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.


Drone Forces Manchester Airport To Halt Operations 
Operations at the U.K.’s third-busiest airport were halted for 20 min. during the late morning of April 20, after a drone was spotted near one of the airport’s two runways.
Emirates Orders Trent 900 For Future A380s 
The $9.26 billion order, announced in London on April 17, reverses Emirates’ trend to power its A380s with the Engine Alliance GP7000 engine and potentially steers the airline toward a reengined A380neo that Airbus President Tim Clark says the manufacturer is still deliberating.
Emirates Orders Trent 900 For Future A380s 5
Emirates has placed the largest ever order for Rolls-Royce engines following its decision to power its next batch of 50 Airbus A380s with the Trent 900.
EASA Seeks Greater Cooperation Between Civil, Military ATM 
In its report to the European Commission (EC), the agency says there has been an unexpected increase in the levels of uncooperative military traffic—particularly over the Baltic Sea, where the Russian armed forces have been flying an increased number of flights using combat and intelligence-gathering aircraft—although the report does not name Russia as the source for these flights.
Aerospace Majors Exit Or Shrink Presence At Paris Air Show 
Just days after BAE Systems announced it would not attend the Paris air show, Italian defense and aerospace group Finmeccanica said it will greatly reduce its presence at the event as the company continues its restructuring and cost-reduction programs.
Switzerland To Shrink F-5 Tiger Fleet Due To Cracks 
Fatigue cracks discovered in the airframes of several Swiss air force Northrop F-5 Tigers have forced the Swiss defense ministry to retire 10 aircraft.
EASA Seeks Greater Cooperation Between Civil, Military ATM 
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has called for greater cooperation between civil and military air traffic management agencies after a significant increase in the number of proximity incidents between what it calls “non-cooperative military traffic.”
Indonesia Could Assemble Eurofighters 
The Eurofighter consortium says a final assembly line for the Typhoon could be set up in Indonesia if the combat aircraft is selected to replace that country’s aging fleet of F-5 Tigers.
UAV Payload Hunts Malicious Drone Operators 
French defense electronics firm ECA Group says it has developed a sensor capability for its IT180 rotary-wing UAV that allows operators to locate malicious UAV operators.
Russian Helicopters’ Revenue Grew In 2014 
Russian state-owned helicopter manufacturer, Russian Helicopters, says its revenue grew last year despite the challenges posed by the strength of the ruble against foreign currencies.
Russian Helicopters’ Revenue Grew In 2014 
Russian state-owned helicopter manufacturer, Russian Helicopters, says its revenue grew last year despite the challenges posed by the strength of the ruble against foreign currencies.
Defense, Trident Renewal On Agenda In U.K. General Election 
The U.K.’s plans to renew its submarine-based nuclear deterrent has emerged as a key issue in the run-up to the May 7 general election.
Russia, U.S. At Loggerheads Over RC-135 Intercept 
The U.S. says it has raised concerns with Russia about the behavior of its fighter pilots after a U.S. Air Force RC-135 intelligence-gathering aircraft was intercepted over the Baltic Sea in what it called an “unsafe and unprofessional manner.”
Apr 15, 2015

Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015

Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 3

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015

NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 17

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015

Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015

Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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