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.

 

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Netherlands Looks At Alternative F-35 Flight Training Options 
As the Netherlands gets ready to fly its F-35s in 2019, senior commanders are thinking about how to fill a technological training gap between the Talon and the Lightning II.
Comair Approved To Provide Air Service To St. Helena 

The St. Helena government says it has concluded negotiations for South African airline Comair to provide air service to the remote British island territory. The 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 from Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport to the new St. Helena airport, set to open early next year (Aviation Daily, March 17). More flights will be considered if demand warrants.

Oil Workers Measured To Fit On North Sea Offshore Helicopters
New rules being enacted by the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will prohibit offshore helicopter operators from carrying offshore workers whose body size is incompatible with emergency exit windows.
Kurt Rossner To Head A400M Program 
Airbus Defense & Space has chosen Kurt Rossner to lead the A400M airlifter program following the reorganization of the management team announced at the end of January.
Heathrow Releases New Slots For Vietnam Airlines Services 
The airport worked with air navigation service provider National Air Traffic Services (NATS) to use the Airport Capacity Management System (ACMS)—a real-time simulation tool that should allow for more efficient use of the two-runway airport.
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.
 
Blogs
Mar 31, 2015
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Operation Decisive Storm -- Air Power Over Yemen 4

A Saudi-led coalition of Middle Eastern and African states has started a major air campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen. We take a look at the air assets assembled for Operation Decisive Storm....More
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 7

"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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More

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