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Rotorcraft Forecast

In order to stay on top of market factors and trends in this dynamic industry, our Rotorcraft Forecast brings you the latest industry news on both civil and military helicopters, featuring the most complete rotorcraft coverage available anywhere in the world.

Rotorcraft Forecast provides complete coverage of the market for both piston-powered and turbine-powered rotorcraft, ranging in scope from the two-seat Robinson R22 piston up to the giant Mil Mi-26 heavy-lift turbine helicopter and the Bell/Boeing V-22 tiltrotor aircraft. Worldwide coverage is provided, including detailed reports on rotorcraft manufactured by companies located in Russia and China. Included in the reports are production forecasts, a Forecast Rationale detailing the basis for the forecast, the rotorcraft’s price range and technical specifications, a program history, and recent developments.

Five Market Segment Analyses explore the dynamics affecting the markets for Light Military Rotorcraft, Medium/Heavy Military Rotorcraft, Light Commercial Rotorcraft, Medium/Heavy Commercial Rotorcraft, and Aviation Turboshaft Engines. In addition to describing market factors and trends, these analyses identify the manufacturers that will dominate the market in the years ahead. These reports are enhanced with numerous tables and graphs that break out the forecasts by manufacturer in terms of unit production and value of production.

Completing the service are six appendices that provide consolidated production statistics, information on historical production, and an inventory of military rotorcraft registered worldwide. Appendices also include a Civil Rotorcraft Inventory covering 33,000+ helicopters by country, designation, and registrant.


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    Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Forecast

    Forecast International's Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Forecast provides operators in the military and commercial aviation sectors with the information they need to maximize their current investments rather than expand their fleets, a trend that is opening up multiple opportunities for the expansion of retrofit and modernization programs. The Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Forecast provides comprehensive coverage of cargo conversions, re-engining, service-life extensions, fleet-wide electronics retrofits, digital cockpit upgrades, and the installation of in-flight

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    A compilation of our Aviation Systems Market Intelligence Services. (Note that not all services are available in all formats. Please refer to the chart below for further details - or call us at 203.426.0800.)

    Civil Aircraft Forecast

    Let the Civil Aircraft Forecast be your guide to the shifting forces that will impact and alter this high-value market in the years ahead. The Civil Aircraft Forecast covers all facets of the fixed-wing commercial and private aviation industry. It includes more than 75 detailed reports, complete with production forecasts on individual civil aircraft families. Four Market Segment Analyses provide in-depth examination of the markets for Large Commercial Jet Transports, Regional Aircraft, Business Jets, and General Aviation/Utility Aircraft.

    Military Aircraft Forecast

    Military Aircraft Forecast provides full coverage with 45+ individual reports on fixed-wing military aircraft families of all types, broken out by market segment. These reports are complemented by four Market Segment Analyses that offer comprehensive overviews on the markets for Fighter Aircraft, Military Transport Aircraft, Military Fixed-Wing Trainers, and Special Mission Aircraft, including trend analysis, highlights, and computations of all competitors’ projected market shares.

    The Market for Business Jet Aircraft

    Presented within this market study is a year-by-year production forecast of business jet aircraft currently in production or expected to enter production within the next 10 years. These individual forecasts are the result of an exhaustive macro-level examination of the market as well as a competitive analysis of individual business jet models versus their direct and indirect competitors.

    The Market for Fighter Aircraft

    Although many countries are cutting their defense budgets, the outlook for fighters remains stable.  Worldwide, industrialized nations are currently in the process of a major re-equipment cycle, and the long-term nature of fighter procurement programs will shelter production of these aircraft from the effects of the financial crisis. This analysis covers the market for fighter aircraft in terms of both units to be produced and the value of the overall market. The market for jet trainers, some of which are also used as attack aircraft, is covered in the Analysis titled "The M

    The Market for General Aviation/Utility Aircraft

    This analysis covers general aviation/utility aircraft but does not include ultralights, experimental aircraft, and powered gliders; nor does it cover the new Light Sport Aircraft category. Its coverage is targeted at the production activity in two of the three tiers that compose the overall general aviation market.

