Patents Assigned to Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems, LLC
  • Patent number: 10417922
    Abstract: Various systems may benefit from the appropriate interworking of subsystems. For example, various avionics systems and method may benefit from the integration of terrain and/or weather avoidance, for example with other detection and avoidance subsystems. A method can include determining, by an avionics system, a hazard condition with respect to an ownship aircraft. The method can also include generating, by the avionics system, a maneuver inhibition based on the determined hazard condition. The method can further include providing the maneuver inhibition to a traffic avoidance or alerting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: AVIATION COMMUNICATION & SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Robert John McCullen
  • Patent number: 10403159
    Abstract: There is provided an avionics system that provides several avionics functions within a single LRU. In one embodiment, the system comprises a software-configurable RF assembly, one or more processor assemblies that are configured to provide multiple TAWS/TCAS/Mode S/ADS-B/ATC functions, interfaces to allow connections to aircraft electronics and data loaders, and multipurpose antennas. In one embodiment, a common processor architecture allows generic avionics processors to be configured to operate a number of TAWS/TCAS/Mode S/ADS-B/ATC functions without the need for multiple LRUs, and software-defined RF functions allow RF circuitry that interfaces to the processors to handle current and future communication needs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: AVIATION COMMUNICATION & SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Cyro A. Stone, James R. Troxel, Gregory T. Stayton
  • Patent number: 10347138
    Abstract: Various navigation and other instrumentation systems may benefit from appropriate methods for display of traffic. For example, certain avionics systems may benefit from systems and methods for providing an ADS-B In display and control system. A system can include a traffic computer, such as a Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) computer. The system can also include a TCAS traffic display, the traffic computer is configured to display Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) In information on the TCAS traffic display. Optionally, the system can further include a graphical ADS-B In Guidance Display (AGD) operationally connected to the traffic computer. The system can additionally include a Multi-Purpose Control Display Unit (MCDU) operationally connected to the traffic computer. The TCAS traffic display and MCDU, and optionally the graphical AGD, can be configured to substitute for a Cockpit Display of Traffic Information (CDTI).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: AVIATION COMMUNICATION & SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Charles C. Manberg, Richard D. Ridenour, II
  • Patent number: 10338210
    Abstract: Systems and methods can provide alternatives to a global positioning system (GPS). For example, certain systems can operate on 1090 MHz and provide for methods of estimating location that can be used in place of GPS. Thus, a method can include obtaining an estimate of position of an own aircraft based on time of arrival of signals from a plurality of ground stations. The calculation of the estimate can be performed in the own aircraft. The method can also include using the estimate of position instead of a position from a global positioning system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: AVIATION COMMUNICATION & SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Gregory T. Stayton, James R. Troxel
  • Patent number: 10311737
    Abstract: Various navigation and other instrumentation systems may benefit from appropriate methods for selection of traffic. For example, certain avionics may benefit from systems and methods for selecting and designating ADS-B or similar traffic. An apparatus can include a display and a processor. The processor and the display can be configured to permit selection of at least one target aircraft identified on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: AVIATION COMMUNICATION & SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Charles Manberg, Richard Ridenour, II
  • Patent number: 10298718
    Abstract: A system is delineated comprising a processor for performing operations for the system; memory for storing an operating system and one or more applications, the one or more applications including at least one application requiring certification by a certifying authority for use on the system and at least one application not requiring certification by the certifying authority for use on the system; and an application for use in conjunction with a provided processor external to and not part of the system to determine if the at least one application requiring certification is being interfered with or not executing properly. In certain instances, this system may comprise a class 1 electronic flight bag (EFB) or a class 2 EFB. Related methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: AVIATION COMMUNICATION & SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: James P. Redmond
  • Patent number: 10288727
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose systems and methods for providing an ATC Overlay data link. Through embodiments of the present invention, existing ATC (or other) modulated signals using existing standard frequencies may be utilized to transmit (e.g., from an aircraft transponder) additional information in a manner that does not render the transmitted signal unrecognizable by legacy ATC equipment. Legacy equipment will be able to demodulate and decode information that was encoded in the transmitted signal in accordance with preexisting standard modulation formats, and updated equipment can also extract the additional information that was overlaid on transmitted signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AVIATION COMMUNICATION & SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Gregory T. Stayton
  • Publication number: 20190113616
    Abstract: Various communication systems may benefit from suitable architectures. For example, L-band radio frequency (RF) architectures may be beneficial to systems including avionics systems. A system can include a mode-s function as well as a traffic alert and collision avoidance system function separate from the mode-s function. The system can further include a directional antenna in reception and transmission connection with the traffic alert and collision avoidance system function. The system can additionally include an omni-directional antenna in reception and transmission connection with the mode-s function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Gregory Theodore Stayton, Robert John McCullen
  • Publication number: 20190113617
    Abstract: Various communication systems may benefit from suitable use of redundancy. For example, surveillance systems in avionics applications may benefit from having functional redundancy. A system can include a collision avoidance or alerting system function in wired connection to a directional antenna. The system can also include a first mode-S transponder function in wired connection to the directional antenna. The system can further include a second mode-S transponder function in wired connection to the directional antenna, wherein the first mode-S transponder function is independent from the second mode-S transponder function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2018
    Publication date: April 18, 2019
    Applicant: Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems, LLC
    Inventor: James Roy Troxel
  • Patent number: 10255818
    Abstract: Various vehicular systems may benefit from the appropriate use of detection and avoidance of potentially dangerous scenarios. For example, autonomous aircraft may benefit from systems and methods for weather detection and avoidance. A method can include sensing, by an aircraft, an environmental condition of the aircraft. The method can also include controlling, by the aircraft, flight of the aircraft based on the sensed environmental condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: AVIATION COMMUNICATION & SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: Arnold Oldach
