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.

Jetaire Bets On Foam To Improve Fuel-Tank Safety  3
Alternative to 737NG fuel tank inerting kit could open door wider for other flammability solutions.
Lufthansa Technik Already A Seasoned A350 MRO Provider 
Early A350 line maintenance, MRO support give company a head start.
FAA Certifies AAR’s New Rockford Facility 
AAR Corp.’s new maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Rockford, Illinois, is expected to receive FAA Part 145 approval Sept. 30.
FAA Curtails Concerns Over Component Shop Needs Rules  5
A hangar is needed to fix a 747 part? Some at the FAA thought so.
Boeing 737NG Just Hitting Aftermarket Stride  2
The steady flow of new 737NGs is feeding a pipeline that will pay aftermarket dividends for years - an estimated $118 billion by 2026.
Lawsuit Claims AerSale Copied Fuel-Tank STC Data 
Modifications specialist Jetaire says aftermarket provider AerSale illegally based its design for a fuel-tank safety system on Jetaire data and is falsely claiming to have FAA certification for the product.
Low Fuel Prices Boost PW4000 Flying  3
Anyone seeking evidence that sustained low fuel prices are giving older aircraft new lives need look no further than the Pratt & Whitney PW4000 engine fleet.
EASA Pushes IAE V2500 Fix 
Production-line fixes on engine fire extinguisher pipes to prevent cracking were implemented, but work is still needed, EASA says.
Operators Deal With Mandate On Trent 800 Reverser-Wall Fixes 
Most operators have already made the repair, based on OEM instructions.
Jetaire Close To Approval For Foam Fuel-Tank Safety Kits 
An Atlanta-based aircraft-modifications specialist is close to earning FAA approval for Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320 flammability reduction systems, to would give operators an alternative to inerting systems offered as part of a push to meet an FAA mandate.
FAA Mandates Trent 800 Reverser-Wall Modification 
The FAA has mandated Boeing-recommended steps to inspect and, if needed, replace thrust reverser inner walls on Rolls Royce Trent 800s engines to prevent thermal damage that, in the worst cases, led to two inflight diversions.
Pitot Tube Problems Receiving Ongoing Scrutiny  55
Recent incidents in Ireland and Ausralia involving pitot tube anomalies prompt attention from regulators.
Fast-Tracked CRJ Airworthiness Directive 
More than 500 Bombardier CRJs must have engine pylon fasteners checked in the U.S. alone.
Embraer Smaller Regional Jets, Fueled By Cheap Oil, Soar On  12
Rising fuel costs are a concern, but other threats to the 50-seater’s existence have emerged.
Cabin Retrofit Market Set To Jump, Canaccord Projects 

Pent-up demand in the cabin retrofit market is starting to break free, as airline profitability takes hold globally and older widebodies enter their refurbishment-cycle sweet spots, a Canaccord Genuity analysis projects.                                                          &

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