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.

North America Poised To Keep More Widebody MRO Work Home 
“An examination of the flow of maintenance work among and between regions reveals that North America contracts more airframe maintenance to the rest of the world than it provides to other regions,” Cavok notes in is recently released 2015 MRO forecast.
SuperJet, Suppliers Minimizing MRO Issues Caused By Lack Of FAA Approval 
The issue is linked to the aircraft’s lack of FAA certification. While this alone does not prevent U.S.-based repair stations from working on the SSJ, special approvals must be gained to make SSJ support possible, and not all systems suppliers have those approvals.
CRT: Airbus, Boeing Booked More Orders Than Will Be Delivered 8
A CRT Capital study warns that parts of Boeing and Airbus backlogs might be under threat if lobbying campaigns against Gulf carriers bear fruit.
Boeing 777 Values Holding; 787-8 Being Hit By -9’s Popularity, Appraisals Show 
Three aviation consultancies have placed the value of an American Airlines 777-300ER delivered in early February at between $165-170 million, a regulatory filing by the airline shows. The aircraft’s list price is $330 million.
EASA Proposes Pooling Of State Resources
Europe is working on changes to its regional aviation regulations that include pooling resources between countries to help ensure technical tasks like certification and continued airworthiness have adequate resources region-wide, a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) proposal reveals.
New FAA Oversight System Aims To Reduce Audit Redundancy 
The Safety Assurance System (SAS), which debuted June 2014 in the certificate management office (CMO) responsible for Delta Air Lines, is being rolled out amid high expectations.
New FAA Oversight System Aims To Reduce Audit Redundancy 
The Safety Assurance System (SAS), which debuted June 2014 in the certificate management office (CMO) responsible for Delta Air Lines, is being rolled out amid high expectations.
Airlines, Airports Gain Backers In Escalating PFC Battle 
At issue is the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC)—used by 360 U.S. airports, including 98 of the top 100 by passenger traffic—to generate about $2.8 billion per year for specific, FAA-approved projects.
Low Fuel Prices, Flat Freight Figures Won’t Derail FedEx Fleet Renewal 

Low fuel prices and softness in its air freight business will not disrupt FedEx’s fleet renewal plans.

The company, which wrapped up its fiscal 2015 third quarter on Feb. 28, is slated to add five Boeing 767 freighters in the fourth quarter and 23 more by fiscal 2018. It has 20 in its fleet, including three that are being modified and are not in service. It also has 18 Boeing 777Fs in the pipeline to go with 25 in service, with the next deliveries slated for fiscal 2016.

FAA Data Illuminates U.S. Airline Industry Transition 
FAA’s deep dive into historical airline figures reveals how radically the industry has restructured over the past 20 years.
Analysis: Pilot Shortage To Begin Costing Small Communities Air Service 

Hundreds of small communities face losing all air service in the next decade as the pilot-supply chain stagnates and regional pilots are tapped to replace retiring major-carrier colleagues and staff larger regional jets, leaving nobody left to fly 50-seat jets and turboprops, a stark analysis from consultancy InterVistas suggests.

Shifting Airline Strategies Evident In Airport-Funding Priorities 
The latest “Airport Capital Development Needs” report, based on a survey done every two years by Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), determines that U.S. airports will need $15.1 billion per year for the next five years, or $75.7 billion through 2019, to fund planned projects.
No FAA Approval Leaves U.S. SSJ100 Suppliers Struggling With MRO Support 
Regulators on both sides of the Atlantic are aware of the issue, but caution that solving it may not be easy.
CRT: U.S. Carrier Backlog Safe; Risks To Gulf Carriers Could Destabilize Order Books
An analysis of the record backlogs at Airbus and Boeing suggests that U.S. carriers are the most likely to live up to their commitments, while the Middle East’s major airlines could disrupt order books if U.S.-led efforts to derail Gulf carrier expansion are successful, CRT Capital says.
Apr 15, 2015

Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015

Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 2

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015

NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 13

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015

Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015

Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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