Global Autopilot Systems Market Will Boom with Vendors Focusing on Modernization of Avionics and Automation Systems: Technavio

LONDON--()--According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global autopilot systems market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 5% during the forecast period.

This research report titled ‘Global Autopilot Systems Market 2016-2020’ provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. This market research report also includes up to date analysis and forecasts for various market segments and all geographical regions.

The global autopilot systems market is well diversified among the following key regions, the Americas, EMEA, and APAC, with the Americas leading the market.

Within the Americas, the US government along with FAA has set up many regulations to enhance the safety standards using modern technology for passengers and airlines. One such initiative is the creation of remote control systems in commercial aircrafts that in cases of emergency allows air traffic controllers and other government agencies to take control over an aircraft.

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Based on aircraft type, the report categorizes the global autopilot systems market into the following segments:

  • Narrow body
  • Wide-body
  • Regional Jets
  • Turboprop

Global autopilot systems for narrow-body aircraft

“Airlines are investing highly in technology that will give their flights the greatest efficiency and flexibility and provide safety to the passengers onboard. Many airlines are increasing their narrow-body fleet with the growing demand from remote areas to cosmopolitan cities. As a result, they are focusing on technological advancements such as modernization of avionics and automation systems,” says Arushi Thakur, an industry expert from Technavio for research on aerospace components.

Automation systems such as autopilots can automate the tasks of guiding and controlling the aircraft, they can help in ascending or descending to an assigned altitude, maintaining an altitude, intercepting a course, and turning to and maintaining an assigned heading. They can also guide an aircraft between waypoints through a route programmed into a flight management system (FMS) and can assist the pilot in aircraft operations such as landing, which may involve precision or non-precision approach.

Global autopilot systems market for wide-body aircraft

In 2014, 4,880 wide-body aircraft were in operation, and an additional 736 airplanes were added to commercial service in 2015. The number of wide-body aircraft are expected to rise further to reach approximately 13,710 in the next 20 years. Most airlines use wide-body aircraft for long-haul flights, where pilots fly an aircraft for more than 14 hours. In such cases, it is a tiring situation for the pilots who spend longer than the permitted 9-14 hours in the cockpit. To ease out the pressure, pilots switch the aircraft (in cruise phase) to an autopilot state, which not only allows the pilots to rest but also maintain effective and efficient operations.

On March 8, 2014, the Malaysian Airlines flight named MH 370 disappeared and could not be found in the radar. Since this incident, vendors started focusing more on the development of cockpit technology that assists autopilot systems. For example, Lockheed Martin developed VIRTUAL COCKPIT V3, which features 3D graphical user interface (GUI), and provides multiple features like multi-function display and vehicle health monitoring. This system monitors aircraft performance and enhances autopilot system functions.

Global autopilot systems market for regional jets

In 2014, the total number of regional jets were 2,580, and this number is expected to reach 2,680 by 2034. The use of robust autopilot systems has proven to be efficient in thousands of flight hours and across multiple regional jets.

To control the aircraft, modern regional jets employ autopilots that work with the help of a computer software. The software reads the aircraft's current position and then controls the flight control surfaces (FCS) to guide the aircraft. These autopilots feature not only classic flight controls but also incorporate thrust control capabilities that can control throttles to optimize the airspeed.

Global autopilot systems market for turboprops

Modern autopilots are capable of using a speed mode known as flight level change or FLCH mode (or also known as indicated airspeed mode). This allows the pilot to select an airspeed at which the autopilot would maintain the aircraft. As the available power decreases with increasing altitude, pilots mainly use this feature during climb-out to control the speed. Thus, the autopilot system tries to maintain the possible rate of climb and prevent the aircraft from stalling.

Currently, there is a decline in the demand for turboprop aircraft; however, the turboprop aircraft owners are trying to gain a significant market share by retrofitting their aircraft with upgraded autopilot systems. These autopilot systems in turboprops offer communication modems that support multiple frequencies, their navigation algorithms and sophisticated fixed-wing controller extend control in different flight modes at all attitudes, and ensure smooth landings.

The top vendors highlighted by Technavio’s research analysts in this report are:

  • Genesys Aerosystems
  • Honeywell International
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Rockwell Collins

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Release Summary

According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global autopilot systems market is expected to grow at a CAGR of close to 5% during the forecast period.



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