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.

Flat FAA Budget Request Seeks To Balance Current Needs, NextGen 
The overall budget, a slight decrease from FY15’s enacted level, includes requests of $9.9 billion for Operations, $2.85 billion for Facilities & Equipment, $166 million for Research, Engineering, & Development, and $2.9 billion in Airport Improvement Program grants.
FAA Says Airline SMS Mandate Will Not Affect Suppliers 
FAA’s mandate requiring airlines to develop safety management systems may affect MRO shops, but agency says impact will be minimal.
EASA Urges Vigilance On Recorder Airworthiness
EASA SIB targets improving cockpit voice recorder reliability and data quality.
U.S. Majors Cashing In On Cheap Oil, But Not Banking On It 
It’s business as usual for U.S. major carriers, as recent low fuel costs will not, as of now, factor into decisions regarding fleet and capacity.
ICF: Time Ripe For Airports To Drop PFC, AIP Demands; Back Broad FAA Reform 
Contrary to established norms, however, that focus should be less on their few top priorities and more on finding common ground with other industry stakeholders, so FAA funding can be de-politicized, loosening Washington’s grip on the aviation industry, consultancy IFC International argues.
EasyJet’s Business-Traveler Push Paying Off 
Systemwide revenue-per-seat (RPS) was up 3.7% for the three months ended Dec. 31, the carrier’s fiscal 2015 first quarter (Q1).
Despite Juno, Airlines Ahead On Year-Over-Year Weather Disruptions 
The cancellations were about equally distributed between mainline and regional flights, masFlight data show.
Pay Raises, Fuel Hedges To Boost Virgin America’s 2015 Costs 
The wage increases, coming in April, will boost pilot pay by about 15% and raise pay for other affected employees by about 5%.
Low Fuel Prices Not Shifting U.S. Majors’ Fleet, Capacity Plans 5
United this year will take delivery of two used Boeing 737-700s, aircraft acquired due in part to their more favorable economics, thanks to fuel prices of around $50 per barrel.
United Seeks To Keep Momentum With Regional Fleet Changes, Capacity Discipline 
United’s mainline capacity increased just 0.5% year-over-year in 2014, and CEO Jeff Smisek said the airline will maintain capacity discipline going forward, even as profits rise and fuel prices decrease.
FAA Master Guidance Library Progressing, But Still ‘Several Years Off’ 
Testifying at a House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing on Jan. 20, FAA Director of Aircraft Certification Services Dorenda Baker said a “proof of concept” of the single source for all guidance is being reviewed by top agency executives.
Industry Opposes FAA ‘Approval’ Rule For Voluntary Repair Station Closures
The change, which the association say is a unique requirement among all agency-issued certificates, was put in place as part of FAA’s update to its Part 145 rules for repair stations published late last year.
Feb 27, 2015

NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015

A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015

Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015

France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015

Inside The Roc's Lair 14

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More
Feb 24, 2015

Should the FAA Bar ODA Expansion? 2

Do you agree with the transportation unions that the FAA should prohibit expansion of the ODA program until oversight guarantees are proven?...More
Feb 23, 2015

AAR To Sell Cargo Group to TransDigm for $725 Million

MRO and airlift/mobility become focal points at AAR as it plans to tell its cargo division....More

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