Frequently Asked Questions of ACNS Market
CNS (Communication, Navigation and Surveillance Systems) as the name suggests is used for air traffic management. The increased crowding of the airspace calls for a growth in the requirement for adept air traffic management facilities. Communication, Navigation, and Surveillance Systems are noted to have three key segments that have been covered in the abbreviation. As per definition, communication refers to the transfer of information between two or more aircraft. In the commercial and military aviation segment, it is noted that the exchange of data between ground services and an aircraft ensures adept management of air traffic.
Aircraft communication systems make use of analog voice signals and digital data to facilitate communication between crew members, the pilot as well as passengers during flight. While navigation is the process that involves planning as well as controlling the strategic position of the aircraft for the surrounding. Navigation provides situational awareness which helps the pilot steer through the airways efficiently. The navigation airport facilities also play an integral role in terms of ground control. The information from the navigation airport is hereby relayed to an aircraft through an appropriate communications facility.
The growth of network-based facilities that allow communication across various platforms is another factor that is poised to drive growth associated with the aircraft communication systems market. Several military platforms have been implementing this technology to provide enhanced situational awareness of the surroundings.
Major factors driving the growth of the market
The growth in network-based communication facilities is noted to be one of the key factors that drive the growth associated with the global market penetration of aircraft communication and aircraft navigation systems. The use of this technology provides enhanced connectivity across ground services and aircraft. This information can be relayed efficiently to promote adept navigation.
Another factor that is expected to drive growth is the increased air traffic. The growing air fleet of various airlines across the global market is anticipated to be one of the main factors which are poised to drive growth. Boeing estimates that there were 25,900 aircraft in the world’s operational commercial fleet in 2019. Between then and 2041, when the value of the commercial fleet around the world will reach 47,080, the market is anticipated to see an 82% growth in jets.
The increasing number of aircraft in given airspace also suggests an increased interaction between aerial life and humans. In the light of concerns like environmental degradation and preservation of wildlife, the airspace must be managed efficiently. The use of communication and navigation systems will hereby facilitate the same.
Trends influencing the growth of the market
The growing shift towards satellite-based communication is noted to be one of the main factors which are poised to drive the growth associated with the Aircraft Communication and Aircraft Navigation Systems market.
The introduction of new technologies like AWN (Airborne Wireless Network) is poised to drive the connectivity within airborne platforms. Cost-efficient wireless broadband services in an aircraft are to be provided via the inclusion of an AWN within an aircraft. It is a mesh network that is anticipated to serve as an airborne router to send and receive data within and amongst different aircraft.
The growing reliance on passengers and pilots for the internet is another factor that is anticipated to drive growth, i.e. 5G plays a key role in segments like in-flight connectivity as well as entertainment. The growing focus on consumer satisfaction and the increased efforts to provide seamless connectivity during air travel are some of the key factors which will promote the use of 5G in aircraft. The instating of an internet facility will also promote inter-flight communication. For instance, it is recorded that to promote connectivity, multiple antennae have been installed across Boeing 767 and Airbus A320 to promote in-flight communication as well as broadband services. The AV530 aircraft antenna is predominantly used in these aircraft and it can operate up to heights of 50,000 ft.
As of March 2022, it was noted that the AAI and Boeing conducted a comprehensive analysis across regulatory, operational, environmental, technological, and financial factors to develop a roadmap for AAI. Efforts to modernize the Indian airspace are to be implemented through this alliance to effectively manage the growing air traffic and air passenger rate within India. The implementation of such measures is hereby poised to drive modernization of airport and airline facilities thus promoting verticals like avionics (and in turn a key segment of the same, i.e. CNS systems).
India is noted to be one of the fast-growing regional segments within the commercial aviation market. The country is poised to enter the same league as developed nations like the US, Japan, and Europe with the introduction and development of its very own satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS). As of April 2022, the ATR 72-600 (IndiGo operated) aircraft landed at Kishangarh airport by making use of an approach process guided by India’s satellite-based augmentation system named GAGAN. The technology was noted to have been a GPS-aided GEO Augmented Navigation.