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.


AW609 Enters Certification Testing Phase 
AW609 test pilots explore uncharted territory in the tiltrotor’s flight regime.
Thomas Cook Begins Flying Converted A330 Refueling Tanker 
British leisure airline Thomas Cook Airlines has begun passenger flights with an Airbus A330 converted from a multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) aircraft.
Norway Requests More Defense Spending 
The Norwegian defense ministry is requesting around $500 million of additional funding for defense to be spent on upgrades for armored fighting vehicles, the formation of an anti-aircraft brigade and infrastructure to pave the way for the introduction of the F-35.
Thomas Cook Begins Flying Converted A330 Refueling Tanker 
The airline used the A330—leased from the Airtanker consortium—on services to Punta Cana and Cancun, Mexico for the first time on May 1.
UAV Collision-Avoidance System Completes Flight-Test Campaign 
The MIDCAS (Mid Air Collision Avoidance System) consortium trials, supported by 11 companies from five European states as well government agencies, flew a series of avoidance maneuvers using a fusion of non-cooperative sensors and detection technologies when put on collision course with a manned aircraft, the EDA announced.
Russia, China To Agree On Heavy Helicopter In May 
Russia and China plan to sign an agreement on joint development of a new heavy transport helicopter in May, Russia Vice Premier Dmitry Rogozin says.
Airbus Helicopters’ Transformation Makes Progress 
Airbus Helicopters’ effort to improve efficiencies and help its bottom line is making good progress, the company’s first-quarter 2015 figures suggest.
Airbus Adjusts Plans For E-Fan Factory 
The southern French city of Pau will be the site of a final assembly line for Airbus Group’s electrically powered E-fan light aircraft.
European Consortium Completes UAV Detect-And-Avoid Test Campaign 
The European Defense Agency says it has flown fully automatic coupled avoidance maneuvers using a UAV equipped with detect-and-avoid sensors.
Turkey Seeks Armed UAV For Air Force 
Turkey has issued an urgent request for information to potential suppliers of armed unmanned aerial systems.
Airbus Helicopters Wins EASA Certification For Utility EC145 


LONDON—Airbus Helicopters has been awarded European Aviation Safety Agency certification for the utility version of its EC145 twin-engine light helicopter.

The EC145, previously known as the EC145e, is essentially a civil version of the UH-72 Lakota Light Utility Helicopter being delivered to the U.S. Army, but equipped for single-pilot day and night operations. 

PZL-Swidnik Breaks Silence Over Polish Helicopter Deal 
AgustaWestland-owned subsidiary PZL-Swidnik has publicly rebutted a number of statements made by the Polish defense ministry after the company failed to secure a lucrative helicopter contract for the Polish armed forces.
Britain Aiming For Upgraded C-130Js By 2019 
U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) officers hope the planned Block 8 upgrade for its fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules airlifters and the capabilities it will bring will be ready for operation by 2019.
Lockheed Martin Pushing Simulation And Data To Give Airport Marginal Gains 
LONDON—Lockheed Martin says that computer simulation models and data collection are helping European airports make marginal but important gains in capacity through minor changes in operations.
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