Patents Assigned to ARINC Incorporated
  • Publication number: 20110072076
    Abstract: A display data management unit that receives and formats data and sends the formatted data to one or more low-cost display units for display to at least one of passengers and customers is disclosed and may include a communication interface that facilitates the sending and receiving of travel data, and a display content management unit that receives travel data through the communication interface that contains travel-related content from one or more data sources, determines which travel-related content is to be displayed on each particular low-cost display unit, determines in what format the travel-related content is to be displayed on each particular low-cost display unit, formats the travel-related content for display, and sends the formatted travel-related content to one or more low-cost display units through the communication interface for display to one of passengers and customers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: Arinc Incorporated
    Inventors: Rolf R. Stefani, James Gary Cooper, JR.
  • Patent number: 7904081
    Abstract: A system in a method are provided for sending and receiving messages between a point located on the ground and a point located on an aircraft via an Iridium Short Burst Data Service. The messages may conform to Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) Specification 618. The messages may be ground-to-air messages or air-to-ground messages. The messages may be ACARS messages and at least some of the messages may have a length exceeding a maximum payload of the Iridium Short Burst Data Service. ACARS messages, which exceed the maximum payload of the Iridium Short Burst Data Service may be segmented and each of the segments may be sent in respective Iridium Short Burst Data messages via the Iridium Short Burst Data Service. When the separate Iridium Short Burst Data messages are received, the segments may be combined to reconstruct the ACARS message for delivery to an intended destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: ARINC Incorporated
    Inventors: Debra J. Graves, Rolf Stefani, William Brian Pemberton, Alan Martin Williard, Ernest Joseph Siegrist
  • Patent number: 7904082
    Abstract: A system in a method are provided for sending and receiving messages between a point located on the ground and a point located on an aircraft via an Iridium Short Burst Data Service. The messages may conform to Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) Specification 618. The messages may be ground-to-air messages or air-to-ground messages. The messages may be ACARS messages and at least some of the messages may have a length exceeding a maximum payload of the Iridium Short Burst Data Service. ACARS messages, which exceed the maximum payload of the Iridium Short Burst Data Service may be segmented and each of the segments may be sent in respective Iridium Short Burst Data messages via the Iridium Short Burst Data Service. When the separate Iridium Short Burst Data messages are received, the segments may be combined to reconstruct the ACARS message for delivery to an intended destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: ARINC Incorporated
    Inventors: Debra J. Graves, Rolf Stefani, William Brian Pemberton, Alan Martin Williard, Ernest Joseph Siegrist
  • Publication number: 20100332122
    Abstract: A method for generating a flight plan for a user's aircraft using Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring (RAIM) outage information is disclosed. The method may include receiving a flight plan request from the user, obtaining RAIM outage information, comparing the requested flight plan against the obtained RAIM outage information, determining if any RAIM outages contained in the RAIM outage information affect the requested flight plan, wherein if it is determined that any RAIM outages affect the requested flight plan, generating one or more flight plan options based on the determined RAIM outages, prompting the user to select at least one of the one or more generated flight plan options, receiving the user's one or more selections, generating a modified flight plan based on the user's one or more selections, and outputting the modified flight plan to the user and storing the modified flight plan in a flight plan database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: ARINC INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Shimon WEICHBROD, Monte L. Bolt, JR.
