Forecast International is a premier provider of market intelligence, forecasting, proprietary research and consulting services for the worldwide aerospace, defense, electronics and power systems industries. For nearly four decades, our seasoned analysts have compiled and evaluated historical and current data for use in generating accurate forecasts of industry products and programs. Our analysts have earned widespread recognition for unmatched service and expertise. Simply stated, within our areas of expertise, we reduce uncertainties and make the future as predictable as it can be.
Founded in 1973 by Edward M. Nebinger, a retired Colonel who flew fighter missions in World War II and the Korean War, Forecast International Inc. (FI) is a privately owned small business that is headquartered in Newtown, Connecticut in the United States. Approximately half of the company's 50 employees are highly experienced market analysts, each of whom specializes in one or more areas of the world Aerospace, Defense, Electronics, or Power Systems sectors. The remainder of the staff is dedicated to various support functions. In addition, the company draws upon a network of off-site independent industry consultants, and also employs additional editorial staffers working throughout the world.
Since its founding, FI has made several strategic acquisitions. In 1989, FI acquired the assets of its then-principal competitor, Defense Marketing Services (DMS), owned by Jane's Information Group., based in Alexandria, Virginia, and headquartered in the United Kingdom. Subsequently, it acquired the publishing rights of two more British-owned research firms and in 2008 acquired the assets of Air Track of Air Track Aeromarketing in Hilliard, Florida USA. This latest acquisition vastly broadened the firm's data on world business aircraft inventories and registrations for the fixed-wing and rotor-wing sectors.
Currently, FI remains the leader in market intelligence and industry forecasting, the opinions of which are frequently solicited by various media outlets. FI also maintains major Editorial Support agreements with many key publishers, including the Aviation Week Group of McGraw-Hill (FI is a primary contributor to the company's annual Aerospace book, previously known as Source Book), the American Helicopter Society's Vertiflite, Aviation International News (surveys and editorial support), Turbo-Machinery magazine, Power Magazine (gas turbine research data and feature articles), Global Military Communications, Satellite Evolution, Journal of Electronic Defense, Flight International and Aerospace Industries Association (AIA).