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.


U.K. Wants Helmet-Mounted Cueing System For Tornado  5
The U.K. is planning to invest in a helmet mounted cueing system for its Panavia Tornado GR4 fighter bomber aircraft, even though they are due to exit service in four years.
British Airways To Quiet Down A320 Family 
The company has confirmed it will install the vortex generators in front of the aircraft’s Fuel Over Pressure Protector cavities, which when left unmodified can produce a high-pitched whistling noise, generally recorded when the aircraft is around 10-25 mi. from touchdown.
Hexcel to Build French, U.K. Facilities 
Construction of the new factory at Roussillon in the Rhone-Alpes region of France will support the company’s aerospace customers as demand grows for composite materials.
NATO Members Up Defense Spending In Face Of New Threats 
During the last five years, a resurgent Russia has increased its defense spending by 50% and plans to modernize its conventional air, sea and land force.
Sikorsky To Develop Flight Crew Operating Manual For S-92 

LONDON — Sikorsky has begun work on the development of a standardized Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM) for its S-92 heavy helicopter.

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.

Part of this work involves the development of FCOM for every helo type currently used to support offshore oil and gas activity.

PZL-Swidnik Files Lawsuit Against Polish Government 
PZL-Swidnik, AgustaWestland’s Polish partner for the country’s multirole utility helicopter requirement, has filed a lawsuit over the tender processes used by the country’s defense ministry.
Piaggio Adjusts Focus Toward Defense 
Ever since United Arab Emirates investment firm Mubadala took the majority stake in the manufacturer in May 2014, the company has moved to “consolidate its civil turnover” and pay increased attention to the defense sector, Logli, said at the Paris Air Show.
F-35 Tests British Paveway IV Bomb 
The F-35B has released its first foreign-produced munitions following drop trials with the Raytheon Paveway IV precision-guided bomb.
Sikorsky To Develop FCOM For S-92 
Sikorsky has begun work on the deveSikorsky has begun work on the development of a standardized Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM) for its S-92 heavy helicopter. lopment of a standardized Flight Crew Operating Manual (FCOM) for its S-92 heavy helicopter.
Court Orders Release Of CVR From North Sea Crash 
A Scottish court has ordered the U.K. Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) to release the cockpit voice recorder data from a North Sea helicopter accident in order to make it available for prosecutors.
Airbus Unveils E-Fan Cockpit Design Concept  2
Airbus’s E-Fan electric-powered two-seater draws style inspiration from the automotive industry while advancing the light-aircraft art.
Podcast: The Paris Air Show: That’s a Wrap
From the Airbus A380 to satellites and a newfangled AirbusX6 helicopter, the Aviation Week team at Paris talks through the highlights of the show.
Airbus Resuming A400M Deliveries 
Flight restrictions preventing newly built A400Ms from being test flown have been lifted by Spanish authorities.
Alenia Aermacchi To Offer M345 HET For French Training Requirement 
Alenia Aermacchi is offering its M345 High-Efficiency Trainer aircraft to meet a French requirement for a new fast-jet training system.
X6 Emerges As Super Puma Successor 
Airbus’s new heavyweight helicopter to embrace fly-by-wire as part of a radical change.
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