Improved Safety Standards and Changing Regulatory Scenario to Boost the Global Aircraft Synthetic Vision System Market Through 2020: Technavio

LONDON--()--Technavio’s latest report on the global aircraft synthetic vision system (SVS) market provides an analysis on the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2016-2020. Technavio defines an emerging trend as a factor that has the potential to significantly impact the market and contribute to its growth or decline.

An SVS is a computer-mediated reality system for aerial vehicles, which uses 3D technology to provide pilots with a clear understanding of their flying environment. It was developed by NASA and the US Air Force in the late 1970s and 1980s, in support of air safety and advanced cockpit research.

APAC has the fastest projected growth, at a CAGR of close to 10% during the forecast period. This is due to the significant increase in the number of aircrafts in the region. Since 2010, the number of orders for single-aisle aircraft has been growing, particularly from the emerging regions in the airline market, such as Asia, South America, and the Middle East. More than 20,000 aircraft are to be delivered in these regions in the next 20 years. In addition, over 7,000 wide-body aircraft will be delivered in emerging regions like Asia, the Middle East, Western Europe, and South America by 2034.

Arushi Thakur, an industry expert at Technavio, specializing in research on aerospace components sector, says, “The need for improvements in aviation safety has led to a growing demand for SVS. Greater investment in R&D for aviation applications of SVS has also helped the market growth.”

The top four emerging trends driving the global SVS market according to Technavio aerospace and defense research analysts are:

  • Changing regulatory scenario
  • Cost-saving solutions
  • Developments in product range
  • Emergence of SVAB

Changing regulatory scenario

With the growth in acceptance and utilization of SVS for aviation applications, the regulatory scenario has also improved. In 2013, the FAA proposed a new rule that would allow suitably equipped, trained operators to continue approaches below the current conventional minimum. It would motivate the aviation industry and also make the installation of SVS far more worthwhile and less burdensome.

Such regulations accepting the use of SVS would allow more operators to enjoy the advantage of purchasing a new aircraft with SVS. It also encourages aircraft operators to negotiate for the inclusion of SVS for its fleet, as it allows commercial aircraft operators flying SVS-equipped aircraft to dispatch and depart even if visibility is below authorized minimums. Such benefits may stimulate the retrofit market and give new incentives to manufacturers to offer competitive products and accelerate the adoption of new technologies into a wider segment of the aircraft fleet.

Cost-saving solutions

A safety standard rating known as Category 1 (CAT-I) requires aircraft pilots to abort a landing attempt if they descend to 200 feet and still cannot see the runway. However, using SVS or EFVS can reduce that safety floor to just 100 feet off the ground. In an aircraft without such SVS, pilots must use natural vision for all segments of the approach and by looking outside the cockpit during the final 200 feet above touchdown. This extra 100 feet provided for the descent is often enough to land a plane safely. This enhanced capability also translates into significant savings on fuel since aborted landings due to inclement weather and poor visibility mean circling for another attempt or diverting to another airport.

SVS helps create a navigational capability that simplifies the gate-to-gate operation of an aircraft by minimizing the impact of weather. If pilots have such technology onboard the aircraft, instrument procedures can be simplified, and airports will operate with fewer delays, even as air traffic grows. Advanced vision capabilities through SVS not only provide cost-saving solutions to aircraft operators, but also help increase access, efficiency, and throughput at many airports when low visibility is a limiting factor.

Developments in product range

Various major vendors are developing new and improved range of SVS products for diverse aircraft. For instance, in 2012, Honeywell developed a combined vision system (CVS), which combines synthetic vision with infrared imagery and creates an improved experience for lower landing minima. Rockwell Collins is another company developing its own range of SVS, which is expected to offer practical and operational advantages mainly for retrofitting systems on transport or business aircraft. Along with transport and business aircraft, Rockwell is also targeting lighter aircraft with its new compact HGS-350 HUD with synthetic vision. Companies such as Cobham provide SVS for both fixed-wing and rotorcraft and are also considering the requirements for aircraft retrofit and modernization.

Emergence of SVAB

Rockwell Collins and Honeywell Aerospace have developed an advanced cockpit technology to deal with the challenges for rotary-wing military aircraft to operate in degraded visual environments. In 2014, Honeywell developed the Synthetic Vision Avionics Backbone (SVAB) system with US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which operated a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk in a degraded visual environment. The system used a sensor-impartial approach and consisted of multiple sensors and databases to create an integrated 3D environment for pilots. SVAB enables the pilot to look at a synthetic environment of obstacles and help the aircraft land safely, thus providing a better situational awareness.

Similarly, in 2016, Elbit Systems introduced the BrightNite system, an advanced new multi-spectral technology, which gives an enhanced solution for degraded visual environment (DVE). The system is a multi-spectral end-to-end panoramic piloting solution, which is lightweight, compact, and cost-effective. It delivers the essential data that enables flight and displays hazards, tactical data, and mission conformal symbology during all DVE conditions.

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Technavio’s latest report on the global aircraft synthetic vision system (SVS) market provides an analysis on the most important trends expected to impact the market outlook from 2016-2020.


Technavio Research
Jesse Maida
Media & Marketing Executive
US: +1 630 333 9501
UK: +44 208 123 1770