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 Ahead Of Schedule On Master Guidance Database 
“We are making progress in reviewing our existing databases to assure the information is up to date,” FAA Director of Aircraft Certification Services Dorenda Baker told lawmakers in a hearing last week.
Solid Engine MRO Figures Not Tied To Low Fuel Prices 

Healthy first-quarter commercial aftermarket figures from several engine manufacturers point to pent-up demand and predicable maintenance schedules, rather than a surge in aftermarket work tied to lower fuel prices or changes in fleet utilization. 

Record Quarter Does Not Alter American’s Conservative Growth Strategy 
The renegotiated deal with Boeing will see four 787 deliveries shifted from 2016 to 2017, and a fifth pushed into 2018. Aircraft retirements will continue as planned, meaning the moves will reduce projected 2016 capacity by about 0.6%, and widebody capacity will be down 2.5%.
Air China Reaches Deal To Merge Maintenance Businesses Into Ameco 
BEIJING—Air China’s wholly owned maintenance operation, Air China Technics, will be merged into Ameco—the carrier’s joint venture with Lufthansa—by June, industry officials say.
MRO Bracing For A New, Data-Driven Future
Why “big data” is about to go from buzz-phrase to business-driver in airline maintenance
International Premium Traffic Can’t Shake Recent Sluggishness 
Premium—or non-economy—traffic on international routes has been largely flat since August 2014, “consistent with a lagged response to the waning business confidence” throughout the second half of last year, IATA says.
Airbus Sees Opportunity In A350 Aftermarket Support 
Why OEMs are fine with airlines that do not want dedicated spare-parts stocks.
Heavy-MRO Specialist Aviation Technical Services Continues Diversification
ATS’s Kansas City facility, which opened in mid-2014 and complements its original heavy-check operation in Everett, Washington, and its VIP completion-focused facility in Moses Lake, Washington, is “off and running,” ATS CEO Matt Yerbic told Aviation Daily at MRO Americas.
ICF: Shifting Economies, Philosophies Driving Aerospace Investment In U.S.
“You’re seeing [new] heavy maintenance facilities in the Americas,” Michaels told MRO Americas delegates on April 15. “We’re going to see more widebody maintenance done in North America.”
North American Re-Fleeting Will Bring Technological Change To Aftermarket
The massive re-fleeting underway in North America will keep the aftermarket growth rate nearly flat for the next decade, and the resulting higher-technology fleet will prompt more data-driven services that will change the maintenance landscape.
Airbus May Expand Real-Time Health-Monitoring Service To A330 
Available for the A380 and A350, the service—Airbus Real-Time Health Monitoring, or AIRTHM—goes beyond pushing fault information off an airplane. Through ACARS, Airbus engineers can query sophisticated onboard computers like Centralized Maintenance Systems and Aircraft Condition Monitoring Systems to obtain specific parameters related to a fault.
Delta TechOps Unveils Engine ‘Hospital Shop’ For Quick-Turn Work
The shop will focus on quick-turn maintenance, performing jobs that range in 1-10 days. Among the services the dedicated facility can perform are “zero checks,” horoscope blend repairs, gearbox changes and repairs, turbine rear-frame repairs, fan disc and case changes, and fuel-nozzle changes, Delta says.
Some SSJ100 Parts Work In Regulatory Limbo 
U.S. suppliers could be surprised to learn that having an EASA-certified U.S. repair station is not enough to authorize maintenance on Sukhoi’s newest airliner.
EASA Proposes Pooling Of State Resources 
Europe seeks more efficient oversight of the 32 nations that EASA oversees.
Special Topics
May 22, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Descends Toward Asteroid Ceres for Closer Look at Bright Spots

Images gathered May 16 with cameras from an altitude of 4,500 miles have again prompted speculation the spacecraft has spotted ice deposits on the 600 mile wide minor planet....More
May 18, 2015

Fire In the Cabin 2

While installing a fireplace in a cabin clearly would be a bad idea, Lufthansa Technik develops a technology that uses illuminated water mist with an image of burning wood to create a fireplace for VIP aircraft....More
May 15, 2015

Cardington: Britain’s Airship Heritage 2

Construction of Cardington’s Number 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Construction of Cardington’s No. 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Short Brothers was awarded an Admiralty contract for the development of dirigible airships....More
May 11, 2015

NavWeek: China Coastal Catch 8

China last year accelerated its plans to “reclaim” areas like the Spratly Islands, and the Asian giant is banking on its coast guard to protect its disputed maritime stakes in the region, according to the Pentagon....More
May 10, 2015

Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery Of Newest 737-800

Ethiopian Airlines' fleet renewal and growth continued this week with the delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 from Seattle. Routing through Washington-Dulles and then Dublin, Ireland, the latest 737NG is Ethiopian's 16th. Since 2010, the East African carrier has taken delivery of 25 Boeing 737/777/787s as well as 13 Bombardier DHC8-Q400 regional turbo aircraft. One of the fastest-growing and most modern of African airlines, Ethiopian also has a burgeoning MRO business....More

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