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.


Bell 412 Selected For Canadian Coast Guard Duties
A CDN$155 million ($123 million) deal with Bell Helicopter is the second contract for helicopters placed by the Canadian Department of Fisheries & Oceans—the umbrella agency for the Coast Guard—following a May 2014 order for 15 Bell 429s.
Bell 412 Selected For Canadian Coast Guard Duties 
A CDN$155 million ($123 million) deal with Bell Helicopter is the second contract for helicopters placed by the Canadian Department of Fisheries & Oceans—the umbrella agency for the Coast Guard—following a May 2014 order for 15 Bell 429s.
FedEx In $5 Billion Takeover Of TNT Express 
FedEx latest acquisition—TNT Expresss expands U.S. freight company’s European footprint
Saudi-Led Coalition Uses Airpower Against Yemeni Rebels 
Airpower from across the Middle East deploys to Saudi Arabia to support operations against Houthi rebels in Yemen.
U.S. State Department Clears Possible AH-1Z Viper Sale to Pakistan
The $925 million deal, revealed this week by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), covers 15 AH-1Zs and also includes the purchase of 1,000 Hellfire missiles to arm them.
Belgium Wants New Fighter To Be Nuclear-Capable 
The documents, revealed by the VRT television station at the end of March, examine Belgium’s defensive needs out to 2030 and discuss significant defense cuts in a bid to save €1.7 billion ($1.8 billion) on defense by 2019.
Brazil, Argentina Begin Negotiations Over Possible Gripen Sale 
Brazilian defense minister Jaques Wagner and his Argentine counterpart, Agustin Rossi, discussed the possible sale of up to 24 Gripen NGs during bilateral meetings in Buenos Aires on April 7, the Brazilian defense ministry announced.
Heathrow Proposes Cuts In Passenger Charges For Domestic Services 
Heathrow—which is publicly campaigning to be the site of a new runway against rival Gatwick Airport—says it could cut domestic-passenger charges by a third to encourage airlines to increase the number of domestic services to destinations in the British Isles.
New U.K. Military Safety Agency Subsumes Military Aviation Authority 
The Defense Safety Authority (DSA) officially formed on April 1 will act as the overarching body for all of the U.K. defense ministry’s safety agencies.
TNT Agrees To Takeover By FedEx 
The takeover, announced on April 7, comes just over two years after an attempt by UPS to buy TNT collapsed in January 2013.
France, Germany And Italy To Develop MALE UAV 
The nations agreed to develop the MALE UAV during a meeting of government ministers in Berlin on March 31, following joint proposals for the MALE 2020 system submitted by Airbus, Alenia Aermacchi and Dassault Aviation to national governments of the three countries in spring 2014.
FDR Readout Suggests Germanwings Co-Pilot Set Autopilot To Increase Descent 
Data from the flight data recorder recovered from the wreckage of Germanwings Flight 9525 show that the co-pilot modified the aircraft’s speed after programming it to fly into the ground, aviation accident investigators have confirmed.
UTC Names Leduc New Sikorsky President 
United Technologies (UTC) has placed a new person at the helm of Sikorsky as it prepares to potentially spin off or sell off the helicopter manufacturer.
Apr 15, 2015

Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015

Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 2

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015

NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 14

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015

Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 10

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015

Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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