Tony Osborne

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UAV manufacturers criticize UK collision tests 
Organizations representing manufacturers of small unmanned air vehicles (UAVs), or drones, and those operating them have criticized a UK government report into the risks associated with collisions between the systems and manned aircraft.
UK lifts electronics ban for one Turkish airport 
The UK government has lifted its restrictions on electronic goods traveling in the cabin on flights originating from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport. But restrictions remain in place on flights from other Turkish airports.
Paris Air Show 2015
Paris Air Show to tighten security this year 
Organizers of this year’s Paris Air Show are beefing up security measures following a series of terror attacks in France during the last 24 months.
UK launches consultation on drone technology 
The British government has launched a consultation concerning the safety and privacy of unmanned aerial systems as it looks to widen their use in society.
UK, China agree to boost flights 
The UK and Chinese governments have agreed to more than double flights between the two countries as part of a new bilateral agreement.
British Prime Minister David Cameron
UK aerospace industry reeling after vote to leave European Union 
The UK’s aerospace industry has been left reeling after voters elected to ditch membership in the European Union (EU).
British Airways (operated by South African carrier Comair) 737-800
First passenger aircraft lands at St Helena  1
The remote British island outpost of St Helena has heralded the arrival of the first passenger aircraft to land at the island’s new airport.
A350 XWB
Airbus to build 280-tonne MTOW A350-900  3
Airbus will offer its A350-900 twin-engined widebody aircraft with a 280-tonne maximum takeoff weight (MTOW) from 2020.
UK may sell NATS share 
The UK government has revealed that it could sell off its remaining share of UK air navigation service provider (ANSP) National Air Traffic Services (NATS).
Dash-8 pilot calls near-collision with UAV ‘possibly catastrophic’ 
The pilot of a Bombardier Dash-8 regional airliner has described a near-collision with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) while on approach to London’s City Airport as “possibly catastrophic.”
Air passenger tax disparity worries UK government 
The British government will study the effects of air passenger duty (APD) on the country’s regional airports over concerns that lower levies in Scotland and Wales could draw passengers away from English airports.
Airbus E-Fan electric aircraft demonstrator flies over the Paris Air Show
Airbus’ E-Fan readied for cross channel flight 
Airbus is preparing its E-Fan electric aircraft demonstrator for a groundbreaking flight across the English Channel next months.
Comair to provide air service to Saint Helena 
The Saint Helena government said it has concluded negotiations for South African airline Comair to provide an air bridge for the remote British island territory.
Heathrow releases new slots for Vietnam Airlines services 
London’s Heathrow Airport has created its first new landing slots since 1996, paving the way for Vietnam Airlines to begin operations there.
La Compagnie Boeing 757
All-business class airline La Compagnie plans to double fleet by 2016  1
The founder and CEO of all-business-class airline La Compagnie said he would like to double the company’s fleet to four aircraft by 2016.
Blogs & Commentary
Aug 15, 2017
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Is Europe in the next phase of consolidation?

Do the airberlin and Alitalia insolvency filings signal the next wave of European industry consolidation?...More
Aug 15, 2017
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Airport drinking; when to call time?

Is limiting the number of alcoholic drinks each passenger can consume at an airport a good idea?...More
Aug 11, 2017
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Sully video blog – reader comments & a follow up

Not surprisingly, my latest blog on “Sully” Sullenberger’s AAAA videos campaigning against US ATM reform ignited a strong response from readers. Perhaps the only surprise is that many of the responses in my emails were highly supportive....More
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