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.


Positioning Of Captain’s Personal Camera Caused Near Crash Of U.K. A330 13
The Airbus A330-200 Voyager multi-role tanker transport came close to being lost with all 198 passengers and crew onboard.
Positioning Of Captain’s Personal Camera Caused Near Crash Of U.K. A330 
The Airbus A330-200 Voyager multi-role tanker transport came close to being lost with all 198 passengers and crew onboard.
KAI Chooses Airbus H155 Over AW169 For LCH-LAH
South Korea’s LCH-LAH is supposed to become the leading 5-ton helicopter. But the base type chosen by Korean Aerospace Industries, the Airbus H155, has not been a strong seller. And there is not a lot of time to make big improvements before the targeted 2020 entry into service.
Marenco SwissHelicopter Adds 13 Letters Of Intent For SKYe SH09 
Swiss helicopter manufacturer Marenco SwissHelicopter has added another 13 letters of intent for its SKYe SH09 single-engine light helicopter.
Finmeccanica Restructuring Paying Off, CEO Says 
The restructuring of Italian aerospace and defense conglomerate Finmeccanica is already having a positive effect on the company’s results, CEO Mauro Moretti says.
U.K. Faces Tough Choices In Apache Upgrade Plans 
AgustaWestland and Boeing battle it out to upgrade the U.K.’s Apache fleet.
U.K. Deploys Puma Mk. 2s To Afghanistan
The U.K. Royal Air Force (RAF) has begun flight operations on the first deployment of its upgraded Airbus Helicopters Puma Mk. 2 utility helicopter.
Comair Selected To Operate St. Helena Air Service 
The island’s first airport is expected to open in 2016 and will improve access to the territory, which now can only be reached by an irregular ship service from Cape Town, South Africa.
MBDA Chief Questions Openness Of U.S. Market 
The head of missile manufacturer MBDA, Antoine Bouvier, says the apparent failure of its Brimstone weapon to find a home in the U.S. arsenal begs questions about the accessibility of the U.S. market to foreign manufacturers.
GKN Aerospace To Industrialize Electron Beam Melting 
GKN Aerospace has partnered with Swedish firm Arcam to work on industrializing the electron beam melting (EBM) method of additive manufacturing for its potential use in the production of aerospace components.
U.K. Halfway Through Helicopter Improvement Strategy 
The U.K. defense ministry says it is halfway through a 10-year improvement program to transform its helicopter fleets.
MBDA Expects Growth In 2015 And Beyond 
European missile manufacturer MBDA says it is hoping to return to growth in the medium term after sales fell to €2.4 billion ($2.54 billion) in 2014.
Turkey Launches RFI For Indigenous TF-X Program 
Turkey has launched a Request for Information (RFI) process as it begins to move forward with the development of an indigenous fighter aircraft.
Airbus Testing New-Generation HUMS For Light Helicopters 
Health and usage monitoring systems—a necessity for offshore operations—could soon appear on light helicopters, thanks to technology envisaged for wind turbines
Mar 27, 2015

U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 6

"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

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

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

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

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

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

Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015

NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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