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 Return-To-Service Path Taking Shape

As the 53rd Paris Air Show opens, industry remains in the dark about when the Boeing 737 MAX fleet will be cleared to fly again. But there are signs that Boeing is nearing the next key milestones on an increasingly emerging path to get the grounded fleet airborne.

Boeing CEO Muilenburg: Some MAX Communications ‘Fell Short’ 
Boeing “fell short” in communicating some key issues to 737 MAX customers, and the company is determined to ensure lessons learned from two accidents and the subsequent worldwide grounding include improving the information flow to operators, CEO Dennis Muilenburg acknowledged.
Southwest Airlines Pulls MAXs From Schedule Through Sept. 2 
Southwest Airlines, citing uncertainty around when the Boeing 737 MAX will be cleared to resume revenue flying, has pulled its 34 737 MAX 8s from its schedule through Sept 2.
American’s Parker: Pilot, Crew Planning Triggered MAX Delay 
American Airlines’ recent removal of the Boeing 737 MAX from its schedules for two more weeks was made to ease the carrier’s pilot and cabin-crew bidding process, rather than due to signs of continued delay in getting the grounded fleet cleared to fly, CEO Doug Parker said.
JetBlue Guidance Reflects Strong Revenue Trends 
JetBlue increased the bottom end of its projected Q2 RASM guidance, aligning with both the carrier’s short-term outlook of an increasing revenue environment and bigger-picture trends that show strong demand and pricing.
MAX Grounding Challenges Both Boeing’s Present And Future  8
Resources diverted to fix MAX could lead to new-product delays; expanded MAX family’s debut also pushed back.
American Airlines Removes MAX From Summer 2019 Schedule 
American Airlines has removed its 24 Boeing 737 MAXs from its flight schedules through Sept. 3, becoming the first U.S. operator to formally plan to be without its newest Boeing narrowbodies through August.
Southwest Pilots ‘Comfortable’ With Proposed MAX Training 
Southwest Airlines pilots are “comfortable” with proposed training updates for the Boeing 737 MAX fleet and did not recommend any changes to FAA’s draft standards during the public comment period.
American Airlines Pilots: Boeing MAX Crews Need Better MCAS Training  9
Detailed MCAS instruction and revamped emergency procedures are key elements to ensuring a safe return to service for the grounded Boeing 737 MAX fleet, say pilots.
Production Issue Triggers Boeing 737 Slat Track Inspection Order 
Operators of more than 300 newer Boeing 737s—including nearly half of the in-service MAXs—will be ordered to inspect slat tracks and remove parts identified as being from a batch that may not meet Boeing’s production requirements, the FAA and the company said June 2.
Airbus A220, Embraer E195 Engine Parts Face Life-Limit Reduction 
Pratt & Whitney has reduced life limits on PW1500G and PW1900G geared turbofan (GTF) high-pressure compressor (HPC) front hubs after excessive corrosion was discovered during a routine overhaul, and the FAA plans to mandate the change.
Boeing: 777X On Track Despite Certification Focus 
In-depth internal and external reviews of aircraft certification processes have not led to changes that will alter Boeing’s 777X program, the company’s chief executive said, while acknowledging that yet-to-be-discovered factors could influence the new widebody’s final stages of development.
IATA Urges Unified Global Approach To Lifting MAX Bans  2
IATA director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac urged global regulators to lift the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX in unison, even while acknowledging that the model’s return to service is still likely a few months away.
U.S. Lawmaker Defends Focus On Training In Boeing Probe 
U.S. Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.), the ranking GOP member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is standing by his focus on the role played by inconsistent pilot training standards in the two recent deadly crashes of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft.
FAA: International Input Could Factor Into MAX Un-grounding  15

FAA’s decision to allow the Boeing 737 MAX back into the air could be based at least in part on input from foreign regulators, though consensus will not be necessary for the U.S. agency to move forward, FAA Acting Administrator Dan Elwell said.

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...

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...

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