  • Patent number: 7812616
    Abstract: A system and method to detect changes in composite structures using RF signal pattern data interpretation. An RF signal is transmitted from a composite material manufactured structure and a plurality of sensors are employed to measure the RF signal. The measured RF signal is compared to a stored baseline RF signal for the particular structure. Deviations in the measured RF pattern for the structure, or for a structurally-similar composite structure, are automatically analyzed to detect non-visually-detectable defects or other changes in the composite structure. A baseline RF signature is developed for a structure by transmitting a reference RF signal from the composite structure. RF signals are detected by a variety of methods, and the detected signals are compiled and translated into reference and/or test RF signal patterns for the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: Arinc Incorporated
    Inventor: William George Doyen
  • Publication number: 20100189527
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for restraining cargo items on an aircraft is disclosed. The apparatus may include a base that attaches to the cargo item, a lever coupled to the base, and a foot coupled to the lever, wherein the foot is placed into a seat track attached to the aircraft, the seat track having a cutout portion and a cavity beneath the cutout portion, and the lever is moved to turn the foot within the cavity to lock down the cargo item to the seat track to restrain its movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Applicant: ARINC INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Terry WILSON, Rebecca HINKLE
  • Patent number: 7756513
    Abstract: A sub-network device and a method of communicating using a sub-network, interconnect device and a network as a backbone within a communications system includes receiving a request for information at the interconnect device from a wireless communications device to communicate with the interconnect device, the interconnect device interconnects the wireless communications device to the sub-network, transmitting the request for information from the wireless communications device to the network, the network including terrestrial communications and being connected to a public safety agency network, receiving the requested information at the sub-network from the public safety agency network over the network in response to the transmitted request for information and transmitting the requested information back to the wireless communications device through the interconnect device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: ARINC Incorporated
    Inventor: Wesley D. Smith
  • Publication number: 20100161153
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that automatically selects one or more stopover airports (or “technical stops”) for flight planning is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: ARINC INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Steven D. CORFMAN
  • Patent number: 7729694
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for communicating data content using different protocols. The systems and methods may include intercepting a transmission from a first transceiver containing a first data content, using a first protocol. The first protocol may be identified and an assessment made whether the first protocol is compatible with a second transceiver. Based on the assessment that the first protocol is not compatible with the second transceiver, data content may be converted to a second protocol. The data content may be transmitted to the second transceiver using the second protocol. The systems and methods may automatically convert the data content to the second protocol based on information associated with the first or second transceivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Arinc Incorporated
    Inventors: Monte L. Bolt, Jr., Reena M. Parangot
  • Publication number: 20100103022
    Abstract: A method and system that receives and processes ADS-B data from one or more aircraft is disclosed. The system may include one or more ground stations that receives data from one or more aircraft and converts the received aircraft ADS-B data to XML format, determines the lowest cost communication mode available, and transmits the XML data over TCP/IP to an aircraft data server. The aircraft data server receives the aircraft ADS-B data in XML format from the one or more ground stations, processes the received ADS-B data to extract aircraft data and eliminate duplicate aircraft data; determines aircraft data missing from the processed aircraft data, receives supplemental aircraft data from other sources to provide aircraft data missing from the processed aircraft data, and outputs the processed aircraft data and the received supplemental aircraft data to one or more processing devices for processing and display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Applicant: ARINC INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Rolf STEFANI, James Gary Cooper, JR.
  • Patent number: 7684904
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for facilitating substantially seamless interface between individual component systems for sensor fusion, data exchange, and communication across a broad spectrum of component systems in a vehicle without implicating hardware or software upgrade within individual legacy systems and/or sensors. A universal translator is provided to interface between individual system components that exchange data in a seamless manner between legacy data formats and specific data formats advantageously employed by newly-developed, procured and installed individual component systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Arinc Incorporated
    Inventors: Calvin Wainwright, Joe Farmer
  • Publication number: 20100062761
    Abstract: A system in a method are provided for sending and receiving messages between a point located on the ground and a point located on an aircraft via an Iridium Short Burst Data Service. The messages may conform to Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) Specification 618. The messages may be ground-to-air messages or air-to-ground messages. The messages may be ACARS messages and at least some of the messages may have a length exceeding a maximum payload of the Iridium Short Burst Data Service. ACARS messages, which exceed the maximum payload of the Iridium Short Burst Data Service may be segmented and each of the segments may be sent in respective Iridium Short Burst Data messages via the Iridium Short Burst Data Service. When the separate Iridium Short Burst Data messages are received, the segments may be combined to reconstruct the ACARS message for delivery to an intended destination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Applicant: ARINC Incorporated
    Inventors: Debra J. GRAVES, Rolf Stefani, William Brian Pemberton, Alan Martin Williard, Ernest Joseph Siegrist
