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.


Bristow Taps Tiltrotors For Future Needs 
Bristow and AgustaWestland aim to transform offshore flying operations.
X4 Emerges As H160 
Airbus Helicopter’s has lifted the veil on its mysterious X4 development program with the launch of its new H160 medium helicopter.
AgustaWestland Reveals 7,000-kg AW139 
AgustaWestland has thrown a further curveball into the medium helicopter market by giving its AW139 a maximum takeoff weight of 7,000 kg.
Sikorsky Abandons S-434 Project 
Sikorsky has confirmed that it has abandoned its S-434 light helicopter program.
Bristow, AgustaWestland Sign Tiltrotor Agreement 
Bristow Group has signed a development deal with AgustaWestland to help the manufacturer develop oil and gas support capabilities for its AW609 tiltrotor.
MD Helicopters To Redesign MD-902 
MD Helicopters plans to redesign its MD-902 light-twin engine helo, company owner Lynn Tilton says.
Sikorsky To Deliver Last S-61s To U.S. State Department 
Sikorsky will shortly deliver the last of 29 refurbished S-61 helicopters destined for use by the U.S. State Department.
V-22 Builder Bell-Boeing Withdraws From Canadian SAR Competition 
The Bell-Boeing consortium that builds the V-22 Osprey tiltrotor has withdrawn from the competition to meet Canada’s Fixed-Wing Search and Rescue (FWSAR) requirements before a request for proposals (RFP) was issued, partly because of the way the program was due to be funded.
Airbus Helicopters To Rebrand Product Line 
With the launch of its new H160 medium helicopter, Airbus Helicopters is preparing to undertake a wholesale rebranding of its product line.
Closer Look At Airbus H160/X4 Technologies 
The sleek design of the Airbus Helicopters H160 is supposed to represent a major change in direction for the company, with new development processes and production techniques.
Airbus Removes Veil From H160 Project 5
The X4, now called the H160, is Airbus Helicopters’ €1 billion gamble to retake a market long monopolized by AgustaWestland.
An Airbus Helicopters H160 Timeline 
Successor to the AS365 Dauphin has been decades in the making.
Mar 5, 2015

GE’s Failed Play For Honeywell (2001)

Industry consolidation may well be coming, but there will probably not be a repeat of the Darwinian spectacle that occurred between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s....More
Mar 4, 2015

1957: Broken Arrow 22

The most capable interceptor of the 1960s might not have been American or Russian, or even British, French or Swedish....More
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 4

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

NavWeek: Running With the Pac 1

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

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