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.

 

Articles
Germany Restoring Order To Helicopter Fleet 
The renewal of Germany’s rotary-wing fleet is being given a top priority as the country resumes spending on defense equipment. Officials have been charged with closing an €8 billion ($10 billion) deal, pending since March 2013, with Airbus Helicopters.
BAE Systems Readying Hawk For T-X Showdown 
According to company officials, the T-X Hawk is likely to feature an F-35-style single screen display in both the front and rear cockpits. It will also have a structurally different wing with fewer pylons—five instead of the current seven
NHV Completes Blueway Acquisition 

LONDON—Belgian oil and gas operator Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen (NHV) has completed its acquisition of Scandinavian helicopter firm Blueway.
The resulting merger, completed on Dec. 19, turns the newly named NHV Group into one of Europe’s largest helicopter operators.
The merger was announced on Aug. 28 and saw NHV purchase stakes in Blueway from Reiten & Co Capital Partners and Helicopter Transportation Group.

AgustaWestland Details Offsets For Polish Utility Helicopter Deal 
As part of its AW149 offer, AgustaWestland has signed agreements with four Polish companies that it says are valued at around €800 million ($980 million).
European States Select A330 MRTT For Pooled Tanker Force 
The program, facilitated by the European Defense Agency (EDA), will now see the Netherlands, Norway and Poland begin negotiations to buy a pooled common fleet of A330 MRTTs to operate between them.
New Helicopters Ready To Enter Market In 2015 
The overall helicopter market, which has been fairly moribund in recent years, appears likely to get a boost from the loosening of civil regulations in China.
U.K. Defense Needs To Spend Wisely, Top Officer Warns 

NASA’s Kepler space telescope has detected its first exoplanet since it started operating with only two of its four reaction wheels functioning, validating the “K2” workaround that uses pressure from solar photons to hold its lock on nearby stars long enough to measure the faint dimming caused by transiting planets.

Heathrow Completes Sale Of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton Airports 

LONDON—Heathrow Airport Holdings has closed its sale of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, to a consortium of Ferrovial and Macquarie. 

The £1.048 billion ($1.68 billion) deal, first announced in October, formally closed on Dec. 18.

Netherlands Restarts NH90 Deliveries 

LONDON — The Netherlands government is restarting deliveries of naval versions of the NH90 helicopter six months after halting them over concerns about corrosion.

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said new agreements were now in place with the aircraft’s manufacturer, NHindustries – a joint venture of AgustaWestland, Airbus Helicopters and Fokker – which gave her confidence that the corrosion issues would be resolved.

Pentagon Needs To Improve Cloud Development, IG Says 

LONDON — The Netherlands government is restarting deliveries of naval versions of the NH90 helicopter six months after halting them over concerns about corrosion.

Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert said new agreements were now in place with the aircraft’s manufacturer, NHindustries – a joint venture of AgustaWestland, Airbus Helicopters and Fokker – which gave her confidence that the corrosion issues would be resolved.

Heathrow Completes Sale Of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton Airports 
The £1.048 billion ($1.68 billion) deal, first announced in October, formally closed on Dec. 18.
U.K. Defense Needs To Spend Wisely, Top Officer Warns 
Britain is going to have to get better at defense spending, the country’s most senior officer has warned.
Netherlands Restarts NH90 Deliveries 
The Netherlands government is restarting deliveries of naval versions of the NH90 helicopter six months after halting them over concerns about corrosion.
 
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