Lufthansa Technik develops new antenna radome
Lufthansa Technik announced that it has developed its first radome for the Ka-band. The material layer structure of the TIOS (Two-In-One Solution) radome will enable to install Ka-band antennas for all Boeing Business Jets I (737-700) and II (737-800).
In December 2016, Lufthansa Technik received the EASA STC (Supplement Type Certificate) and FAA validation for the Two-In-One Solution. Lufthansa Technik has already registered a patent to protect the new radome housing design.
The company explained that the approach of installing TIOS on the vertical stabilizer makes it the ideal platform for satcom and satellite TV antennas as well as an HD camera. In combination with the installation of the antenna system in the rear fuselage of the aircraft, this approach is not only saves space but it is also claimed to reduce the weight by up to 100 kilograms.
Andrew Muirhead, head of Lufthansa Technik's Original Equipment Innovation division, explains further benefits of TIOS: "The special aerodynamic design and the installation on the vertical stabilizer mean that the radome reduces drag and has a positive effect on the aircraft's center of gravity."
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