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.


British Company Tests Beyond-Visual-Range Flights 
A British company using small unmanned air vehicles for photogrammetry has carried out beyond-visual-line-of-sight flights over land in nonsegregated airspace.
Akinci UAV Development Progressing 
Turkish unmanned air system manufacturer Baykar Makina has unveiled the first major components for its planned Akinci unmanned air system.
Rolls-Royce-Powered Boeing 787 Engine Inspections To Widen  1
A pending regulatory mandate will give Boeing 787 operators flying so-called “Package B” versions of Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines 30 days to inspect intermediate pressure compressor (IPC) blades for cracks, setting the stage for perhaps more 787 groundings.
Indra, Elettronica Partner On Defensive Aids 
Italy’s Elettronica and Spain’s Indra have partnered to develop a directed infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) system for aircraft.
Baggage Behavior Causing Aviation Safety Headache  3
Cabin baggage issue is impeding safe aircraft evacuation, say experts.
British F-35s Are Now Calling Britain Home  2
Britain joins Italy and Norway as European nations basing their F-35s on home soil.
European Union Lays Out €16B Space Spending Plan 
The majority of the money—around €9.7 billion—will be spent on the Galileo navigation system and European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) constellation.
BAE: Britain Should Take Lead Role In Future Fighter 
Chris Boardman, managing director of BAE Systems' Air division saysthe UK should be aiming to take a lead role in an international program to ensure the country retains its engineering base to produce combat aircraft.
F-35s Delivered To UK Home Base 
Six years after the delivery of the UK’s first F-35, four of the fighters have touched down at RAF Marham, the airfield selected as the British main F-35 operating base.
Regulators, Industry Work To Move Drone Delivery From Trial To Reality 
Close cooperation between the unmanned-aircraft industry and aviation authorities is advancing delivery by drone from laboratory trials to real-world experience.
FAA Calls for Additional Protections In Bell 525 Fly-By-Wire 

LONDON—The FAA is calling on Bell to introduce additional protections into the fly-by-wire control system of its new Model 525 intermediate-heavy twin-engine helicopter.

Rolls-Royce Accelerating Boeing 787 Engine Fix 
Reducing flight restrictions that hamper long-haul flying on Trent 1000-powered aircraft remains possible.
British Government Approves Heathrow Expansion 
The British government has given its long-awaited backing to the expansion of London’s Heathrow airport in a major milestone toward the construction of a third runway.
Airbus To Flight Test Zephyr In Australia 
The remote airfield at Wyndham, in the state of Western Australia, also will be used to perform trials of the various payloads envisaged by the Zephyr customers, which include the U.K. defense ministry.
BriteCloud Derivative To Protect Transport Aircraft 
Leonardo has lifted the veil on a new version of its BriteCloud active decoy designed to protect transport aircraft.
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