In recent years, the processes for pilot certification and regulatory requirements have become increasingly stringent. Due to this, the growth in the number of certified pilots has reduced gradually over the years. Currently, as there is an increase in the active number of helicopters all over the world, the demand for trained pilots has increased gradually. Thus, the market for simulation-based pilot certification training has grown internationally, with various certification requirements being mandated by both the EASA and the FAA and other national aviation and flight licensing authorities, for the pilots to operate the helicopters. Therefore, the need for trained pilots is generating a demand for helicopter simulators. This is one of the reasons due to which the global helicopter simulator market is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 2.5% during the forecast period.
Development of Advanced Helicopter Simulators
Development of advanced helicopter simulation technologies will create a significant impact on the market for helicopter simulators, as these advancements make the training and working on helicopter simpler and easier with a greater scope of understanding of the control systems. Advanced features like the graphical flight deck simulation and interactive representation provisions are being incorporated in new simulation systems. Also, night training mode is another technological advancement in simulators, which is helping the pilots to get trained even in the less ambient light. FlightSafety, simulator manufacturing company has introduced an NVG e-Learning recurrent course. This initial training is designed to provide detailed instructions on the equipment and focus on the efficient use of the goggles through scenario-based and mission specific exercises. Such advancements in helicopter simulators make pilot and crew training easier and diverse, in any environment, to face any situation and these are expected to create a huge impact on the global helicopter simulator market.
Professional Training Simulators
Based on the user type, the market is segmented into professional training simulators and recreational simulators. With the increasing concern over the pilot training of helicopter pilots for performing difficult maneuvers in emergency conditions with realistic conditions of the flight environment, the professional training simulators are currently dominating the market and are expected to continue over the forecast period.
North America is expected to lead the global helicopter simulator market, due to the higher procurement of commercial and military helicopters in the United States. Also, the government is collaborating with various simulator manufacturing companies to provide advanced helicopter simulators. For instance, Computer Sciences Corp. was given a contract by US Army to build and maintain a new generation of advanced helicopter flight-training simulators worth USD 1.1 billion over 20 years in September 2003. The contract of Flight School XXI is for increasing the number of advanced flight simulators per pilot, for various models of military helicopters. But the growth of this market is the highest in Asia-Pacific, due to increasing military helicopter procurement in growing economies, like India and China.
Source: Mordor Intelligence Analysis
Indra Sistemas, S.A., CAE Inc., Textron, Airbus SE and Thales SA among others.
Apr 2018: Elite Simulation Solutions launched three new simulators. Elite evolution MH350 and Elite evolution TH100 are designed with similar performance and functions as the single turbine Eurocopter AS350B Ecureuil. Elite Helicopter Flight Control Unit (EHFCU) is an open platform that will work virtually with all helicopter software programs.
Mar 2018: CAE has announced that it was awarded a subcontract from Leonardo Helicopters to deliver a comprehensive flight training solution system to Qatar Emiri Air Force (QEAF) for the NH-90 military helicopter. This contract is valued at more than USD 114.82 million. QEAF has selected CAE to provide training center facility, the suite of simulators and training devices, and training support services.
Jan 2018: L3 Technologies announced an expansion plan for Link Training and Simulation multi-purpose pilot training center facility in Arlington, Texas. Under this plan, L3 will add approximately 40,000 square feet to the high bay site at L3 Link’s headquarters. This project expansion is expected to be completed at the end of 2018.
Base Year for Estimation
2012 - 2017
2018 – 2023
Revenue in USD billion & CAGR from 2018 - 2023
North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, South America & Middle East & Africa
Revenue forecast, market share analysis, and market dynamics
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1.1 Scope of Study
1.2 Market Definition
1.3 Executive Summary
2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
2.1 Study Deliverables
2.2 Study Assumptions
2.3 Research Phases
3. MARKET INSIGHTS
3.1 Current Market Scenario
3.2 Technology Trends
3.3 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Force Analysis
3.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
3.3.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers
3.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
3.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products and Services
3.3.5 Competitive Rivalry within the industry
4. MARKET DYNAMICS
5. HELICOPTER SIMULATION MARKET, SEGMENTED BY END USER
5.1 Professional Training Simulators
5.2 Recreational Simulators
6. HELICOPTER SIMULATION MARKET, SEGMENTED BY GEOGRAPHY
6.1 North America
6.1.3 Rest of North America
6.2.5 Rest of Europe
6.3 Asia Pacific
6.3.4 South Korea
6.3.5 Rest of Asia Pacific
6.4 South America
6.4.3 Rest of South America
6.5 Middle-East and Africa
6.5.1 Saudi Arabia
6.5.3 South Africa
6.5.4 Rest of Middle-East and Africa
7. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE
7.2 Market Share Analysis
8. COMPANY PROFILES
8.1 Rockwell Collins
8.2 Frasca International, Inc.
8.4 Indra Sistemas, S.A.
8.5 Elite Simulation Solutions
8.6 Thales SA
8.7 FlightSafety International (Berkshire Hathaway Inc.)
8.8 L3 Technologies, Inc.
8.9 ATC Flight Simulator
8.10 Rheinmetall AG
8.11 FLYIT Simulators
8.12 CAE Inc.
8.13 Airbus SE
9. FUTURE MARKET OUTLOOK