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Flight Simulator Market Analysis

ID: MRFR//5680-CR | 136 Pages | Author: Swapnil Palwe| February 2021

The global flight simulator market is set to reach US$ 6.15 BN by 2030, at a 6.89% CAGR between years 2022-2030. The aviation industry relies heavily on advanced flight simulation technologies to train new pilots and upgrade the skills of existing ones. The global shortage of qualified pilots, alongside the increasing demand for pilot training across commercial, military, and general aviation sectors substantiates the market size.
Flight simulator plays a vital role in the market dynamics as it influences pilot training, aircraft development and aviation safety are reflected. Over the years, flight simulators have advanced into highly developed training tools that imitate actual flying conditions in order to provide an affordable and safe environment for pilots where they can perfect their skills.
Commercial aviation industry is one of the key segments that make up Flight Simulator market, since companies involved in this sphere continue to try and satisfy growing needs for air transport while maintaining high levels of security. Flight Simulators allow pilots to practice a variety of possible scenarios ranging from normal takeoffs and landings through emergencies, thereby improving the competence of aviators as well as ensuring safety within aircrafts.
The introduction of new aircraft models or upgrades by airlines leads to the need for simulators capable of mimicking specific features present in these planes, contributing to the innovativeness characteristic of Flight Simulator market. In the military aviation industry, flight simulators play a critical role in pilot training and mission preparedness. Simulators enable military pilots to train on intricate maneuvers, air combat simulations and task-specific activities in a predictable setting.
The rising intricacy seen in modern military aircraft and the focus on cutting down training cost drive demand for more sophisticated simulators, which can mimic these high-tech platforms to a tee. The general aviation category encompassing private pilot instruction and pleasure flying also adds to the expansion of the Flight Simulator market. Flight schools and independent pilots training simulators are used for flight crews’ but also to check proficiency, instrument flying skills.
The growing computing power and widespread availability of desktop and home-based simulators has widened the market to an increasing audience of aviation enthusiasts, boosting interest in simulation technology across the board. Finally, technological advancements are the primary influencing factors of Flight Simulators market dynamics.
So there was the integration of virtual reality VR and augmented reality AR technologies which brought the level of realism in simulators to a new high by making training more immersive. Not only this trend makes training more effective, but it also opens up the opportunities for simulator manufacturers to resolve rather a wide field of training

Global Flight Simulator Market Overview

Flight Simulator Market Size Valued at USD 6.15 Billion, market Grow at a CAGR Of 6.89% by 2022 -2030. 

Flight simulation is a mechanical and electrical system. It is broadly used as the alternative to live flight training because of its cost-effectiveness. The flight simulation solution has gained lots of attention in the past few years because of its broad application in virtual firefighting systems, virtual military training, and virtual emergency evacuation. Moreover, this solution has been beneficial for all military branches, such as the air force, army, and navy.  One of the best virtual reality forms is flight simulation. This flight simulator solution permits the flight crews or the pilots to get the secured and safer experiences of flying the flight. Also, this solution enables the pilots to practice flying flight in various complex situations, which is usually not possible because of environmental issues. 

In addition, this solution is considered the best as it costs less, which usually cannot be found in the actual flight or an actual aircraft. Hence, this effectiveness and efficiency of flight simulators can generate a higher Flight Simulator Market Size in the upcoming years.   In the global Flight Simulator Market, the domination has been witnessed by the commercial platform segment. In the past few years, the demand for civil aircraft and passenger aircraft has been growing. Thus, the growing demand for these aircraft is predicted to fuel the flight simulator's demand and the growth of the Flight Simulator Market. Moreover, the rise in the new aircraft demand creates additional commercial pilot demand, which boosts the growth of the global market in the research period. Along with this, the global market has been showing growth recently due to the loss of human lives and increasing aircraft's cost of production. 

COVID-19 Impact Analysis

According to Flight Simulator Market Analysis, the global pandemic has disrupted the flight simulator system's supply chain and manufacturing chain. The global market has been affected due to the government regulation of social distancing norms, lockdown, and shutdown. In this period, the lack of workforce, transportation, and productivity have reduced the investments and the demand over the flight simulator system.

In late 2020, the global market has regained its strength with the unlock phases as per the government orders. Thus, the global players showed the activeness to enhance the market growth and generate significant Flight Simulator Global Market Revenue in the forecast period. 

Major Drivers of the Market

The major driving factors of the global Flight Simulator Market are:

  • The growing focus on virtual solutions for commercial training.

  • Increasing focus on maritime security.

  • Increasing focus on implementing flight simulators for combat aircraft pilots.¬†

From 2012 to 2016, nearly 4,100 civil helicopters were delivered globally by Honeywell International Inc. Similarly, Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. delivered around 114 commercial helicopters in 2016 and 132 commercial helicopters in 2017. Hence, this increasing demand over the commercial helicopters is expected to thrive the Flight Simulator Market Revenue in the forecast timeframe. 

