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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Airlines

American Firms Up Commitment for Hydrogen-powered CRJ700 Regional Jets

The U.S. carrier has agreed to buy 100 of ZeroAvia's hydrogen-electric engines
ZeroAvia Dash 8 testbed aircraft
Rotorcraft

Columbia and Piasecki To Upgrade Model 107 Helicopters

The upgrades to the rotorcraft will be done in a former Sikorsky factory now run by Piasecki
Columbia Helicopters Model 107-II heavy-lift rotorcraft
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

Eve Raises $94 Million in Fresh Funding for eVTOL Aircraft

In the same week, rival Archer raised $55 million from existing backer Stellantis
Eve Air Mobility eVTOL full-scale prototype
Airlines

China Southern Airlines Makes Plans To Operate eVTOL Aircraft

The carrier signed a cooperation agreement with Chinese eVTOL vehicle manufacturer EHang
EHang EH216-S eVTOL aircraft
Engines

Universal Hydrogen Runs Out of Cash and Closes Business

The failure of efforts to raise more funding was acknowledged in a June 30 statement
Universal Hydrogen's Dash 8 aircraft
Aircraft

First eVTOL Air Services Do Not Mark the End of the AAM Race-to-Market

Independent experts say there are plenty more twists and turns to come
Joby eVTOL in New York City
Aircraft

Finland Chooses Challenger, Sweden Orders 3rd GlobalEye

Canadian airframer Bombardier is winning more defense business with Nordic states
Finland's coast guard MVX airborne surveillance aircraft will be based on the Bombardier Challenger 650
Engines

Helios Horizon Aims to Take Electric Aviation to the Stratosphere

Next test flights in converted Pipistrel Taurus light aircraft will target altitudes above 40,000 feet
Helios Horizon's electric-powered Pipistrel Taurus aircraft
Security

ICAO Issues Updated Global Aviation Security Plan

Implementation of security guidance will be audited by the UN agency
ATC

Flood Damage Disrupts Flights at Geneva Airport

Operations at the Swiss airport were limited to 70% on Wednesday afternoon
Skyguide ATC tower in Geneva
Aircraft

Leonardo Flies AW609 In Navy Aircraft Carrier Sea Trials

The aircraft has not yet received a civil type certificate
Leonardo AW609 tiltrotor operates on an Italian Navy aircraft carrier
Charter & Fractional

EHang Conducts More Passenger Flight Demonstrations in China

Pilotless sightseeing trips were conducted at a resort in Wencheng County in China’s Zhejiang province
EHang flight in Wencheng County, China
Airports

Ferrovial Teams with eVTOL Operator UrbanLink To Develop Florida Vertiports

The infrastructure group will make the facilities available for multiple eVTOL air services
Ferrovial is developing vertiports for eVTOL aircraft
Aircraft

Sirius Rebrands Planned Hydrogen Business Aircraft

Swiss startup announced the CEO Jet and the Adventure Jet
Sirius Aviation Adventure Jet
Aircraft

Leonardo To Assemble AW609 at Grottaglie Facility

The company is suspending production of airliner fuselages for Boeing for four months
Leonardo's Grottaglie production line for Boeing 787 airline fuselages
Engines

MagniX Enters Energy Storage Race with Samson Batteries

The new batteries will work with multiple electric propulsion systems for aircraft
MagniX Samson electric batteries for aviation
Rotorcraft

EASA Starts Flight Tests on AW09 Helicopter

The Leonardo subsidiary is aiming to certify the single-engined rotorcraft in 2025
EASA and Kopter test pilots with AW09 helicopter
Security

Two Bizjets Spray-painted at London Stansted

Two protestors breached airside security at the UK airport
Just Stop Oil at Stansted Airport
Charter & Fractional

Spanish Business Aircraft Operator Commits to Crisalion's eVTOL Model

Málaga-based iJet Aviation said it plans to buy 10 of the five-passenger Integrity aircraft
Crisalion Integrity eVTOL aircraft
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

Arc Aerosystems Lands Saudi Backing for New Aircraft

The UK start-up is working on a jump takeoff gyroplane and a pair of eVTOL aircraft
Arc Aerosystems Linx P9 aircraft
Cabin Interior and Electronics

Bombardier, F/List Open Biggin Hill Interiors Showroom

The Material Lounge is part of Bombardier's UK aircraft service center
Bombardier and F/List's new Material Lounge at London Biggin Hill Airport
Finance, Taxes, Insurance

Consultants Offer Sober Assessment of eVTOL Viability

This week's Revolution Aero conference assessed the hype around the new sector of aviation
Revolution Aero 2024 conference in London
Aircraft

Vertical Aerospace Close to Flight Testing New eVTOL Prototype

The UK start-up aims to demonstrate the four-passenger aircraft at the Farnborough Airshow
Vertical Aerospace VX4 eVTOL aircraft
Aircraft

Uncrewed Air One Cargo eVTOL Aircraft Attracts Early Interest

The new model is a spin-off from the company's piloted personal eVTOL aircraft
Air One uncrewed cargo eVTOL aircraft
Aircraft

Bristow Shares Its Thinking On Early eVTOL Aircraft Use Cases

The helicopter operator plans to add several of the new vehicles to its fleet
Bristow plans to operate Overair's Butterfly eVTOL aircraft
Regulations and Government

Japan's SkyDrive Begins FAA Type Certification for eVTOL Aircraft

The three-seat vehicle is expected to achieve Japanese type certification in 2026
SkyDrive begins FAA type certification for SD-05 eVTOL aircraft
Charter & Fractional

Wheels Up Refreshes Membership and Charter Packages

Private flight clients can now earn more benefits with Delta Air Lines
Wheels Up King Air in Las Vegas
Airports

Houston and Wisk Expand Plans for Autonomous eVTOL Air Services

The eVTOL aircraft developer is building on a partnership with Houston suburb Sugar Land
Wisk Aero's Generation 6 eVTOL aircraft
Safety

FAA and EASA Promise Closer Regulatory Collaboration

The air safety agencies recognized they need to keep pace with rapid technological change
Security

Security Leaders Assemble To Assess Overflight Risks

WORC 2024 will to mark the 10th anniversary of the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17