Overview of the global helicopter blades market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global helicopter blades market to grow at a CAGR of almost 5% between 2016 and 2020. Helicopter blades are crucial components of a rotorcraft as they are accountable for effective aerodynamic forces which offer safety. The constantly growing demand for helicopters has propelled vendors to focus on using new technologies such as additive manufacturing (AM) for value creation in prototyping, tooling, concept modeling, and production of selected components. Vendors are also focusing on noise and vibration reduction in helicopters through the implementation of modern innovations. The smart material actuated rotors, developed by NASA has an active control strategy of reducing vibrations and noise. This SMART technology also improves the rotor performance by generating effective aerodynamic force with less fuel consumption.
At present, the market is witnessing the emergence of the electrical tail rotor, which increases the overall system efficiency, minimizes fuel burns, and leads to lower maintenance expenses. An electrically-driven tail rotor offers a new design and role of the tail configuration owing to the torque reaction system, which augments forward flight competence by dropping aerodynamic force drag, making the overall compound propulsion systems feasible. These electrical systems also cut down on emissions as compared to the conventional rotorcraft vehicles.
Competitive landscape and key vendors
Characterized by extreme competition, vendors in the global helicopter blades market compete in terms of cost, product quality, reliability, and aftermarket services. Most
Overview of the global aircraft ejection seats market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global aircraft ejection seats market to grow at a CAGR of more than 4% between 2016 and 2020. The growth in the aircraft ejection seats market is primarily due to the increase in defense budgets for new aircraft procurements. Aircraft ejection seats are undergoing continuous improvements with respect to increasing the survival rates of pilots. The next-generation ejection seats systems are anticipated to use controllable propulsion systems that will enable safe ejection from advanced aircraft. At present, research efforts are being directed toward addressing the challenges that are associated with high speed and high altitude ejections. With the increasing adoption of the two-seater fighter jets could significantly increase the demand for ejection seats.
Vendors are coming up with several new developments in the designs of aircraft ejection seats to enhance the safety of pilots. By increasing the trajectory height of the seat in a favorable direction and hastening the parachute activation after ejection will ensure total safety for pilots. Martin-Baker has come up with ejection seats with multi-tube rocket packs designed to fit neatly in the small space available between the bottom of the seat bucket and the cockpit floor. Such design gives more thrust of the ejection catapult and augments the trajectory to offer more time for the parachute to open.
Competitive landscape and key vendors
The global aircraft ejection seat market has limited manufacturers and is specifically dominated by key players from Europe. The companies compete in terms of reliability, price, weight, durability, adaptability, and innovation in the design of products. Competition in the market is expected to intensify in the coming years owing to new investments in the development of advanced
Overview of the aircraft heavy maintenance visit (HMV) market
Market research analysts at Technavio predict the global aircraft heavy maintenance visit (HMV) market to grow at a CAGR of around 6% by 2020. The increasing development in ultrasonic technique will be one of the key factors contributing to the growth of the market. The use of this technique enables early detection of internal defects in materials and nondestructive testing of aircraft components. Also, this checks for damage in the landing gear legs, engine attachments, and lap joints. The development of non-destructive evaluation technologies that combine efficient image processing with acoustic nonlinearity techniques will aid in monitoring the condition of the airframe. Furthermore, the improvement in the ultrasonic system will enable engineers to detect potential faults in the airframe before it develops into a macroscopic material damage.
One of the recent trends in the market is the implementation of robotised maintenance assistance. These robots are developed to perform all upkeep functionalities that include general cleaning, measuring geometric parameters, identifying defects, and performing all machine repair actions. The adoption of robotized maintenance will increase the productivity of the team and help in early detection of any faults with the aircraft.
Competitive landscape and key vendors
The level of the competition in the market is determined by cost, product quality, reliability, and aftermarket service that the players offer. Many companies will invest in the expansion of manufacturing capabilities, product offerings, and research for technological innovations to sustain the competition in the market.
