Patents Assigned to Aspen Avionics, Inc.
  • Patent number: 10782146
    Abstract: A system for and method of indicating an angle of attack of an aircraft is provided. The system utilizes measurements from existing aircraft sensors so that a dedicated angle of attack sensor is not required. The system enables and benefits from a unique method that includes performing standard flight operations during a calibration flight. The system does not need any aerodynamic model of the aircraft because it utilizes information from the calibration flight to develop an estimated aerodynamic model of the specific airplane. The system utilizes the aerodynamic model and other information to estimate an angle of attack of the aircraft during flight. Finally, the system utilizes additional information to indicate the estimated angle of attack of the aircraft relative to an optimum angle of attack for the aircraft and/or a critical angle of attack of the aircraft. The system further enables recalibration, so as to accommodate aircraft aerodynamic modifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignees: ASPEN AVIONICS, INC., CENTRO ITALIANO RICHERCHE AEROSPAZIALI S.P.C.A.
    Inventors: Nicola Genito, Federico Corraro, Luca Garbarino, Antonio Vitale, Ettore De Lellis, David Bibby, Sean Rieb, Kevin Glen Jones
  • Patent number: 10634514
    Abstract: The present general inventive concept relates to methods and systems to select and display information on an avionics display screen. The systems and methods allow for the selection and display of information using knobs to highlight and select the desired information for display, eliminating the need for a cursor function. The systems and methods also provide for multiple pages and/or multiple windows or “tiles” within these pages and/or windows simultaneously on a single screen of a display, with each window, page, and/or tile being fully controlled independently when selected. The present general inventive concept also relates to systems and methods to provide multiple cues on an electronic display system altitude tape to a pilot in advance and impending approach to a predefined altitude. The present general inventive concept also relates to systems and methods to employ variable resolution topographical data based on display range for an avionics navigation display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Lyons, Constantinos (Gus) Kyriakos, William (Bill) Brodegard, Penny Heinz, David Berlin
  • Patent number: 10168180
    Abstract: An electronic display instrument configured to secure in a desired position over multiple pre-existing instrument holes in a dashboard of an aircraft in place of multiple conventional display instruments, each conventional instrument having a conventional readout. The instrument comprises a display screen having a plurality of readouts corresponding to the conventional readouts of the multiple conventional instruments that the electronic display instrument replaces. The instrument further includes a body having a front and a back opposite the front and a top and a bottom opposite the top. The body is positioned adjacent and connected to the display screen. The instrument also includes an electronics module protruding from the back of the body to position in one of the pre-existing instrument holes in the dashboard panel of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Bethel
  • Patent number: 10150572
    Abstract: The present general inventive concept relates to a system of method having an electronic flight display that meets the FAR 23.1311(b) regulatory requirement for redundant backup instruments in the cockpit. The present general inventive concept also provides a system and method to detect failures, obstructions, or improper operation of the aircraft pitot pressure sensing system using a combination of dissimilar sensor data that is independent from each other, e.g., allocated from different sources and employed for different purposes on different displays, and displays information on an avionics display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Lyons, Jeffrey D. Bethel
  • Patent number: 9983023
    Abstract: A system for and method of indicating an angle of attack of an aircraft is provided. The system utilizes measurements from existing aircraft sensors so that a dedicated angle of attack sensor is not required. The system enables and benefits from a unique method that includes performing standard flight operations during a calibration flight. The system does not need any aerodynamic model of the aircraft because it utilizes information from the calibration flight to develop an estimated aerodynamic model of the specific airplane. The system utilizes the aerodynamic model and other information to estimate an angle of attack of the aircraft during flight. Finally, the system utilizes additional information to indicate the estimated angle of attack of the aircraft relative to an optimum angle of attack for the aircraft and/or a critical angle of attack of the aircraft. The system further enables recalibration, so as to accommodate aircraft aerodynamic modifications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicola Genito, Federico Corraro, Luca Garbarino, Antonio Vitale, Ettore De Lellis, David Bibby, Sean Rieb, Kevin Glen Jones
  • Patent number: 9960595
    Abstract: An system and method to automatically disconnect a retrofit electrical unit from an electrical system in the event of an emergency situation and maintain power to the retrofit electrical unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey Bethel, Peter Lyons
  • Patent number: 9800665
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for FAA-certified avionics devices to safely interface with non-certified mobile telecommunications devices before, during, and after flight. Data transmitted to the certified devices do not affect functionality of the certified device unless and until a user acknowledges and/or confirms the data on the certified device. Thus, the integrity of the certified device is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: John Uczekaj, Brad Hayden, Peter Lyons, Constantinos Kyriakos, Joseph Lyle
  • Patent number: 9797744
    Abstract: An electronic display instrument configured to secure in a desired position over multiple pre-existing instrument holes in a dashboard of an aircraft in place of multiple conventional display instruments, each conventional instrument having a conventional readout. The instrument comprises a display screen having a plurality of readouts corresponding to the conventional readouts of the multiple conventional instruments that the electronic display instrument replaces. The instrument further includes a body having a front and a back opposite the front and a top and a bottom opposite the top. The body is positioned adjacent and connected to the display screen. The instrument also includes an electronics module protruding from the back of the body to position in one of the pre-existing instrument holes in the dashboard panel of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffrey D. Bethel
  • Patent number: 9573699
    Abstract: The present general inventive concept relates to a system of method having an electronic flight display that meets the FAR 23.1311(b) regulatory requirement for redundant backup instruments in the cockpit. The present general inventive concept also provides a system and method to detect failures, obstructions, or improper operation of the aircraft pitot pressure sensing system using a combination of dissimilar sensor data that is independent from each other, e.g., allocated from different sources and employed for different purposes on different displays, and displays information on an avionics display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Lyons, Jeffrey D. Bethel
