Sean Broderick

Senior Air Transport & Safety Editor

Washington, DC


Sean Broderick covers aviation safety, MRO, and the airline business from Aviation Week Network's Washington, D.C. office. 

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 was named the 2020 Aerospace Journalist of the Year by the Aerospace Media Awards. He also shared in a 2020 Neal Award for Best News Coverage with Aviation Week Network colleagues. 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."

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.


Regulators Warn Of Inadvertent A220 Autopilot Selection Risk

By Sean Broderick Nov 23, 2022
A flight-deck design quirk is causing Airbus A220 pilots to inadvertently engage the autopilot instead of the auto throttle. 
Safety, Ops & Regulation

EASA Mandate Targets Trent 800 Fuel Pumps

By Sean Broderick Nov 22, 2022
Operators of Rolls Royce Trent 800-powered Boeing 777s face mandatory fuel pump removals to correct an issue linked to thrust-loss incidents, EASA said.

Sustainability Push Runs Up Against Safety

By Sean Broderick Nov 22, 2022
As aviation’s sustainability push continues, safety cannot be taken for granted.
Safety, Ops & Regulation