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 Begins Testing Multi-mission H175 
Airbus Helicopters has begun flight testing of the public service derivative of the H175 twin-engine super-medium helicopter.
Norway Moves To Nudge Up Defense Spending 
The Norwegian defense ministry is proposing a 1.9 billion krona ($231 million) year-on-year budget increase to pave the way for a long-term transformation program and the introduction of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
As Brazil Matures KC-390, Other Nations Select Developed Tankers  2
Russia is upgrading tanker fleets with modernized Il-76 and Il-96 platforms.
A330 MRTT Operators Consider Broadening Tanker Mission  3
Airbus tanker could also take on network node and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tasks.
EASA Lifts H225 Grounding With Limitations 
The European Aviation Safety Agency’s decision to lift its imposed grounding of the EC225/H225 helicopter will come as small comfort to Airbus Helicopters.
CHC Secures $450 Million To Rebuild After Chapter 11 
Offshore helicopter operator CHC has secured $450 million from investors to rebuild the company once it emerges from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
Monarch Gets £165 Million Boost From Greybull Capital 
British LCC Monarch Airlines has received a long-awaited cash injection of £165 million ($202 million) from its majority stakeholder.
New Bilateral Agreement Boosts UK-China Flights 
The UK and Chinese governments have agreed to more than double flights between the two countries, as part of a new bilateral agreement.
Airbus Chief Livid Over Polish Helo Deal Cancellation 
Airbus CEO Tom Enders has reacted with fury over Poland’s decision to break off negotiations on a $3.5 billion deal for multi-role helicopters.
Finland To Purchase Grob Trainers From Babcock 
The Finnish defense ministry will purchase 28 used Grob 115E piston-engine training aircraft from Babcock International to fulfill the country’s ab-initio/elementary pilot training needs.
Italian Defense Ministry Approves Attack Helo Program 
The Italian ministry of defense has given the green light for the development of a new attack helicopter based on the Leonardo Helicopters AW149.
Poland To Begin New Multi-Role Helo Program 
The Polish defense ministry says it will initiate a new program for a fleet of multi-role helicopters following cancellation of a deal with Airbus Helicopters for 50 H225M Caracals.
Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Scottish Parliament Supports Heathrow Expansion 
The Scottish government has thrown its weight behind the expansion of London’s Heathrow Airport, saying a third runway there would bring economic benefits to Scotland.
Airbus Sets Up Automated Refueling Trials  13
Automated refueling could remove the need for a boom operator in the future.
Loss Of AW159 Work Puts GKN Jobs At Risk 
GKN, which builds the airframe of the Wildcat, sent its workers home early on Oct. 7 after announcing to the 300-strong workforce that Leonardo plans to take the work in-house.

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