Patents Examined by Philip J Bonzell
  • Patent number: 11220341
    Abstract: A modal restraint system for an occupant of a seat of an aircraft having a mechanical failure sensor includes a strap feeder unit and a strap selectively retractable into and extendable from the strap feeder unit. The strap is positionable adjacent to the occupant. The strap feeder unit is adapted to switch between a plurality of modes including an unfixed mode and a fixed mode. The strap is extendable from and retractable into the strap feeder unit in the unfixed mode. The strap is substantially unextendable from the strap feeder unit in the fixed mode. The strap feeder unit is in the unfixed mode by default. The strap feeder unit is operable to switch to the fixed mode in response to a precautionary event including detection of an aircraft mechanical failure by the mechanical failure sensor, thereby reducing freedom of movement of the occupant relative to the seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Eric A. Sinusas, Olivier Andre Boisvert, Guillaume Noiseux-Boucher, Steve Loveland, Sebastien Duval
  • Patent number: 11214373
    Abstract: A galley for an aircraft includes a frame having metal structural members having interior surfaces and panels coupled to and supported by the frame. Each panel has a core and a facesheet having an inner surface. The frame and the panels define a cart compartment configured to receive a galley cart. The interior surfaces of the metal structural members are interior of the inner surface of the corresponding facesheet. The galley includes a cooling system having a supply duct and a return duct along one or more of the panels in flow communication with the cart compartment configured to supply cooled airflow from a heat exchanger. The galley includes insulating panels located in the cart compartment covering the interior surfaces of the corresponding metal structural members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: James P. Schalla, Mark Edward King, Michael J. Burgess, Lyndsey Jo Penfield, James Paul Mehlos
  • Patent number: 11214376
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide an ice management system, including: a plurality of pulsejets located within an interior volume of an aircraft and configured to heat an aircraft surface, wherein each pulsejet of the plurality of pulsejets comprises: an inlet; a combustor; a fuel source; and an exhaust nozzle; and a plurality of intake apertures in the aircraft, wherein each intake aperture of the plurality of intake apertures corresponds to an inlet of one pulsejet of the plurality of pulsejets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Aaron J. Kutzmann, William Noll Kamerow, Steven Edmon Chapel, Richard Phillip Ouellette, Robert Erik Grip
  • Patent number: 11208203
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) aircraft having three lifting surfaces and separate lift and cruise systems. The VTOL aircraft may include a fuselage having a roll axis, a thrust rotor to produce a propulsion thrust, first and second rotor booms, first and second canard surfaces, first and second wing surfaces, first and second tail surfaces, and a plurality of lift rotors to produce a lifting thrust force. The plurality of lift rotors includes a first plurality of lift rotors positioned on the first rotor boom and a second plurality of lift rotors positioned on the second rotor boom. The first and second rotor booms may be substantially parallel to the roll axis of the fuselage, where the fuselage is positioned between the first and second rotor booms. Each of the first and second rotor booms may be secured to the aircraft at three locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: BCG Digital Ventures GmbH
    Inventors: Robert W. Parks, Francesco Giannini, Diana Siegel, Jan D. Lienhard
  • Patent number: 11208194
    Abstract: A spar assembly for an aircraft wing extends between an upper cover and a lower cover and includes linkages spaced consecutively along the length of the spar assembly, each linkage extending from an upper pivot, to a lower pivot, thereby joining upper and lower attachment structures of the spar assembly together. Each linkage includes a pair of fixed-length links pivotably connected at one end about a center pivot and pivotably connected at respective other ends. The spar assembly includes a drive bar connected to the center pivot of each of the linkages, and an actuator arranged to move the drive bar along the length of the spar assembly. When the actuator moves the drive bar along the length of the spar structure, the links in each pair of links are rotated relative to each other about the center pivot, thereby moving the upper and lower covers and warping the wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: David Brakes, Denys Custance
  • Patent number: 11203418
