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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.

Pilot Demand Means Pressure To Adapt Training 
Flight hours alone shown to be poor measure of a pilot’s abilities.
Boeing Still Eyeing Max Approval This Year 
Boeing remains confident that the Boeing 737 MAX will be cleared to fly in at least some parts of the world by year-end 2019, even as it acknowledges that regulatory reviews of required changes are taking longer than its return-to-service time line assumes.
Boeing 737 MAX Dry Runs Underway
Boeing completed the first of what is expected to be several practice dry-runs of the certification test flight of the 737 MAX updated flight control computer software.
Shake-Up Puts Deal In Charge Of Boeing Commercial Airplanes 
In the most visible personnel move yet during the 737 MAX crisis, Boeing named long-time executive Stan Deal to take over its Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA) unit, removing Kevin McAllister and turning the reins of the company’s largest business over to a seasoned leader with significant supply-chain and customer-support experience.
Wall Street Hits Boeing, Spirit Over 737 MAX 
Wall Street came down hard on 737 MAX manufacturers Boeing and Spirit AeroSystems after an internal Boeing pilot conversation over the 737 and its maneuvering characteristics augmentation system became public.
New Documents Deepen Concern Over Boeing’s Transparency 
Boeing is countering accusations that it hid key information about development of the 737 MAX MCAS from regulators, insisting it kept officials in the loop as the design changed, and regulators were briefed on its final configuration “multiple” times.
Swiss To Return All Its A220s After New Engine Incident 
Swiss International Air Lines will return its entire fleet of 28 Airbus A220s for engine checks following another engine-related diversion on Oct. 15.
Regulators Question MAX Approval, FAA Certification 
A task force of global civil aviation regulators has found gaps in the FAA’s certification process that contributed to insufficient reviews of the Boeing 737 MAX flight control system, and made a dozen recommendations aimed at ensuring the aircraft’s airworthiness and improving the agency’s product-approval requirements.
NTSB And FAA At Odds Over Pilot Performance Improvement  2
The FAA and others cite “automation dependency” as a growing risk.
U.S.-Europe Aviation Tariff Disputes: Questions And Answers 
A look at how the World Trade Organization decisions and subsequent government moves will affect the aviation industry.
Analysis: Tariffs Could Hit 15% Of Airbus, Boeing Backlogs 
Planned tariffs on aircraft imports to the U.S. from Europe would apply to about 15% of the Airbus backlog, Aviation Week Fleet Data Services show, though many questions—from how lessors are affected to what happens with U.S.-assembled A320s, remain unanswered.
Aftermarket Too Busy For MAX-Related Bump 
Some airlines are keeping older aircraft around, but not enough to offset the many missing MAXs.
American Narrows Guidance, Pulls MAX Until Mid-January 
American Airlines narrowed its Q3 revenue guidance and said the absence of Boeing 737 MAXs from its operation shaved $140 million off its Q3 pretax income as well as resulting in 9,475 flight cancellations.
Airlines Face Minimal Near-Term Tariff Fallout, Analyst Says 
Most U.S. airlines would see minimal near-term fallout from tariffs on Airbus deliveries, though JetBlue Airways and Spirit Airlines could face notable challenges offsetting added costs, a Bernstein analysis concludes.
Pilot Pipeline Seeks Boost From Women Candidates 
Convincing more women to pursue careers as pilots would help ease a supply crunch that could soon threaten even the largest airlines in the U.S., two pilot-workforce experts said.
U.S. Carriers Test New MAX Software; Prep For Service Return
October 4, 2019


Thanks for reading and for the questions. We did a bit of digging, and here’s what we've learned so far.

“Windshear Escape Maneuver” is addressed in the QRH...

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...

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