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.


EDA And ESA Push Ahead With UAV Demonstrations 
The 18-month DeSIRE II demonstration is being conducted by an industrial consortium led by Italian satellite firm Telespazio. It aims to support the European standardization and regulatory activities surrounding the satellite communications-based command and control of UAVs, as EU regulators examine the requirements to allow the platforms in the same airspace as other traffic.
U.K. Selects Thales Searchwater For Carrier-Borne Crowsnest Requirement 
Thales has been chosen to provide an upgraded version of its Searchwater 2000 radar to meet the U.K.’s Crowsnest requirement for a carrier organic helicopter-based airborne early warning capability.
Program Execution, Ramp-Up Trump New-Order Talk Ahead Of Paris Air Show 
Few fireworks are expected at Paris this year, but retrenching and refocusing of products will be highlighted in all arenas—commercial, defense, space and technology.
A400M Crash Affects Program’s Schedule 
Airbus’s A400M airlifter program has faced some recent setbacks, not least of which is the May 9 crash of a production aircraft on its first flight.
Airbus Sees Polish Helo Win As Catalyst For Tech Work, Jobs 
Releasing an outline of its plan for Poland May 19, the helicopter manufacturer said the program would allow the country to acquire the capabilities to develop and produce several key components, equipment and systems for helicopters.
Sweden Takes First Steps Towards Renewing Military Flight Training 
At the end of April, a request for information (RFI) was issued by the Swedish Defense Materiel Administration (FMV) to find a new Military Flight-Training System that could go into operation as early 2018/19 and be operational for 30 years.
Airbus U.K. Boss Speaks Out In Favor Of British EU Membership 
In speech at a Wales in London event on May 20, Paul Kahn, who took over from Robin Southwell last October, said that if Britain were to exit the EU and economic conditions “were less favorable for business than in other parts of Europe,” then Airbus would reconsider future investment in the U.K.
Interest In 767-300ER Tanker Growing, IAI Says 
Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) says that there is growing interest in the conversion of Boeing 767-300ER airliners into aerial refueling tankers.
Airbus U.K. Boss Supports British EU Membership 
In speech at a Wales in London event on May 20, Paul Kahn, who took over from Robin Southwell last October, said that Airbus would reconsider future investment in the U.K. if Britain were to exit the EU and economic conditions “were less favorable for business than in other parts of Europe.”
European Defense Ministers Find Consensus On MALE UAV 
After years of false starts, a joint European UAV program looks like it may finally progress.
France, Germany and Italy Sign MALE UAV Pact 
The three nations have signed up to a declaration of intent that will see the leading defense and aerospace companies in each country—Dassault Aviation in France, Airbus Defense and Space in Germany, and Finmeccanica in Italy—carry out a two-year definition study of MALE systems, before a decision is made to start development and procurement of the system.
Software Cut Off Fuel Supply In Stricken A400M  73
The crash of an Airbus A400M airlifter that killed four people on May 9 may have been caused by new software that cut off the engine-fuel supply, industry sources have said.
India To Deploy Sukhoi Su-30s To U.K. 
The 2015 exercise will be the second deployment of Su-30s to the U.K.
NATS CEO Deakin Resigns 

LONDON—U.K. air navigation provider National Air Traffic Services (NATS) CEO Richard Deakin has stepped down. Deakin, who led the company for five years, announced his resignation May 18. Martin Rolfe, the company’s managing director of operations, has been appointed to CEO in the meantime, to “ensure continuity,” the company said in a statement, adding that Deakin will be able to assist with the transition as required until the end of June. NATS said its management board has initiated a search process to identify and appoint a successor.

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