Civil Aviation

Civil aviation has grown rapidly in the years since the second world war, with over 4 billion passengers flying a year, thus the need for communications and navigation antenna on aircraft has also expanded substantially. With flight safety a concern for OEM’s, Flight operators and passengers alike, HR Smith group have developed an extensive range of antennas, specifically to meet the requirements of the civil market.

New generation advanced engineering thermoplastics enable HR Smith (Technical Developments) to create antennas which have unique rain erosion qualities allied to improved impact resistance, high temperature capability and thermal stability.

The thermoplastic antennas are proven products offered by the H R Smith Group and are designed to meet the evolving needs of the aircraft industry, well into the twenty first century. The antennas are produced to give optimum electrical performance that is maintained throughout the life of the antenna, together with a mechanical integrity hitherto not achieved with thermoset composite antennas.

The antennas will not delaminate as some fibreglass antennas have done in the past. Combining this with our dry fit conductive anti-corrosion RF gaskets gives users fit-and-forget antenna systems at a reduced cost.The range is ideal for all commercial aircraft applications and can be supplied with a full range of accessories such as Couplers, Diplexers and Filters. In addition, the company manufactures a range of navigation antennas suitable for military aircraft with speed ratings up to Mach 2.5.

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