Patents Examined by Brian M O'Hara
  • Patent number: 11273919
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system to deploy a plurality of parachutes includes a plurality of parachute canopies each packed in a canister, a plurality of rockets adapted to extract an associated canopy from the canister, and a controller. The controller is configured to determine that an aircraft is at least one of: in a hover mode of operation and a forward flight mode of operation. In response to the determination that the aircraft is in the hover mode of operation, the controller applies a hover deployment sequence including by instructing the plurality of parachutes to deploy substantially simultaneously. In response to the determination that the aircraft is in the forward mode of operation and above a threshold airspeed, the controller applies a forward deployment sequence including by instructing the plurality of parachutes to deploy in a predefined sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventors: Craig Western, Amy Qian, Damon Vander Lind, Timothy Mattson, Eric Miller, Peter A. Swan
  • Patent number: 11273926
    Abstract: An en route fluid transmitting apparatus for transmitting a fluid from a transmitting entity to a probe of a receiving vehicle includes a funnel, a hose and a thrust producing device. Thrust producing device includes a main body that is rigidly attached to the funnel, and at least two rotors that are connected to the main body for producing thrust. The thrust producing device is adapted to move the funnel freely in any direction to a predetermined position relative to the probe where the funnel engages with the probe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventors: Yann Le Cadet, Samuel Pellerin
  • Patent number: 11273924
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system for air cooling in a wet environment includes a propeller coupled to a vehicle capable of at least one of: taking off from and landing on water. The system includes a battery configured to power the propeller, a float configured to hold the battery, and a flap in the float. The flap is configured to open in response to air pressure to permit airflow into the float to cool the battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2020
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventor: Dennis Young Kwon
  • Patent number: 11267577
    Abstract: An aircraft defining a longitudinal centerline and extending between a forward end and an aft end is provided. The aircraft includes a fuselage extending longitudinally between the forward end of the aircraft and the aft end of the aircraft; a primary wing assembly extending laterally outwardly with respect to the longitudinal centerline from a portion of the fuselage; a first engine mounted to the primary wing assembly; and a first engine wing assembly extending outward from the first engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Bhaskar Nanda Mondal, Arvind Namadevan, Shankar Jayaraman, Keith EJ Blodgett, Arnab Sen
  • Patent number: 11260953
    Abstract: A hypersonic aircraft includes one or more leading edge assemblies that are designed to cool the leading edge of certain portions of the hypersonic aircraft that are exposed to high thermal loads, such as extremely high temperatures and/or thermal gradients. Specifically, the leading edge assemblies may include an outer wall tapered to a leading edge or stagnation point. A coolant supply provides a flow of cooling fluid to a porous tip that is joined to the forward end of the outer wall and defines variable porosity and/or internal barriers to direct a flow of cooling fluid to the regions of the leading edge experiencing the highest thermal loading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Nicholas William Rathay, Brian Magann Rush, Narendra Digamber Joshi, Timothy John Sommerer, Gregory Alexander Natsui, Brian Gene Brzek, Douglas Carl Hofer
  • Patent number: 11254421
    Abstract: A deployable aircraft flotation system. The deployable aircraft flotation system includes a pair of flotation members. The pair of flotation members are positioned on opposing sides of a bottom surface of an aircraft body. Each flotation member of the pair of flotation members has an inner layer that is made of a first buoyant material, an outer layer that is made of a second buoyant material, and a middle layer between the inner layer and the outer layer that is made of a rigid material. The flotation members can be moved from a stowed position, where they are stored in housings, to a deployed position, where they emerge and are positioned on the bottom of the plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Delano Christian
  • Patent number: 11254450
    Abstract: An aircraft includes a fuselage having an upper surface and a lower surface that define an airfoil shape in cross-section along a vertical plane such that horizontal movement of the fuselage through air produces a lift force in a vertical direction. The aircraft also includes a plurality of modules attached to the fuselage. Each module includes an upper jet engine directed above the upper surface of the fuselage and an opposed lower jet engine directed below the lower surface of the fuselage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Charles Ronald Grigg
