fix mandates changing the GE-supplied computer, the directive’s purpose is getting new software, contained on the computers, installed. 

Shifting Airline Schedules Continue To Hammer Smaller Airports 

The multi-year shakeout that is reshaping U.S. airline networks is nearly complete, but smaller airports are suffering until the bitter end as carriers continue their shift toward strategies that emphasize bigger, more lucrative markets, a Moody’s analysis concludes.

FAA Finalizes 737NG Autothrottle Upgrade 
While the fix mandates changing the GE-supplied computer, the directive’s purpose is getting new software, contained on the computers, installed.
Shifting Airline Schedules Continue To Hammer Smaller Airports
“We think that the major shifts in the industry are nearing an end,” Moody’s notes in a recently released commentary on the U.S. airport sector, pointing to schedules after October’s expiration of the Wright Amendment and the fallout from the American-US Airways and Southwest-AirTran mergers as three of the recent dominos that have fallen.
Better Data Sought To Help Refine Bird Strike Risk Reduction Effort 

ATLANTA — Discussions on whether to mandate bird-strike reporting in the U.S. or change the metric for calculating strike risks are tied to a broader theme underpinning the effort to make aviation safer through wildlife mitigation: the push for better data.

Haeco Rallying From Labor Shortage, But Demand Softness Remains

The labor shortage that hit Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Co. (Haeco) hard in 2013 appears to have subsided, but the time needed to train newly hired staff will help hold heavy maintenance capacity flat in the second half of 2014, the company says.

FAA, Wildlife Experts Pitching New Bird Strike Risk Metric 

ATLANTA—Wildlife mitigation experts are working with FAA to develop a new basic standard for calculating bird-strike risk at airports that would replace the decades-old measurement of strikes per 10,000 movements.

Better Data Sought To Help Refine Bird Strike Risk Reduction Effort 
Like many safety initiatives, improving airport safety through better wildlife management relies on collecting data, analyzing it, and acting upon the results. In the U.S., macro data strongly suggests that industry is succeeding.
FAA, Wildlife Experts Pitching New Bird Strike Risk Metric 
The new standard, revealed publicly on Tuesday at Bird Strike Committee USA’s (BSC) annual meeting, would calculate an airport’s average bird mass per strike.
Eyeing Fleet-Renewal Laggards, Lessors Boost Backlogs 

While massive backlogs at some aspiring carriers help fuel talk of a potential order bubble, the number of established airlines yet to line up replacements for older aircraft have lessors bullish on long-term prospects—and their order books show it.

FAA Scales Back New Repair Station Rule 

FAA has scaled back its latest revamp of the repair station regulations, eliminating a proposed new ratings system and several other significant changes that drew fire from industry following the draft rule’s release.

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