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.


Bell Helicopter Completes First Flight Of Model 525 
The long-awaited flight took place July 1 at the company’s facility in Amarillo, Texas, where production 525s will be assembled.
Bell Helicopter Completes First Flight Of Model 525 
The long-awaited flight took place July 1 at the company’s facility in Amarillo, Texas, where production 525s will be assembled.
Heathrow Recommended For Third Runway 
In its final report published on July 1, the Airports Commission, led by Sir Howard Davies, said that of three options short-listed by the commission, the northwest runway option for Heathrow proposed by the airport’s owner was unanimously selected because it provided more economic and strategic benefits than the other two options, striking what the commission called “fair balance between national and local priorities.”
Italian Army Demonstrating Manned-Unmanned Teaming 
The Italian army plans to demonstrate a manned-unmanned teaming capability for its helicopters, which officials hope can be introduced toward the end of the decade.
Australia To Convert Ex-Qantas A330s Into Tankers 
Australia is ordering an additional pair of Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transports (MRTT) as the country beefs up its air transport fleet.
Heathrow Recommended For Third Runway 
An independent commission, set up to advise the British government on airport capacity has decided that London’s Heathrow Airport should build a third runway.
Airbus’s E-Fan Readied For Cross-Channel Flight 

Airbus is preparing its E-Fan electric aircraft demonstrator for a groundbreaking flight across the English Channel in the next few months. The E-Fan demonstrator is proving technologies that Airbus hopes will help in the development of a family of electrically-powered light aircraft for training and private use and in the future potentially lead to an electric-powered airliner carrying 80-90 passengers in the 2030-40 time frame.

Unexpected Taxi Instructions Caused Loss of Situational Awareness Before BA 747 Clipped Building
The crew of a British Airways Boeing 747-400 appeared to lose situational awareness when their taxi-out instructions did not match what they anticipated, leading them to miss a key turn and clip a building while rolling down an unassigned taxiway, South African air accident investigators concluded.
Sikorsky To Develop FCOM For S-92 
FCOM’s development is the result of the creation of the HeliOffshore industry association, which has charged member helicopter manufacturers and operators with developing improved safety measures and building standards across the industry.
Europe’s Tanker Forces Are Expanding 
During the NATO operation over Libya in 2011, European nations were criticized for a lack of aerial refueling assets and their need to depend on the U.S. for assistance. But plans for multinational tanker purchases may soon reverse that trend.
Scottish Court-Ordered CVR Release Worries Pilots 
Judge Lord Michael Jones on June 19 upheld a demand made last month by Frank Mulholland, the Lord Advocate for Scotland, for the release of the cockpit voice recording from the CHC Scotia-operated AS332L2 Super Puma helicopter that crashed into the sea shortly before it was due to land at Sumburgh Airport in the Shetland Islands on Aug. 23, 2013, killing four of the 18 people onboard.
U.K. Defense Acquisition An ‘Impossible Mess,’ Report Says 
Rather than depending on large and expensive programs that provide “standing capability,” the report says the U.K. needs to develop a research and industrial base that is able to respond rapidly to the specific demands presented by different campaigns as they arise.
Saudi Arabia Orders H145 Helicopters 
Saudi Arabia is buying 23 H145 twin-engine light helicopters as part of a government-to-government industrial agreement with France.
FCAS Study To Decide UCAV Planform, Engine This Year  2
Key decisions on the shape of France and Britain’s joint UCAV will be made this fall.
Polish Helicopter Selection Faces Lawsuit  5
Warsaw’s selection of Airbus Helicopters for an important military helicopter contract has upset unions and prompted a lawsuit from a losing bidder.
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