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
Record Quarter Does Not Alter American’s Conservative Growth Strategy 
The renegotiated deal with Boeing will see four 787 deliveries shifted from 2016 to 2017, and a fifth pushed into 2018. Aircraft retirements will continue as planned, meaning the moves will reduce projected 2016 capacity by about 0.6%, and widebody capacity will be down 2.5%.
Air China Reaches Deal To Merge Maintenance Businesses Into Ameco 
BEIJING—Air China’s wholly owned maintenance operation, Air China Technics, will be merged into Ameco—the carrier’s joint venture with Lufthansa—by June, industry officials say.
MRO Bracing For A New, Data-Driven Future 
Why “big data” is about to go from buzz-phrase to business-driver in airline maintenance
International Premium Traffic Can’t Shake Recent Sluggishness 
Premium—or non-economy—traffic on international routes has been largely flat since August 2014, “consistent with a lagged response to the waning business confidence” throughout the second half of last year, IATA says.
Airbus Sees Opportunity In A350 Aftermarket Support 
Why OEMs are fine with airlines that do not want dedicated spare-parts stocks.
Heavy-MRO Specialist Aviation Technical Services Continues Diversification
ATS’s Kansas City facility, which opened in mid-2014 and complements its original heavy-check operation in Everett, Washington, and its VIP completion-focused facility in Moses Lake, Washington, is “off and running,” ATS CEO Matt Yerbic told Aviation Daily at MRO Americas.
ICF: Shifting Economies, Philosophies Driving Aerospace Investment In U.S.
“You’re seeing [new] heavy maintenance facilities in the Americas,” Michaels told MRO Americas delegates on April 15. “We’re going to see more widebody maintenance done in North America.”
North American Re-Fleeting Will Bring Technological Change To Aftermarket

MIAMI — The massive re-fleeting underway in North America will keep the aftermarket growth rate nearly flat for the next decade, and the resulting higher-technology fleet will prompt more data-driven services that will change the maintenance landscape, analysts at Aviation Week's MRO Americas conference project.

Airbus May Expand Real-Time Health-Monitoring Service To A330 
Available for the A380 and A350, the service—Airbus Real-Time Health Monitoring, or AIRTHM—goes beyond pushing fault information off an airplane. Through ACARS, Airbus engineers can query sophisticated onboard computers like Centralized Maintenance Systems and Aircraft Condition Monitoring Systems to obtain specific parameters related to a fault.
Delta TechOps Unveils Engine ‘Hospital Shop’ For Quick-Turn Work
The shop will focus on quick-turn maintenance, performing jobs that range in 1-10 days. Among the services the dedicated facility can perform are “zero checks,” horoscope blend repairs, gearbox changes and repairs, turbine rear-frame repairs, fan disc and case changes, and fuel-nozzle changes, Delta says.
Some SSJ100 Parts Work In Regulatory Limbo 
U.S. suppliers could be surprised to learn that having an EASA-certified U.S. repair station is not enough to authorize maintenance on Sukhoi’s newest airliner.
EASA Proposes Pooling Of State Resources 
Europe seeks more efficient oversight of the 32 nations that EASA oversees.
MRO Work, Supply Base Consolidating 
The expanding MRO market will grow more consolidated as the popular narrowbodies take hold.
Airbus Eyes Major Role In A350 Aftermarket Support; First Customer Imminent
Airbus, aiming to become a “major” player in A350 aftermarket support, is poised to announce its first long-term agreement with an A350 customer and is in talks with several more, a company executive reports.
New FAA Oversight System Rolling Out Amid High Hopes 
FAA believes its new oversight system will increase safety while reducing audits, but will its inspectors buy in?
 
Blogs
Apr 25, 2015
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Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015
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Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 1

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015
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Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015
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Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More
Apr 15, 2015
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Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More

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