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.

 

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Italian Air Force Prepares For M-346 Training 

LONDON – Two Italian air force instructors have completed their training on the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 in the first step to introducing the aircraft into service.

The two pilots from the 61st Wing completed their training with Alenia Aermacchi instructors at Lecce-Galatina airbase in the south of the country, home to the Italian air force’s training wing.

AirTanker Receives 10th Aircraft 

LONDON – AirTanker, the consortium charged with the operation of the U.K. Royal Air Force’s (RAF) aerial tanker force, has taken delivery of its 10th aircraft.

Helicopter Operators Invited To Bid For VIP Helicopter Contract 
AgustaWestland, British International Helicopter Services, Castle Air, Cobham, Gama Aviation, Qinetiq and Sloane Helicopters have been invited to bid for the five-year contract.
FAA To Re-Examine FAR 27 and 29 Rules For Helicopters 

LONDON — The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration says it will consider making changes to the certification standards governing the maximum weight of helicopters.

The regulator made the decision in response to comments to a Federal Register notice on the possible restructuring of rotorcraft airworthiness standards posted back in February 2013.

Q400 Heavy Landing Caused By Prosthetic Arm Detachment 6
The one-armed captain was flying the aircraft from Birmingham to Belfast City Airport, Northern Ireland on February 12, the U.K. Air Accident Investigation Branch reported on August 14.
Finmeccanica’s Moretti Attempts Group Turnaround 
In a sweeping review, Finmeccanica weighs units to be kept or discarded
Italian Air Force Prepares For M-346 Training 
Two Italian air force instructors have completed their training on the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 in the first step to introducing the aircraft into service.
France, U.K. Move Toward Joint UCAV 2
UCAV feasiblity study renews French-British aerospace industry cooperation
First U.K. A400M Moves Closer To First Flight 

LONDON – The first A400M airlifter for the U.K. Royal Air Force has moved under its own power as preparations begin for its first flight.

Taxi trials of the first of 22 RAF aircraft, MSN15, took place on Aug. 10, manufacturer Airbus Defense and Space said in an Aug. 10 press release. The tests will pave the way for a first flight in the coming weeks in readiness for delivery in September.

U.K. Deploys Tornados To Support Iraq Humanitarian Operation 

LONDON — The British government is deploying Royal Air Force Tornado fighter-bombers to support humanitarian operations in Iraq.

Bristow Pushes Ahead With U.K. SAR Contract 

LONDON – Bristow says plans for the company to take on the U.K.’s search-and-rescue helicopter capability are “on schedule and on budget.”

In revealing the helicopter operator’s first-quarter results Aug. 4 in Houston, Jonathan Baliff, Bristow’s new president and CEO, told analysts that construction work on two new bases at Inverness and Humberside airports was already well underway and that both would be operational in the first quarter of 2015, with other bases at eight other locations around the U.K. following later.

First U.K. A400M Moves Closer To First Flight 
The first A400M airlifter for the U.K. Royal Air Force has moved under its own power as preparations begin for its first flight.
U.K. Deploys Tornados To Support Iraq Humanitarian Operation 
Three U.K. Royal Air Force Panavia Tornado GR4s departed their home base of Marham, Norfolk, on Aug. 12 heading for the U.K. station at Akrotiri, Cyprus; from there, they are expected to fly reconnaissance missions over Northeastern Iraq.
Bristow Pushes Ahead With U.K. SAR Contract 
Bristow says plans for the company to take on the U.K.’s search and rescue helicopter capability are “on schedule and on budget.”
U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIL Militants 

The U.S. Navy has conducted limited airstrikes against militant fighters in Iraq, less than a day after President Barack Obama gave the green light for air operations over the country.

Two Boeing F/A-18 Hornets from the USS George Bush dropped 500 lb. laser-guided bombs on mobile artillery pieces being used by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) insurgents near Erbil in the North of the country during the morning of August 8.

According to the Pentagon, ISIL was using the artillery to shell Kurdish forces defending the city.

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