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.


Person of the Year: The Notorious Mr. Putin 104
Aviation Week’s Person of the Year is the figure who had the most impact—for better or, in this case, worse—on aerospace and aviation over the year. In 2014, Putin’s actions roiled defense, space and commercial aviation.
Auditors Warn Of High Risks In U.K. Defense Equipment Spending Cuts 
The British defense ministry has made significant strides in forecasting procurement and support costs, auditors say. But they warn that this work could be undone by what they describe as a high-risk reduction in spending.
Sweden Acknowledges Second Submarine Hunt 
The Swedish government has acknowledged it carried out a second submarine hunt in the waters near Stockholm.
Typhoons Need Midair Collision Avoidance System, Safety Officials Say
Military air safety officials have described as “unsustainable” a decision not to install an airborne collision avoidance system (ACAS) on the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) fleet of Eurofighter Typhoons.
A350 Visit Proving Heathrow’s Green Credentials 
The airport’s owners, Heathrow Holdings, have developed a 10-point noise-reduction plan and hopes to cut down airport and aircraft noise by this summer.
U.K. Receives First Production MBDA Brimstone Missiles 
The U.K. defense ministry has taken delivery of its first 20 production examples of the MBDA Brimstone air-to-surface missile.
Belgium Seeks More Information For F-16 Replacement Project 7
The Belgian government has started a survey process to pave the way for a program to replace the country’s F-16 fighter fleet.
EASA Certifies SAR AW189 

Fractional ownership company NetJets has received more than 1,000 resumes from qualified candidates for open pilot positions, the company says. 

It has also received about 200 resumes from flight attendant candidates for open positions. 

NetJets recently announced plans to add up to 87 pilot positions and up to 50 new flight attendant positions throughout 2015. 

The first group of new pilots is expected to start on-site training in the first quarter, the company said. 

U.K. Investigates Citation CJ2 Stall Warning System Issues 
U.K. air accident investigators have called on the U.S. FAA to examine possible issues with the angle-of-attack vane units and stall warning system on the Cessna Citation CJ2+ business aircraft after a stall incident in U.K. airspace in late 2013.
USAF Names RAF Lakenheath As F-35A Base, Unveils Closures 8
The U.S. Air Force has chosen RAF Lakenheath in the U.K. as its first base for the F-35A in Europe, and announced a significant upheaval in the USAF’s basing structure.
Turkey To Pursue Indigenous Fighter; Orders More F-35s 
Turkey will push ahead with development of an indigenous national combat aircraft, the country’s Defense Industry Executive Committee has decided.
Honeywell HTS900-Powered Bell 407 Helicopter Certified 
Canadian helicopter engineering firm Eagle Copters has certified its modification to fit Honeywell’s HTS900 turboshaft engine into the Bell 407 single-engined helicopter.
Sikorsky Delivers Polish Helo Bid 
Sikorsky has delivered its bid for Poland’s utility helicopter program despite having earlier raised concerns about the requirements drawn up by Warsaw.
U.K. Requests Help With Maritime Patrol Aircraft Again 
For the second time in just more than a month, the U.K. government has been forced to request help from NATO allies to provide maritime patrol aircraft to hunt for a suspected foreign submarine.
Jan 26, 2015

New Photos: Chilled Lightning 1

F-35 begins extreme climate testing....More
Jan 23, 2015

When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 13

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015

10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More
Jan 21, 2015

Peru Goes Dutch For SAR Helicopters

Peru will buy three used AB-412 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters from the Netherlands, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert informed parliament Jan. 19....More
Jan 20, 2015

Belgian Army Patrols City Streets

It was not a long weekend like it was in the States, but I felt the presence of the Belgian army on the streets of Brussels Jan. 17 when I saw a Light Multirole Vehicle bristling with antennas turn the corner on Rue Royale and drive past the parliament....More
Jan 20, 2015

RNLAF F-35s Go To Edwards Air Force Base

Two Royal Netherlands Air Force F-35s flew to Edwards Air Force Base Jan. 16 for the operational test and evaluation phase....More
Jan 20, 2015

The Case Of The Missing F-117 Parts (2001) 1

How AW&ST found out what had happened to the remains of a shot-down F-117....More

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