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Satellite Based Flight Systems Becoming Popular

The traditional approach and landing systems utilized in aviation are being replaced by “Satellite Based Approaching and Landing Systems”.

Issue 65

In line with the technological developments emerging in the aviation sector, the replacement of the traditional navigation support devices with satellite based navigation and correction systems is expected in addition to the increase of their popularity in parallel with the road maps identified by the worldwide aviation authorities as critical technological areas. 

According to the “Satellite Based Approach and Landing Systems Technology and Market Assessment Report” issued by STM in the last quarter of 2015, it is reported that the satellite based systems increase the flight safety, reduce the fuel consumption and decrease the maintenance and operation costs. It is also stated that the air traffic efficiency is supposed to increase due to these systems while uninterrupted service under all weather conditions will be enabled. 

In the report, the wide coverage zone, low maintenance and operational costs of the Satellite Based Approaching and Landing Systems and their capability of providing service to all runways and to all types of air vehicles are underlined and it is stated that the systems are not affected by the environmental restrictions. 

The Growth in GNSS Market to Reach up to € 8.32 Billion in 2021

In the report in which the increase of the utilization of the satellite based systems in aviation and their rise of market shares are emphasized, the following facts were mentioned: “Considering the global navigation satellite system (GNSS) market, an average annual growth of 11% is foreseen for the period of 2012 – 2021. This growth is expected to turn out around 6-8% between the years 2012-2017 and 10% after 2017. The market towards the GNSS applications is around € 65 billion around the world, and this figure is expected to reach the level of 134 billion Euros in 2021. Where the GNSS market share regarding the aviation applications was around 5% in 2012 (that is € 3.25 billion Euros), it is estimated that it will reach 6.2%   (€ 8.38 billion) in 2021”.   

Moreover, in parallel with the market share regarding the utilization of the GNSS systems in aviation applications, it is stated in the report that the market volume of the SBAS and GBAS was approximately $6 billion and that this figure will be increasing in the coming years. The report drew the reader’s attention to the global market share in the upcoming period in addition to other important facts and read “The number of Boeing air vehicles with GBAS compatibility is over 1000 as of 2015 and when their current order/production rateis considered, approximately 25 air vehicles per each month are added to this figure. For instance, nearly one third of all Boeing 737s in the world feature GBAS avionics and for 787 and 747-8 aircrafts these avionics are introduced as standard hardware. The introduction of GBAS avionics as standard hardware, it is assessed that the number of air vehicles featuring GBAS capability, the number of airports with relevant infrastructure and the global market share will be increasing directly”. 

In the conclusion of the Report, it is written that as a result of the international aviation authorities’ programs and road maps, the traditional approach, landing and navigation support systems will be replaced by cost-efficient satellite based systems that offer operational efficiency, and additionally Turkey’s strategies in this regard are mentioned. 

In the Report, it is stated that through the national systems to be developed as a result of combining Turkey’s industrial infrastructure and academic know-how, the country will become a potential shareholder both on the user and manufacturer side and the opportunities will be utilized through the middle and long term plans. 

It is aimed that STM, subsidiary of the Undersecretariat for Defence Industries, leads the way in the domestic production of the aforementioned systems that are planned to be actualized in the future.