Tony Osborne

Tony Osborne
London Bureau Chief,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Based in London, Tony covers European defense programs. Prior to joining Aviation Week in November 2012, Tony was at Shephard Media Group where he was deputy editor for Rotorhub and Defence Helicopter magazines. Tony has covered avionics, unmanned vehicles, the supply chain and cyberwarfare.


Aviation Interests Campaign For UK Airspace Modernization 
Britain’s National Air Traffic Services, airlines and aviation organizations have begun a campaign to call for the modernization of UK airspace.
Black Hawks To Replace Russian Mainstay In Afghan Inventory  2
Fiscal 2017 U.S. defense budget includes plans to replace Afghan fleet of Mi-17 helicopters.
Aero Vodochody Completing First New-Build L-159 
Czech aerospace firm Aero Vodochody says it is close to completing its first new-build L-159 Advanced Light Combat Aircraft (ALCA) since production of the type ended 13 years ago.
Norwegian Government Proposing P-8 Buy 
Oslo plans to buy five P-8s to replace six P-3 Orions and three Dassault Falcon 20 electronic warfare aircraft.
BAE Systems Flies First Omani Typhoons 
BAE Systems has completed the first flights of the first two Eurofighter Typhoons destined for Oman.
Report Seeks Changes In UK Warship Building Strategy 
An independent report into the construction of Britain’s warships has recommended that a new generation of light frigates for the Royal Navy should be built by another British shipyard or an industrial alliance rather than solely by BAE Systems.
Leonardo AW169 Gains MTOW Increase 
Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s AW169 intermediate twin-engine helicopter has been granted a 200-kg. (441-lb.) increase in maximum gross weight by the European Aviation Safety Agency.
Saab Pushes Back Gripen E First Flight  20
The company had originally planned to fly the prototype, 39-8, by the end of the year, but has elected to push the first flight into the second quarter of 2017.
Helionix-Equipped Airbus H135 Certified 
The European Aviation Safety Agency has certified a new version of Airbus’ H135 twin-engine light helicopter kitted with the company’s self-developed Helionix avionics suite.
FlyBe, Loganair Ending Franchise Agreement 
Although the arrangements with FlyBe would conclude on Aug. 31, 2017, the two airlines would continue to discuss “potential opportunities to work together in the future,” Loganair said.
Switzerland May Keep Flying F/A-18s, F-5s 
Switzerland’s defense ministry hopes to extend the life of the country’s F/A-18 Hornets and keep its F-5 Tigers in service longer until a replacement for both aircraft is fully introduced by 2030.
Heathrow Stack Holding Times Falling 
National Air Traffic Services is claiming success in an initiative to reduce the amount of time that aircraft arriving at London’s Heathrow Airport are held in holding stacks.
Afghans Getting Black Hawks Instead Of Russian Helos 
The U.S. Defense Department plans to end its reliance on Russian helicopters to support the Afghan army.
Airbus H135s Delivered For Australian Training 
Airbus has completed deliveries of 15 H135s for Boeing’s Australian military helicopter training program.
Sweden Brings Back Coastal Defense Missile 
The Swedish defense ministry has reintroduced the ground-launched version of Saab’s RBS-15 anti-ship missile because of Russia’s increased activity in the Baltic Sea.
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