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.

International Premium Traffic Can’t Shake Recent Sluggishness 
Premium—or non-economy—traffic on international routes has been largely flat since August 2014, “consistent with a lagged response to the waning business confidence” throughout the second half of last year, IATA says.
Airbus Sees Opportunity In A350 Aftermarket Support 
Why OEMs are fine with airlines that do not want dedicated spare-parts stocks.
Heavy-MRO Specialist Aviation Technical Services Continues Diversification
ATS’s Kansas City facility, which opened in mid-2014 and complements its original heavy-check operation in Everett, Washington, and its VIP completion-focused facility in Moses Lake, Washington, is “off and running,” ATS CEO Matt Yerbic told Aviation Daily at MRO Americas.
ICF: Shifting Economies, Philosophies Driving Aerospace Investment In U.S.
“You’re seeing [new] heavy maintenance facilities in the Americas,” Michaels told MRO Americas delegates on April 15. “We’re going to see more widebody maintenance done in North America.”
North American Re-Fleeting Will Bring Technological Change To Aftermarket

MIAMI — The massive re-fleeting underway in North America will keep the aftermarket growth rate nearly flat for the next decade, and the resulting higher-technology fleet will prompt more data-driven services that will change the maintenance landscape, analysts at Aviation Week's MRO Americas conference project.

Airbus May Expand Real-Time Health-Monitoring Service To A330 
Available for the A380 and A350, the service—Airbus Real-Time Health Monitoring, or AIRTHM—goes beyond pushing fault information off an airplane. Through ACARS, Airbus engineers can query sophisticated onboard computers like Centralized Maintenance Systems and Aircraft Condition Monitoring Systems to obtain specific parameters related to a fault.
Delta TechOps Unveils Engine ‘Hospital Shop’ For Quick-Turn Work
The shop will focus on quick-turn maintenance, performing jobs that range in 1-10 days. Among the services the dedicated facility can perform are “zero checks,” horoscope blend repairs, gearbox changes and repairs, turbine rear-frame repairs, fan disc and case changes, and fuel-nozzle changes, Delta says.
Some SSJ100 Parts Work In Regulatory Limbo 
U.S. suppliers could be surprised to learn that having an EASA-certified U.S. repair station is not enough to authorize maintenance on Sukhoi’s newest airliner.
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.
Apr 15, 2015

Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015

Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 3

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015

NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 17

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015

Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015

Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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