The share of electronics in civil aircraft is rightly perceived as growing but is often overestimated in literature. The feeling that electronics are ubiquitous in the management of aeronautical systems may explain this mistake. Besides, if some electronic functions are relatively easy to identify like communications, radars, flight management systems or In-Flight Entertainment (IFE), others are less visible for example, those controlling certain traditional mechanical functions such as brakes, landing gear, flight controls, etc. Moreover, even if Electronic Control Units (ECUs) are clearly identifiable electronic sub-systems, other electronic equipment is disseminated in electronic systems (e.g. electronic equipment related to sensors and actuators). A trend reinforced with the arrival of a more electrical generation of aircraft like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and the Airbus A350.
For 2013, we estimate the production of electronic equipment dedicated to aeronautics to represent a 9.7 billion euro market at the world level. This market should grow at 8.1% per year until 2017. An excellent performance compared with the 3.2% of growth of the total world electronic production.