Opportunities of the global market

The global Flight Simulator Global Market has lucrative opportunities for market leaders and manufacturers of the flight simulator system due to the rising demand for training in the military and commercial sectors.

Along with that, the increasing maritime security is bringing more opportunities for the global market. Additionally, the global market has projected to register a significant growth rate in the Flight Simulator Market Forecast period. 

Market Restraints

Although the global market has more scope for the manufacturers, the flight simulator systems' inability to accurately replicate the physiological effects of these systems might hinder the Flight Simulator Market Growth.

As per the Flight Simulator Market Forecast report, the global market is investing in key players to bring innovations to the upliftment of the flight simulator system. 

Market Growth challenges

The Flight Simulator Global Market might face challenges if the training of pilots goes wrong, as it can result in the accidental death of the pilots. Moreover, the production cost of the flight simulator can be another major challenge to the Flight Simulator Market.

Apart from that, the global market might experience challenges due to the huge loss of the country’s economy during the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Cumulative growth Analysis

In 2018, the North American region dominated the Flight Simulator Market, generating a higher market share of 33.49%. Moreover, Europe has generated a 21.78% market share, and the Asia-Pacific region has registered a 7.49% market share for 2018.

Further, the global market has projected to acquire the higher Flight Simulator Market Growth in the forecast period. Also, the key players of the flight simulator system are the biggest strength in the growth and development of the market.

Flight Simulator Market Segment Overview

By Platform:

The global Flight Simulator Global Market has been categorized into military aerospace and commercial aerospace in terms of platform segment.

Further, commercial aerospace has been sub-categorized into flight training devices and full-flight simulators. On the other hand, military aerospace has been sub-categorized into basic flight trainer, air combat simulators, full mission simulators, computer-based training, and others. 

By Aircraft Type:

The Flight Simulator Global Market has been segregated into rotary-wing aircraft, fixed-wing aircraft, and UAV based on aircraft type segment. 

The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are registered to acquire the significant Flight Simulator Market Share for the review period. 

By Simulator Type:

The Flight Simulator Global Market has been classified into virtual simulation and lives simulation in the simulator type segment.

These simulator-type segments are projected to significantly contribute to Flight Simulator Market Share in the forecast period. 

Flight Simulator Market Regional Analysis

The regions like North America, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Latin America are the Flight Simulator Global Market classifications based on region. 

In 2018, the North American market dominated the global market by registering the higher Flight Simulator Market Size of USD 1,855.2 million. Further, the North American market is projected to account for 4.26% CAGR in the research period due to advanced military and commercial infrastructure availability and the region's favorable defense rules and regulations. This region has high simulation and training systems because this region is highly accounted with the global military expenditure and technological advancements. Generally, the U.S. region largely dominates the global Flight Simulator Global Market trends, though the Canadian region invests more in advanced systems developments. 

Competitive landscape analysis

As per the Flight Simulator Global Market Outlook report, the key players in the global market play an essential role. These key players are:

  • L3Harris Technologies, Inc. (U.S.)

  • Advanced Rotorcraft Technology, Inc. (U.S.)

  • FRASCA International Inc. (U.S.)

  • CAE Inc. (Switzerland)

  • Lockheed Martin Corporation (U.S.)

  • Boeing (U.S.)

  • FlightSafety International (US)

  • Thales Group (France)

  • United Technologies Corporation (U.S.)

  • TRU Simulation + Training Inc. (U.S.).

These important key players boost the growth of the Flight Simulator Market Trends by applying advanced strategies like promotional ideas, innovations, and new product launches. 

Recent Developments

  • In April 2019, JetBlue Airways (U.S.) and CAE signed a partnership agreement to offer 2 Airbus A220- 300 CAE 7000XR Series full-flight simulators and 2 CAE 500XR flight training devices for enhancing the customer base.

  • In September 2019, the U.S. Navy was signed a contract worth USD 45.8 million with Boeing to develop P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol jet simulators.

  • In March 2019, Leonardo SpA and CAE Inc. formed a joint venture for its Philadelphia Training Academy. This has aimed to offer 3000 Series full-flight simulators, which are expected to launch in 2020.¬†

Report Overview

The Flight Simulator Market Outlook report has covered the market restraints, market growth, market challenges, opportunities, and cumulative growth analysis to understand the market dynamics. This report has approached various industry stakeholders like CEOs, marketing executives, V.Ps, and directors to obtain important information related to the Flight Simulator Market. The secondary research method has also been involved in getting insight into the global market. 

According to the Flight Simulator Global Market Analysis report, the report has highlighted the regional classifications, recent developments, market overview, market segments, and competitive global market analysis. Here, the key strategies and innovative ideas have been discussed to achieve the goal of the global market. 

Flight Simulator Market Segment Table

By Platform:

  • military aerospace¬†

  • commercial aerospace

By Aircraft Type:

  • rotary-wing aircraft,¬†

  • fixed-wing aircraft,¬†

  • UAV

By Simulator Type:

  • virtual simulation¬†

  • live simulation

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