Replacement of protruding antennas by integrated alternatives will reduce the energy consumption and NOx and CO2 emissions of an aircraft. This paper proposes and integrated VHF cavity backed slot antenna that is suitable to replace blade antennas. To reduce the size of the cavity a parallel plate resonator is used. The slot is integrated into a fibre metal laminate fuselage panel. A bookleafing principle is used to reinforce the panel at the position of the slot, making sure the material quality is not reduced. Measurement results of a demonstrator antenna show the feasibility of the proposed antenna. Moreover, the paper discusses several electromagnetic and structural design trade-offs for this integrated antenna.
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