Avionics is an electrical subsystem which performs essential functions during flights. Avionics systems help in transmission of critical data for the purpose of communication, navigation and surveillance. Flight navigation systems, flight control and emergency, autopilot systems, cockpit and cabin systems, anti-collision systems, air traffic control, sensors and transponders, are some of the essential components of commercial avionics market.
The avionics systems market is broadly divided into three segments: Flight management systems, flight navigation systems and flight instruments. Flight navigation systems control major share of the avionics market. Companies dominating commercial avionics systems market are: Honeywell International, Rockwell Collins, United Technologies, GE Aviation and Thales Group.
The avionics technology is now transitioning towards next-generation of avionics systems because of growing need for real time data to enhance aviation safety and increased operational efficiency. The increasing demand for more in-flight services and solutions by the customers is also driving demand for next-generation avionics.
Vulnerability towards cyberattacks and strict aviation industry regulatory framework are the major challenges for next generation avionics systems.
Sensors are major sub-segment of flight navigation systems. The sensors are embedded on major parts of the aircrafts to monitor their structural health and gather information pertaining to any changes in the outside environment. Sensors in synergy with big data platforms would be one of the major enablers for next generation avionics as they will help in streaming the data in real time.
The growth in passenger and cargo aircraft traffic necessitates efficient and reliable ATC systems, which control movement of aircrafts both in the air and on the ground. Safety is the fundamental reason for development of advanced ATC equipment as they prevent aircraft collisions and better coordinate with the pilots to expedite air traffic movement.
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