The aircraft sensors market was worth USD 1.77 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 2.65 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 5.88% over the forecast period (2020 - 2025). The innovation in safety and effective handling of aircraft will drive the aircraft sensor market.
- Aircraft uses fly-by-computer systems, where signals from sensors monitor the various activities going on in the flight such as thrust levels, pedals and flight stick which is then received by flight management systems that control surfaces like ailerons and flaps.
- In July 2018, Gas Sensing Solutions (GSS) developed a unique carbon dioxide sensing technology, which is expected to drastically improve the air quality in the cabin of aircraft. Honeywell led the project along with the partnership with SST Sensing, Gas Sensing Solutions, and National Physical Laboratory.
- Moreover, the increasing integration of the internet of things (IoT) in airplanes to gain real-time statistics is raising the utilization and need for sensors to generate more accurate data which is driving the aircraft sensor market.
- The major challenge would be the manufacturing and the maintenance of these complicated air aircraft which is one of the significant cost incurring component in the industry. To reduce or mitigate this, researchers are testing new sensors to achieve this milestone.
Scope of the Report
Sensors in aircraft play a critical role in providing accurate data for the safe and effective flight time as well as the take-off and landing of the aircraft, as they provide feedback on a wide array of conditions of airplanes such as the temperature and pressure of the cabin, controlling the wings, flaps, and others.
Key Market Trends
Temperature Sensor to Account for a Significant Share
- Temperature sensors are an integral part of an aircraft, which is incorporated at various areas, such as cabin, brakes, air ducts, inter-stage turbines, and hydraulic lines. The manufacturers have to comply with the industry standards and regulations to commercialize.
- For instance, in July 2018, Airbus introduced whale-faced aircraft, BelugaXL. It is a next-generation aircraft having a humongous capacity, which requires a considerable amount of sensors, primarily temperature sensors to regulate the optimum required temperature in the cabin as well as the cargo space.
- With the increasing number of flight passengers, the manufacturing of commercial aircraft is increasing rapidly across the world. This is expected to propel the usage of temperature sensors in aircraft thereby fueling the market growth over the forecast period.
North America to Dominate the Aircraft Sensors Market
- In North America, the usage of commercial and business aircraft, as well as the military aircraft, is increasing, owing to factors such as the high influx of immigrants, working professionals, major tourist attraction, and to increase air defense. This has led to an increase in the frequency of aircraft running, thereby ascending the scheduled maintenance.
- Especially, the US aerospace manufacturers are very competitive internationally. The industry contributed USD 143 billion in export sales to the US economy. The inward stock of FDI into the US aerospace manufacturing industry totaled more than USD 21 billion, depicting the scope for aircraft sensor manufacturers in the region.
- Moreover, the United States is making deals with other emerging economies or countries to sell high-end military aircraft, which are likely to boost the market growth over the forecast period.
The major companies are TE Connectivity Ltd, Honeywell International Inc., UTC Aerospace Systems, Meggitt PLC, Ametek Inc., Thales Group, General Electric Company, The Raytheon Company, and others. The market is consolidated since these lead manufacturers were preferred to handle the complex companies standards, hence they take up the most market share. Therefore, the market concentration for this market will be high.
- April 2019 - Honeywell is already making black boxes for aircraft. But now Honeywell with Curtiss-Wright came up a concept "black box in the sky" which can provide airlines and other users with continuous access to critical flight data and cockpit voice information, even when the aircraft is in flight. This is possible with the help of satellite communications systems connection that provides a 24/7 link between the aircraft and a data center on the ground. In case of an incident, the data can be quickly accessed by the airlines and investigators, who no longer will need to wait for the recorders to be found and can rectify the cause before an accident may happen. This technology will be incorporated in 2021 after multiple tests.
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