Commercial Aircraft Angle of Attack Sensors Market Driven by Technological Advancements

Technavio market research analysts forecast the global commercial aircraft angle of attack sensors market to grow at a CAGR more than 6% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.

The report further segments the global commercial aircraft angle of attack sensors market by aircraft type (narrow-body aircraft, wide-body aircraft, and regional jet) and by geography (the Americas, APAC, and EMEA).

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Technavio analysts highlight the following three market drivers that are contributing to the growth of the global commercial aircraft angle of attack sensors market:

  • Growing demand for procurement of newer generation aircraft
  • Simplified architecture for air data system
  • Emphasis on increasing fuel-efficiency of an aircraft

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Growing demand for procurement of newer generation aircraft

Technological advancements have enabled development of fuel-efficient aircraft with decreased noise and carbon emission. Due to low-operational cost benefits, commercial aircraft manufacturers are facing high demand from airline operators for new-generation aircraft. With the growth in air travel in key countries such as China, India, Russia, and the US, the demand is likely to increase. The market is expected to grow with the increase in demand as all aircraft should be equipped with an AoA sensors.

According to Ramyabrata Chakraborty, a lead analyst at Technavio for aerospace components research, “In APAC, players such as COMAC and MRJ, are emerging in aircraft manufacturing. COMAC completed its maiden flight of C919 narrow-body aircraft. Since its maiden flight, COMAC announced its largest order to procure 130 units of C919 aircraft.”

Simplified architecture for air data system

Along with critical flight data parameters that are crucial for flight control, fly-by-wire flight controls have augmented the performance and reliability of AoA sensors. Air data is essential to control and compute the flight control computer. Designers face difficulty in installing several expensive central air data computers to provide the redundancy. The advancement in air data system has led to the development of distributed air data system that replaced the central computers with smart pressure probes. These pressure lobes are linked by a data bus to flight computers, where the computation takes place.

Emphasis on increasing fuel-efficiency of an aircraft

One-third of the operational cost of an aircraft is spent on fuel. To gain the attention of airline operators, aircraft manufacturers are finding ways to reduce the fuel consumption. Aircraft OEMs are selecting parts and components that can aid in the reduction in fuel consumption.

More than 20% of the fuel is utilized during takeoff and landing phase. This is due to high resistance from air. However, fuel consumed is less at high altitudes due to presence of thin air it experiences are less resistant. Yet, it becomes paramount for an aircraft to maintain steady altitudes while avoiding any unforeseen stalling conditions due to undesired increase in the angle of attack can eventually decrease the flight lift.

“The angle at which the aircraft takes-off constitutes the aerodynamics of the aircraft. Maximum air resistance is experienced if the aircraft takes off at a low angle and thus, requires more thrust to overcome the resistance resulting in more fuel consumption. Similarly, if the aircraft takes off at higher angle below the stall angle it faces less resistance and less fuel is consumed. To prevent the plane from stalling, the AoA indicates the angle at which an aircraft takes off or lands. It further indicates the pilot to maintain required angle that will help reduce the fuel consumption during flight operations,” says Ramyabrata.

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