Civil Aerospace Simulation and Training Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Civil Aerospace Simulation and Training Market is segmented by Type (Full Flight Simulator (FFS), Flight Training Devices (FTD), and Other Training Devices), Application (Commercial Aviation and Space), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecast for Civil Aerospace Simulation and Training Market in value (in USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Civil Aerospace Simulation And Training Market Overview
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >15 %

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Market Overview

The Civil Aerospace Simulation and Training Market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 15% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

The airlines around the were aggressively pursuing fleet expansion and network expansion plans before the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the airlines have canceled and deferred aircraft orders as well as furloughed their pilots to mitigate the losses to mitigate the impact due to the pandemic. However, with the recovery of the aviation industry in 2021, the orders and deliveries of commercial aircraft witnessed a gradual increase, which led to a simultaneous increase in demand for simulators and training devices.

As the aviation industry is expected to return to pre-COVID levels, as the fleet of commercial aircraft is expected to increase, the demand for pilots is also expected to increase. Also, currently, many airlines are facing the issue of the pilot shortage, which is affecting their daily operations. Generally, flights longer than 12 hours require a team of four pilots. However, several airlines are still operating such long-haul routes with three pilots due to a shortage of pilots. The shortage of pilots is expected to drive the demand for new simulation and training solutions.

Also, the planned investments in human space exploration programs during the forecast period are anticipated to generate demand for simulators for astronauts and training solutions in the coming years.

Scope of the report

Flight simulators artificially recreate the environment for pilot training purposes. They not only deliver the knowledge of flying but also provide the pilot experience of reacting to emergency situations. Aircraft flight simulators expose commercial aircraft as well as business jet pilots to real-time situations, such as bad weather, loss of electronics, incidents like tire blowouts on landing, and hydraulic failures. The market is segmented based on type to full flight simulator (FFS), flight training devices (FTD), and other training devices. The other training devices include advanced aviation training devices (AATDs), basic aviation training devices (BATDs), and other visual and training used for training spacecraft crew. The market is also segmented by application into commercial aviation and space. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the market in major countries across different regions. The market sizing and forecasts have been provided in value (USD million).

Full Flight Simulator (FFS)
Flight Training Devices (FTD)
Other Training Devices
Commercial Aviation
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Full Flight Simulator (FFS) Segment Accounted for the Highest Market Share in 2021

The Full Flight Simulator (FFS) segment dominated the market and is expected to continue its dominance in the coming years. The full flight simulator is generally equipped with a motion actuator that replicates flight movement, offering a real-life-like experience inside the simulator, which will allow complete training experience to the trainees in the space and aviation industries. Currently, the new and advanced FFS are being integrated with new technologies, like virtual reality, to improve the efficiency of training pilots. For instance, in April 2022, the Mexican Federal Civil Aviation Agency awarded certification to Aeromexico's second CAE 7000XR Boeing 737 MAX FFS. The simulator was acquired by the airline to cater to the training requirements as travel demand increased and grows its fleet. Earlier in June 2021, FlightSafety International received the FAA level D qualification for its new Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 MAX simulators. The A320 simulator incorporates NEO engine configurations and can also replicate Pratt & Whitney and CFM LEAP engine types. The Boeing 737 MAX simulator includes 60-degree electronic motion and control loading that provides the highest level of fidelity to pilots. Also, the opening of new training facilities for the training of pilot cadets of airlines for fixed-wing aircraft is anticipated to accelerate the demand in the coming future.

