Global Helicopter Flight Control Systems Market 2016-2020

  • Published: May 2016
  • Pages: 56
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This market research report presents a detailed segmentation of the global helicopter flight control systems (FCS) market by application (civil and military helicopters) and by geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA). The research report also outlines the market shares of key vendors including Liebherr, Moog, Sagem, UTC, and Woodward.

Overview of the global helicopter flight control systems (FCS) market

Technavio’s market research analyst predicts the global helicopter flight control systems (FCS) market to grow at a steady CAGR of around 2% by 2020.  One of the primary growth drivers for this market is the advent of automatic flight control systems (AFCS). Besides offering flight automation, AFCS has improved the stability and handling of helicopters by monitoring both their internal and external conditions. Also, an automated FCS ensures safe and efficient operation of helicopters by securing their landing during harsh climatic conditions and low visibility. Manufacturers are coming up with several improvements in FCS such as adaptive flight, aeroservoelasticity, fault tolerant flight, inertial navigation, and trajectory control of an unmanned space re-entry vehicle.

According to this market research report, technological advancements in the market has led to the introduction of fly-by-wire (FBW) technology, which is an advanced version of FCS. This system stabilizes the aircraft automatically with its electronic flight control technology. It comprises a flight computer that analyses the control activities of the pilot and sends electric signals to the flight control surface actuators without any mechanical linkage. This shift towards the increased use of FBW control systems in helicopters will propel the growth of this market during the forecast period.

Segmentation by application and analysis of the helicopter FCS market

  • Civil helicopters
  • Military helicopters

The civil helicopters will be the largest segment of this market in terms of application, and is expected to occupy more than 58% of the total market share by 2020. Much of this segment’s growth is due to the rapid increase in the number of commercial and special purpose helicopters across the globe. The growing use of helicopters in tourism, oil and gas, utility, special missions, and training will result in their stable demand, thereby driving the helicopter FCS market in the forecast period.

Geographical segmentation and analysis of the helicopter FCS market

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA

The Americas dominated the helicopter FCS market in 2015, and will continue its market dominance over the next four years. Owing to the surge in defense budget cuts and military spending in the region, the procurement of military helicopters with advanced FCS has increased considerably. Factors such as growing investments in military applications and rise in the US defense budget expenditure will aid in the growth of the market in this region in the coming years.

Competitive landscape and key vendors

The helicopter FCS market is highly competitive where the vendors compete on the basis of cost, product quality, reliability, and aftermarket service. The primary focus of the vendors is to implement lightweight materials, more advanced electric technologies, and robust systems in helicopters for efficient operations. The market is expected to witness a surge in mergers and acquisitions, coupled with increased collaboration with alliance partners in the coming years. Several autopilot manufacturers are making huge investments in developing new, cost-efficient, and advanced digital smart autopilots that are compatible with various civil and military helicopters.

Key vendors in this market are –

  • Liebherr
  • Moog
  • Sagem
  • UTC
  • Woodward

Key questions answered in the report include

  • What will the market size and the growth rate be in 2020?
  • What are the key factors driving the global helicopter FCS market?
  • What are the key market trends impacting the growth of the global helicopter FCS market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in the global helicopter FCS market?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the vendors in the global helicopter FCS market?
  • Trending factors influencing the market shares of the Americas, APAC, and EMEA.
  • What are the key outcomes of the five forces analysis of the global helicopter FCS market?

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Helicopter flight control systems are devices that help pilots to effectively operate a helicopter. Generally, there are three major controls in the helicopter that the pilot must use during flight. Collective pitch control, anti-torque pedals or tail rotor control, and cyclic stick control are the three major controls used by the pilots. Depending on the complexity of the helicopter, a mixing unit may link the cyclic and collective controls. This mixing unit is essentially a hydraulic device that combines the input from both the cyclic and collective controls and then sends along the "mixed" input to the control surfaces to achieve the desired result.

The report, global helicopter flight control systems, is part of Technavio’s aerospace and defense research portfolio. This portfolio provides a comprehensive market analysis along with the market share, market sizing, and market segmentations covering areas such as aerospace, aerospace components, aerospace manufacturing, aerospace products, commercial aviation, defense, defense technology, general aviation, homeland security, maintenance repair and overhaul (MRO), and space. These market research reports provide a perspective on the various market opportunities and market threats along with the key trends that would influence the market growth during the forecast period. It presents insights into the changing competitive landscape and a detailed profiling and market analysis of the vendors. Also covered in the research are the key regions or countries that would have an impact on the market during the assessment years.

Table of Contents

PART 01: Executive summary

  • Highlights

PART 02: Scope of  the report

  • Market overview
  • Top-vendor offerings

PART 03: Market research methodology

  • Research methodology
  • Economic indicators

PART 04: Introduction

  • Key market highlights

PART 05: Market landscape

  • Market overview
  • Market size and forecast
  • Five forces analysis

PART 06: Global aerospace and defense supply chain system

PART 07: Global aerospace and defense value chain system

PART 08: Market segmentation  by application

  • Market share by helicopter application
  • Global civil helicopter FCS market
  • Global military helicopter FCS market

PART 09: Geographical segmentation

  • Market segmentation by region
  • Helicopter FCS market in EMEA
  • Helicopter FCS market in the Americas
  • Helicopter FCS market in APAC

PART 10: Market drivers

PART 11: Impact of drivers

PART 12: Market challenges

PART 13: Impact of drivers and challenges

PART 14: Market trends

PART 15: Vendor landscape

  • Competitive scenario
  • Liebherr
  • Moog
  • Sagem
  • UTC Aerospace Systems
  • Woodward
  • Key vendors: Recent developments

PART 16: Appendix

  • List of abbreviations

PART 17: Explore Technavio

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  • Strategic decision makers

Secondary sources

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  • Government data
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  • Historical data
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Data Synthesis

  • Collation of data
  • Estimation of key figures
  • Analysis of derived insights

Data Validation

  • Triangulation with data models
  • Reference against proprietary databases
  • Corroboration with industry experts



  • Market drivers
  • Market challenges
  • Market trends
  • Five forces analysis


  • Market size and forecast
  • Market segmentation
  • Geographical insights
  • Competitive landscape
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