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.


Lockheed Martin Pushing Simulation And Data To Give Airport Marginal Gains 
LONDON—Lockheed Martin says that computer simulation models and data collection are helping European airports make marginal but important gains in capacity through minor changes in operations.
EASA To EU: Improve Information On Uncooperative Military Aircraft
An unexpected threat to European air traffic is being posed by uncooperative military aircraft flying in busy international airspace.
Belgium Mulling A330 MRTT Purchase 
Belgium is considering the purchase of Airbus A330 Multi-Role Tanker Transports, the Belgian press has reported.
Podcast: Brewing Crisis in the Baltic
As NATO and Russia are stepping up air patrols in and around Eastern Europe – including an increasing amount of flights with transponders turned off – aviation safety officials are scrambling to keep the skies safe for commercial airlines.
Italy Probes Alleged AgustaWestland Corruption In Algeria Helo Deal 
Italy’s financial police have raided the homes of former AgustaWestland executives over allegations of corruption in a deal to sell helicopters to the Algerian government.
Poland Makes Selections On Missile Defense And Helicopters 
Poland has taken the next step toward modernizing its armed forces, but its selections may have wider effects.
Airbus Helicopters Wins EASA Certification For Utility EC145 
Airbus Helicopters has been awarded European Aviation Safety Agency certification for the utility version of its EC145 twin-engine light helicopter.
Warren East To Succeed John Rishton As Rolls-Royce CEO 
Warren East, former CEO of semi-conductor firm ARM Holdings, will replace John Rishton from July 2, the company announced on April 22, just days after it concluded its largest ever non-governmental order from Emirates Airline for Trent 900 engines worth $9.26 billion.
Warren East To Succeed John Rishton As Rolls-Royce CEO 
Aero-engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has announced a change in leadership after a 2014 dominated by profit warnings and share-price drops.
Poland Pleases European, U.S. Allies With Helicopter, Missile Orders
Poland has selected Airbus Helicopters to provide the country’s future military utility helicopters, while Raytheon’s Patriot has been chosen as Warsaw’s next generation surface-to-air missile system.
Airbus Helicopters To Begin Testing Light Helo HUMS Soon 
Airbus Helicopters will soon begin testing a new lightweight digital health and usage monitoring system (HUMS) which could be used on light-single and twin-engine helicopters
Drone Forces Manchester Airport To Halt Operations 
Operations at the U.K.’s third-busiest airport were halted for 20 min. during the late morning of April 20, after a drone was spotted near one of the airport’s two runways.
Emirates Orders Trent 900 For Future A380s 
The $9.26 billion order, announced in London on April 17, reverses Emirates’ trend to power its A380s with the Engine Alliance GP7000 engine and potentially steers the airline toward a reengined A380neo that Airbus President Tim Clark says the manufacturer is still deliberating.
Apr 24, 2015

Airbus A380 Makes First Flight (2005)

The Airbus A380 made its first flight on April 27, 2005. The story since has been full of ups and downs. See our original coverage from 2005....More
Apr 23, 2015

Airbus, Boeing Delivering Aircraft At The Last Minute? 1

An analysis of Airbus' and Boeing's delivery data from Aviation Week Intelligence Network's Fleet database reveals that both Airbus and Boeing tend to deliver a majority of their aircraft during the second half of each month....More
Apr 21, 2015

Astronaut Scott Kelly Paces Start to ISS Marathon Mission, Chance to Sip Espresso

"We definitely look forward to the espresso machine," astronaut Scott Kelly, NASA's ISS marathoner, told Russia Today. "I know a lot of people are interested in it."...More
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) 4

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

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