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Asia-Pacific is Anticipated to Register the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

The increasing passenger traffic in the Asia-Pacific region is propelling the procurement of new aircraft by the airlines and aircraft operators in the region. Major airlines in the region, like China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Air China, Indigo, Korean Air, and All Nippon Airways, have huge aircraft orders, which are planned to be delivered during the forecast period. Also, according to Boeing, there will be a demand for more than 230,000 pilots in the Asia-Pacific region during the 2021-2040 period, with a demand for 123,000 pilots from China alone. Similarly, to increase the pilot training capacity in India, ALSIM was awarded a contract by the Airports Authority of India (AAI) in February 2021 to deliver three Flight Simulator Training Device (FSTD) simulators of EASA Flight Navigation and Procedure Trainer (FNPT) Multi Crew Coordination (MCC) level II types for single-aisle aircraft. All the three FNPT II simulators are scheduled to enter service by 2022 at its training centers, namely, CATC Prayagraj, HTC Hyderabad, and NIATAM Gondia. Similarly, in February 2022, Airbus introduced a new Airbus A350 FFS to the existing fleet of simulators (one A380, two A320, and two A330 simulators) at the Airbus Asia Training Centre (AATC) in Singapore. Also, major countries in the region are accelerating their human space exploration programs. For instance, China is currently working to build its new space station, which is expected to be completed by 2022 and conducts deep-space human spaceflight by 2030. Such human space exploration plans are anticipated to propel the demand for space simulation and training solutions during the forecast period.

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Competitive Landscape

The civil aerospace simulation and training market is moderately consolidated. Some of the prominent players in the market of civil aerospace simulation and training are L3Harris Technologies Inc., The Boeing Company, CAE Inc., FlightSafety International, and Indra Sistemas SA. CAE Inc. has a majority share in commercial aviation simulators due to its global presence and brand image. In FY2021, the company delivered 36 simulators full-flight simulators to its civil aviation customers, and in FY2022, the company delivered 30 FFS (a decrease of six simulators compared to the same period in FY2021). Similarly, Lockheed Martin Corporation and The Boeing Company are some of the prominent companies that support NASA human space exploration programs. The increasing investments of the companies towards the development of new simulators with advanced features for training are anticipated to provide them with growth opportunities in the market in the coming years.

Major Players

  1. CAE Inc.

  2. L3Harris Technologies, Inc

  3. The Boeing Company

  4. FlightSafety International

  5. Indra Sistemas SA

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Recent Developments

In June 2022, the RWL German Flight Academy in Germany announced that the company invested in the procurement of an ALSIM AL250 simulator to improve its training capabilities. The ALSIM AL250 simulator will support initial phase training requirements of PPL, CPL, and IR/ME and is certified EASA FNPT II.

In May 2022, CAE announced its plans to expand the Toronto Training Centre for the deployments of a CAE 7000XR Boeing 737 MAX and a CAE 7000XR Boeing 787 full-flight simulators (FFS) at the 2022 World Aviation Training Summit (WATS).

In October 2021, FlightSafety International was selected by Breeze Airways to deliver Airbus A220 and Embraer E190 full flight simulators (FFS) and flight training devices (FTD). The delivery of the simulators to Breeze Training Academy is expected to begin in 2022.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 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 (Market Size and Forecast by Value - USD million, 2018 - 2027)

    1. 5.1 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Full Flight Simulator (FFS)

      2. 5.1.2 Flight Training Devices (FTD)

      3. 5.1.3 Other Training Devices

    2. 5.2 Application

      1. 5.2.1 Commercial Aviation

      2. 5.2.2 Space

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Turkey

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 L3Harris Technologies Inc.

      2. 6.2.2 CAE Inc.

      3. 6.2.3 The Boeing Company

      4. 6.2.4 FlightSafety International (Berkshire Hathaway Inc.)

      5. 6.2.5 Raytheon Technologies Corporation

      6. 6.2.6 Indra Sistemas SA

      7. 6.2.7 ALSIM

      8. 6.2.8 ELITE Simulation Solutions AG

      9. 6.2.9 Multi Pilot Simulations BV

      10. 6.2.10 Lockheed Martin Corporation


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Civil Aerospace Simulation and Training Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The Civil Aerospace Simulation and Training Market is growing at a CAGR of >15% over the next 5 years.

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

North America holds highest share in 2021.

CAE Inc., L3Harris Technologies, Inc, The Boeing Company, FlightSafety International, Indra Sistemas SA are the major companies operating in Civil Aerospace Simulation and Training Market.

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