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.


Airbus Helicopters Wins EASA Certification For Utility EC145 


LONDON—Airbus Helicopters has been awarded European Aviation Safety Agency certification for the utility version of its EC145 twin-engine light helicopter.

The EC145, previously known as the EC145e, is essentially a civil version of the UH-72 Lakota Light Utility Helicopter being delivered to the U.S. Army, but equipped for single-pilot day and night operations. 

PZL-Swidnik Breaks Silence Over Polish Helicopter Deal 
AgustaWestland-owned subsidiary PZL-Swidnik has publicly rebutted a number of statements made by the Polish defense ministry after the company failed to secure a lucrative helicopter contract for the Polish armed forces.
Britain Aiming For Upgraded C-130Js By 2019 
U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) officers hope the planned Block 8 upgrade for its fleet of Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules airlifters and the capabilities it will bring will be ready for operation by 2019.
Lockheed Martin Pushing Simulation And Data To Give Airport Marginal Gains 
LONDON—Lockheed Martin says that computer simulation models and data collection are helping European airports make marginal but important gains in capacity through minor changes in operations.
EASA To EU: Improve Information On Uncooperative Military Aircraft
An unexpected threat to European air traffic is being posed by uncooperative military aircraft flying in busy international airspace.
Belgium Mulling A330 MRTT Purchase 
Belgium is considering the purchase of Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transports, the Belgian press has reported.
Podcast: Brewing Crisis in the Baltic
As NATO and Russia are stepping up air patrols in and around Eastern Europe – including an increasing amount of flights with transponders turned off – aviation safety officials are scrambling to keep the skies safe for commercial airlines.
Italy Probes Alleged AgustaWestland Corruption In Algeria Helo Deal 
Italy’s financial police have raided the homes of former AgustaWestland executives over allegations of corruption in a deal to sell helicopters to the Algerian government.
Poland Makes Selections On Missile Defense And Helicopters 
Poland has taken the next step toward modernizing its armed forces, but its selections may have wider effects.
Airbus Helicopters Wins EASA Certification For Utility EC145 
Airbus Helicopters has been awarded European Aviation Safety Agency certification for the utility version of its EC145 twin-engine light helicopter.
Warren East To Succeed John Rishton As Rolls-Royce CEO 
Warren East, former CEO of semi-conductor firm ARM Holdings, will replace John Rishton from July 2, the company announced on April 22, just days after it concluded its largest ever non-governmental order from Emirates Airline for Trent 900 engines worth $9.26 billion.
Warren East To Succeed John Rishton As Rolls-Royce CEO 
Aero-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has announced a change in leadership after a 2014 dominated by profit warnings and share-price drops.
Poland Pleases European, U.S. Allies With Helicopter, Missile Orders
Poland has selected Airbus Helicopters to provide the country’s future military utility helicopters, while Raytheon’s Patriot has been chosen as Warsaw’s next generation surface-to-air missile system.
Airbus Helicopters To Begin Testing Light Helo HUMS Soon 
Airbus Helicopters will soon begin testing a new lightweight digital health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) which could be used on light-single and twin-engine helicopters
Apr 28, 2015

When the Pentagon First Let Women Fly in Combat (1993) 4

Twenty-two years ago, the U.S. defense secretary proposed allowing women to fly in combat. Now, the first female fighter pilot is a member of Congress....More
Apr 27, 2015

NavWeek: Ready, Willing and Abe

Asia-Pacific watchers agree – there’s a lot riding on this week’s U.S. visit by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe....More
Apr 27, 2015

Looking Ahead, And Back, At U.S. Airline Profits (1959)

Predictions of potential U.S. airline record earnings were made by Aviation Week 56 years ago....More
Apr 25, 2015

Saturday's Progress 57 Space Station Departure Paves the Way for new Russian Re-supply Mission

Progress 59 is scheduled to lift off from Baikonur on Tuesday at 3:09 a.m., EDT, initiating a four orbit, six hour sprint to the International Space Station with three tons of supplies...More
Apr 24, 2015

Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005) 2

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More

NEW: Sign up to Aviation Week eBulletin

Daily analysis on technology advances impacting the global aviation, aerospace & defense industries.

Sponsored Introduction Continue on to (or wait seconds) ×