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.

FAA To Mandate Removal Of Certain Zodiac Seats  3
Citing design flaws that could cause injury if a passenger was thrown forward during a high-impact incident, the FAA is calling for more than 10,000 Zodiac Aerospace seats to be removed from service.
Airframe MROs Still Work To Find Year-Round Balance 
New-technology aircraft will bring new concerns—and perhaps some opportunities.
Survey Spotlights Repair Station Audit Burden 
An Aeronautical Repair Station Association survey indicates duplicative or unnecessary audits; an FAA effort aims to cut down on unneeded reviews.
ARSA Takes Aim At McCaskill’s Repair Station Amendments
The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) is taking aim at two proposed amendments—both from U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)—to the Senate’s FAA reauthorization bill.
Survey Shows Audit Frequency Still Hampering Repair Stations 
FAA-certificated repair stations continue to undergo scores of audits each year, including duplicative ones that the agency is working to reduce, an Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) survey shows.
FAA Proposal Clarifies Parts Modification Guidance 
An FAA policy draft makes plain that the agency’s Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) process can be used to modify a product without being considered a so-called “major change” that would require a type certificate (TC) amendment or Supplemental Type Certificate (STC).
PMA Part-Modification Guidance Clarified By FAA Draft Policy 
An FAA draft policy statement clarifies that the agency’s Parts Manufacturer Approval (PMA) process can be used to modify a product and not be considered a so-called “major change” that would require a type certificate (TC) amendment or supplemental type certificate (STC).
A ‘Big Data’ Revolution For MRO? Don’t Hold Your Breath 
Aftermarket-focused analytics are generating real-world returns, but an MRO “big data revolution” remains far off as operators tread carefully in search of tangible and scalable benefits, Oliver Wyman’s 2016 MRO Survey said.
Aftermarket Analytics Gaining Ground, But Questions Remain  1
OEMs are out front now, but several factors indicate their advantages could be short-lived.
Aviation Taking Systems Approach To Cybersecurity Threats 
Aerospace companies are being hit more often by hackers than those in other industries, survey reveals.
FAA Gets Pushback On Proposed Mechanic Training Update  4
Today’s newly minted mechanics graduate ready to fix yesterday’s aircraft. Is FAA’s proposed fix a good one?
Airbus Monitoring A320 Cooling System For Early Failure Warnings 
Component has been an issue for years, but Airbus is working on a permanent fix.
China’s Growth Could Strain Asia-Pacific MRO Capacity 
China’s rapid growth, combined with a strain on MRO capacity, could lead to opportunity for aftermarket providers both within the Asia-Pacific region and across the globe, new data from Oliver Wyman suggest.
GE Ramping Up Results-Driven Big Data Analytics 
Next up: capturing and analyzing live data streams.
AerCap Reshapes Used Parts Subsidiary To Supporting Role 
Used parts can be lucrative—but so is leasing aircraft.

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