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Helicopter Simulator Market Research Report Information by Type (Motion Simulator and Fixed-Base Simulator), Component (Cockpit, Control System, Visual System and Instruments and Panels), Platform (Commercial and Military) and Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Middle East Africa) - Forecast to 2030

ID: MRFR/A&D/4728-CR | 104 Pages | Author: Swapnil Palwe| June 2019

Global Helicopter Simulator Market Overview

Helicopter Simulator Market Size is expected to reach USD 961.4 Million by 2030, registering a CAGR of 5.5% By 2020-2030.

The size of the global flight simulator market was estimated at $ 4.6 billion in 2020 and is expected to record a growth rate based on revenue of 4.2% over the forecast. The major growth drivers Helicopter Simulator Market are responsibly driving its size. The increased demand from the global end-users to provide training for pilots is a major growth driver. The military and commercial airline sectors are chiefly accelerating the market value. The rise in requirements for safe flight handling and safety operations with the help of helicopter simulator software is aiding the market. The industry will enhance due to the development in aerospace technology which results in advanced flight simulators development.

The market players in the Helicopter Simulator Market are focusing on the developments to ensure future growth. The higher rate of helicopter sales in the major regions such as North America and Europe is boosting the regional market growth.

Military Helicopter Simulator Market Trends:

A military segment is expected to grow with the highest growth rate during the forecast

In 2026, the military segment has the largest market share in the helicopter simulator market, compared to commercial helicopter simulators. The greater participation of the military segment is mainly attributed to the fact that the use of helicopters in the armed forces is much more compared to commercial purposes. Besides, more helicopter pilots are being trained for military helicopters compared to commercial helicopters. These are the main factors for a larger market share in the military segment. This segment is also expected to have a higher rate during the forecast. During the forecast period, demand for military helicopter pilots is increasing due to a larger pipeline of helicopter fleet initiatives by several military personnel that would help the segment grow during the forecast period.

Military Helicopter Simulator Regional Understandings:

North America has emerged as a key market for flight simulators, with more than 29% of global revenue in 2019 and expecting slow growth during the forecast. This is due to the early adoption of the technology by manufacturers and consumers. Besides, the stringent regulations enforced by the Federal Aviation Administration and federal aviation regulations, including section 61.64 for the use of flight simulators for training purposes, may further stimulate regional growth. Also, the availability of advanced military and commercial infrastructure is expected to grow the flight simulator market in this region.

The Asia-Pacific region expects high growth over the forecast period due to increased demand for these devices, especially in developing countries such as India and China. The start-up of manufacturers in China in early 2015 may further increase demand in the region. The growth in the Asia-Pacific region is attributed to the high demand for air travel concerning the increase in trade and tourism. North America can witness slow growth, attributable primarily to air safety concerns, along with the strict air safety standards imposed by the regulatory authority in the United States.

Army Helicopter Simulator Product Information:

Based on the product, the industry is segmented into a full flight simulator and fixed flight training devices. The full flight simulator segment accounted for more than 90% of the market share in 2019, growing by a 4.6% revenue-based growth rate during the forecast. full flight simulator refers to high-tech flight simulators that offer high fidelity and reliability. The full flight simulator properly stimulates the aircraft and the environment in which it operates. These devices create movement, sound, images, and all the other operations of the aircraft, to create a realistic training environment that guarantees complete training for pilots.

Safety standard authorities are training modules with limited visual display. The main purpose of these devices is to train where all indicators and switches are on deck. These devices are widely used due to their low cost of purchase and operations. Besides, it is expected that the development of simulators for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles will offer an alternative opportunity for the market flight simulator. The increase in the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles drones has increased the need for training drone pilots, who, in turn, need to accelerate market growth.


Based on the application, the flight simulator market has been separated into military, defensive, and civilian. The civilian segment owned a significant share of the market share of approximately 69.4% in 2019, growing at a revenue-based growth rate of 4.5% over the forecast. Military and defense include simulators used for training and mission tests for the armed forces. Also, the live, virtual, and constructive training offered by flight simulators allows the pilots of the armed forces to perform better tasks or missions in the real world, thus resulting in the greater installation of the product.

Manufacturers have realized the importance of improving Aircraft Simulation Technology to offer a realistic aircraft system. That is why they focus on mergers and acquisitions to have a greater financial, technical, market, manufacturing, and distribution resources. For example, Textron, L-3 Communications, and Lockheed Martin have acquired competitors for commercial aircraft simulators as a means to reduce their overall exposure to defense markets and seek growth in the civil aviation market.

