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.

Boeing 737 MAX Changes: FAA Targets May 23 Regulator Consultation  6
FAA is targeting May 23 for a meeting of global regulators to discuss finalized updates to Boeing’s 737 MAX flight control system. The gathering is expected to include regulators from around the world.
JetBlue Sees Positive RASM Trends Through Summer 
Revenue headwinds that left JetBlue Airways short of its original first-quarter (Q1) guidance are weakening, leaving the carrier confident in unit-revenue “acceleration” into the fall, EVP and CCO Marty St. George said Apr. 23.
ExpressJet Launches Helicopter-Pilot Transition Program 
ExpressJet Airlines, seeking to keep candidates flowing through its pilot pipeline, has launched a flexible program aimed at helping helicopter pilots transition to first-officer status at the growing regional carrier and possibly join United Airlines.
Canaccord: MRO Market Growing At Double-Digit Pace 
Airlines are continuing to consume aftermarket services at a record rate, with year-over-year sales growth projected at nearly 10% for 2019, driven by continuing demand for traffic and boosted by specific challenges—notably the Boeing 737 MAX grounding—providing short-term boosts, new research from Canaccord Genuity shows.
Nine Agencies Join FAA In 737 MAX Certification Review 
Representatives from nine civil aviation authorities, including the four major state-of-design agencies and growing global power China, have accepted invitations from the U.S. FAA to conduct a partial review of the Boeing 737 MAX certification, FAA announced Apr. 19.
United: MAX Grounding’s Strain Set To Increase 

WASHINGTON—United Airlines has done well compensating for the absence of its 14 Boeing 737 MAXs by adjusting its network and maintenance schedules, but the gaps created will become harder to fill as the peak summer season approaches, the airline’s executives said.

The Chicago-based carrier has removed its MAXs through early July, the carrier confirmed Apr. 15. The aircraft were operating about 40 daily flights when they were banned from operating in the U.S. by FAA Mar. 13. The MAX fleet remains grounded worldwide.

Carbon Buildup May Have Led To Leap 1B Engine Failure  1
Targeted checks have turned up issues on 1% of the engine fleet.
Boeing Advancing On MCAS Changes, New Training  8
There is positive pilot feedback to 737 MAX changes as Boeing launches global road show.
Boeing Completes MCAS Pre-Certification Flight Testing  2
Boeing has taken several major steps toward completing upgraded 737 MAX maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS) flight control law software in recent days, giving the company confidence that it is “making steady progress” in its bid to get the grounded MAX fleet operating again, its top executive said.
CFM Monitoring Leap Fleet For Issue Linked To Southwest Engine Failure  5

CFM International is monitoring its Leap engine fleet for signs of an issue believed to be tied to the March 26 contained engine failure on a Southwest Airlines 737 MAX 8 that was being ferried to storage.

FAA: Simulator Sessions Not Needed For Updated MAX Training  29
An FAA update of minimum training required for pilots to fly the Boeing 737 MAX will cover the aircraft’s maneuvering characteristics augmentation system (MCAS), but simulator sessions will not be needed, a draft of a new report reveals.
Avianca Brazil Cancellations Rise After Aircraft Repossessions 
Avianca Brazil’s wind-down took another major step forward as lessor Aircastle confirmed it has reclaimed all 10 of its Airbus A320-200s on lease to the carrier, cutting the insolvent operator’s fleet by 30% and forcing it to expand its flight cancellations.
Rolls-Royce, Qatar Airways Debut VR MRO Training 
Rolls-Royce and Qatar Airways have introduced virtual reality (VR) training in what the engine manufacturer expects to be the beginning of widespread adoption of the technology.
United Pulls MAXs From Schedule Through Early July 
United Airlines, joining its U.S. counterparts with grounded Boeing 737 MAXs, has pulled its MAXs from its schedule through well into the summer peak season.
JetBlue’s London Plans Advance Its Mint Strategy 
Which London airport the carrier will use and when service will start remain to be determined.
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...

Global Fleet of Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft Grounded
March 11, 2019

A point of clarification we have reported previously that I should have included in the original story above: while the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS...

Ethiopian 737-8 Dispatched 'Clean' Before Fatal Accident, Airline Says
March 11, 2019

Airbus lists 6,500 A320neo-family firm orders as of March 1.

Southwest Pilots Defend Mechanics Against Management’s Accusations
March 1, 2019

You read that correctly. The most recent deal was signed in August 2008 and became amendable in August 2012. Talks began soon after and, such as they are, continue today....

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