  • Patent number: 9285217
    Abstract: The present general inventive concept relates to methods and systems to select and display information on an avionics display screen. The systems and methods allow for the selection and display of information using knobs to highlight and select the desired information for display, eliminating the need for a cursor function. The systems and methods also provide for multiple pages and/or multiple windows or “tiles” within these pages and/or windows simultaneously on a single screen of a display, with each window, page, and/or tile being fully controlled independently when selected. The present general inventive concept also relates to systems and methods to provide multiple cues on an electronic display system altitude tape to a pilot in advance and impending approach to a predefined altitude. The present general inventive concept also relates to systems and methods to employ variable resolution topographical data based on display range for an avionics navigation display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Lyons, David Berlin, William Brodegard
  • Patent number: 9231438
    Abstract: An system and method to automatically disconnect a retrofit electrical unit from an electrical system in the event of an emergency situation and maintain power to the retrofit electrical unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey D. Bethel, Peter Lyons
  • Patent number: 9189655
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for FAA-certified avionics devices to safely interface with non-certified mobile telecommunications devices before, during, and after flight. Data transmitted to the certified devices do not affect functionality of the certified device unless and until a user acknowledges and/or confirms the data on the certified device. Thus, the integrity of the certified device is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: John Uczekaj, Brad Hayden, Peter Lyons, Constantinos Kyriakos, Joseph Lyle
  • Patent number: 9141830
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for FAA-certified avionics devices to safely interface with non-certified mobile telecommunications devices before, during, and after flight. Data transmitted to the certified devices do not affect functionality of the certified device unless and until a user acknowledges and/or confirms the data on the certified device. Thus, the integrity of the certified device is maintained.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2015
    Assignee: ASPEN AVIONICS, INC.
    Inventors: John Uczekaj, Brad Hayden, Peter Lyons, Constantinos Kyriakos, Joseph Lyle
  • Patent number: 8996309
    Abstract: An apparatus and method to maintain traditional information presentation in a manner that is consistent with existing training and safety methodology, but eliminates confusion generated when a display symbol is placed in a fully pegged position by positively indicating that the symbol is off-scale and not representing actual accurate information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Lyons
  • Publication number: 20150019862
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for FAA-certified avionics devices to safely interface with non-certified mobile telecommunications devices before, during, and after flight. Data transmitted to the certified devices do not affect functionality of the certified device unless and until a user acknowledges and/or confirms the data on the certified device. Thus, the integrity of the certified device is maintained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: John Uczekaj, Brad Hayden, Peter Lyons, Constantinos Kyriakos
  • Publication number: 20140277856
    Abstract: The present general inventive concept relates to methods and systems to select and display information on an avionics display screen. The systems and methods allow for the selection and display of information using knobs to highlight and select the desired information for display, eliminating the need for a cursor function. The systems and methods also provide for multiple pages and/or multiple windows or “tiles” within these pages and/or windows simultaneously on a single screen of a display, with each window, page, and/or tile being fully controlled independently when selected. The present general inventive concept also relates to systems and methods to provide multiple cues on an electronic display system altitude tape to a pilot in advance and impending approach to a predefined altitude. The present general inventive concept also relates to systems and methods to employ variable resolution topographical data based on display range for an avionics navigation display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: ASPEN AVIONICS, INC.
    Inventors: PETER LYONS, DAVID BERLIN, WILLIAM BRODEGARD
  • Patent number: 8749594
    Abstract: The present general inventive concept provides a system and method to use alpha blending properties of a graphics processor to dim the display, effectively darkening it with neutral color overlays, beyond the last hardware dimming step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Constantinos Kyriakos, Sean Rieb
  • Patent number: 8643508
    Abstract: The present general inventive concept relates to methods and systems to select and display information on an avionics display screen. The systems and methods allow for the selection and display of information using knobs to highlight and select the desired information for display, eliminating the need for a cursor function. The systems and methods also provide for multiple pages and/or multiple windows or “tiles” within these pages and/or windows simultaneously on a single screen of a display, with each window, page, and/or tile being fully controlled independently when selected. The present general inventive concept also relates to systems and methods to provide multiple cues on an electronic display system altitude tape to a pilot in advance and impending approach to a predefined altitude. The present general inventive concept also relates to systems and methods to employ variable resolution topographical data based on display range for an avionics navigation display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Turner
  • Publication number: 20130314258
    Abstract: The present general inventive concept relates to a system of method having an electronic flight display that meets the FAR 23.1311(b) regulatory requirement for redundant backup instruments in the cockpit. The present general inventive concept also provides a system and method to detect failures, obstructions, or improper operation of the aircraft pitot pressure sensing system using a combination of dissimilar sensor data that is independent from each other, e.g., allocated from different sources and employed for different purposes on different displays, and displays information on an avionics display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Applicant: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Lyons, Jeffrey D. Bethel
  • Patent number: 8502702
    Abstract: The present general inventive concept relates to a system of method having an electronic flight display that meets the FAR 23.1311(b) regulatory requirement for redundant backup instruments in the cockpit. The present general inventive concept also provides a system and method to detect failures, obstructions, or improper operation of the aircraft pitot pressure sensing system using a combination of dissimilar sensor data that is independent from each other, e.g., allocated from different sources and employed for different purposes on different displays, and displays information on an avionics display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Lyons, Jeffrey D. Bethel