According to the new market research report “Ultralight and Light Aircraft Market by Aircraft Type (Ultralight & Light Aircraft), End Use (Civil & Commercial and Military), Flight Operation (CTOL & VTOL), Technology (Manned & Unmanned), Propulsion, Material, System and Region – Global Forecast to 2030″, published by MarketsandMarkets™, the Ultralight and Light Aircraft Market size is projected to grow from an estimated USD 5.5 billion in 2020 to USD 11.6 billion by 2030, at a CAGR of 7.7% during the forecast period. The increasing number of high net worth individuals, upcoming new aircraft program, and aging fleet size to drive the growth of the market. Though the market has witnessed a slow growth in recent years, aircraft with Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) capability and environment-friendly propulsion technologies, including electric and hybrid engines, are expected to reduce the operating costs drastically and serve as an opportunity for the market growth up to 2030.
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The outbreak of COVID-19 and the resultant lockdowns and restrictions have taken a colossal toll on the world’s economic activities. The restrictions on air travel across various regions for both domestic and international flights have negatively impacted the entire aviation sector. This will lead to a downturn for chartered service providers and private jet operators, generating no sales from the unoccupied seats leading to revenue loss. The temporary halts in production have impacted the market for ultralight and light aircraft adversely. Aircraft deliveries have been delayed in the first and second quarter of 2020, due to lockdowns in various countries
Based on Aircraft Type, ultralight aircraft segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR in the ultralight and light aircraft market during the forecast period
Based on aircraft type, the ultralight segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR from 2020 to 2030. The growth of this segment can be attributed to new startups focusing on developing aircraft in the ultralight category. Commercialization of urban air mobility will further drive the growth of ultralight and light aircraft market, which will be used for intra- and intercity travel.
Based on technology, the unmanned segment is expected to grow at the highest CAGR in the ultralight and light aircraft market during the forecast period
Based on the technology, the unmanned segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR from 2020 to 2030. Rise in demand for unmanned aircraft from the military end use segment and rapid commercialization of the passenger drone technology is expected to drive the overall demand in the ultralight and light aircraft market.
Based on system, the avionics segment is projected to grow at the highest CAGR in the ultralight and light aircraft market during the forecast period
The growth of this segment can be attributed to the periodic upgrades in avionics systems. Manufacturers are currently focusing on avionics components to develop products that are more reliable, accurate, and efficient. Continuous improvements in software technology have modified the human-machine interface of avionics systems. It has become more user-friendly and can automate a wide variety of in-flight tasks, thereby reducing the workload of the flight crew to a large extent.
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Middle East & Africa are expected to be the fastest-growing region for the ultralight and light aircraft market during the forecast period
Middle East & Africa are among the fastest-growing regions for the ultralight and light aircraft market. The growth of the market in Middle East is driven by the increase in air travel in the region. An increase in aircraft orders for light aircrafts across the globe is a major driver for the rise in aircraft deliveries from Middle East. The rise in the deliveries of ultralight and light aircraft from the region is driving the market growth of the entire Latin American ultralight and light aircraft market. In addition, considerable growth in trade and tourism is among the crucial factors anticipated to fuel the regional demand for the ultralight and light aircraft. The growth of the market in Africa is driven by the increase in VVIP and business transport in the region, as well as the growth in the tourism sector. An increase in orders for ultralight and light aircraft from the region is a major driver for the rise in ultralight and light aircraft to Africa.
Major players operating in the ultralight and light aircraft market include Cirrus Aircraft (US) Costruzioni Aeronautiche TECNAM (Italy), Flight Design General Aviation (German), Pilatus (Switzerland), Piper Aircraft (US) and Textron (US) among others. These companies have well-equipped manufacturing facilities and strong distribution networks across North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America.
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