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.

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.                                                          &

FAA Formalizing V2500 Disk Inspection Program 
Nearly 1,000 disks in U.S. alone must be checked
British Find Problems With Flight Data Monitoring 
Investigators in Britain are finding multiple problems impairing flight data monitoring equipment on some aircraft.
FAA Fast-Tracks IAE V2500 Disk-Inspection Program 

The FAA is moving quickly to mandate OEM-recommended checks of certain International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500 disks supplied by Avio Aero.

U.S. Airlines Set To Weather Imminent Demand Downturn 
Sustained capacity discipline, combined with more diverse revenue-generation strategies, have set up the U.S. airline industry for a soft landing when the current upcycle peaks and contraction begins, a new InterVistas analysis said. This will likely occur within the next 6-12 months, the report said.
FAA Fast Tracks CRJ Pylon-Fastener Inspection Mandate 
Operators of stretched Bombardier CRJs must inspect engine pylon fasteners, after several reports of issues prompted the manufacturer to release new maintenance instructions—which authorities have mandated.
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