About the Helicopter Flight Control Systems (FCS) Market
Helicopter FCS is an integral part of a helicopter, and it is used to operate, control, and monitor the flight without the continuous supervision of the pilot. They can be mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic, and electrical systems that automate a wide variety of in-flight tasks. They also reduce the aircraft weight and information-management workload, save power, allow easier interaction with air traffic control systems to avoid accidents, reduce overall operating costs, and speed up the training of novice pilots. They play a critical role in enhancing the situational awareness and safety of both the pilot and the aircraft.
Technavio’s analysts forecast the Global Helicopter Flight Control Systems (FCS) Market to grow at a CAGR of 2.4% during the period 2016-2020.
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The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the Global Helicopter Flight Control Systems (FCS) Market for 2016-2020. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated in the overall market.
The market is divided into the following segments based on geography:
Technavio Announces the Publication of its Research Report – Global Helicopter Flight Control Systems (FCS) Market 2016-2020
Technavio recognizes the following companies as the key players in the Global Helicopter Flight Control Systems (FCS) Market: Liebherr, Moog, Sagem, UTC Aerospace Systems, and Woodward.
Commenting on the report, an analyst from Technavio’s team said: “A trend that will propel market growth is the shift towards the fly-by-wire or FBW control systems. The mechanical and hydro-mechanical FCS are generally heavy. Their flight control cables require proper channeling through the aircraft by tension wires, systems of pulleys, hydraulic pipes, and cranks. Considering all the issues in mechanical, hydraulic, and electromechanical FCS, further technological advancements have paved the way for FBW technology. This system replaces the conventional manual flight controls of an aircraft with an electronic interface. This advanced FCS stabilizes the aircraft without the input from the pilot. It features a flight computer that analyses the pilot's control activities and sends electric signals to the flight control surface actuators without any mechanical linkage.”
According to the report, a key growth driver is the introduction of automatic flight control systems. The introduction of automatic flight control systems (AFCS) has not only improved aircraft stability and handling but also enabled automation of flight in certain parts of missions, thus reducing the workload of the crew. They are equipped with sensors that monitor internal conditions (engine controls, total load, and flight speed) as well as external conditions (airspeed, altitude, and navigational information) of a helicopter. The autopilot system enables functions like point-to-point navigation and automatic tracking of instrument landing system (ILS), which help in efficient and safer landing operations. Artificial feel system controls most of the automatic FCS. These advanced systems prevent any unauthorized pilot or potential hijacker from controlling an aircraft.
Further, the report states that one challenge that could hamper market growth is defense budget cuts. "
Liebherr, Moog, Sagem, UTC Aerospace Systems, Woodward
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