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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Aircraft

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
Aircraft

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
Airports

Milan Prepares for eVTOL Air Taxi Services

Plans call for vertiports across the Lombardy region
Lilium Jet
Engines

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
Engines

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
Aircraft

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
Engines

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
Airports

Southeast Queensland Prepares for eVTOL Air Taxi Services

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

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
Aircraft

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
Aircraft

Air Show Lineup Channels Global Tensions

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

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
Engines

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
Engines

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
Environment

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
Aircraft

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
Airlines

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
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
Aircraft

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
Maintenance and Modifications

Honeywell Expands TFE Engine Support with Gama Aviation

Gama's Bournemouth facility in the UK will support aircraft operators across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa
Gama Aviation Engineering facility in Bournemouth, UK
Environment

Dovetail Unveils Hydrogen-electric Propulsion System

The first powertrain has been tested with ground runs conducted in Spain
Dovetail hybrid-electric propulsion system
Airports

Court Blocks Movement Cuts at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

It is unclear whether the new Dutch government will pursue its predecessor's environmental policies
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Engines

VerdeGo Aero Unveils 400-kilowatt Hybrid-electric Propulsion System

The VH-4T will feature a Pratt & Whitney PW200 series turbine engine
VerdeGo Aero VH4-T hybrid-electric turbine propulsion system
Engines

Joby and H2Fly Fly Hydrogen-powered eVTOL Aircraft

The hydrogen propulsion system was jointly developed with Joby's Germany-based subsidiary
Joby's eVTOL aircraft with blue livery and trail of water vapor behind it
Regulations and Government

UK Regulator Gives Vertical Aerospace More Control over Certification Tasks

The UK Civil Aviation Authority and EASA have agreed on how to jointly certify the aircraft
Vertical Aerospace VX4 eVTOL aircraft
Aircraft

Heart Presses Ahead With New Independent Hybrid Regional Airliner

The Swedish start-up has changed the architecture of its planned propulsion system
Heart Aerospace ES-30 hybrid-electric regional airliner
Engines

New Funding Allows Cranfield Team to Build Hydrogen Airliner Demonstrator

UK company aims to bring nine-passenger converted Islander aircraft to market in 2027
Cranfield Aerospace Solutions hydrogen propulsion system
Regulations and Government

EBAA Backs Dassault Lawsuit against European Commission

Group says Taxonomy Act unfairly discourages financial support for business aviation
Holger Krahmer, EBAA secretary-general
Aircraft

Deutsche Aircraft Delays Service Entry for D328eco Regional Airliner

Deliveries of the 40-seater are now expected to start at the end of 2027
Deutsche Aircraft D328eco regional airliner