Shanghai-based Avia-Tek aviation consultancy has forecast the delivery of 65 civil helicopters into the Chinese rotorcraft market during 2013, bringing the total number of airframes in China to 435.
Avia-Tek publishes an annual report that in 2011 predicted that the Chinese civil market would have 357 helicopters by the end of 2012. The exact number was actually 370, according to the company’s findings.
Avia-Tek’s 2012-2022 forecast sees civil helicopter numbers increasing to 1,564 by 2020 and 2,209 by the end of 2022, representing a CAGR of 19.6 percent during the period.
“We expect that the single- and twin-turbine segments will experience faster growth only after the more urgent need for intermediate, twin-turbine, and heavy lift helicopters is filled,” says Matthieu Devoisselle, one of Avia-Tek’s founding partners. The report points to key growth in the search & rescue (SAR) and oil & gas sectors.
Partner and co-founder Todd Siena said that while European OEMs were currently the leading turbine suppliers in terms of value and units, the piston market was the domain of Robinson and Sikorsky.