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
Industry Seeks Rule Change To Stop Unnecessary Maintenance Reports 
The problem stems from FAA’s removal of the word “serious” from a section of the regulation that requires repair stations to report failures, malfunctions, or defects via SDRs.
Avolon Sees Balance Between Retirements, 25-Year Aircraft Lives 

World airline fleet growth over the next 20 years will support record backlogs at Airbus and Boeing while parking 63% of today’s fleet, but at a rate that will keep average useful lives at historical norms, lessor Avolon projects in its latest forecast.

Avolon’s forecast is based on average annual global economic growth, as measured by a gross domestic product (GDP) of 3.2% annually, a traffic increase of 5.2% per year and a capacity bump of 5.1%. It pegs cargo growth at 5.6%.

Avolon Forecast Sees Balance Between Retirements, 25-Year Aircraft Lives 
Avolon’s forecast is based on average annual global economic growth, as measured by a gross domestic product (GDP) of 3.2% annually, a traffic increase of 5.2% per year and a capacity bump of 5.1%. It pegs cargo growth at 5.6%.
Air France Group Backing MRO As Part Of Growth Plan
Air France-KLM Group will leverage its growing third-party maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operations—particularly engine and component work—with an eye on adding up to €80 million ($104 million) in pre-tax earnings to the group’s bottom line by 2018 through a mix of organic growth and strategic acquisitions.
Airlines Cut 747s From Asia-Pacific Networks 12
Boeing 747s face shrinking role on transpacific routes
Global Cargo Uptick Lifting Regional Market Confidence 
The expanding string of encouraging monthly reports on global air cargo activity is giving regional operators the confidence to make moves and tap pent-up demand, an executive at Air Transport Service Group (ATSG) reports.
 
ATSG—which counts two all-cargo carriers and a leasing business among its subsidiaries—reports improved demand in its dry- and wet-lease businesses, Chief Commercial Officer Rich Corrado said at the recent Cowen and Co. global aerospace conference.
Airports Plan More Aggressive Push To Boost PFCs 
Leaders of U.S. airports know that a major opportunity in their quest boost the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) cap to $8.50 is just around the corner, and they plan to re-shape their message and be “much more aggressive” when making their case to lawmakers, airport executives assert.
 
FAA is authorized through Sept. 30, 2015 thanks to a four-year bill passed in 2012.
Airports Plan More Aggressive Push To Boost PFCs 
FAA is authorized through Sept. 30, 2015 thanks to a four-year bill passed in 2012.
Airlines Eye MRO Software Enhancements
Maintenance executives from 31 airlines responded to the survey, conducted by Aviation Week’s MRO Edition with assistance from the International Air Transport Association.
Airline Strategy Shifts Are Mixed Bag For Small U.S. Airports 
The study looked at 411 airports that, based on annual enplanements, qualify as small hubs or below and have at least 2,500 annual boardings.
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