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.


Netherlands Looking At Alternative Training Options For F-35 Crews 
As the Netherlands prepares to take delivery of its first F-35s in 2019, the country’s air arm is studying how it will train its fifth-generation fighter pilots.
Finmeccanica Reassesses ATR And SuperJet Investments 
CEO Mauro Moretti is grappling with the Italian group’s debt in a bid to restore Finmeccanica to profitability by the end of this decade.
Netherlands Orders Eight F-35s
The Netherlands has placed an order for its first batch of eight F-35 Lightning IIs to begin replacing its F-16 fleet in the early 2020s.
Spanish Air Force Looking For New Training System 
The Spanish air force is paving the way for a wholesale replacement of its flight training fleet to prepare its pilots to fly more modern aircraft.
Planned Cuts In Defense Concern Britain’s Allies 
Further cuts to Britain’s defense spending next year could mean the U.K. falls below NATO’s requirement of 2% of GDP, prompting concerns about the country’s defense aspirations.
U.K. Beefing Up Falkland Islands Defense 
The U.K. government is spending £280 million ($415 million) to boost the defenses of the Falkland Islands in view of new assessments of the threat posed by Argentina.
U.K. Sending Hercules To South Sudan 
The U.K. will announce it is deploying a single Lockheed C-130J Hercules to South Sudan to support the United Nations humanitarian mission there.
French Court Prevents Bell From Selling Model 429 In France 
A French court has reversed its decision in a long-running legal battle between Bell Helicopter and Airbus Helicopters over patents related to the production landing skid design used on Bell’s Model 429 twin-engine helo.
Airbus Finds Buyer For Rostock System Technik 
Airbus Defense and Space has taken the next step in selling off its non-core activities with the sale of German airliner equipment manufacturer Rostock System Technik (RST).
Positioning Of Captain’s Personal Camera Caused Near Crash Of U.K. A330 13
The Airbus A330-200 Voyager multi-role tanker transport came close to being lost with all 198 passengers and crew onboard.
Positioning Of Captain’s Personal Camera Caused Near Crash Of U.K. A330 
The Airbus A330-200 Voyager multi-role tanker transport came close to being lost with all 198 passengers and crew onboard.
KAI Chooses Airbus H155 Over AW169 For LCH-LAH 
South Korea’s LCH-LAH is supposed to become the leading 5-ton helicopter. But the base type chosen by Korean Aerospace Industries, the Airbus H155, has not been a strong seller. And there is not a lot of time to make big improvements before the targeted 2020 entry into service.
Marenco SwissHelicopter Adds 13 Letters Of Intent For SKYe SH09 
Swiss helicopter manufacturer Marenco SwissHelicopter has added another 13 letters of intent for its SKYe SH09 single-engine light helicopter.
Finmeccanica Restructuring Paying Off, CEO Says 
The restructuring of Italian aerospace and defense conglomerate Finmeccanica is already having a positive effect on the company’s results, CEO Mauro Moretti says.
Mar 27, 2015

U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015

Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015

Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015

Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015

NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015

SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015

Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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