    The Market for Large Commercial Jet Transports

    Fourteen families of large commercial jet transports are forecast in this study. These 14 families account for nearly 30 individual aircraft models. The aircraft production forecasts form the basis for the manufacturer market share forecasts that are also included in this analysis. The forecasts, which are broken out by aircraft model and engine, are calculated in terms of unit production and monetary value of production.

    The Market for Light Commercial Rotorcraft

    The civil rotary-wing aircraft market is highly competitive, with manufacturers on both sides of the Atlantic battling for market share. Forecast International defines the light commercial rotorcraft market segment as including those rotorcraft that fall roughly under 6,804 kilograms (15,000 lb) in maximum gross weight.

    The Market for Light Military Rotorcraft

    Annual military rotorcraft production is projected to increase in concert with significant new production in the United States and Europe.  The light military class includes a wide variety of products, ranging from small, single-engine pistons to light single turbines and light/intermediate twin turbines.

    The Market for Medium/Heavy Commercial Rotorcraft

    Forecast International defines the medium/heavy commercial rotorcraft market segment to include those rotorcraft with maximum takeoff weights of more than 6,804 kilograms (15,000 lb). Rotorcraft with lower MTOWs are covered in our analysis titled "The Market for Light Commercial Rotorcraft."

    The Market for Medium/Heavy Military Rotorcraft

    Forecast International generally defines a medium/heavy rotorcraft as having a maximum gross weight greater than or equal to 6,804 kilograms (15,000 lb). Rotorcraft with a gross weight of less than 15,000 pounds are generally defined as light rotorcraft.

    The Market for Military Fixed-Wing Trainer Aircraft

    This analysis covers active programs within the fixed-wing military training market, including aircraft powered by jet, turboprop, and piston engines. Note that several aircraft that are often used as trainers are not included within our market forecast because they do not train the "first and second seaters" who perform the pilot-in-command or copilot/weapons officer roles in military aircraft.

    The Market for Military Transport Aircraft

    Forecast International defines the market for military transports to include aircraft that perform one or more military air transportation missions such as personnel transport, long-range strategic airlift, and short-range tactical transport, as well as short-haul utility runs. With the exception of a few models included in the light/utility transport segment, this analysis covers aircraft that are designed to serve as military transports and excludes aircraft designed for the civilian market such as commercial airliners, regional jets, and business jets, all of which typically a

    The Market for Regional Transport Aircraft

    Demand for regional transports continues to shift upward in favor of ever-larger-capacity aircraft, with demand now centering on 90+ passenger aircraft.  In order to facilitate product comparisons and competitive evaluation, Forecast International divides the regional aircraft market into five nominal seating classes. The forecasts contained within this study include both turbofan-powered and turboprop-powered regional aircraft.

    The Market for Special Mission Military Aircraft

    The special mission aircraft is a diverse segment of the military aircraft market and is essentially a collection of individual markets.  Special mission aircraft are generally designed to support and enhance the effectiveness of aircraft, naval, and ground forces engaged in combat operations against the enemy. But this segment does include certain maritime patrol aircraft designed for direct combat with enemy warships and submarine forces.

    Commercial Aircraft/Engine Inventories

    This comprehensive database pinpoints quantities and types of over 63,600 commercial fixed-wing aircraft, including engine data for approximately 136,000 engines worldwide, by operator/owner and country of operation. Our inventory listing also provides the age of each aircraft so that aftermarkets may be identified. Other information includes: aircraft and engine manufacturer, make & model, type of operator, mission category, phase (active, storage, on order, on option, destruct), and delivery dates for aircraft on order. This product does not track privately owned aircraft,

    Complete Aircraft/Engine Inventories (Commercial and Military)