  • Patent number: 11254432
    Abstract: A storage compartment for the overhead region of a passenger cabin of a passenger aircraft has a carrier which can be mounted in the passenger aircraft, and a pivoting part for receiving a storage item. The pivoting part is mounted on the carrier so as to be pivotable about a pivot axis in a pivoting region between an open position and a closing position. The storage compartment further contains a closing force module. The closing force module contains a switching module by which the closing force module can be brought into an active state or into a passive state. In the active state, a greater closing moment is brought about in the direction of the closing position on the pivoting part by the closing force module, at least in a partial region of the pivoting region, than in the passive state. The closing force module is configured free from electricity with respect to the generation of the closing moment and/or with respect to the switching over between the active state and passive state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Assignee: Diehl Aviation Laupheim GmbH
    Inventors: Dirk Pfinder, Markus Rafler
  • Patent number: 11242153
    Abstract: A rocket catapult assembly for an ejection seat may comprise a motor assembly including a proximal end and a distal end, an outlet tube coupled to the distal end, and a valve coupled to the outlet tube. The valve may be configured to vary an operating pressure based on an occupant's weight. The valve may be in a closed configuration, on open configuration, or a partially open configuration during ejection of the ejection seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2022
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Patrick Whelan, Matthew D. Salois, Jeff Benjamin, Kevin J Mueller
  • Patent number: 11235878
    Abstract: A latch assembly (1) is presented which comprises a safety latch (2) and a trigger latch (4). The safety latch (2) is releasable to raise from a lowered end position into a raised end position for, in use with an object, locking the object. The trigger latch (4) is adapted for fixing the safety latch (2) in its lowered end position and operable for releasing the safety latch (2). The safety latch (2) is adapted to be reset from its raised end position into its lowered end position for unlocking the object. Moreover, a storage compartment having at least one latch assembly (1) is presented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: SAFRAN CABIN GERMANY GMBH
    Inventors: Dennis Hausner, Thomas Schaefer, Thomas Wiegand
  • Patent number: 11235864
    Abstract: A retractable landing gear assembly for an aircraft includes a leg mounted to airframe structure for rotation about a pivot axis. A stay assembly is provided for maintaining the landing gear assembly in a deployed, for example down and unlocked, configuration. The stay assembly has a linkage mechanism including a first stay and a second stay movable between a folded state and an unfolded state. Room that would otherwise be occupied within a landing gear bay may be freed up above the landing gear leg when in a stowed configuration by the stay assembly being unfolded but generally aligned with the length of the landing gear leg, with the stay assembly being mostly positioned beneath the leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Nick White
  • Patent number: 11235852
    Abstract: A bi-directional egress hatch for a passenger aircraft may allow passengers to rapidly and safely exit an overhead cabin of the aircraft onto the main deck, while allowing cabin crew to safely ascend into the overhead cabin if need be. Hatch panels may blend in with overhead bin doors and ceiling panels of the main cabin; the inner portions of the hatch panels (facing the overhead cabin) may include anti-skid portions and graspable handles for descending passengers. The hatch may be easily activated by a passenger with a single motion (or remotely activated, or autodeployed). Once activated, the hatch panels may swing open and a telescoping ladder may deploy from the inner portion to the main deck, remaining rigid once reaching the floor. Similarly, any barriers protecting the ladder from passengers in the overhead cabin may be released, granting access to the telescoping ladder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Nicolas Behr, Daniel N. Moe, David Barrett
  • Patent number: 11230380
    Abstract: A wall assembly for an interior of an aircraft includes a frame member secured within a cabin of the aircraft having a first side and a second opposing side. The assembly further includes a first decorative panel secured to the frame member on a first side of the frame and a second decorative panel secured to the frame member on a second side of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Sean R. Cysewski, Harold Erickson, Saif Sultan, Bejan B. Banihashemi, Kevin D. Prince, Alex H. Demarne
