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.

Southwest, Virgin America Take Off At Love Field 

Southwest and Virgin America marked Monday’s end to the Wright Amendment at Love Field by launching services on 10 total routes, including two—Los Angeles and Washington Reagan—that pit the carriers against each other. Southwest will grow its seven destinations to 17 by early January. Virgin America, swapping one gate at Dallas/Fort Worth for two at Love Field, also serves San Francisco and will add New York LaGuardia later this month. Both airports are in Southwest’s Love Field plans.

Controllers Return To Work At FAA’s Chicago Center 

FAA’s Chicago En Route Center came back online early Monday morning, ending a 17-day outage that required creative approaches such as the use of adjacent facilities to maintain traffic flow and led FAA to stand up a review of air traffic center interruption-contingency plans.

Flight Tests Mark Next Step To Chicago Center Restoration 

FAA Thursday began flight tests to confirm that the agency is on track to transfer air traffic back to controllers at the Chicago En Route Center starting late Sunday night, the agency said.

Qantas Taps ATS For 737 Maintenance Guidance 

Qantas has tapped Aviation Technical Services (ATS) to help the carrier improve maintenance efficiency on its 737 fleet.  ATS, which counts 737 mainstay Southwest as one of its largest customers, will apply its engineering and maintenance management expertise to help Qantas fine-tune everything from material availability to staffing. “We want to step back and reassess what and how we should be managing our maintenance program,”  said Qantas Executive Manager of Engineering Chris Nassenstein.

Flight Tests Mark Next Step To Chicago Center Restoration 
A team including FAA employees from Chicago-area air traffic facilities, the adjoining en route centers, the FAA Command Center and labor and airline representatives has been formed to lead the shift back to the Chicago center by early Monday.
TaxiBot Nears EASA Certification; Gets Charles de Gaulle Trials 
The towbar-less system has been certified by Israeli authorities and completed EASA certification testing in July.
AeroTurbine, Lufthansa Technik To Reveal Formalized Partnership
Unveiled last October as a tentative agreement, the strategic partnership gives LHT a reliable pipeline of USM that it can use to cost-effectively support customers on long-term, performance-based support agreements.
Spares Sales No Longer Locked To Traffic Demand, Data Suggest 
Evidence of a shift away from the historical trend of commercial aftermarket spares sales fluctuating based on traffic demand—and aircraft utilization—continues to mount, with several factors emerging as primary drivers.
A recent Canaccord Genuity supplier survey underscored that 2014 spare parts sales are lagging behind a steady climb in global available seat kilometers (ASKs), which the International Air Transport Association (IATA) reported were up 5.6 % year-over-year through August.
Bombardier Q400 Push Turns To New Markets, Variants 
Emphasis on Q400 sales has not slackened, even as Bombardier concentrates on CSeries
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