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 Fast-Tracks IAE V2500 Disk-Inspection Program 

The FAA is moving quickly to mandate OEM-recommended checks of certain International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500 disks supplied by Avio Aero.

U.S. Airlines Set To Weather Imminent Demand Downturn 
Sustained capacity discipline, combined with more diverse revenue-generation strategies, have set up the U.S. airline industry for a soft landing when the current upcycle peaks and contraction begins, a new InterVistas analysis said. This will likely occur within the next 6-12 months, the report said.
FAA Fast Tracks CRJ Pylon-Fastener Inspection Mandate 
Operators of stretched Bombardier CRJs must inspect engine pylon fasteners, after several reports of issues prompted the manufacturer to release new maintenance instructions—which authorities have mandated.
Falling Retirements, Rising Production Rates Set To Clash  4
How much must retirement rates climb to keep projected OEM deliveries coming?
Narrowbodies, Turboprops Remain Best Conversion Bets 
Boeing’s 737NG is poised to make a big splash in the conversion market.
Q400 Tire Blowout Investigation Highlights Regulation Gap 
Canada’s safety board warns that other aircraft types could be at risk of landing gear collapse because of a gap in certification regulations.
Fewer Retirements Could Squeeze Aircraft Production 

WASHINGTON—Lower fuel prices have not caused airlines to shy away from ordering new, more efficient aircraft, but a steady decline in aircraft retirements is setting the stage for a clash between older equipment and plans to raise production rates.                                                    &nb

New Guidance Spotlights Fatigue In Maintenance  1
Caffeine, naps show that keeping workers alert does not have to be complicated.
FAA Directive Requires Rework On Boeing 787 GEnx-1B Engines  2
The work, scheduled to be completed by September, can be done on-wing, but will entail up to 16 hr. of grinding per powerplant.
ARSA Update: FAA Reauthorization Has Significant Global MRO Implications 
Two amendments filed with the FAA reauthorization could have altered the international maintenance landscape.
CFM56 Overhaul Ramp-Up Underway 
Spare parts revenue forecasts are proving too conservative for CFM engines.
CFM56 Overhaul Surge In Full Swing 
CFM56 aftermarket work continued its steep climb with solid first-quarter numbers, as both overhaul volume and per-shop-visit parts consumption posted solid gains.
FAA Draft Policy Targets Risk Management Of Fatigue 
The FAA has put together draft guidance aimed at helping maintenance providers tackle on-the-job fatigue, taking into account the specific challenges that a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) environment presents.
Southwest To Accelerate 737 Classic Subfleet Retirement 
Southwest Airlines will pull forward the retirement of its 129 Boeing 737 Classics, parking them before it puts its first 737 MAX into service and heading off the potential complications that could result from operating three generations of Boeing’s venerable narrowbody twin.
Inerting System Issues Mean Opportunity For Suppliers  7
The FAA fuel tank system safety mandate is creating headaches for airlines and opportunities for suppliers.

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