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Global Helicopter Blades Market 2016-2020

Global Helicopter Blades Market 2016-2020

About Helicopter Blades

Helicopter blades are essential components of a rotorcraft as they are responsible for effective aerodynamic forces which provide airworthiness. Therefore, their manufacturing process and operations are closely monitored by regulatory bodies through stringent regulations. Factors that influence the global civil helicopter market are aircraft utilization, global fleet size, and air traffic volumes.

Technavio’s analysts forecast the global helicopter blades market to grow at a CAGR of 5% during the period 2016-2020.

Covered in this report

The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global helicopter blades market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of main rotor blade and tail rotor blade.The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:

  • Americas
  • APAC
  • EMEA
Technavio's report, Global Helicopter Blades Market 2016-2020, has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. The report covers the market landscape and its growth prospects over the coming years. The report also includes a discussion of the key vendors operating in this market.

Key vendors
  • Advanced Technologies
  • Carson Helicopters
  • Erickson
  • GKN Aerospace
  • Kaman
Market driver
  • Development of swashplateless helicopter blade pitch control systems
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market challenge
  • Challenges of NDT testing for fiber composite materials
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Market trend
  • Emergence of electrical tail rotor
  • For a full, detailed list, view our report
Key questions answered in this report
  • What will the market size be in 2020 and what will the growth rate be?
  • What are the key market trends?
  • What is driving this market?
  • What are the challenges to market growth?
  • Who are the key vendors in this market space?
  • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?


Press Release

Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Helicopter Blades Market 2016-2020

Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the global helicopter blades market: Advanced Technologies, Carson Helicopters, Erickson, GKN Aerospace, and Kaman.

Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “One trend gaining traction in this market is the emergence of electrical tail rotor. The trend of the increased use of electrical systems in fixed-wing aircraft is influencing their use in rotor aircraft. Their installation increases the overall system efficiency, reduces fuel burns, and results in lower maintenance costs. In addition, they help in reducing the noise. Currently, most of the helicopter tail rotors are mechanically driven by the main turbine through a mechanical shaft and gears that results in high fuel consumption, noise, and low efficiency.”

According to the report, Development of swashplateless helicopter blade pitch control systems will drive the market of global helicopter blades. The blade pitch control systems of helicopters form a complex arrangement. They involve transmission control units in the non-rotating frame to the blades in a rotating frame through swashplates. This arrangement results in a high maintenance workload and a downward force drag. Helicopters, in comparison to fixed-wing aircraft, experience excessive vibration, which results in structural fatigue and low system reliability. Due to the mechanical coupling between swashplate pitch links, complex pitch controls cannot be applied, which in turn, lowers the performance of a helicopter, affecting passenger comfort and necessitating an effectual control mechanism. In order to minimize the vibration level, improve pitch control, and improve the performance of helicopters, vendors are currently focusing on the development of swashplateless helicopter blades.

Further, the report states that challenges of non-destructive testing for fiber composite materials will restrict the growth in the market. The design and production methods used for the development of helicopter blades are focused on enabling high performance. Mostly, these initiatives reflect the development of lightweight rotor blades for providing high thrust. Presently, most helicopter structures are composed of fiber composite materials. Helicopter rotor blades consist of complex monolithic carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) laminates. Design and production processes are adapted for high performance FRP structures to reach the specified requirements for quality, functionality, and safety.

Companies Mentioned

Advanced Technologies, Carson Helicopters, Erickson, GKN Aerospace, Kaman.

  • Executive summary
    • Highlights
  • Scope of the report
    • Market overview
    • Top-vendor offerings
      • Table Product offerings
  • Market research methodology
    • Research methodology
    • Economic indicators
  • Introduction
    • Key market highlights
      • Table Global helicopter blades market relative to the global civil helicopter market 2015
    • Key insights for market participants
      • Table Global intellectual property distribution (August 2011 to August 2016)
      • Table Global IP owners
      • Table Global IP applicants
      • Table Key patent filings (August 2011 to August 2016)
  • Market landscape
    • Market overview
      • Table Segmentation of global helicopter blades market
    • Market size and forecast
      • Table Global civil helicopter new fleet 2015-2020
      • Table Global helicopter blades market 2015-2020 ($ billions)
      • Table Planned use of new helicopters according to end-user segment 2015-2020
      • Table Procurement plans by size 2015-2020
    • Five forces analysis
      • Table Five forces analysis
  • Market segmentation by product
    • Market-overview
      • Table Global helicopter blades market share by product type 2015 and 2020
      • Table Performance enhancement benefits delivered by AM
      • Table Applications of AM
    • Global helicopter main rotor blades market
      • Table Global helicopter main rotor blades market 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • Global helicopter tail rotor blade market
      • Table Global helicopter tail rotor blade market 2015-2020 ($ billions)
  • Geographical segmentation
    • Global helicopter blades market by geography
      • Table Geographical segmentation of helicopter blades by market share in 2015 and 2020
      • Table Geographical segmentation of helicopter deliveries by market share in 2015-2020
    • Helicopter blades market in Americas
      • Table Helicopter blades market in the Americas 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • Helicopter blades market in EMEA
      • Table Helicopter blades market in EMEA 2015-2020 ($ billions)
    • Helicopter blades market in APAC
      • Table Helicopter blades market in APAC 2015-2020 ($ billions)
  • Market drivers
    • Development of swashplateless helicopter blade pitch control systems
      • Table Disadvantages of swashplates
    • Focus on noise and vibration reduction
    • Increasing collaborations efforts
      • Table Factors contributing collaborative programs
  • Impact of drivers
    • Table Impact of drivers
  • Market challenges
    • Challenges of non-destructive testing for fiber composite materials
    • Negative impacts of rotor noise
    • Challenges due to aeroelasticity
  • Impact of drivers and challenges
    • Table Impact of drivers and challenges
  • Market trends
    • Emergence of electrical tail rotor
    • Innovations in energy-efficient FCS simulation
    • De-icing technology for cost-effective operations
    • Implementation of nanotechnology for improved stability
  • Vendor landscape
    • Competitive scenario
    • Advanced Technologies
      • Table Advanced Technologies: Services
      • Table Advanced Technologies: Product portfolio
    • Carson Helicopters
      • Table Carson Helicopters: Product portfolio
    • Erickson
      • Table Erickson: Business segmentation by revenue 2015
      • Table Erickson: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2015
    • GKN Aerospace
      • Table GKN Aerospace: Product portfolio
    • Kaman
      • Table Kaman: Business segmentation by revenue 2015
      • Table Kaman: Geographical segmentation by revenue 2015
  • Appendix
    • List of abbreviations
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