Global Glider Aircraft Market 2018-2023: Leading Players are Cub Crafters, Tecnam, Flight Design, Evektor, and Pipistrel –

The “Global Glider Aircraft Market – Segmented by Type (Fixed Wing, Flex Wing, Rotary Wing), Engine (Fuel Powered, Electric), Application (Recreational, Commercial, Defense) – Growth, Trends and Forecasts (2018-2023)” report has been added to’s offering.

In most developing countries, glider aircraft now accounts for a significant percentage of the civilian-owned aircraft. For instance in Canada in February 2018, the glider aircraft fleet made up to 20.4% of the total civilian aircraft registered.

In other countries that do not register glider aircraft, like the United States, it is unknown what proportion of the total fleet they make up.

Moreover, in countries where there is no specific extra regulation, glider aircraft are considered as regular aircraft and are subject to certification requirements for both aircraft and pilot.

Advancements in batteries, motors, and motor controllers has led to some practical production of electric propulsion systems for some glider aircraft applications. In many ways, glider aircraft is a good application of electric power, as some models are capable of flying with low power, which allows longer duration of flights on battery power.


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In 2007, the first pioneering company in this field, the Electric Aircraft Corporation, began to offer engine kits, to convert ultralight weight shift trikes to electric power. The battery consists of a lithium-polymer battery pack of 5.6kWh, which provides 1.5 hours of flying in the trike application.

A significant obstacle for the adoption of electric propulsion for ultralights in the United States, is the weight of the battery. The battery is considered as part of the empty weight of the aircraft, despite of the efforts made to consider it as a fuel. Lighter batteries are used to improve battery energy density.

Major Players

  • Cub Crafters
  • Tecnam
  • Flight Design
  • Evektor
  • Pipistrel

Key Market Developments

  • Startup Kitty Hawk is to launch a new all-electric ultra-light plane.
  • BRS Aerospace has received a type certification in accordance with German Certification Regulations from Deutscher Aero Club (DAeC), for a whole aircraft parachute rescue system for the country’s new class of 600 kg ultralight aircraft.

Companies Profiled

  • Cub Crafters
  • Tecnam
  • Flight Design
  • Evektor
  • Pipistrel
  • American Legend Aircraft Co.
  • Aeropro
  • Jabiru Aircraft
  • P&M Aviation
  • Quicksilver Aircraft
  • Cessna

Topics Covered

1. Introduction

2. Research Methodology

3. Market Insight

4. Market Dynamics

5. Glider Aircraft Market, Segmented by Aircraft Type

6. Glider Aircraft Market, Segmented by Engine Type

7. Glider Aircraft Market, Segmented by Application

8. Glider Aircraft Market, Segmented by Geography

9. Competitive Landscape

10. Company Profiles

11. Future of the Market

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