Airframe assemblies improve WiFi access on flights

Posted By : Alice Matthews
Airframe assemblies improve WiFi access on flights


Starting this summer, GORE Microwave Sealed Airframe Assemblies will be used to improve WiFi internet access on European short-haul flights. The European Aviation Network is a next-gen platform from mobile satellite communications provider Inmarsat that will provide a true in-flight broadband experience for millions of airline passengers across Europe.

The company claims that it is the first solution in the world to combine high capacity satellite coverage operated by Inmarsat and a 4G LTE ground network, operated by the telecommunications company Deutsche Telekom, to provide high-speed connectivity.

Passengers will benefit from this integrated approach by getting the speed that a ground network can deliver and the continual coverage that only a satellite can provide. To do this successfully, data transmission between satellite, ground towers and the aircraft must work seamlessly. This is where Gore’s assemblies come into play.

GORE Microwave Sealed Airframe Assemblies are vapour-sealed to provide durable protection against the ingress of water vapour, jet fuel and other contaminants. The robust construction of Gore’s assemblies also provides shielding effectiveness against electromagnetic interference that can compromise signal integrity over long distances and reduce the quality of signal transmission.

GORE Microwave Sealed Airframe Assemblies are installed onto the aircraft, connecting the antennae located on the belly of the plane to the transceivers on the ground.

Jim Foreman, Product Specialist, said: “It’s a challenging environment, considering that liquid contaminants will naturally flow to the lowest point in the fuselage where the antenna is located. For this reason, the cable assembly must be vapor-sealed to provide durable protection against water, vapour, jet fuel, hydraulic oils and other contaminants. Our product meets this strict requirement.”

For more information about GORE Microwave Sealed Airframe Assemblies and other high-performance solutions, visit booth 2D60 at the AIX Expo.

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