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.

Charles Alcock

Latest from Charles Alcock

Volocopter's VoloConnect eVTOL Prototype Takes to Skies

Volocopter's VoloConnect four-seat full-scale eVTOL prototype is now in flight test, joining the two-seat VoloCity and freight-carrying VoloDrone.
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FutureFlight

With First VoloConnect Takeoff, Volocopter Has Three eVTOL Models in Test Flights

The four-passenger VoloConnect has joined the smaller VoloCity and VoloDrone prototypes in flight testing.
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FutureFlight

Lilium To Step Up eVTOL Program Expenditure Under New CEO Klaus Roewe

In a shareholders' letter, the company says it aims to have the basis for type certification of its seven-seat eVTOL aircraft fully agreed to by EASA by the end of 2022.
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FutureFlight On The Radar

Deloitte Study Considers How Advanced Air Mobility Stacks Up as a Mass-transit Contender

The consulting group focuses on how eVTOL air taxi services will compete on cost and price points with ground-based alternatives and also with scheduled airlines.
Airlines

Eurocontrol Pushes Back Covid Recovery as Delays Worsen

The air traffic management agency published a revised short-term forecast for European air traffic, as airlines and airports face serious staff shortages.
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FutureFlight

NASA Adds More Partners to its Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign

The program is intended to promote public confidence and accelerate the realization of emerging aviation markets for passenger and cargo transportations in urban, suburban, rural and regional environments
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VX4 eVTOL Operators, Lessor, and Airports Group Plan Brazilian Vertiports

Brazil is emerging as a likely early adopter of eVTOL air taxi services, in part because of strong existing demand for helicopter charter flights.
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Eve Turns to Porsche for Mass-production Expertise

Porsche Consulting will provide insight on supply chain for high-volume production, as well as strategy for global manufacturing and logistics.
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FutureFlight

Honeywell Reports Progress with One-MW Turbogenerator Tests

The company says the turbogenerator could power hybrid-electric aircraft and also be used for ground-based battery recharging units.
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FutureFlight

EASA Announces Tenders for New Aviation Safety Research Projects

New European Union-funded research includes technology of direct relevance to the advanced air mobility sector.
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FutureFlight

Vertiko and Jaunt Announce Plans for eVTOL Air Taxi Network Across Quebec

Vertiko intends to build a network of vertiports in the Canadian province of Quebec and operate a fleet of at least 70 Jaunt Journey eVTOL aircraft from 2026.
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FutureFlight On The Radar

Tampa Airport Studies Innovative Future Mobility Options

The Florida airport's latest master plan makes it clear that Tampa Bay area officials are willing to consider radical transportation options that could include eVTOL aircraft and much more.
FutureFlight

TCab Tech Chooses Safran's Motors To Power Five-Seat E20 eVTOL Aircraft

The Chinese start-up, which was founded by former Geely Terrafugia and Autoflight executives, aims to certify its aircraft in China in 2025.
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FutureFlight

Lilium Reports Hover-to-Cruise Airflow Transition Breakthrough in eVTOL Test Flights

The transition was achieved with the company's Phoenix 2 eVTOL technology demonstrator during test flights in Spain.
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Lilium Selects Partners For Propulsion Flaps and Lithium Battery Technology

The German eVTOL aircraft developer made three significant supply chain partnership announcements in the space of a week.
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Eviation Says Alice Electric Commuter is Set For Summer Flight Test Lift-off

The start of flight testing for the redesigned Alice aircraft has been delayed for some time, but the company says it will still be ready for the FAA to assess the aircraft in 2024.
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FutureFlight

Japanese Parking Lots Could Be Launch Pads for eVTOL Air Taxis

Skyports is expanding its plans to build vertiports through a new alliance with partners in Japan.
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FutureFlight

FAA Certification Leader Joins Autonomous Flight Pioneer Xwing

Outgoing FAA executive director for certification Earl Lawrence was responsible for the oversight of all categories of aircraft certification as well as production and airworthiness approvals. 
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FutureFlight

Helisul Probed the Human Realities of Urban Air Mobility Services

In a series of 180 flights over Rio de Janeiro, Helisul's rotorcraft mapped out possible routes for eVTOL aircraft.
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Environment

Experts Teach How To Build Sustainable Business

AIN Media Group hosted a meeting about the steps business aviation companies and their customers can take to achieve carbon neutrality.
Aircraft

TBM Co-ownership Could Make Private Flying Affordable

Moove is marketing co-owned shares in the TBM 960 single-engine turboprop to small companies that might find it hard to access affordable charter services.
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Airports

Oxford Grows with New Hangar, Maintenance Space, and Taxiway

The UK airport is expanding facilities to accommodate strong growth in business aviation traffic.
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Aircraft

For Now, Bizav Tailwinds Are Stronger Than Headwinds

Business aviation traffic and demand are generally still strong, but rising costs and economic uncertainty are all too visible, said the analysts at WingX.
Aircraft

Bombardier Raises Green Bar with Eco Jet, Declarations

The manufacturer sees a blended wing as the basis for a quantum leap in carbon reduction, and is now auditing the environmental credentials of current jets
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Aircraft

Lilium Teams with Honeywell and Denso for eVTOL Motors

A lightweight electric motor will power each of the 30 fan engines on Lilium's seven-passenger eVTOL aircraft, which is expected to enter service in 2025.
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Engines

Hydrogen Innovator's Big Propulsion Plans Starts Small

Hydroplane is developing a 200 kW hydrogen fuel cell powerplant it says will be affordable for current small single-engine aircraft.
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Engines

MagniX Steps Up Electric Caravan Plans with New Leader

MagniX has plans to convert several aircraft, including the Grand Caravan and the DHC-2 Beaver to electric propulsion.
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Aircraft

Textron Enters Electric Aviation Age With Pipistrel Acquisition

Textron's Pipistrel subsidiary could catapult the company into the electric aviation age, with drones, hydrogen propulsion, and eVTOL vehicles in the mix.
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FutureFlight

Honeywell and Denso Join Forces to Make Electric Motors For Lilium Jet

Lilium announced the key partnership at the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition.
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Aircraft

Piaggio Ponders Electric and Hydrogen-electric Aircraft

Piaggio has considered new propulsion systems for its P180 Avanti Evo twin turboprop, but has concluded a new airframe is required.
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