Abstract: The invention includes a method of mounting a component to the skin of an aircraft. The component can include a drain valve, a gas cap, other external fuel instrumentation such as sensors, and antennae. One aspect of the invention includes a new method of mounting a drain valve to an aircraft fuel tank. The drain valve in the method includes any conventional drain valve having a stem and a flange that surrounds the stem. The method includes applying a material around a drain opening of the fuel tank; the material directs an electric charge away from the drain valve.
August 19, 2004
Date of Patent:
August 29, 2006
Daniel A. Palmer, Daniel Lee McGuire, John P. Ludy
Abstract: A toilet tank filling valve assembly to be mounted on an aircraft (10) includes an elongated main body (32) for defining an elongated passage (34) and first and second longitudinally spaced lateral passages (36 and 38). A one piece elongated bypass casing (56) defines an elongated bypass channel (58) and includes a bypass-casing oblong sealing facing (64) corresponding to a main-body oblong sealing facing (66) surrounding the first and second lateral passages. The elongated channel forms a passage between the first and second lateral passages. A moveable valve member (46) is mounted in a valve cavity (40) of the elongated main body at an intersection of the elongated passage for being placed in an open position to allow flow through the elongated passage or to a closed position for closing the elongated passage but allowing flow between a first end of the elongated passage and the first lateral passage.
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