Aircraft Autopilot System Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Aircraft Autopilot System Market is segmented by System (Attitude and Heading Reference System, Flight Director System, Flight Control System, and Avionics System), Application (Civil and Commercial, and Military), and Geography.

Aircraft Autopilot System Market Snapshot

Aircraft Autopilot System Market_Overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >5 %

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Market Overview

The aircraft autopilot system market is poised to register a CAGR of above 5% during the forecast period, 2020 - 2025. An autopilot system is used to automate the process of guiding and controlling the aircraft. A typical autopilot system can automate multiple tasks, such as attitude and altitude maintenance, rate of climb and descent, and course interception and guidance. 

  • The market is driven by the enhanced safety requirements of the aviation industry. The advent of the fly-by-wire (FBW) concept necessitates the integration of advanced flight computers onboard an aircraft. Furthermore, to ensure optimal safety levels and enhance the situational awareness of the pilots, the global aviation regulatory agencies have mandated the installation of an autopilot system, in conjunction with the flight director system.
  • The development of advanced aircraft capable of automated flights is driving the ongoing R&D aspect for aircraft autopilot systems and is anticipated to enhance the business prospects of the market players once the technology is fully developed and becomes commercially feasible.

 

Scope of the Report

To provide a comprehensive outlook, the aircraft autopilot system market encompasses the different companies that offer both autopilot and flight director software and hardware components. Market estimates are based on line-fit installations of autopilot systems in the cockpit of new generation aircraft being procured by airline operators around the world and do not include retrofitting of old generation aircraft. Furthermore, the report does not take unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into account but considers rotorcraft and experimental demonstrators, such as NASA X-57.

System
Attitude and Heading Reference System
Flight Director System
Flight Control System
Avionics System
Application
Civil and Commercial
Military
Geography
North America
United States
Canada
Europe
United Kingdom
Germany
France
Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
China
Japan
India
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Brazil
Mexico
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Demand for New Aircraft Driving Market Prospects

During 2013-2018, the global air passenger traffic grew by 38.88%. To address the passenger traffic growth, airline operators have initiated procurement drives for new generation aircraft. Around 1,830 new commercial aircraft were delivered globally during 2018. The dominant aviation regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), have mandated the installation of autopilot systems in commercial aircraft to address several safety concerns.

Military powerhouses, such as the United States and China, are focusing on expanding their military aircraft fleet to gain a technological edge over their rival forces. While numerous military aircraft prototypes are being developed, several military procurement programs are currently underway to cater to the global demand for military aircraft. Military fighter aircraft manufacturers are trying to enhance their production capabilities to ensure timely deliveries. The F-35 JSF program is one of the most successful military fighter programs ever. Since the F-35 JSF program constitutes around 25% of Lockheed Martin Corporation's annual revenue, the company envisions to enhance its F-35 JSF production capacity from 131 aircraft in 2019 to 149 in 2020 and 169 from 2021. The F-35 JSF features an electro-hydrostatic flight control actuation system from Moog Inc., while the actuators are supplied by Parker Hannifin Corp. Therefore, the demand for new aircraft would subsequently create a parallel demand for autopilot systems.

Aicraft Autopilot Systems Market_Segment

Increasing Demand from Asia-Pacific

On the commercial front, by 2025, China is forecasted to become the world's largest aviation market in terms of air traffic. During the same period, India is forecasted to develop into the world's third-largest aviation market, while other countries, such as Indonesia and Thailand, are forecasted to enter the top 10 global markets. The demand for new aircraft is driven by the ever-growing passenger traffic in the region. As of September 2019, there were 411 narrow-body aircraft and 160 wide-body aircraft delivered to this region by various aircraft OEMs. 

On account of the profound changes in the international strategic landscape, the configuration of the international security system has been undermined by the growing hegemonism, unilateralism, and power politics that have fueled several ongoing regional conflicts. To enhance military prowess, several countries, such as China and India, have resorted to new procurements to effectively respond to security threats and accomplish urgent, critical, and dangerous strategic missions. Modern fighter aircraft are equipped with advanced autopilot systems and flight computers for augmenting the overall situation awareness of the pilot. An increase in demand for aircraft is anticipated to bolster the business prospects of the market players in the region during the forecast period.

Aicraft Autopilot Systems Market_Geography

Competitive Landscape

Besides air traffic, the emerging security environment, fueled by the growing geopolitical unrest in several countries, is resulting in the growing demand for aircraft. In order to gain long-term contracts and expand global presence, players are investing significantly in the procurement of new aerial assets. Furthermore, continuous R&D has been fostering the advancements of accuracy and efficiency of integrated autopilot technologies and associated subsystems. The aircraft autopilot market is moderately fragmented, with a handful of global players present in the market. Some of the prominent players in the market studied include BAE Systems PLC, Collins Aerospace (United Technologies Corporation), Honeywell International Inc., Moog Inc., Meggitt PLC, Lockheed Martin Corporation, and Safran SA, among others.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION

    1. 5.1 System

      1. 5.1.1 Attitude and Heading Reference System

      2. 5.1.2 Flight Director System

      3. 5.1.3 Flight Control System

      4. 5.1.4 Avionics System

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Civil and Commercial

      2. 5.2.2 Military

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. 5.3.1.1 United States

        2. 5.3.1.2 Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. 5.3.2.1 United Kingdom

        2. 5.3.2.2 Germany

        3. 5.3.2.3 France

        4. 5.3.2.4 Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. 5.3.3.1 China

        2. 5.3.3.2 Japan

        3. 5.3.3.3 India

        4. 5.3.3.4 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. 5.3.4.1 Brazil

        2. 5.3.4.2 Mexico

        3. 5.3.4.3 Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. 5.3.5.1 United Arab Emirates

        2. 5.3.5.2 Saudi Arabia

        3. 5.3.5.3 South Africa

        4. 5.3.5.4 Rest of Middle-East and Africa

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 BAE Systems PLC

      2. 6.2.2 Avidyne Corporation

      3. 6.2.3 Century Flight Systems Inc.

      4. 6.2.4 Collins Aerospace (United Technologies Corporation)

      5. 6.2.5 Dynon Avionics

      6. 6.2.6 Genesys Aerosystems

      7. 6.2.7 Honeywell International Inc.

      8. 6.2.8 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      9. 6.2.9 Meggitt PLC

      10. 6.2.10 Moog Inc.

      11. 6.2.11 Parker-Hannifin Corp.

      12. 6.2.12 Safran SA

      13. 6.2.13 Thales Group

  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Aircraft Autopilot System Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Aircraft Autopilot System Market is growing at a CAGR of >5% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

BAE Systems PLC, Collins Aerospace (United Technologies Corporation), Honeywell International Inc., Safran SA, Meggitt PLC are the major companies operating in Aircraft Autopilot System Market.

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