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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FutureFlight

Joby Boosts Software Capabilities by Acquiring Specialist Avionyx

The deal to buy Avionyx follows Joby's recent acquisition of radio frequency technology group Inras.
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Aircraft

Surf Air IPO To Fund Hybrid-electric Fleet Conversions

Surf Air Mobility expects to raise $467 million through an IPO, which would fund conversion of its Cessna Grand Caravan fleet to hybrid-electric power.
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Solithor Raises Funding To Develop Solid-State Lithium Batteries for Electric Aviation

The Belgium-based company has been founded by Huw Hampson-Jones, who previously ran lithium-sulfur battery developer Oxis Energy.
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Surf Air To Fund Hybrid-Electric Fleet Conversion Plan Through Initial Public Offering

The company is also set to acquire regional airline Southern Airways and convert its Grand Caravan fleet to hybrid-electric propulsion.
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Microsoft Will Develop Cloud-based Platform for Urban Air Mobility Operations

Volocopter will be the first to use the cloud-based technology it is developing with Microsoft, which has previously invested in the start-up.
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FutureFlight

Piaggio Makes Plans for Hydrogen-Electric Business Aircraft

The Italian company is in administration, awaiting possible acquisition by new owners, who would determine whether to invest in a new aircraft.
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Joby Sees No Delay to Approval of eVTOL Aircraft From FAA Rule Changes

Operating losses for the first quarter of 2022 increased as the company has almost doubled its investment in research and development work, but it still holds $1.2 billion in cash and other capital on its balance sheet.
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Ampaire Says Caravan Conversion Represents Fast-track to Viable Electric Aviation

In addition to Textron's Grand Caravan, the company says it could convert models such as the Twin Otter, the SkyMaster, and ATR's regional airliners.
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FutureFlight

Battery Supplier Amprius To Boost Electric Mobility Ambitions with Equity Flotation

The company is combining its business with special purpose acquisition company Kensington Capital and hopes to raise $430 million with a New York Stock Exchange flotation.
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FutureFlight

With Cash Reserves Boosted, Eve Says It's Ready to Accelerate Plans For Advanced Air Mobility Market

The company raised $377 million from an initial public offering on the New York Stock Exchange, with dented trading conditions resulting in less than the anticipated $500 million plus return.
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FutureFlight

Archer Poised To Resume Flight Testing of Its Maker eVTOL Technology Demonstrator

The company reported rising operating costs related to increased expenditure to build and certify its four-passenger eVTOL aircraft.
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FAA Denies It Will Overhaul eVTOL Aircraft Certification Rules, But Change in Approach Annoys Industry Groups

A report in The Air Current this week claimed that the FAA is to fundamentally replace the basis on which new eVTOL aircraft will be certified by removing the use of existing Part 23 rules as the regulatory foundation.
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FutureFlight On The Radar

Eve's Concept of Operations for Rio de Janeiro Offers Urban Air Mobility Blueprint

The concept-of-operations document illustrates the complexity of establishing eVTOL air services across vast metropolitan areas, including those in Eve's home country, Brazil.
Environment

Joby: NASA Test Flights Prove eVTOL's Low Noise Levels

Results from recent NASA-backed flight tests with Joby’s eVTOL prototype demonstrate that its noise would be barely audible from city streets below.
FutureFlight

Joby: NASA Test Flights Prove eVTOL Noise Levels Will Be Acceptable in Cities

The noise testing used 50 omnidirectional microphones deployed in a grid over which the Joby prototype flew repeatedly to represent anticipated operational noise profiles.
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Magicall To Supply Electric Motors for CityAirbus NextGen eVTOL Aircraft

The California-based company is joining other key program partners, including Spirit AeroSystems, Thales, and Diehl.
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FutureFlight

Aeroauto's Florida Showroom To Market the Air One Personal eVTOL Aircraft

Air's engineering team is preparing to start hover testing the vehicle later in 2022, and the company is also working to secure the FAA's G1 type certification basis approval.
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FutureFlight

Shell Will Provide Hydrogen Refueling Equipment for Test Flights

The oil and gas company is investing in the design and production of hydrogen refueling equipment, including mobile units and an landside-to-airport pipeline.
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Aircraft

ZeroAvia Converting 2nd Do-228 for Hydrogen Testing

ZeroAvia announced today that it has started preparing a second Dornier 228 aircraft to serve as a testbed for the hydrogen-electric propulsion system.
FutureFlight

ZeroAvia Converts Second Dornier 228 for Hydrogen Propulsion Flight Testing

The 19-seat regional airliner could be ready to start flight testing with a combination of its turboprop engines and the company's ZA600 hydrogen-electric powertrain by September 2022.
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Helicopter Operator Joins Plans For eVTOL Air Taxi Services in Los Angeles

Helinet is joining the Urban Movement Labs project, which already involves eVTOL aircraft developers Archer, Volocopter and Supernal.
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Rolls-Royce Exhibit Shows Off the Scale of Aircraft Engine Maker's Electric Ambitions

Rolls-Royce Electrical's exhibit at the Aero Friedrichshafen show in Germany included the Spirit of Innovation electric aircraft, which recently smashed world speed records.
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FutureFlight On The Radar

EHang Told It Must Comply with U.S. Accounting Rules for Public Companies

The Chinese eVTOL aircraft developer acknowledges that it needs to meet SEC requirements for transparency in financial reporting to avoid the prospect of being delisted from New York's Nasdaq stock exchange.
FutureFlight

Emergency Medical Flight Operator Backs Manta's eVTOL Aircraft Plans

Avionord is the latest Italian private company to invest in Manta Aircraft, which is also supported by Italian government-backed CDP Venture Capital fund.
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Airbus and Partners Launch Air Mobility Initiative in Southern Germany

The $91 million program is aimed at advancing eVTOL aircraft technology, as well as uncrewed air traffic management and ground infrastructure including vertiports.
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MagniX Teams with Air Tindi and AeroTec for NASA's Electric Powertrain Project

Canadian regional airline Air Tindi will provide one of its Dash 7 twin turboprop aircraft to be converted to an electric propulsion system for NASA-backed flight trials.
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FutureFlight

Japanese Regulator Approves Type Certification Basis for SkyDrive's Personal eVTOL Vehicle

The approval followed discussion over type certification requirements conducted through Japan's Public-Private Council for Air Mobility Revolution.
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FutureFlight On The Radar

Vertical Reports Business Momentum Building as VX4 eVTOL Prepares for Its First Flight

The UK-based company expects to fly its first full-scale prototype this summer, as customers such as leasing group Avolon advance plans for the launch of commercial air taxi services by 2025.
FutureFlight On The Radar

UK Aerospace Industry Told To Speculate To Accumulate In Growing Green Aviation Market

The Aerospace Technology Institute's 2022 technology strategy document argues that now is the time for industry to bet big to develop key products and processes that will drive carbon out of aviation.
Aircraft

Ampaire Seeks New Funding as Surf Air Takeover Scuttled

Hybrid-electric aviation pioneer Ampaire is preparing to launch a Series B funding round after confirming that Surf Air Mobility is no longer acquiring it.