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.


European Helicopter Operators To Merge 

London European oil and gas helicopter operators Noordzee Helikopters Vlaanderen (NHV) and Blueway Group are to merge, in a move that will make the group one of Europe’s largest helicopter operators.

The merger, announced Aug. 28, will see Ostend, Belgium-based NHV purchase Blueway’s stakes, owned by Reiten & Co Capital Partners and Helicopter Transportation Group.

Images Reveal Possible New Version Of EC135 Helicopter 

A photograph taken by a German aviation enthusiast has revealed a possible new variant of Airbus’ EC135 light twin-engine helicopter.

The image, taken at the Airbus Helicopters plant at Donauworth, Germany, in mid-July, shows that Airbus has reused its long-serving EC135 prototype D-HEEX and converted the aircraft with a five- or possibly six-blade main rotor system and a new design fenestron anti-torque system, with a stabilizer fitted on top of the vertical tail rather than as part of the tail boom. 

U.K. Decommissions HMS Illustrious 

LONDON—The U.K. Royal Navy’s last Invincible-class aircraft carrier, HMS Illustrious, has been decommissioned.

The 22,000-ton ship, which has been used as a helicopter carrier since the retirement of the Sea Harrier fleet in 2006 and the withdrawal of the Harrier GR9 in 2010, was formally retired during a ceremony in Portsmouth on Aug. 28.

A380 Continues To Pose Challenges For Heathrow 
The A380 was tapped to help capacity-strapped airports, but could it end up hurting them?
AirTanker Hopes To Fill NATO Refueling Gap 
RAF refueling provider wants NATO to use its surplus capacity
Images Reveal Possible New Version Of EC135 Helicopter 
A photograph taken by a German aviation enthusiast has revealed a possible new variant of Airbus’ EC135 light twin-engine helicopter.
Bell Helicopter Begins Work On JetRanger X Plant 
Construction work has begun on Bell Helicopter’s new plant in Lafayette, Louisiana, which will build the company’s new-generation Model 505 JetRanger X light utility helicopter.
Iceland Closes Airspace Near Volcano After Eruption
Icelandic authorities have closed a small patch of airspace after a fissure eruption near the Bardarbunga volcano.
Finmeccanica Agrees To Fines Over Indian Helo Case 
The Italian branch of AgustaWestland, AgustaWestland SpA, will pay an €80,000 ($105,000) fine, while AgustaWestland Ltd, the U.K. branch of the manufacturer, will pay €300,000 in fines; a further €7.5 million will be confiscated.
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