Current factors:

  • The helicopter simulator market is expected to grow at a growth rate of more than 2.5% over the forecast.

  • The development of state-of-the-art helicopters will generate a demand for helicopter simulators adapted for the respective control systems, increasing the global market of helicopter simulators.

  • There is an increasing emphasis on the safety of pilots and helicopters during training. This led to the adoption of simulators for training helicopter pilots, which would increase the market of helicopter simulators in the coming years.

  • In recent years, the process of evaluating pilots and the need for law enforcement have become more complex. As a result, the growth in the number of certified pilots has gradually declined over the years. The need for trained pilots generates demand for helicopter simulators.

Competitive Landscape

The helicopter trial market has now begun to evolve into a split, and several retailers have begun offering their experiments to a wide range of user groups, with complex and flexible video types. The slow growth of helicopter sales in some mature markets in North America and Europe has slightly hampered sales of helicopter simulators in recent years. At the same time, the growing demand for helicopters in the countries of the Asia Pacific and the Middle East has shifted the focus of several OEM simulators from North America and Europe to countries such as China, Japan, Australia, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates. and India. Recently collaborations and partnerships have played an important role in the success of aerospace and defense companies, as the exchange of technology has spurred the growth of new simulators that can artificially create critical situations in real-time for pilots during training.

Key Companies in the Helicopter Simulator Market include

  • CAE Inc.

  • Thales Group

  • Tru Simulation + Training Inc.

  • Frasca International, Inc.

  • Ryan Aerospace

Recent Development

In June 2022

Helitrons, an industrial player of Norwegian onshore helicopter operators, started using the Airbus H125 VR training simulator, which VRM Switzerland provides. The company has now acquired H125 simulators in Gardermoen near Oslo’s main airport for CAE’s training and simulator centre. The simulators will become part of Scandinavian Aerospace Academy, Helitrans’ new helicopter training academy. The bookings will soon open by 1 July.

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority approved the new VR simulator launch. It offers a 3D VR visual system, representative flight behaviour, and motion cueing, with full in-simulation representation and a full replica cockpit. It has a common tablet that ensures operating through checklists and read charts.

In July 2021

CAE Inc., a global player, has introduced an FFS to the Canadian Coast Guard to be part of the previous contract of 2016. It is withstanding the Canadian Coast Guard’s Fleet Renewal Plan.

Segments Addressed in the Report:

Helicopter Simulator Market, By Type

  • Motion Simulator

  • Fixed-Base Simulator

Helicopter Simulator Market, By Component

  • Cockpit

  • Control System

  • Visual System and Instruments

  • Panels

Helicopter Simulator Market, By Platform

  • Commercial

  • Military

Helicopter Simulator Market, By Region

  • North America

  • Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

  • Latin America

  • Middle East Africa

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  • The report includes a lot of information, such as a scenario of market dynamics and opportunities during the forecast

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  • The segments and sub-segments include quantitative, qualitative, value, and volume data.

Report Attribute/Metric Details
  Market Size   USD 961.4 Million
  CAGR   5.5%
  Base Year   2019
  Forecast Period   2020-2030
  Historical Data   2018
  Forecast Units   USD ( Million )
  Report Coverage    Revenue Forecast, Competitive Landscape, Growth Factors, and Trends
  Segments Covered   by Type, Component, Platform,
  Geographies Covered   North America
  Key Vendors   CAE Inc. (Canada), Thales Group (France), TRU Simulation+Training Inc. (US), FRASCA International Inc. (US), Ryan Aerospace (Australia), Reiser Simulation and Training GmbH (Germany), ELITE Simulation Solutions AG (Switzerland), Fidelity Flight Simulation Incorporated (US), FLYIT Simulators Inc. (US), FlyThisSim Inc. (US), and iSim Limited (New Zealand).
  Key Market Opportunities   The slow growth of helicopter sales in some mature markets in North America
  Key Market Drivers   Technology has spurred the growth of new simulators that can artificially create critical situations in real-time for pilots during training.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Helicopter simulator market is projected to record of a CAGR of 5.5% during 2020-2030.

FLYIT Simulators Inc. (US), CAE Inc. (Canada), Fidelity Flight Simulation Incorporated (US), and TRU Simulation+Training Inc. (US), are some of the eminent players of the global helicopter simulator market.

The APAC region is projected to be the fastest-growing market.

The military segment is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

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