The aerodynamic devices known as flight control systems are employed on the aircraft to facilitate the pilot during adjusting and controlling the flight’s direction. The flight control systems are used on the aircrafts in order to maintain the safety of the aircraft, crews and passengers during rolling, banking and pitching. Presently, most of the commercial and military aircrafts uses hydro-mechanical flight control systems, but the latest aircrafts including unmanned aerial vehicles are employing fly-by-wire technology which is an electronic flight control systems technology.
The growth of the aircraft flight control systems market is anticipated to increase due to the growing demand for latest technology in the modern aircrafts and increasing use of unmanned aerial vehicles. The modern aircrafts demands for latest technologies to be used with an objective for safe flight. The demand for latest flight control systems, i.e. fly-by-wire technology ensures the accurate maneuvering of the flight control surfaces which in turn helps the pilot to roll, bank or pitch the aircraft at any speed and altitude. In addition, the usage of unmanned aerial vehicles has increased rapidly in the current times in the military as well as in the commercial aviation sector for surveillance purpose. Owing to this fact, the aircraft flight control system manufacturers employing latest and advanced flight control systems on to the UAV’s in order to perform better than the older versions.
The malfunctioning of the mechanical or hydro-mechanical flight control systems is hindering the aircraft flight control systems market growth. The malfunction is majorly caused due to insufficient lubrication and exterior contamination from greasing and dust and dirt. The malfunction of the flight control systems leads to severe situations, which can be avoided by taking necessary measures by the manufacturers. Moreover, the costs involved in manufacturing the technologically advanced flight control systems and integrating them on to the aircrafts is high which in turn is increasing the price of the final aircraft. This is limiting the commercial aviation companies and defense forces to adopt the new aircrafts integrated with latest flight control system technology.
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The aircraft flight control systems market has various boosting factors, however, the manufacturers are focusing on lightweight flight control systems which will minimize the weight of the wings as well as overall weight. The reduction in weight of the flight control systems has increased the interest among the commercial aviation sector and defense forces across the globe. The development of light weight flight control systems is expected to drive the market for aircraft flight control systems in future. In addition, the increasing number of aircraft manufacturers in the Asia Pacific and Latin America is also anticipated to boost the aircraft flight control systems market. Recently, it has been noted that, a number new aircraft manufacturers have emerged in countries such as Japan, India, South Korea and Brazil among others. The aircraft manufacturer giants have also established new production branches in the Asia Pacific and Latin America regions.
The market for aircraft flight control systems is segmented on basis of types, by aircraft type, by control systems, by materials, by mechanism and by geography. Based on types, the aircraft flight control systems market is bifurcated as primary flight control systems and secondary flight control systems. On the basis of aircraft types, the market for aircraft flight control systems is segmented as narrow body aircrafts, wide body aircrafts, very large aircrafts, unmanned aerial vehicles and helicopters. Ailerons, elevators, flaps, rudder, and others are the key control systems in the market for aircraft flight control systems. Different materials used to manufacture the aircraft’s flight control systems are aluminum, composite, and steel among others. Based on mechanism, the aircraft flight control systems market is segmented as mechanical flight control systems, hydro-mechanical flight control systems, and fly-by-wire. Geographically, the aircraft flight control systems market is categorized as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa, and Latin America.
The major players in the market for aircraft flight control systems include BAE Systems (U.K), UTC Aerospace Systems (U.S.), Rockwell Collins (U.S.), MOOG Inc. (U.S.), Honeywell International Inc. (U.S.) Safran S.A. (France), SAAB Ab (Sweden), Leibherr Group (Germany), and Parker Hannifin Corporation (U.S).