Global In-flight Autopilot Systems Market: Snapshot
Most of the aircraft manufacturers are currently in a phase of evolving their pilot guidance and autopilot systems to implement the latest ones available. This falls in line with their drive to increase the scope of automation in aircrafts. This is a key driver for the demand for in-flight autopilot systems.
Another factors that works in favor of in-flight autopilot systems providers is the overall improvements made by aircraft makers in enhancing operational efficiency, including the implementation of autopilot systems. This also includes the implementation of performance-based navigation, a new concept that improve the description of an aircraft’s usage of fuel efficiency as well as maintenance of passenger safety. Another advantage that aircraft companies seek from in-flight autopilot systems is the reduction of pilot fatigue through the use of enhanced autopilot systems.
The resultant progress shown by in-flight autopilot systems revenues from a global perspective is a CAGR of 4.0% from 2015 to 2021. This market is expected to reach US$8.14 bn by the end of 2021.
North America Defense Modernization Allows Highest Regional Demand for In-Flight Autopilot Systems
North America has consistently provided the highest demand for in-flight autopilot systems over the recent past. It is expected to continue this trend till 2021, by the end of which it is expected to take up 45.50% of the in-flight autopilot systems revenue share. The biggest contributor to this demand is the U.S. defense industry, which is rapidly increasing the number of defense modernization programs for all sectors. This gives most key players a chance to introduce the latest systems to the automated aviation vehicles in the defense industry.
The demand for in-flight autopilot systems in Europe is also on the rise, thanks to the highly developed network of airways that make it easier to introduce automation in the aviation industry. At the same time, the rising number of air travelers in Asia Pacific is fueling the demand for in-flight autopilot systems, thereby generating a higher interest from global players.
Commercial Aircrafts Increase Demand for In-flight Autopilot Systems Market
By 2021, the revenue generated by in-flight autopilot systems players in commercial aircraft applications is expected to reach US$5.2 bn, making it the largest one till then. The key reason for the high demand for commercial aircraft in-flight autopilot systems is the increasing number of air passengers across the world, for both domestic and international flights. This will have a highly positive effect on most of the key providers of in-flight autopilot systems in the coming years. The commercial aircrafts segment is also showing a greater focus on the use of autopilot systems to reduce the scope of human error during flight as well as landing, further boosting the demand for in-flight autopilot systems.
Key in-flight autopilot systems makers include BAE System Plc., L3 Communication Holding, Inc., Garmin Ltd., Honeywell International, Inc., and Rockwell Collins, Inc.
In-flight autopilot systems are nowadays finding application in all kinds of aircrafts in order to enhance the operational efficiency during the flight. The major usage of in-flight autopilot systems is to guide and control an aircraft without any direct assistance from the pilot. The global in-flight autopilot systems market has been segmented on the basis of system type, aircraft type, application and geography. A broad cross sectional study of the global in-flight autopilot systems market across geographical segments has also been covered under the scope of the study.
The growing focus among various airline companies towards improving upon the operational efficiency of the aircraft is one of the primary factors responsible for fuelling the demand for in-flight autopilot systems market. Autopilot systems enhance the operational efficiency of the aircrafts by not only lowering the fuel consumption of the aircraft but also improving the safety of the aircraft. Moreover, in-flight autopilot systems also lower the fuel consumption of the aircraft which is further contributing to the growth of the market. In addition, the demand for in-flight autopilot systems is also expected to be high throughout the forecast period as a result of the growing need of automation of the aircrafts. Improving upon the navigational accuracy of the aircraft is another factor driving the demand for such systems. However, the in-flight autopilot system market is a niche market where only a limited number of manufacturers operate, as a result of which the cost of these systems are high, which in turn acts as a barrier for the growth of the market. Autopilot systems comprise a range of robust and complex equipments and are laden with wide variety of features. As a result of its complexity there is a high cost of maintenance involved which further impacts the market negatively.
Recent trends have shown that the various manufacturers of in-flight autopilot systems are constantly engaged in research and development activities in order to improve the performance of the aircraft and also making it fuel efficient by equipping the aircraft with the most advanced versions of autopilot systems. The in-flight autopilot systems market is also witnessing trends such as technological advancements which has enabled its integration with complex systems, and is expected to fuel its demand in the military and commercial aircrafts. Autopilot systems are also used more often in long air routes in order to minimize human intervention and thus reducing the pilot’s fatigue.
The competitive profiling of the key players in the global in-flight systems market and their market shares across four major geographic regions which include North America, Europe, Asia Pacific (APAC) and Rest of the World (RoW) has been exhaustively covered under the purview of the study. Moreover, the distinct business strategies that have been adopted by the major players in the market have also been included in the report. For providing a detailed insight into the global in-flight systems market, the market attractive analysis has been provided in the report.
A comprehensive analysis of market dynamics, which include the market drivers, restraints and opportunities, is included under the scope of the report. Market dynamics are the distinctive factors that influence the growth of the specific market and therefore help to study the current trends in the global market. Thus, this report provides an inclusive study of the global in-flight systems market and also provides the forecast of the market for the period from 2015-2021.
Some of the major players in the market are Rockwell Collins, Inc. (U.S.), Airware, Inc. (U.S.), Garmin Ltd. (Switzerland), Lockheed Martin Corporation (U.S.), Honeywell International Inc. (U.S.), L-3 Communication Holding Inc., (U.S.), BAE Systems, Plc (U.S.), Cloud Cap Technology Inc (U.S.), MicroPilot Inc., (Canada) and Genesys Aerosystems Group, Inc., (U.S.) among others.
The global in-flight systems market market has been segmented into:
In-flight autopilot systems market, by System type
- Flight Director System
- Attitude and Heading Reference System
- Avionics Systems
- Flight Control System
In-flight autopilot systems market, by Aircraft type
- Rotary Wings Aircraft
- Fixed-Wing Aircraft
In-flight autopilot systems market, by Application
- Commercial Aircrafts
- Military Aircrafts
- Civilian Aircrafts
In-flight autopilot systems market, by Geography
- North America
- United Kingdom
- Rest of Europe
- Asia Pacific
- Rest of Asia Pacific
- Rest of the World