  • Publication number: 20100035607
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method may be provided by which a user aboard an aircraft may use a processing device to communicate with another device, which is not located aboard the aircraft, via an air-to-ground network connection. A communication satellite may provide connectivity for the air-to-ground network connection. As the aircraft approaches an end of a satellite coverage area, the air-to-ground network connection may seamlessly transition to a second communication satellite or a second communication medium. Some communication satellites may communicate via a first frequency range and other communication satellites may communicate via a second frequency range. In one mode of operation, the air-to-ground network connection may be via a communication satellite communicating via a first frequency range. A transition to a communication medium communicating via a second frequency range may occur automatically only during the one mode of operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: ARINC INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Steven L. HORR, Jeffrey A. Colburn
  • Publication number: 20100023191
    Abstract: A wireless runway incursion system is disclosed. The wireless runway incursion system method may include a runway traffic management unit that manages aircraft traffic on and around an airport's runways, a plurality of wireless relay devices located between the runway access points and the runway traffic management unit that relay wireless signals to the runway traffic management unit, and a plurality of wireless runway incursion sensors that are located in proximity of at least one airport runway that detect metallic objects. If a metallic object is detected, the wireless runway incursion sensors that detect the metallic object send signals to the runway traffic management unit, the wireless signal being an indication that the metallic object is one of entering the runway and leaving the runway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: ARINC INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Rolf STEFANI
  • Publication number: 20100005102
    Abstract: A method for managing the document/message content for distribution to subscribers is disclosed. The method may include receiving documents/messages from sources, downloading the documents/messages to intended subscribers' remote devices, uploading any documents/messages from subscribers remote devices' that have been identified for uploading, and downloading the uploaded documents/messages to intended subscribers' remote devices.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2009
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: ARINC INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Rolf R. STEFANI
  • Publication number: 20090310530
    Abstract: A portable data link integration and communication unit and method that integrates and communicates data link information from an aircraft to a ground station is disclosed. The portable data link integration and communication unit a communication interface that facilitates communications with communication devices, and an integration and communication processing module that receives data link message information from one or more communication devices through the communication interface, integrates the received data link message information, converts integrated data link information into internet protocol information, and transmits the internet protocol information using the communication interface over a satellite network to the ground station for display to a user over a communications network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: ARINC INCORPORATED
    Inventors: John J. Cerra, II, Clovis W. Plantz
  • Publication number: 20090261571
    Abstract: This disclosure concerns a method and apparatus that prints travel documents. The method may include retrieving a travel document template, wherein the travel document template is in a format dictated by an industry standard, receiving travel document data for an individual's travel, integrating the individual's travel document data with the travel document template to produce a digital image of one or more travel documents that includes the integrating travel document data and the travel document template, and outputting the one or more travel document.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Publication date: October 22, 2009
    Applicant: ARINC INCORPORATED
    Inventors: John A. Dungan, William Henry Herleth
  • Publication number: 20090192846
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for weight and balance management for aircraft is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Applicant: ARINC INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Rolf STEFANI
  • Publication number: 20090128284
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that controls access to a secured area using an automated gate controlled secured environment is disclosed. The method may include receiving an indication that an individual attempting to pass through a clearance area has not been authorized to pass through the clearance area, automatically moving one or more gates to create a channel for the non-authorized individual to be directed to a manual screening area, determining if the non-authorized individual has passed one or more sensor; wherein if the non-authorized individual has been determined to have passed the one or more sensor, then moving a gate located behind the non-authorized individual to enable other authorized individuals to pass through the clearance area while maintaining the channel created to the manual screening area, and preventing the non-authorized individual from gaining access to the automated gate controlled secured environment once the non-authorized individual reaches the manual screening area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2007
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: ARINC INCORPORATED
    Inventor: Jon FLOYD
  • Publication number: 20090037091
    Abstract: A method and apparatus that generates a 4D flight plan that takes in account weather, metrological data, and safety of flight information for 360 degree horizontal layer at all relevant altitudes and times is disclosed. The method may include receiving a flight plan request from a user, the flight plan including user preferences, receiving meteorological information and safety-of-flight information based on the user's origin, destination and preferences, generating a 4D flight plan based on the meteorological information, safety-of-flight information, and user preferences, and outputting the 4D flight plan for the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2007
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Applicant: ARINC INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Monte L. BOLT, JR., Steven D. Corfman