  • Patent number: 10211914
    Abstract: Various avionics systems may benefit from providing remote L-band smart antennas. For example, smart antennas may be used in connection with transponders and other avionics equipment. The smart antenna may incorporate functionality that may obviate the need for coaxial RF cabling. According to certain embodiments, an avionics system may include an antenna having at least a radio frequency function included therewith. The avionics system may also include a data bus connecting the antenna to a digital receiver at avionics processing hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AVIATION COMMUNICATION & SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory T. Stayton
  • Publication number: 20180299530
    Abstract: An autonomous distress tracking system for an aircraft is described. The system can include a transponder configured to transmit radio frequency (RF) emissions and an RF detector unit configured to detect the RF emissions. The system can further include an alert system that is in communication with the RF detector unit and be configured to activate a distress radio beacon if no RF emissions are detected within a predetermined period of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2018
    Publication date: October 18, 2018
    Applicant: Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems LLC
    Inventors: Christopher Polynin, Jarett Alan Malone, Christophe Hamel
  • Publication number: 20180233051
    Abstract: Various navigation and other instrumentation systems may benefit from appropriate methods for selection of traffic. For example, certain avionics may benefit from systems and methods for selecting and designating ADS-B or similar traffic. An apparatus can include a display and a processor. The processor and the display can be configured to permit selection of at least one target aircraft identified on the display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2016
    Publication date: August 16, 2018
    Applicant: Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems LLC
    Inventors: Charles Manberg, Richard Ridenour, II
  • Publication number: 20180038951
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose systems and methods for providing an ATC Overlay data link. Through embodiments of the present invention, existing ATC (or other) modulated signals using existing standard frequencies may be utilized to transmit (e.g., from an aircraft transponder) additional information in a manner that does not render the transmitted signal unrecognizable by legacy ATC equipment. Legacy equipment will be able to demodulate and decode information that was encoded in the transmitted signal in accordance with preexisting standard modulation formats, and updated equipment can also extract the additional information that was overlaid on transmitted signals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Publication date: February 8, 2018
    Applicant: Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems LLC
    Inventor: Gregory T. Stayton
  • Patent number: 9869745
    Abstract: Various avionics systems may be enhanced by methods and systems for bearing reception. For example, a traffic alert and collision avoidance system, or other surveillance system, can be provided with a system or configured for a method of improved bearing reception. For example, a method can include performing traffic alert and collision avoidance surveillance of a target aircraft using an interrogation over a bottom antenna of an own aircraft. The method can also include enhancing determination of a bearing of the surveillance by obtaining a bearing of the target aircraft using an alternative to making a bearing determination based on signal characteristics of a reply to the interrogation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Aviation Communications & Surveillance Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Stacey R. Rowlan
  • Patent number: 9857461
    Abstract: Various avionics systems may benefit from the proper handling of diversity with respect to antennas. For example, systems and methods for remote L-band smart antenna distance measuring equipment may benefit from being prepared to provide diversity against interference, such as a multipath interference. A method can include determining which antenna of a plurality of antennas of an aircraft is preferred for communication with respect to distance measuring equipment. The method can also include selecting the antenna based on the determination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: AVIATION COMMUNICATION & SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Gregory T. Stayton
  • Patent number: 9842506
    Abstract: Systems and methods are delineated in which dynamic thresholds may be employed to detect and provide alerts for potential conflicts between a vehicle and another vehicle, an object or a person in an aircraft environment. Current systems for airport conflict detection and alerting consider one or more alerting boundaries which are independent of the amount of traffic present at any one time or over the course of time. Because nuisance alerts rates depend to a large extent on the amount of traffic, and because alert detection thresholds are often set based on a desire to limit nuisance alerts to a specific threshold, adapting those thresholds based on, among other things, the amount of traffic can result in earlier alerting in some crash scenarios and can even result in providing an alert in a crash scenario where no alert would have otherwise been generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2017
    Assignee: Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems LLC
    Inventor: Richard D. Ridenour, II
  • Publication number: 20170299685
    Abstract: Various communication systems may benefit from suitable antenna systems. For example, unmanned aircraft may benefit from systems and methods for providing a distributed airborne collision avoidance system antenna array. An apparatus can include a transceiver configured to transmit and receive avionics signals at a host vehicle. The apparatus can also include an interface configured to communicate with an array of a plurality of avionics receivers, wherein the avionics receivers are configured to receive the avionics signals at the host vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 28, 2016
    Publication date: October 19, 2017
    Applicant: Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. McCullen, Mark D. Smith
  • Patent number: 9791562
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention disclose systems and methods for providing an ATC Overlay data link. Through embodiments of the present invention, existing ATC (or other) modulated signals using existing standard frequencies may be utilized to transmit (e.g., from an aircraft transponder) additional information in a manner that does not render the transmitted signal unrecognizable by legacy ATC equipment. Legacy equipment will be able to demodulate and decode information that was encoded in the transmitted signal in accordance with preexisting standard modulation formats, and updated equipment can also extract the additional information that was overlaid on transmitted signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Gregory T. Stayton
  • Patent number: 9625271
    Abstract: A method according to an aspect of the present invention includes determining if terrain presents a hazard to an aircraft based on the current position of the aircraft and the intended flight plan for the aircraft and providing an alert if it is determined that the terrain presents a hazard to the aircraft. The method may be employed in any situation to achieve any result, such as when the aircraft is in a low-RNP environment to prevent nuisance terrain alerts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: AVIATION COMMUNICATION & SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Richard Darrell Ridenour, II