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.

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Low Oil Should Help Most Airports, Especially Europe’s LCC Hubs 
“The drop in oil prices”—about 50% since mid-2014—“is credit positive for most airports in North America and Europe because lower fuel costs will improve the financial performance of airlines, making them stronger counter-parties to the airports,” Moody’s says.
FLY Reclaiming Last 737 Leased To SpiceJet, Selling 8 757s 
“Right now, they are not performing on their obligations to us and to other lessors,” Zissis said on a March 11 earnings call. “But we have taken action to get the aircraft back and expect to have the aircraft back in the next quarter.”
Freight Volumes Growing, But Can’t Outpace Yield-Suppressing Capacity Glut 
Air freight traffic was up 4.5% last year—the “first significant boost in volumes since 2010,” the International Air Transport Association (IATA) notes—and volumes were up 3.2% year-over-year in January.
Data Sharing, Analysis Growing In MRO World
Airlines, MRO providers are using data analysis for more than enhancing safety.
FAA Budget Finds Room To Boost Safety Staff 
A growing civil aviation industry means FAA cannot afford to hold the line on safety and certification staff
Probe Finds Ash Damage Unlikely In A330 Engine Failure 
U.K. A330 engine failure probe prompts careful examination for volcanic ash-related damage, but results are not conclusive.
Pilot Shortage Will Soon Begin Costing Small Communities Air Service, Analysis Suggests 
The analysis, done on behalf of the Regional Air Service Alliance (RASA) and presented at the American Association of Airport Executives National Air Service Conference on March 10, argues that the pilot shortage is real, though its ramifications are just coming to light.
IATA Figures Show Global Airline Safety Improving 
The 2014 global jet accident rate of 0.23 hull losses per million flights was the lowest in history, besting the 2013 rate of 0.41, and the five-year rate through 2013 of 0.58, IATA says.
Domestic Travel Weakness Sandbagging Global Traffic Growth 
Strong domestic demand helped offset weaker international growth in the second half of 2014 (Aviation Daily, Feb. 24). But stagnation in key local markets, such as China, took hold at the start of the year.
Delta MD-88 ‘Veered Off’ Runway At LaGuardia 
PANYNJ Executive Director Pat Foye said Flight 1086, arriving during a snowstorm, touched down “literally minutes” after the runway was plowed.
Lessor Avolon Confident That Airbus, Boeing Will Manage Order Bubble 
Airbus and Boeing may struggle to sell out delivery slots bridging current-generation and next-generation models, but will balance big-picture demand with deliveries while ensuring the current record backlog does not lead to unwanted aircraft, a top leasing executive maintains.
Hazy: A321neo LR Adds Flexibility, But Stops Short Of Replacing 757 
Air Lease Corp.’s decision to launch the Airbus A321neo’s long-range (LR) variant was driven by the added flexibility it will offer operators flying longer routes with existing narrowbodies, including Boeing 757s, but the lessor stops short of calling it a replacement for the venerable Boeing twin.
New FAA Policy Opens Door For Cheaper FANS Upgrades 
FAA has clarified the applicability of a 2008 rule on flight-recorder upgrades, clearing the way for operators of some 7,500 aircraft to install or upgrade safety-enhancing avionics without a costly cockpit voice recorder (CVR) modification.
Making Strides In Runway Safety Measures 
The FAA says its runway safety area improvement effort is paying the biggest dividends possible: lives saved.
 
Blogs
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 4

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015
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Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015
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NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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