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.

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The FAA has put together draft guidance aimed at helping maintenance providers tackle on-the-job fatigue, taking into account the specific challenges that a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)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.
Emerging Markets Key To ATR’s Continued Ascent  1
Strong aftermarket support involvement continues to bolster Franco-Italian original equipment manufacturer, especially in the burgeoning Asia-Pacific region.
New Parts-Release Requirements Pushed Back To October 
Repair stations lobbied for extra time to meet new FAA/EASA maintenance regulatory guidance and got it; parts already in the supply chain will not be subject to the new requirements.
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.

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