The article is devoted to highlight the challenges, bottlenecks and possible solutions of VHF antenna integrated into a winglet from both the designer‘s and the airframer‘s perspective. We look into pros and cons specific for different antenna solutions and discuss ways how to protect them against possible electromagnetic environmental effects. As an outlook, a winglet with integrated VHF notch antenna designed within the ACASIAS project will be described in better detail.

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Published on 15/02/21
Accepted on 03/03/21
Submitted on 03/03/21

DOI: 10.23967/emus.2019.008
Licence: CC BY-NC-SA license

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