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Inflight Connectivity Systems & Fuel Burn

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Inflight Connectivity Systems & Fuel Burn CHALLENGE Do flat panel antennas have a significantly lower added fuel burn than GEE’s Airconnect system? FACTS Fuel burn penalty is a function of radome drag plus the total weight of the antenna, radome and associated components Induced drag from the radome is a function of the radome’s size, shape and location on the airframe Competitors’ “flat panel” radomes may have a lower drag, but the surface area and heavier total installed weight more than offset any drag advantage The “traditional gimballed radome” system used in comparisons was rejected by GEE six years ago and is not the current GEE Airconnect system The GEE Airconnect system is flying on over 700 aircraft, with data from millions of flight hours confirming GEE’s low fuel burn penalty Equivalent Weight Penalty Radome Drag Equivalent Aero Weight Hardware Weight Total Equivalent Weight Lift/Drag Ratio Flat Panel The fuel burn impact of GEE’s Airconnect system is lower than flat panel a

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