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 Proposes Pooling Of State Resources 
Europe seeks more efficient oversight of the 32 nations that EASA oversees.
MRO Work, Supply Base Consolidating 
The expanding MRO market will grow more consolidated as the popular narrowbodies take hold.
Airbus Eyes Major Role In A350 Aftermarket Support; First Customer Imminent
Airbus, aiming to become a “major” player in A350 aftermarket support, is poised to announce its first long-term agreement with an A350 customer and is in talks with several more, a company executive reports.
New FAA Oversight System Rolling Out Amid High Hopes 
FAA believes its new oversight system will increase safety while reducing audits, but will its inspectors buy in?
Sustained Low Fuel Prices Priming Pump For Aftermarket Spike, RBC Says 

Soaring global airline profitability driven by sustained low oil prices is setting the aftermarket up for significant growth in 2015 and 2016, RBC Capital Markets analysts say.

Rockwell Collins Confirms Second 767 Cockpit-Upgrade Customer, Eyes More 
Installations are slated to start in August, with the Danish cargo carrier’s entire fleet expected to be done in about a year. The upgrade work will be done in Ireland.
French ATC Strike Forces Hundreds Of Flight Cancellations 
Flights to Paris, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, and Toulouse are most affected, according to Air France, which revealed drastic short-haul schedule reductions in response to DGAC’s request.
Avolon Analysis Of Storage Trends Concludes 800 Parked Aircraft Likely To Fly Again 
The flow of parked aircraft back into the fleet and potential deferrals should not disrupt the record backlogs at Airbus and Boeing, the lessor notes in “Aircraft Retirement and Storage Trends,” a study released late last month.
North America Poised To Keep More Widebody MRO Work Home 
“An examination of the flow of maintenance work among and between regions reveals that North America contracts more airframe maintenance to the rest of the world than it provides to other regions,” Cavok notes in is recently released 2015 MRO forecast.
SuperJet, Suppliers Minimizing MRO Issues Caused By Lack Of FAA Approval 
The issue is linked to the aircraft’s lack of FAA certification. While this alone does not prevent U.S.-based repair stations from working on the SSJ, special approvals must be gained to make SSJ support possible, and not all systems suppliers have those approvals.
CRT: Airbus, Boeing Booked More Orders Than Will Be Delivered 8
A CRT Capital study warns that parts of Boeing and Airbus backlogs might be under threat if lobbying campaigns against Gulf carriers bear fruit.
Boeing 777 Values Holding; 787-8 Being Hit By -9’s Popularity, Appraisals Show 
Three aviation consultancies have placed the value of an American Airlines 777-300ER delivered in early February at between $165-170 million, a regulatory filing by the airline shows. The aircraft’s list price is $330 million.
EASA Proposes Pooling Of State Resources
Europe is working on changes to its regional aviation regulations that include pooling resources between countries to help ensure technical tasks like certification and continued airworthiness have adequate resources region-wide, a European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) proposal reveals.
New FAA Oversight System Aims To Reduce Audit Redundancy 
The Safety Assurance System (SAS), which debuted June 2014 in the certificate management office (CMO) responsible for Delta Air Lines, is being rolled out amid high expectations.
New FAA Oversight System Aims To Reduce Audit Redundancy 
The Safety Assurance System (SAS), which debuted June 2014 in the certificate management office (CMO) responsible for Delta Air Lines, is being rolled out amid high expectations.
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