    A detailed listing of over 129,000 commercial and military aircraft, including data for approximately 254,600 engines worldwide. This authoritative source provides vital aftermarket information for both the airframe and engine, such as aircraft make & model, year of build, aircraft type, aircraft phase (active, storage, on order, on option, destruct), current operator, current owner, engine make & model, engine type, and engine quantity. This product does not track privately owned aircraft, bizjets, or commuter aircraft with fewer than 15 seats. Freighter versions of larg

    Military Aircraft/Engine Inventories

    This authoritative source provides a detailed listing about 66,300 fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft, including data for approximately 118,600 major engine designations, by country and branch of service. Other vital information includes: aircraft and engine manufacturer, make & model, mission category, phase (active, on order), and aircraft quantity, age, and type. This intelligence is an essential tool for aftermarket suppliers and R&M providers needing to know which aircraft/engines are candidates for replacement or modernization. All military aircraft are tracked, in

    MTU Aero Engines Ramps Up New Engine Production

    Friday, January 13, 2017

    by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International. MTU Aero Engine is well positioned for years of solid profitability, thanks to the healthy status of its commercial engine production operations and an increasing emphasis on MRO activities.  Business … Continue reading

    Launch Vehicles: Year in Review 2016

    Tuesday, January 10, 2017

    Recent Decline Continued, but Stage Set for Renewed Activity in 2017 by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International. The year 2016 saw 85 launches into Earth orbit  (this count excludes the Falcon 9 that exploded in September, since the … Continue reading

    Sukhoi Builds on Initial Success

    Thursday, January 5, 2017

    by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International. As the primary foundation upon which Russia’s United Aircraft Corp has been built, Sukhoi remains the strongest of the Russian manufacturers.  The company’s success is due to two programs: one … Continue reading

    AVIC Leads China’s Drive to Become an Aerospace Powerhouse

    Thursday, December 15, 2016

    by Richard Pettibone, Aerospace & Defense Companies Analyst, Forecast International. As China continues to refine its aviation dreams, Aviation Industry Corporation of China (AVIC) remains at the forefront.  The company leads that nation’s drive to become a major aerospace power. … Continue reading

    Airbus, Boeing – November a Weak Month in Orders Race

    Tuesday, December 13, 2016

    by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent. Boeing and Airbus delivered 64 and 61 commercial jets in November 2016, respectively, compared to 71 and 61 during the same month last year. As of November 30, 2016, Boeing is trailing last year’s … Continue reading

    Keeping Legacy Aircraft Current

    Monday, December 12, 2016

    by Matthew Beres, Airborne Retrofit & Modernization Analyst, Forecast International. As deliveries of new aircraft such as the Gripen and F-35 begin to ramp up, operators must transition their air forces to the new fighter era. In order to do … Continue reading

    New ULA Website Marks New Era in Launch Industry Transparency and Competition

    Thursday, December 8, 2016

    by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International. United Launch Alliance (ULA) has announced a new website that enables customers to shop for launch services and sets standard price transparency. It also provides insight into reliability, schedule assurance, and performance … Continue reading

    E175-E2 Service Entry Postponed to 2021

    Monday, December 5, 2016

    By Ray Jaworowski, Senior Aerospace Analyst, Forecast International. Embraer has postponed service entry of its new E175-E2 regional jet by approximately one year.  Originally targeted for 2020, the E175-E2 is now scheduled to enter service in 2021.  The company said … Continue reading

    SpaceX Files to Build Massive Satellite Network

    Tuesday, November 29, 2016

    by Bill Ostrove, Space Systems Analyst, Forecast International. SpaceX has officially filed with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to build and operate a massive network of low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. According to documents submitted to the FCC, the satellite … Continue reading

    Airbus, Boeing Report October 2016 Commercial Aircraft Orders and Deliveries

    Tuesday, November 22, 2016

    by J. Kasper Oestergaard, European Correspondent. Boeing and Airbus each delivered 54 commercial jets in October 2016, compared to 58 and 49 during the same month last year, respectively. As of October 31, 2016, Boeing had delivered 617 commercial jets, … Continue reading

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