The leading market players in the global flight navigation system market primarily include Honeywell International, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Esterline Technologies, GE Aviation, Sagem, and Navtech.
Flight Navigation System Market – Market Overview
The flight navigation system is an equipment used for controlling an aircraft. There are various systems installed in aircraft such as autopilot, sensors, flight management systems, GNSS, automatic direction finder and others help aircraft, move from one place to another. The techniques that are used in the flight navigation in the air will entirely depend on the IFR or VFR. In case of VFR, the pilot will navigate the aircraft using dead reckoning.
The demand for the latest avionics systems, and accurate flight navigation is continuously increasing so as to enhance the safety of passengers. With advancements in the technology, there have been significant improvements in autopilot system, which reduce human intervention and pilot work load and flight management system enhances the ways to reduce noise and improve flight plan. This increasing demand will help new generation aircraft such as A320 neo and Boeing 737max to be equipped with latest avionics, which will help in improving efficiency of the aircraft.
The next generation avionics that are capable of handling more air traffic and the shift towards NDB has become one of the major trends in the industry. The development of ERAM, flight management systems, ADS-B, ACMS and GAGAN are various systems that will help in effective monitoring and controlling of aircraft. NDB is a radio transmitter and operates in VHF band with a frequency of 190 KHz to 1750 KHz.
It has the capability to access signals along the curvature of the earth even at long distances, which is one of the major advantages over marker beacon. The improved efficiency and the increased frequency levels of NDB, have led the market to shift towards NDB from marker beacon. For example, in Canada, marker beacons have been entirely replaced by NDBs because of its better coverage over long distances whereas in the U.S., an NDB is combined with marker beacon in the instrument landing system.
The key development program such as WAAS in US, MSAS in Japan and GAGAN in India is a satellite-based technology provided by Raytheon and helps in controlling the air traffic. Moog signed a 10 years contract with Xiamen Airlines in May 2014 for providing support on flight control systems for its fleet and introduced navigation and guidance systems for unmanned systems. Other investments such as Northrop Grumman received a contract in February 2014 worth USD 200 million to develop GPS and navigation systems for US Air Force. These investments and developments are likely to propel the market.
In addition, the demand for the navigation systems and equipment is continuously increasing due to the increased need for the accuracy in the systems, which will help enhance the safety of the passengers. In 2001, the major companies in US manufactured navigation systems and instruments and shipped $31.9 billion worth equipment to commercial and military sector. In 2003, $1.7 billion was spent to upgrade GPS by US Air Force. The increase in the investments and technological advancements such as enhanced transmitters, collision avoidance systems, gyroscopes and early warning radar are contributing in the market growth.
However, the advancements in technology are also leading to some of the disastrous problems in commercial aircraft. The new generation aircraft are equipped with latest systems such as in-flight entertainment systems, Wi-Fi networks and other avionics. These systems are prone to hacking, which can lead to a terrible events. For example, new generation aircraft such as Airbus 380 and 350 aircraft and Boeing 787 Dreamliner have Wi-Fi networks for their passengers through the avionics systems present in the aircraft. There are chances that passenger can visit the websites where the malware is planted and this provides an opportunity for the attacker to have the access of IP and hijack the flight navigation system.
Flight Navigation System Market – Competitive Analysis
The global flight navigation system market is highly competitive. Vendors compete on the basis of cost, quality, reliability, and aftermarket service. To survive and succeed in such an intensely competitive environment, it is crucial for vendors to provide cost-effective and high quality service.
The primary areas of focus to gain a competitive advantage over competitors include in-house manufacturing capabilities, global footprint network, product offerings, and investment in R&D, newer technology, and strong client base. The global economic recovery, growth in the aviation sector, new aircraft orders, increased R&D activities, investments on fuel efficient engines, and lucrative retrofit market will provide growth opportunities to the players in in aerospace industry.
Industry/ Innovation/ Related News:
May, 2017:- Northrop Grumman Corporation was awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force to support their next-generation flight navigation systems.
June, 2017 – Esterline signed a contract with the Pilatus Aircraft Ltd., to provide cockpit displays and flight management system, GPS LandingSystem Sensors, Head-Up Display sub-system.
June, 2015:- Virgin Atlantic Airways (a UK-based airline company) selected Honeywell’s new flight management service for increasing efficiency and fuel conservation
Flight Navigation System Market – Segments
For the convenience of the report and enhanced understanding; The Flight Navigation System Market is segmented in to 3 key dynamics
Segmentation by Flight Instrument: Altimeter, Gyroscope, Autopilot, Sensors and Magnetic Compass.
Segmentation by Product: Flight Control System, CN&S, & Flight Management System.
Segmentation by Application: Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing.
Segmentation by Regions: Comprises Geographical regions – North America, Europe, APAC, Middle East and Africa, and Rest of the World (RoW).
Flight Navigation System Market – Regional Analysis
The flight navigation markets in developing countries such as China are expected to grow significantly because of increasing airline fleets and investments in infrastructure. By 2034, China is likely to overtake the US as the world’s largest air passenger market, with 1.3 billion passengers compared with 1.2 billion passengers in the US. This will result in an increased demand for aircraft, which in turn will lead to the development of new aircraft flight navigation system throughout the region.
South Korea IIAC and Indra has awarded a contract worth $60 million to develop Air Traffic Management, latest navigation and surveillance to Incheon International Airport in Seoul. These investments and the increase in the number of aircraft, have led the market to grow.
Similarly, in the Middle East, the traffic is expected to increase a CAGR of 4.9% during the forecast period, which would result in an increase in aircraft numbers. Emirates, Qatar, Etihad and Air Arabia Airways will be the leading contributors to this growth. EMEA is expecting 9,860 aircraft deliveries over the next 20 years, and 40% of the fleets are expected to be replaced by new aircraft. For example, in 2014, EasyJet has ordered for 27 Airbus A320 aircraft. Also, the investments such as European Space Agency awarded a contract worth $23 million to Inmarsat to develop the future air navigation of Europe to meet international standards. These investments and increase in the number of aircraft will contribute growth in this region.
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