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Sean Broderick

Senior Air Transport Editor,
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 helped launch a U.S. Part 121 carrier; 12 years with the American Association of Airport Executives, where he served as editor of Airport Magazine; and 20 years in full- and part-time roles with Aviation Week writing primarily about airline business, MRO, and safety.

Broderick and Aviation Week colleague John Croft shared the 2015 Flight Safety International Cecil A. Brownlow Publication Award recognizing "significant contributions by journalists to aviation safety awareness."

Based outside Washington, D.C., 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.

United’s Expanded International Service Spotlights ‘Premium’ 767 
United Airlines is betting on a small percentage of its widebody fleet playing a large role in helping it expand its international footprint, scheduling its reconfigured premium-heavy Boeing 767-300ERs on several new routes and upgrading flights in established high-yield markets.
Boeing Adding Staff At Moses Lake To Support MAX Return 
Boeing plans to hire “a few hundred” temporary staffers at its Moses Lake, Washington facility for work that must be done on stored 737 MAXs awaiting delivery to customers, the company said.
American’s Long-Haul Changes Leverage Chicago-Europe Potential 
American Airlines’ long-haul schedule changes for 2020 will continue to position Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) as a mid-country gateway to Europe and will test Royal Air Maroc’s Casablanca operation as a potential link deeper into Africa.
Air Transat Shareholder Lobbies Against Air Canada Deal 
Air Transat parent Transat A.T. is urging shareholders to ignore a last-minute appeal from a high-profile, low-percentage shareholder looking to de-rail Air Canada’s proposed bid as the Aug. 23 vote on the proposal nears.
FAA Issues General Alert On AOA Sensor Risks 
FAA, citing non-specific “continued airworthiness activity,” reminded operators that angle-of-attack (AOA) sensors can be easily damaged during “normal operations,” and must be carefully maintained to ensure safe flight operations.
FAA Issues Generic Warning On AOA Sensor Risks  10
FAA, citing non-specific “continued airworthiness activity,” reminded operators that angle-of-attack (AOA) sensors can be easily damaged during “normal operations,” and must be carefully maintained to ensure safe flight operations.
Flyht Sees Promise In Airbus A220 Satcom Deal 
Data streaming and connectivity specialist Flyht is confident that its new deal to have its flight-deck communications product offered as a line-fit option on Airbus A220s will reap significant benefits, and the company confirms it is looking for more platforms.
EASA Directive Targets Inspection Of Trent XWB Engine Mounts 
Airbus A350-900 operators will be ordered to inspect Rolls-Royce XWB front engine mount components after revised analysis by Rolls revealed that high stress in certain conditions could significantly reduce the parts’ service life.
Boeing 737 MAX: What Happened, And What Now?
A recap of how the MAX got here, where it is headed, and—to the extent known—what comes next.
Eventual MAX Delivery Spike Won’t Trigger Over-Capacity, Analysts Say 
The inevitable spike in capacity when the Boeing 737 MAX returns to service will be absorbed by a combination of demand and more retirements, analysts at Canaccord Genuity conclude.
The MAX Saga, One Question At A Time  19
Changes are already evident in how regulators will scrutinize aircraft certification.
First Air Canada A220 Routes Tap Transborder Potential 
Air Canada will deploy its initial Airbus A220-300s on two new routes that support its long-term strategies of growing transborder revenues and driving more intercontinental connecting traffic through its hubs.
Air Canada Boosts Air Transat Offer, Wins Key Shareholder Approval 
Air Canada increased its bid for Air Transat, garnering support from the acquisition target’s largest shareholder and enhancing the changes that the tie-up will be approved later this month.
Air Lease: Delivery Issues Pushing Narrowbody Lease Rates Up 
An extended run of delivery delays with the most popular narrowbodies is forcing more than flight cancellations and fleet-strategy changes: airlines also are paying more for some leased narrowbody lift, Air Lease Corp. (ALC) executives acknowledge.
Boeing 737 Suppliers Report Minimal Disruption, Much Uncertainty 
Most aerostructures segment suppliers are insulated by a short-term contract guaranteeing a higher production rate.
Boeing Faces New Hurdle In MAX Recertification Effort
June 28, 2019


It's a fair criticism, especially left on its own. The intention was to show that the people tasked with managing such a large project involving many hands...

ALPA: Simulator Time Not Needed To Un-Ground 737 MAX
May 9, 2019

You suspect right. Thank you for flagging it. It will be fixed.

U.S. Airlines Confident In MAX Flight Resumption Timeline
May 1, 2019

AGP--thank you for pointing out the photo issue. Bit of a mix-up, but we're addressing it.

As to your questions, we're working on getting answers, as it's on our minds...

FAA Eyes Consensus On 737 MAX Flight Approvals
March 26, 2019

Word now is they (US and EASA, among others) have been granted access to the raw data. As to why it took so long--clearly someone putting something ahead of safety, because...

Flight Recorder Data Links Ethiopian, Lion Air MAX 8 Crashes
March 18, 2019

Yes. From the 737 FCOM Stabilizer Runaway checklist:

"[If] The runaway continues after the STAB TRIM CUTOUT switches are set to CUTOUT...grasp and hold" the stabilizer...

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