nomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1561 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 4242 times:
It would be kind of strange. The little turntable type S-band antennas work at 30 degree banks, and a single one of those on top has much better coverage and gain than two flat panels. Unless they're phased array panels, which seems unlikely on a civilian plane.
Starlionblue From Hong Kong, joined Feb 2004, 15870 posts, RR: 66 Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 3584 times:
Quoting Tristarsteve (Reply 7): My question is, why do some airlines have big humps instead?
Is this for more bandwidth?, for live TV?
Or is it just old stuff? Must cost a lot in fuel consumption to carry a big hump around.
I heard mentioned in some ancient thread (so the following is either true or complete bullcrap) that the bump wasn't that draggy. It did some lifting too or something.
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