Charles Alcock
Managing Editor

Charles Alcock is a senior editor with AIN, having rejoined the company in 2019. He has been an aviation journalist since 1986, and previously worked for AIN from 1990 to 2017, most recently as editor-in-chief. His main focus is on covering new aviation technology and business models, as well as international news.

Having been raised in the London area, Alcock studied at Manchester University in the northwest of England and earned an honors degree in Politics and Modern History. He speaks English and French, and some German.

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Conflict Lessons Drive Real-time Defense Tech Upgrades at Rafael

The Israeli company's air defense systems have saved lives in the current conflict
Rafael's C-Dome air defense system

GKN Ups Commitment to Airbus' Sustainable Wing Project

SusWingS is aiming to develop a new generation, greener aircraft wing
GKN SusWings project
Training and Workforce

Siemens Helps BAE Modernize Engineering and Manufacturing

The partners will work around BAE's FalconWorks research and development center
Siemens software for engineering

Wilbur Air Plans to Operate Crisalion's Integrity eVTOL in Australia

Wilbur Air is a subsidiary of advanced air mobility ground infrastructure group Skyportz
Crisalion and  Wilbur Air sign agreement

Business Jets Find Favor in Multiple Special Missions Roles

Gulfstream and other manufacturers work with customers and defense contractors to adapt their aircraft
Gulfstream G550 aircraft in U.S. Air Force service

Embraer Logs Super Tucano Order, Rolls Out E-Jet Upgrades

Paraguay's air force will take six of the light attack and training aircraft
Embraer Super Tucano

Supernal Debuts S-A2 eVTOL and Prepares to Fly Demonstrator

Hyundai Motor Group owner says company has a responsibility to mitigate car congestion
Supernal S-A2 at Farnborough Airshow

ITP Aero Reaps Growth From New Engine Platform Roles

Former Rolls-Royce engines and components subsidiary expands its horizons
ITP Aero engine manufacturing and maintenace

Tata Applies AI and Quantum Computing to Crack Tough Aerospace Challenges

India-based group expands its work with Rolls-Royce on hydrogen fuel systems
Rolls-Royce work on hydrogen propulsion

Safran Will Provide Electrical Power for Boeing's X-66 Flight Demonstrator

NASA-backed program is exploring technology for next-generation single-aisle airliners
Boeing's X-66 technology demonstrator for NASA

Vertical Starts Ground Tests With Second VX4 eVTOL Prototype

Flight tests will start when the UK Civil Aviation Authority issues a permit to fly
Vertical Aerospace VX4 prototype

Asian Sales Group Plans to Buy VoltAero Cassio Hybrid-Electric Aircraft

Global Sky signed a memorandum of understanding for 15 of the five- to 12-seat aircraft
VoltAero at Farnborough 2024

Milan Prepares for eVTOL Air Taxi Services

Plans call for vertiports across the Lombardy region
Lilium Jet

Preliminary Design Complete for SWITCH Hybrid-Electric Powertrain

RTX companies Pratt & Whitney and Collins are working with multiple partners on EU-funded work
SWITCH technology demonstrator

Rolls-Royce Reports Progress with Pearl 10X Engine

Manufacturer says early operations with the Pearl 700 turbofans on the Gulfstream G700 are "flawless"
Rolls-Royce Pearl 10X engine

Eve Adds Funding and Partners to eVTOL Aircraft Program

The Embraer spin-off now has cash runway to support work through 2027
Eve Air Mobility uncrewed eVTOL prototype

Jekta and ZeroAvia Team to Develop Hydrogen-Powered Seaplane

Hydrogen-electric PHA-ZE 100 features quadruple the range of the battery-powered model
Jekta's PHA-ZE 100 amphibious aircraft

Southeast Queensland Prepares for eVTOL Air Taxi Services

Wisk Aero plans to build vertiports with Skyports Infrastructure
Wisk Aero Generation 6 eVTOL aircraft

Boeing Commercial Chief Says Employees are Key to Safety Turnaround

President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes Stephanie Pope addressed reporters on the eve of the Farnborough Airshow
Boeing Presidents Panel in London

Air Traffic Controller Drought Calls for New Approach to Training

CAE aims to make the recruitment and training process more efficient
NavCanada Billy Bishop Airport ATC tower

Race to Market Heats Up For eVTOL Aircraft Pioneers

Some competitors are running low on cash, and some big dark horses await their moment
Supernal S-A2 eVTOL aircraft

Air Show Lineup Channels Global Tensions

1,500 exhibitors and 80,000 trade visitors converge in Farnborough
Airbus A321XLR at Farnborough

RTX Pools Power Expertise to Accelerate Propulsion Breakthroughs

Collins and Pratt & Whitney push for progress with multiple hybrid-electric applications
Pratt & Whitney engineer tests propulsors for the STEP-Tech program

New U.S. Air Force Ops Platform Will Get Upgraded Engines

GE Aerospace Defense & Systems is pursuing new opportunities for its engines in military applications
The U.S. Air Force's Survivable Airborne Operations Center Boeing 747-8 aircraft

Trent Engine Upgrades Cover Fuel Efficiency and Reliability

The A350-900's new Trent XWB-84 turbofans will burn 1% less fuel
Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engine

Engine Makers and Aircraft Operators Grapple With Non-CO2 Emissions

Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce among other seek to address issues like contrail formation
Pratt & Whitney annual combustor rig

Omani Transport Group Prepares To Operate Laila Uncrewed VTOL Freighter

Mwasalat signed a partnership agreement with California-based start-up Odys Aviation
Badar Alnadabi, CEO of Mwasalat (left) and Moosa Al Balushi, regional director for business development for Odys Aviation, signed a partnership agreement

Saudia Signs To Buy Up to 100 Lilium Jet eVTOL Aircraft

The Middle East airline will support the manufacturer in securing type certification in Saudi Arabia
Saudia's Lilium Jet eVTOL aircraft

Vertical Reveals Second eVTOL Prototype Ahead of Flight Testing

The new VX4 model has a 20% greater power-to-weight ratio than the first prototype
Vertical Aerospace's second VX4 eVTOL aircraft prototype

Green Regional Airliners Could Break the Market Mold

Several new hybrid-electric and hydrogen-powered aircraft are in development
Heart Aerospace ES-30 hybrid-electric regional airliner