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.


Airlander 10 Takes Initial Step In Showing Off Capabilities 
The first flight of Hybrid Air Vehicles’ (HAV) Airlander 10 hybrid airship—an experimental intelligence-gathering platform—was the initial step in demonstrating the aircraft’s capabilities.
Hybrid Airship Interest Grows  1
Hybrid Air Vehicles CEO Stephen McGlennan says potential customers and financial institutions have been showing more interest in the capabilities of the giant Airlander 10 hybrid airship in the run-up to its first flight earlier this week.
U.K. Working To Complete Military Training System Fleet 
Britain’s military flight training is being prepared for a radical overhaul that will see five aircraft types introduced over the next three years.
Airlander 10 Returns To Sky After Rebuild 
Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has completed the first post-rebuild flight of the Airlander 10 hybrid airship.
U.K. Orders Third Zephyr UAV 
The British defense ministry has ordered a third solar-powered Airbus Defense and Space Zephyr-S pseudo-satellite UAV.
Updated ASRAAM To Be Integrated Onto F-35 
The British defense ministry has signed a £184 million ($238 million) contract with missile manufacturer MBDA to begin production of a stockpile of new generation Asraam air-to-air missiles for the U.K.’s fleet of F-35s.
Algerian Diversification Expands To Helicopter Assembly 
With sales of more than 70 helicopters to the Algerian government, Italian manufacturer Leonardo-Finmeccanica’s relationship with the country has been a lucrative one.
RAF Pilot Who Sent A330 Into Plunge With Camera To Be Court-Martialed  46
Charges for the Royal Air Force pilot who sent an Airbus A330 Voyager tanker into a dive are perjury, making a false record and negligently performing a duty, according to a British newspaper report.
Leonardo Establishes JV To Build Helicopters In Algeria 
According to the Algerian defense ministry, the agreement covers the manufacturing of three types of light and medium helicopter for military and parapublic use.
U.K. Defense Ministry Launches Innovation Fund 
The U.K. defense ministry has set aside £800 million to develop new defense technologies as part of an initiative to change the way the British defense ministry works with industry.
BAE Systems Studying Avro RJ Freighter Conversion 

LONDON—BAE Systems Regional Aircraft said 3–4 operators are interested in a freighter conversion of its Avro RJ family of regional airliners.                                                                     &n

BAE Systems Studying Avro RJ Freighter Conversion 
BAE Systems Regional Aircraft said it is seeing interest from 3–4 operators in a freighter conversion of its Avro RJ family of regional airliners.
Commercial Tiltrotor Returns To Flight 
Leonardo Helicopters has restarted flight testing of its AW609 commercial tiltrotor after a nearly 10-month self-imposed grounding following the fatal loss of one of the prototypes.
Kuwait Orders H225M Helicopters 
The Kuwaiti government has thrown Airbus Helicopters’ troubled H225 helicopter an urgently needed lifeline by purchasing 30 military versions of the aircraft.
After London City Greenlight, Heathrow Expansion Still In Limbo  5
A long-awaited conclusion on the expansion of London’s primary gateway still hangs in the balance, delayed by indecisiveness and politicking.

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