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Flight Simulator Market Size

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

As, the aviation industry continues to experience significant growth and changes that affect operations in the flight simulator market. This is mainly driven by the growing focus on pilot training and skill development. With the increasing interest in air travel, airlines and aviation bodies are putting more resources into developing high-quality training programs for competent pilot workforces.
Flight simulators have a significant role in giving realistic and immersive training, where pilots are able to develop their skills through different scenarios without needing real aircraft. The development of technologies is the main driver behind Flight Simulator market. Simulators that are highly realistic and sophisticated keep on increasing due to continuous innovation in the technology associated with simulation, graphics as well as software.
Immersive training is enhanced using high-fidelity visuals, motion platforms and virtual reality integration replicating the complexities of different aircraft types and various flying conditions. These technological developments do not only enhance the effectiveness of training, but also save on costs by minimizing requirements for real flights and fuel burns.

The Flight Simulator market dynamics depend on regulatory requirements and safety standards. Across the globe, aviation authorities enforce stringent training and certification requirements for pilots. These standards must be followed by flight simulators to ensure that training programs accurately reflect real-world scenarios. Regulations address new challenges arising and improvements in the development of aviation technology.
This helps meeting all compliance requirements while practising trust among regulators of this field as well its training institutions. Key players and market competition are the factors that greatly influence flight simulator market. Established simulation technology providers as well as emerging players are actively involved in the production of high quality simulators.
Intensive competition motivates innovation and forces firms to invest in researching simulator technologies that become more realistic, cost-effective, and versatile. The competitive environment also impacts pricing strategies and services being offered to training institutions as well as aviation organizations giving them the opportunity for a wide variety of choices that would cater precisely into their own requirements.

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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