Flight Tracking System Market

Flight Tracking System Market: Sales of ADS-B Systems Projected to Grow 5X over the Forecast Period: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment 2016-2026

  • 2017-03-14
  • REP-GB-610
  • 186 pages
 Flight Tracking System Market

An Incisive, In-depth Analysis on the Flight Tracking System Market

This study offers a comprehensive, 360 degree analysis on the Flight Tracking System market, bringing to fore insights that can help stakeholders identify the opportunities as well as challenges. It tracks the global Flight Tracking System market across key regions, and offers in-depth commentary and accurate quantitative insights. The study also includes incisive competitive landscape analysis, and provides key recommendations to market players on winning imperatives and successful strategies.

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ADS-B segment is expected to witness robust growth over the forecast period

The ADS-B segment by system is estimated to gain more than 100 BPS over the forecast period. This flight tracking system is expected to gain a firm grip, especially in general aviation. The ADS-B segment is anticipated to expand at a significant CAGR in terms of value till 2021, after which this segment is slated to grow at a high CAGR of 6.5% through the forecast period. ADS-B segment is likely to remain the most outstanding segment over the forecast period. This growth is attributed to the extensive growth of ADS-B infrastructure in emerging economies and adoption of enhanced air surveillance capabilities in developed economies. Growth in the overall market is mainly attributed to rising safety concerns and a substantial increase in aircraft sales globally. These systems are offered as a standard fit in majority of the new commercial aircraft and are also being installed at a significant rate in the existing fleet size due to stringent government regulations. In terms of value, sales of ADS-B systems worldwide are projected to increase 5X over the forecast period.

Ability to provide better surveillance is boosting the demand for ADS-B systems in the global flight tracking system market

Equipment required to obtain position data are offered as a standard fit in many of the new aircraft manufactured today. Data from equipment such as ADS-B is used by software technology companies to determine the accurate position of the aircraft. The increase in passenger travel demand, especially in the Middle East and Asia Pacific regions is fuelling the total demand for new aircraft, thereby contributing to the revenue growth of the ADS-B segment. 

The safety of passengers and crew members is of prime importance for airline companies especially when the aircraft is flying over a region outside the radar coverage or over areas where communication with the pilot or other crew members is impossible. With increasing air travellers and tourism activities air traffic control and monitoring has become more critical and complex these days. ADS-B provides better surveillance in fringe areas and considering the rising number of incidents of aircraft missing without leaving any trace for airline companies, the need to track aircraft has become the most important objective. This factor is creating growth in the adoption of ADS-B systems worldwide.

After the recent missing Malaysian airlines flight MH 370, ANSPs, safety organisations, pilot groups, airframe and equipment manufacturers and civil aviation authorities represented by ICAO worked towards the improvement of flight tracking capabilities in aircraft. These activities have also stressed on enhancement of commercial aircraft video surveillance systems to ensure safety and effective monitoring. Regulatory authorities endorsing real-time flight tracking for commercial aircraft is one of the major factors driving the growth of the ADS-B segment.

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ADS-B segment expected to remain prominent over the forecast period in the North America flight tracking system market

ADS-B was the dominant segment in terms of revenue in 2015 and is expected to remain dominant through 2026 in North America. The ADS-B segment in the North America flight tracking system market was estimated to be valued at more than US$ 100 Mn in 2016 and is expected to create incremental $ opportunity of more than US$ 120 Mn between 2016 and 2026. The U.S. market is primarily driven by stringent government regulations to equip aircraft with ADS-B capability for enhanced surveillance capabilities. Moreover, rising aircraft production in the country and demand from other regions to equip aircraft with advanced tracking solutions is also driving the growth of the market. Development of ADS-B infrastructure in North America is expected to accelerate the growth of the ADS-B segment over the forecast period. Upcoming projects such as ADS-B infrastructure development are likely to drive the demand for ADS-B systems in Latin America. The need to operate in ADS-B designated airspaces is boosting the demand for ADS-B systems in the Eastern Europe flight tracking system market, while the mandate for ADS-B equipage in aircraft is primarily driving the growth of the ADS-B segment over the forecast period in the Western Europe flight tracking system market.

In a new report titled “Flight Tracking System Market: Global Industry Analysis and Opportunity Assessment, 2016-2026,” the expert analysts at Future Market Insights have observed that the Standards and Recommended Practices mandate establishes that aircraft are to be tracked at a time interval of 15 minutes whenever air traffic services obtain an aircraft’s position information at greater than 15-minute intervals for aeroplanes with a seating capacity greater than 19. Some of the modern aircraft are already equipped with the technology, while some of them require equipment up gradation, like software installation and equipment configuration as per the satellite provider. The estimated market size includes such costs and excludes the overall cost of equipment under such eccentrics. The report further highlights that for each of the above systems, the components installed in aircraft are only assessed during market estimation and forecast of the global flight tracking system market. The market size will only include the equipment or software cost and let off the installation cost and service cost. 

Portable aircraft tracking systems, as well as other technologies and data that can be repurposed to facilitate aircraft tracking, are assessed across each aircraft types used for general aviation, civil aviation and military purposes. Portable flight tracking equipment not complying with government regulations and used for inflight tracking is also taken into consideration during market estimation. Pricing information collected through various primary and secondary sources is used in a weighted average model to arrive at the market size (in US$ Mn). Weighted average model is primarily based on each system type across each aircraft. 

Production and sales of aircraft for general and civil aviation and military purposes has been tracked and assessed across various regions and countries

While collecting data to estimate the market value of the global flight tracking system market, we found that the mandate for real-time flight tracking is expected to get operational in 2018. However, normal tracking is already in place through several other systems fitted in the aircraft such as ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast), FANS (Future Air Navigation System), Radar-based System and other portable flight tracking equipment. Based on the service (aircraft tracking, weather information, communication) catered to by each of the systems, penetration of these systems is assessed across the aircraft in each country. 

  • Average prices (US$/Unit) based on the components installed in the aircraft have been estimated through company brochures, quotations and interviews with industry experts

  • Necessary equipage of ADS-B, FANS systems in the U.S. and Europe is tracked through the data published on several government resources such as the U.S. Department of Transportation, International Civil Aviation Organization and General Aviation Manufacturers Association 

Global flight tracking system market: Segmentation 

By System

By End Use

By Region

  • ADS-B

  • FANS

  • PFTS


  • General Aviation

  • Civil Aviation

  • Military Aircraft

  • North America

  • Latin America

  • Eastern Europe

  • Western Europe

  • APEJ

  • MEA

  • Japan

Our unique research assumptions

The system components installed in aircraft are considered during market sizing. System components installed at ground stations, ATC (Air Traffic Control units), and VHF (Very High Frequency) stations are not considered. Services offered by third parties for aircraft tracking are not considered during market valuation. The global flight tracking system market estimation for new aircraft is based on the production of aircraft across different regions as most of the newly produced aircraft are already equipped with such systems. Most of the aircraft flying in oceanic or remote areas are already equipped with the hardware needed for tracking and hence these have been excluded during market estimation. These aircraft only need to be configured in order to obtain necessary aircraft information. 

Our proven and tested research methodology 

Yearly change in inflation rate has not been considered while forecasting market numbers. Top-down approach has been used to assess market numbers for each category. Bottom-up approach has been used to counter-validate the reached market numbers. Macroeconomic indicators such as GDP, wholesale and retail trade, merchandise trade and prices have been considered to arrive at the indicated market numbers. Economic fluctuations have not been considered while forecasting market numbers. While estimating the market size, we have considered the product portfolio of the companies profiled, along with some other players.

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