  • Patent number: 11230389
    Abstract: A method of capturing an aerial vehicle comprises rotating a first blade of the aerial vehicle, the first blade coupled to a hub of the aerial vehicle and having a contour configured to facilitate entanglement of a payload line of a winch system around the aerial vehicle. The method further comprises contacting, by a leading edge of the first blade, the payload line of the winch system and pulling the payload line towards the hub of the aerial vehicle, wherein the payload line is pulled towards the hub as the first blade continues to rotate and wherein continued rotation of the first blade causes the payload line to be tangled around the hub of the aerial vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: Dustin E. Gamble, Matthew Curran
  • Patent number: 11220322
    Abstract: Aircraft canopy jettison systems, apparatus, and methods are described herein. An example aircraft includes a forward fuselage defining a cockpit, a seat in the cockpit, a pivot pin coupled to the forward fuselage, and a canopy removably coupled to the forward fuselage over the cockpit. The canopy includes a frame having a hinge portion. The hinge portion includes a cam. The cam is dimensioned such that when the canopy is jettisoned while the aircraft is at zero altitude and zero airspeed, a travel path of the hinge portion does not intersect a travel path of the seat when the seat is ejected while the aircraft is at zero altitude and zero airspeed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Matthew W. Walter
  • Patent number: 11214359
    Abstract: A flow control system includes a movable wing attachable to a wing of an aircraft, and a plasma actuator mountable on a surface of the movable wing. The flow control system is configured to control air flow around the wing by having the changing of the steering angle of the movable wing work in conjunction with the operation of the plasma actuator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: SUBARU CORPORATION
    Inventors: Maki Kikuchi, Hiroki Kato, Mitsuru Kono, Kentaro Yoshida, Nobuyuki Nakazato
  • Patent number: 11214351
    Abstract: A wing includes: an inner end configured to be coupled to a fuselage of an aircraft; an inboard section extending from the inner end; a fixed leading edge of the inboard section having a drooped contour positioned along at least a portion thereof; and an outboard section extending from the inboard section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert Hoffenberg, Adam P. Malachowski, Bonnie R. Smith, Eric E. Adamson
  • Patent number: 11203412
    Abstract: A fan-in-wing aerial vehicle according to an embodiment may comprise: a fuselage; main wings expending from both sides of the fuselage in the span direction; rotors rotatably mounted inside the main wings, respectively; and opening/closing portions installed on the main wings such that the same can be opened/closed and thereby expose the rotors to the outside or conceal the rotors from the outside, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: KOREA AEROSPACE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Jung Hoon Lee
  • Patent number: 11203423
    Abstract: Systems and methods are contemplated for favorably improving flight dynamics of aircraft, including enhanced aerodynamic braking and improved flight maneuverability. Air braking systems selectively position a first set of blades at a negative thrust pitch to product a net negative thrust across first and second sets of blades, while balancing torque of the drive shafts to zero. First and second sets of IBC blades can be driven by the same shaft or torque-linked shafts. Flight maneuver systems operate a powerplant at a high power mode, and dissipate the energy from the high power output by positioning a first set of IBC blades at a low efficiency pitch while maintaining constant thrust. As increased or rapid flight maneuverability is required, the first set of blades is positioned toward a high efficiency pitch to instantly increase thrust to the aircraft without requiring a related increase in energy output from the powerplant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Karem Aircraft, Inc.
    Inventors: Abe Karem, Benjamin Tigner
  • Patent number: 11203421
    Abstract: A proprotor system for a ducted aircraft includes a duct and proprotor blades surrounded by the duct. Each proprotor blade is rotatable about a respective pitch change axis. The proprotor blades are configured to change collective pitch about the pitch change axes. The proprotor blades are extendable along the pitch change axes into various positions including a retracted position and an extended position. The proprotor blades change between the retracted position and the extended position based on the collective pitch of the proprotor blades, thereby controlling a tip gap between the proprotor blades and the duct.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Andrew Knoll, George Matthew Thompson, Nicholas Ralph Carlson