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.

EASA Wants In-Service Aircraft Retrofitted With Fire Resistant Insulation
EASA’s proposed rule to require retrofitting aircraft with fire-resistant insulation closely aligns with an FAA rule
FAA’s Helpers Need More Help 
FAA’s shift to risk-based oversight is leaving out a critical component.
The 767 Is Not Quite Ready To Fly Into The Sunset  66
FedEx has been enough to keep this line going, but are more sales imminent?
New American Fares Will Target ULCC Competition 
American Airlines, fighting back against growing ultra-low-cost-carrier (ULCC) competition, plans to introduce a broader range of product offerings in 2016 to better compete with the budget-passenger-focused carriers.
MROs Find Better Ways to Use Mined Data
Big Data may be coming, and when it does, it will have company.
Boeing Details Possible 777 Rate Cut As Part Of 777X Ramp-Up 
Boeing’s top executive, adding more details to the company’s 777-to-777X production-line transition plan, says that while a production-rate reduction may be necessary, the company does not see a scenario that would require going below seven current-generation 777s per month, executives report.
Boeing 787 Ramp Up MRO Costs Close To Target
New figures indicate that the 787 is not an airframe MRO provider’s dream.
Safety At Root Of Group’s Call To Delay Tracking Mandate Deadline
The flight tracking mandate is supposed to enhance safety, but a working group cautions that unintended consequences may add risk.
Used Aircraft Rebound, Steady Fleet Growth Drive Business MRO Expansion 
The recent rebound in used-aircraft sales and generally positive flight-activity figures from major markets bodes well for business-jet aftermarket providers, which are expected to see business grow more than 3% annually from 2016-25, the Aviation Week Business Aviation Fleet & MRO Forecast projects.
European Flight Activity Continues To Stagnate 
Business-aviation activity remains stagnant in Europe, as a few key markets show modest improvement while Italy and Turkey join already-struggling Russia on the list of countries where departures are down, the latest figures from WingX’s Business Aviation Monitor show.
Sagging Demand For RB211, Trent 800 Work Sealed TAESL’s Fate 
The American Airlines-Rolls Royce joint-venture (JV) engine-overhaul shop tabbed for closure in 2016 is running at about one-third capacity, and demand is sagging enough that the facility could practically handle the entire global RB211 and Trent 800 shop-visit workload, Aviation Week data suggest.
Rebranded Seabury MRO Maintenance Software Provider Eyes Larger Customers 
MRO software specialist Seabury MRO Solutions is confident that recently forged ties with its new parent organization will help raise the company’s profile amongst larger airlines and aftermarket providers, a top executive says.
FAA Takes Long-Awaited Shot At ICA Guidance 
The FAA has taken a major step in explaining how maintenance manuals should be distributed—but has anything changed?
EASA Tackles Fan Cowl Door-Loss Risk  1
EASA’s recommendations to curb fan cowl door- loss incidents could be followed by mandates.
Small U.S. Airports Need New Approaches As Airlines Shift Strategies, Study Finds  1
Shifting airline strategies rooted in upgauging and slow growth are changing how U.S. airlines evaluate adding new service, and those affected most—small communities—should alter their views to maximize diminishing opportunities, a new report suggests.
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