Ms. Thereza Macnamara has a BSc. in Physics and an MSc in Microwave Physics from London University, UK, is teaching this 3-day E-course, now divided into 5 days á 4 hours per session.
This course follows on from course 810 (EM propagation and Antennas) and deals with the antennas connected to systems that have a two-way linkage with other systems through their antennas (e.g. Traffic Collision Avoidance System), receive signals from land or satellite infrastructure (e.g. GPS) or transmit and receive from their own antennas (e.g. Weather Radar).
In order to install an antenna on a structure the characteristics of the antenna have to be known together with the requirements of the system to which it is connected. The surface/structure on which the antenna is installed and the positions and characteristics of the neighbouring antennas, will also have a marked effect on its performance. The integration of antennas on a structure impacts many disciplines, especially the surface on which they are installed, since this has a major effect on its radiation pattern. In the case of aircraft because of the limited real estate, the interoperability between systems cannot normally be achieved in the spatial domain, and thus frequency, polarisation and time domain techniques have to be used. This advanced course provides a detailed overview of the entire process of installing antennas on aircraft, but can be utilised to install antennas on any other structure such as ships, buildings, oil rigs, land etc.