Aircraft de-icing is outlined as removal of snow, ice, or frost from the surface of an aircraft. De-icing is usually tailed by anti-icing, a process of inhibiting further accumulation of ice or frost for a limited holdover time. De-icing can be achieved with the use of heat, by mechanical methods, or by using aircraft de-icing fluids (ADFs). In situations like icy conditions on ground, aircraft de-icing is required. Due to frozen impurities, control surfaces of an aircraft get uneven, unsettling smooth air flow, and deeply degrading the power of the wing to generate lift, as well as increasing drag. This situation may cause a crash. Hence, de-icing plays a crucial role in the aircraft industry.
The global aircraft de-icing market is experiencing massive growth at present, due to clean airplane concept, modernization and expansion of existing airports, technological advancements, increasing need for passengers’ comfort, and flight delays during snowfall. Need for maintaining the safety of airport operations during icy weather conditions is also a reason for adoption of aircraft de-icing. An airplane is manufactured by considering the probable consequences of flow of air on standard wings. Impurities such as snow, ice, or frost on wings disturb this airflow, causing reduced lift, risen drag, and probably, unusual pitch characteristics. Hence, a concept called clean airplane has been introduced. On account of this concept, takeoff is prohibited when snow, frost, or ice adheres to airplane wings, propellers, or control surfaces. The clean airplane concept is expected to be a major driver for the global aircraft de-icing market. Requirements for lucrative initial investments and new regulatory measures on the collection and treatment requirements for de-icing discharges are anticipated to obstruct the global aircraft de-icing market. Development and speedy transformation of airports around the world are also estimated to offer growth opportunities to the major players operating in the market.
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The global aircraft de-Icing market has been segmented on the basis of aircraft types, applications, fluid types, equipment, systems, and geographic regions. Based on aircraft types, the market has been segmented into fixed wing aircraft i.e., regional aircraft, military aircraft, wide-body aircraft, and narrow-body aircraft. Furthermore, aircraft de-icing fluids (ADFs) have been broadly categorized as type I, II, III, and IV. Demand for type-I and type-IV ADFs is likely to rise constantly in Asia Pacific and North America. Use of type-II fluids is projected to be significant in Europe. On the basis of equipment, the market has been divided into sweeper equipment, de-icing trucks, and other equipment. Various systems used in the global aircraft de-icing market include rotor-blade ice-protection system, electrothermal ice-protection system, pneumatic ice-protection system, and electromechanical ice-protection system. On the basis of geographies, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World (RoW). North America is expected to dominate the global market, followed by Europe. This is attributable to the prevailing climatic conditions and increase in demand for aircraft de-icing.
Key players operating in the global aircraft de-icing market are Denge Airport Equipment, Vestergaard Company, UTC Aerospace Systems, Cox & Company, Laanga Industrial, Sdi Aviation, Weihai Guangtai, Airport Equipment Co., Cox & Company, The Dow Chemical Company, and Global Ground Support LLC.
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