Some folks wonder about my fascination with aircraft antennas. Maybe I'm just a bi-directional kinda gal (don't all agree at once). Or maybe, this is a subject seriously worth staying on top of...like a fuselage-mounted radome.
The fact is that airlines are increasingly adopting in-flight broadband and live television solutions for their passengers. And antennas play a big part in making that happen. An interesting new player on the scene, one whom I've written about a number of times, including in an October article for Flight, is Germany's Qest.
Apparently, I'm not the only one who feels this way. RWG can reveal that:
On 20 November, Qest will receive a Technology Innovation Award for its antenna designs from a major market research company.
Qest recently teamed up with US antenna firm Tecom to take full crack at the Ku-band market. The company's director of sales and marketing Michael Stobinski says Qest "has the first machined parts of its new Ku bi-directional aperture in house now" and that first measurements "look very promising".
"The full assembly is expected to be ready by the end of November," adds Stobinski.
More details later.
(The Qest antenna pic is simply an example of a fuselage-mount configuration. I know, the gray on gray is very appealing)