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.

U.S. Airports Poised To Benefit From Steady Passenger Growth 

The European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) and U.S. FAA have warned that civil airlines could be in danger when flying through South Sudanese airspace.

Following South Sudan’s independence in 2011, there has there has been ongoing armed conflict, which increased significantly in December 2013. 

FAA Airline SMS Rule Emphasizes Scalability, Changes Little From Draft Version
The rule requires Part 121 operators—currently there are 80—to develop an SMS plan and submit it to FAA for approval by Sept. 9.
Cabin Upgrades Will Drive Healthy Retrofit Market Growth 
A recent informal review of suppliers with stakes in the retrofit market led Canaccord to its bullish conclusion.
U.S. Airports Poised To Benefit From Steady Passenger Growth 
“A main driver of our shift to a positive outlook is data showing strong enplanement growth at airports over the summer, an uptrend that continued into September,” Moody’s explains in its 2015 U.S. airport outlook.
No Shortage Of New Rules For MRO Providers 
Regulators ready to release new rules with the new year, including several that will indirectly affect Part 145 repair stations.
New MWAA Agreement Helps Tackle Rising IAD Costs 
The deal—which replaces a 1990 agreement—allows revenue sharing between IAD and DCA for the first time.
American, Interjet Sign Codeshare Deal 

American Airlines and Mexico City-based Interjet have signed a codeshare agreement. Under the proposed deal, American will codeshare on Interjet flights from Mexico City to five destinations: Huatulco, Villahermosa, Merida, Tuxtla Gutierrez, and Oaxaca. The carriers will submit an application to the U.S. Transportation Department for regulatory approval of the proposed cooperation.

Technology Investments Paying Off In EasyJet Maintenance Cost-Cutting

EasyJet’s push to lower maintenance-unit costs even as its fleet age climbs is going far beyond re-tendering of contracts to include investing in new technologies—and some already are paying dividends.

Podcast: Aftermath of the NTSB's 787 Battery Report 1
Aviation Week's John Croft and Sean Broderick discuss the NTSB's 787 battery recommendations with Jim Asker. Learn how Boeing fail-safed the battery and listen as we discuss how the aircraft was certified and still experienced serious problems.
Flap Configuration Warning Highlights FAA’s Data-Trending Efforts 
The reminder, issued as a Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO), stems from analysis of Aviation Safety Information Analysis and Sharing (ASIAS) data on flap-misconfiguration events.
FAA Creates Three-Phase Plan To Improve ATC-Outage Response 

FAA, pledging to reduce air traffic control outage-contingency response times from “days to hours,” created a three-phase plan that includes making better use of current options and leveraging NextGen capabilities for more rapid reactions.

Industry Balks At Some Proposed NTSB Changes 
Proposed changes in NTSB accident investigation procedures concern industry stakeholders
Challenger Incident Highlights Maintenance Check Flight Perils 
Improper procedures led to test-flight incident, British investigators find
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Jan 21, 2015

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Jan 20, 2015

Belgian Army Patrols City Streets

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