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.


MH17 Investigators Start Criminal Probe 
The Joint Investigation Team (JIT) probing the loss of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 has begun a criminal investigation into the transportation of the Buk surface-to-air missile system alleged to have shot down the airliner.
Heathrow Begins Time-Based Separation Operations 
The Time-Based Separation (TBS) system—developed by U.K. air navigation service provider National Air Traffic Services (NATS) and Lockheed Martin—was switched on for the first time on March 24.
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.
Alenia Aermacchi In Talks With New T-X Partner 
Alenia Aermacchi says it is in talks with another U.S. prime contractor after General Dynamics pulled the plug on the partnership to offer the M-346 for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X advanced jet trainer program.
Comair Approved To Provide Air Service To St. Helena 
The Comair service will operate as a British Airways flight as part of its license agreement with the U.K. flag carrier, flying once a week to the South Atlantic island using a Boeing 737-800 in a two-class configuration from Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport.
Oil And Gas Firms Commit Funding For Offshore Search And Rescue Helo 
A consortium of oil and gas companies have committed £60 million ($88 million) to providing a search and rescue helicopter capability for the oil and gas platforms in the North Sea.
Oil And Gas Firms Commit Funding For Offshore Search And Rescue Helo 
A consortium of oil and gas companies have committed £60 million ($88 million) to providing a search and rescue helicopter capability for the oil and gas platforms in the North Sea.
Finmeccanica Reassesses ATR And SuperJet Investments  1
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).
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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