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.


Honeywell Says Single, Light-Twin Helo Sales Won’t Recover Until 2017-2018 
Honeywell says sales of light single and twin-engine helicopters may not recover back to their pre-2013 levels until 2017-18.
Sikorsky Packaging Light Helicopters Line For Possible Sale 
Sikorsky is packaging its light helicopters product line for a possible sale, company President Mick Maurer says.
U.K. Planning Laser Weapon Demonstration 
The Laser Directed Energy Weapon Capability Demonstrator is a program being run by the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory, which will “enhance the U.K.’s understanding of the capability of a laser-based weapon system.”
Italian Air Force Orders HammerHead 
Italy will purchase six P.1HH HammerHead air vehicles and three ground control stations, Piaggio announced on the final day of the IDEX defense show in Abu Dhabi on Feb. 26.
Regulations, Collaboration Boosting Offshore Helicopter Safety 
In the wake of recent North Sea crashes, helicopter operators, manufacturers and regulators work together to advance safety programs.
Busy Year Ahead For Helicopter Developments 
New and established helicopter makers are planning to roll out several new models in 2015, including the long-awaited Airbus Helicopters X4.
After Many Delays, AW609 Now Moving Ahead  2
AgustaWestland’s long-delayed AW609 tiltrotor is finally making progress toward first flight.
Helicopter Manufacturers Look Toward Heavier Products 
As current heavy models become aged, helicopter manufacturers turn to larger types for new product lines.
Typhoon Upgrades In Search Of Middle East Customers 
With production drying up, Eurofighter partners are spending money on Typhoon upgrades in hopes to catch an impending wave of Middle East fighter orders.
Piaggio Prepares MALE Market Entrant  1
Italy’s indigenous HammerHead UAV funded by the United Arab Emirates gets airborne with Reaper and Predator in its sights.
UAE Provides Lead In Low-Cost Attacker Use 
Middle Eastern countries have recognized the usefulness of low-cost light attack aircraft, and others are beginning to follow their example.
Powerful Progress On Helicopter Engines
With a swath of new helicopters entering service and more in the pipeline, engine manufacturers are pushing ahead with new developments and readying new powerplants for service.
Mar 2, 2015

1969: The Concorde's Hopeful First Flight 2

On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015

U.S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions 3

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015

NavWeek: Running With the Pac

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015

A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015

Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015

France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More
Feb 25, 2015

Inside The Roc's Lair 17

A rare glimpse of the world's largest aircraft under assembly in Mojave, California...More
Feb 25, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Lockheed Martin U-2 (1999)

In 1999 Aviation Week's former Editor-in-Chief reached the highest altitude he had ever flown, in a U-2. Read his pilot report....More

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