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.


FAA To Boeing: Improve MAX Submissions 
FAA Administrator Steve Dickson suggested Boeing improve the “quality and timeliness” of information it is providing the agency to support getting the 737 MAX back into service, part of a larger message that Boeing’s efforts should focus on meeting regulatory demands, not influencing the process.
Delta Sees 4-6% Revenue Bump In 2020 
Delta Air Lines is projecting revenues of $49 billion in 2020, a 4-6% bump above its projected full-year 2019 top line, the carrier said during its Dec. 12 investor day.
Southwest Airlines Strikes Deal With Boeing For Partial MAX Damages 
Southwest Airlines will share $125 million with employees as part of a deal struck with Boeing that covers part of what the airline is losing because of the 737 MAX groundings, the carrier said Dec. 12.
FAA Administrator Asserts Certification Process ‘Not Broken’ 
The FAA’s top official remains confident in the agency’s certification methodology and processes for evaluating safety-critical issues, pushing back on lawmakers’ assertions that the system is “broken” and in need of a major overhaul.
Avianca Completes Debt Restructuring, Lands More Funds 
Avianca Holdings has completed a major debt restructuring and landed up to $125 million in new financing from a group of investors, giving it additional flexibility to execute its turnaround plan.
Proposed 737 Minimum Equipment Lists Add Redundancy  2
Proposed updates to the Boeing 737 MAX master minimum equipment list (MMEL) reflect the increased redundancy that Boeing is adding to the model as part of mandatory flight control system logic updates and extends several of the changes to earlier 737 versions.
FAA: Boeing Knowingly Installed Faulty 737 Parts  5
Boeing faces a $4 million fine for failing to ensure a supplier was delivering airworthy 737 slat tracks and then not rejecting them once the issue came to light, causing the FAA to issue an airworthiness directive to ensure the defective parts were removed from in-service aircraft.
EASA To Mandate Airbus A380 Ram Air Turbine Checks 
Airbus A380 operators face repetitive inspections of ram air turbines to ensure water is not accumulating in gearbox fluids, which could freeze and prevent the back-up power-generation source from working when needed.
United’s A321XLR Order Highlights Boeing’s MAX And NMA Dilemma  13
United Airlines’ plans to buy Airbus A321XLR to replace its Boeing 757s is a major blow to Boeing that could see the OEM abandoning the proposed new midmarket airplane.
Podcast: A Peek at Aviation’s Future 
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University President Barry Butler discusses innovation and the red-hot jobs market with our visiting editors. 
United's Current and Future Fleet 1
United, an Airbus operator since 1993, has 174 A320ceo-family aircraft in its fleet. Adding the A321XLRs gives Airbus an opening for its current-generation narrowbody family at United—and could put some of the airline’s 170 outstanding MAX deliveries at risk.
United Orders A321XLRs To Replace 757s, Expand Transatlantic Services 

United Airlines has ordered 50 Airbus A321XLRs and will use them to replace Boeing 757s and possibly launch more long-range, thin intercontinental routes, the airline said late Dec. 3. Deliveries are slated to start in 2024.

GE Aviation Urges GE90 Stator Swaps Following JAL Engine Failure  2
GE is recommending operators of GE90-115B engines install re-designed stator vane segments to prevent wear and potential cracking.
MTU Aero Engines Sees Strong 2020 For OEM, MRO Work 
Munich-based MTU Aero Engines is projecting high-single-digit increases in its key commercial engine production and MRO segments in 2020, continuing current-year trends that point to steady new-production and aftermarket services demand.
Dubai Deals Suggest Dash 8-400’s Run Could Go On 
Long-term future hinges upon finding new production facility—and closing more deals.


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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