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.

 

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Icelandic Authorities Remain On Volcano Alert 

LONDON — European air traffic control agencies are continuing to monitor the status of the Icelandic volcano, Bárðarbunga [Bardarbunga], where hundreds of earthquakes in recent days have signaled a possible impending eruption.

Icelandic authorities raised their aviation alert level on August 18 from yellow to orange following a swarm of around 1,200 earthquakes; several measuring higher than three on the Richter scale were recorded near the volcano.

U.K. Government To Pay Raytheon Following Arbitration Ruling 

LONDON — The U.K. Home Office has been told to pay £224 million ($372 million) to Raytheon following the cancellation of a failed secure borders program.

An arbitration tribunal ruled that the British government should pay the company £50 million in damages and £9.6 million in contract charges, as well reimburse the money spent by the company on assets for the program, which was awarded to Raytheon Systems Ltd., part of the larger Raytheon group, back in 2007.

Icelandic Authorities Remain On Volcano Alert
Icelandic authorities raised their aviation alert level on August 18 from yellow to orange following a swarm of around 1,200 earthquakes; several measuring higher than three on the Richter scale were recorded near the volcano.
U.K. Rivet Joint Goes Into Action Over Iraq 

LONDON—The U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) has begun using its Boeing RC-135W Rivet Joint intelligence-gathering aircraft operationally for the first time.

While visiting forward-deployed personnel in Cyprus, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon confirmed the U.K.’s single aircraft was being used to support Operation Shader, the U.K.’s humanitarian mission in Iraq.

Icelandic Authorities Concerned About Volcanic Activity 

LONDON — Icelandic authorities have raised aviation alert levels to orange after seismic activity around one of the country’s volcanos was detected.

A swarm of earthquakes have been measured by Icelandic experts with the country’s Meteorological Office around the Barðarbunga volcano that could indicate signs of an impending eruption.

Experts raised the alert level from yellow green to yellow on August 16, and then to orange on August 18 after the strongest earthquakes detected around the volcano since 1996.

U.K. Government To Pay Raytheon Following Arbitration Ruling 
An arbitration tribunal ruled that the British government should pay the company £50 million in damages and £9.6 million on contract charges, as well reimburse the money spent by the company on assets for the program.
Helicopter Operators Invited To Bid For VIP Helicopter Contract 

LONDON — Seven U.K.-based helicopter operators have been invited to tender to provide VIP transport helicopter services to the U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF).

AgustaWestland, British International Helicopter Services, Castle Air, Cobham, Gama Aviation, Qinetiq and Sloane Helicopters were invited in July to tender by the U.K. defense ministry for the five-year-long Rotary Wing Command Service Air Transport contract.

South African Combat Aircraft Flies 

LONDON – South African defense firm Paramount Group’s first aircraft, the Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft (Ahrlac), has made its first flight.

The first prototype of the turboprop-powered twin-boom aircraft flew from Wonderboom Airport in Pretoria on Aug. 13.

U.K. House of Lords Examining Civil Use of UAVs 

Always a solid second banana to airplane makers, Continental Motors is changing its status on the global aviation stage at breakneck speed.

Bristow Pushes Ahead With U.K. SAR Contract 

LONDON – Bristow says plans for the company to take on the U.K.’s search and rescue helicopter capability are “on schedule and on budget.”

U.K. Rivet Joint Goes Into Action Over Iraq 
The U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) has begun using its Boeing RC-135W Rivet Joint intelligence-gathering aircraft operationally for the first time.
Icelandic Authorities Concerned About Volcanic Activity
Icelandic authorities have raised aviation alert levels to orange after seismic activity around one of the country’s volcanos was detected.
Italian Air Force Prepares For M-346 Training 

LONDON – Two Italian air force instructors have completed their training on the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 in the first step to introducing the aircraft into service.

The two pilots from the 61st Wing completed their training with Alenia Aermacchi instructors at Lecce-Galatina airbase in the south of the country, home to the Italian air force’s training wing.

AirTanker Receives 10th Aircraft 

LONDON – AirTanker, the consortium charged with the operation of the U.K. Royal Air Force’s (RAF) aerial tanker force, has taken delivery of its 10th aircraft.

Helicopter Operators Invited To Bid For VIP Helicopter Contract 
AgustaWestland, British International Helicopter Services, Castle Air, Cobham, Gama Aviation, Qinetiq and Sloane Helicopters have been invited to bid for the five-year contract.
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