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.


One More European Regional Airport, The U.K.’s Blackpool, Closes 
In another indication of the woes befalling Europe’s regional airports, Blackpool has been shut down and others are teetering
Embraer Works To Firm Up KC-390 Exports 
With new and potential orders, Embraer sees bright future for KC-390 airlifter. Emphasizing its multirole capability along with the speed performance offered by its IAE V2500 turbofan—as well as the reliability and low-cost operational experience of its regional jet family—the Brazilian aerospace company hopes to take a major share of the airlifter market over the next 10-15 years. .
Thailand Orders Airbus Helos
The Thai armed forces are adding to their already extensive fleet of helicopters with an order for five Airbus Helicopters EC645 T2s light twins and a pair of EC725 heavy helicopters.
T-6 Texans Selected For U.K. Flight Training 
The choice of the T-6 is surprising as the type – through its Pilatus PC-9 heritage – is an older aircraft than the type it is replacing.
Argentina Could Buy Brazilian-Built Gripens 
The Brazilian and Argentine governments have signed bilateral agreements that could lead to Argentina buying Brazilian-made Gripen combat aircraft.
Sweden Hunts Submarine In Territorial Waters 

LONDON—The Swedish armed forces are in the midst of a major operation in the waters of the Stockholm archipelago after “credible sightings” of a possible submarine.

The naval operation, which began on Oct. 18, comes after what officials describe as “several credible sightings” of an object at three different locations in the region.

Senior officers said the Swedish navy was “seeking to confirm foreign submarine operations.”

Embraer Preparing KC-390 First Flight By Year’s End 2
Embraer is preparing for a first flight of the KC-390 military transport before year’s end, following the rollout of the first prototype.
Gecas To Buy Helicopter Lease Firm Milestone 

GE Capital Aviation Services (Gecas) has announced it plans to acquire helicopter-leasing specialist Milestone Aviation Group in a takeover valued at $1.775 billion.

The deal, announced on Oct. 13, is likely to shake up the fledgling helicopter-leasing business that was essentially re-booted in 2010 by the formation of Milestone, led by former NetJets CEO Richard Santulli.

The takeover is subject to closing conditions and regulatory approvals, but both parties hope to close in 2015.

50 EC225s Now Flying With Redesigned Shaft 

LONDON – Airbus Helicopters says it is rapidly rolling out its redesigned bevel gear vertical shaft for the EC225, seven months after its was certified by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Some 50 EC225s and EC725s are now flying with the new component following its certification on April 22, accumulating around 5,000 flying hours.

Upgraded Typhoons Enter U.K. Service 
Fifteen U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) Eurofighter Typhoons have been upgraded with new hardware and software by BAE Systems, giving the aircraft new ground attack capabilities.
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