Overview of the global commercial aircraft windows and windshield market
Aircraft manufacturers and parts' vendors are focusing towards developing innovative cabin interior, seats, and cabin windows to improve passenger comfort. These vendors are increasingly accommodating changes in aircraft windows such as temperature and lighting regulation, and providing a better view and aesthetic appeal of the cabin interior in the existing and new fleet of aircraft. Manufacturers are using the smart glass technology for windows to reduce costs of lighting, air conditioning, and heating, besides blocking the UV light. Moreover, these glasses influence fuel efficiency depicting low carbon emissivity and hence are largely incorporated in aircrafts. One of the major driving forces fueling the growth of the global commercial aircraft windows and windshield market is the increasing demand for energy efficiency. New technological advancements regarding structural design in the commercial aviation space are likely to create further growth opportunities in this market in the coming years. Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global commercial aircraft windows and windshield market to grow at a moderate CAGR of more than 3% during the forecast period.
In terms of geography, the Americas were the largest segment of the market, accounting for the highest market share in 2015. Much of the region’s growth comes from the US, which has the largest fleet of operating commercial aircraft. The country has a strong aviation component manufacturing base and large demand for OEMs' products and aftermarket
Overview of the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) battery market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts that the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) battery market will grow at a CAGR of more than 10% by 2020. At present, most UAVs rely on lithium polymer (Li-Po) or lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries because of their high energy density and high charge and discharge rate capacity. However, the growing need for improved endurance in UAVs with enhanced flight range has propelled several UAV manufacturers to opt for solar technology as the primary source of power in UAVs. The UAV manufacturers are increasingly shifting towards the development of solar-powered UAV drone, which will positively aid in this market’s growth during the forecast period. Such drones offer a sustainable way to provide goods and services to remote areas quickly and effectively, which is similar to satellites. Also, these solar-powered UAVs are being increasingly used in the agricultural sector for monitoring climate change and environmental effects and in delivery services.
As per this industry research report, there is an increased spending on battery and power systems in the R&D sector. This recent increase in the R&D spending led to the emergence of fuel cells in the market. One of the major advantages of fuel cells over conventional battery technology is that they have a much higher energy density and provide ten times more power to small electric UAVs than the conventional batteries. This is expected to extend the flight endurance of a UAV, making it capable of long-distance and extended missions. Recently, Horizon Energy Systems (HES) launched HYCOPTER, the world's first hydrogen fuel cell-powered multi-rotor UAV, which is capable of providing a
Global outlook of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) landing gear market
Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) landing gear market to grow at a CAGR of around 13% during the forecast period. The growing focus on research activities and reduced operating expenses have elevated the uses of UAVs in numerous commercial and civil applications. Commercial UAV suppliers are offering small-UAVs that are used in agricultural, aerial photography, and data collection applications. The manufacturers are also developing UAVs to initiate aerial transport services for healthcare supplies. Also, UAVs are gaining usage in the film industry as the aerial and crane shots are becoming more viable and easier through their applications. Such innovative approaches for deploying UAVs in commercial and civil applications have encouraged several landing gear suppliers to develop and offer subsystems that can support multi-terrain operations. Some of the major technological advancements in the UAV landing gear technology include dynamic changes in steering, actuation, and braking systems and the use of corrosion-protective materials and coating.
Owing to the increased performance capability, the commercial UAV drone manufacturers have opted for alternative energy sources to power the UAVs. These technologies are anticipated to eliminate the endurance and flight-range-related difficulties that the existing UAVs are currently facing. Solar-powered UAVs are popular vehicles that
Aerospace components include wings, landing gear, wheels and brakes, pins, bushings, indicators, display components, lubricant and scavenge pump components, and composite structures.
Engine components offer solutions for aerospace, defense, and industrial applications. Products are found in applications like military and commercial fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, as well as industrial gas turbine engines.
There is an increased demand for aerospace components in the industry in order to meet the growing need of commercial and military aircraft aerostructure, engine components, MRO, retrofitting, and spare parts components across every segment of aerospace.