    Abstract: A mount system for tiltably supporting a pylon assembly of a rotorcraft. First, second, third and fourth pylon links are each coupled between the pylon assembly and the airframe of the rotorcraft. The first pylon link has a first axis, the second pylon link has a second axis, the third pylon link has a third axis and the fourth pylon link has a fourth axis. Each of the axes intersects at a focal point located proximate a coaxial rotor system having counter-rotating upper and lower rotor assemblies such that the focal point provides a virtual pivot point about which the pylon assembly tilts to generate a control moment about a center of gravity of the rotorcraft that counteracts lateral and fore/aft moments generated by the upper and lower rotor assemblies during rotorcraft maneuvers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Bradley Stamps, Michael Reaugh Smith, Michael Scott Seifert
  • Patent number: 11203439
    Abstract: Rotary electric engines, aircraft including the same, and associated methods. A rotary electric engine includes a nacelle, a fan configured to generate thrust, a stator operatively coupled to the nacelle, and a rotor operatively coupled to the fan. The fan includes a plurality of fan blades. The rotor includes a plurality of rotor magnets operatively coupled to respective blade tips of the fan blades. The stator includes a plurality of field coils configured to produce a magnetic interaction between the field coils and the rotor magnets to rotate the fan. In examples, the stator is configured to rotate each field coil relative to the nacelle. In examples, an aircraft includes one or more rotary electric engines pivotally mounted within engine mount regions. In examples, a method of operating an aircraft includes operating one or more rotary electric engines in a vertical lift configuration and in a forward flight configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Tyler Emerson Berkey, Daniel S. Thomas
  • Patent number: 11203407
    Abstract: A floor grid includes an outboard member, a first seat track and a second seat track, a first member extending from the outboard member to the first seat track, a second member extending from the first seat track to the second seat track, a first stanchion extending from the outboard member to the first seat track, a second stanchion extending from the outboard member to the second seat track, a third seat track and a fourth seat track, an intercostal extending from the second seat track to the fourth seat track, a third member extending from the outboard member to the third seat track, a fourth member extending from the third seat track to the fourth seat track, a third stanchion extending from the outboard member to the third seat track, and a fourth stanchion extending from the outboard member to the fourth seat track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brett Dayton Sjostrom, Jose A. Cantos
  • Patent number: 11203403
    Abstract: A self-aligning structural attachment and a corresponding method are disclosed. The self-aligning structural attachment includes a main body having a proximal end and a distal end, wherein the main body is attached to (i) a CIP of a support system and (ii) a clevis on an airframe of an aircraft. Further, the self-aligning structural attachment includes a first attachment fitting disposed on the proximal end, wherein the first attachment fitting is a slide-and-swivel attachment fitting. Still further, the self-aligning structural attachment includes a second attachment fitting disposed on the distal end, wherein the second attachment fitting is a slide attachment fitting. Yet still further, the self-aligning structural attachment includes a pivoting hinge disposed between the first attachment fitting and the second attachment fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Timothy Todd King, Kenneth G. Davis, Matthew R. Thomas
  • Patent number: 11204611
    Abstract: A method of assisted takeoff of a movable object includes increasing output to an actuator that drives a propulsion unit of the movable object under a first feedback control scheme, determining whether the movable object has met a takeoff threshold, and controlling the output to the actuator using a second feedback control scheme different from the first feedback control scheme in response to the movable object having met the takeoff threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Jun Shi, Xu Yang Pan
  • Patent number: 11198519
    Abstract: A public transportation system combines a unique combination of components that includes interoperable electric-powered vehicles, facilities, hardware and software having specifications, standards, processes, capabilities, nomenclature, and concepts of operations that together include a concerted, comprehensive, multi-modal, future system for moving people and goods that is herein named Quiet Urban Air Delivery (QUAD) and in which uniquely-capable, ultra-quiet, one to six-seat, electrically-powered, autonomous aircraft (SkyQarts) fly sub-193 kilometer trips on precise trajectories with negligible control latency and perform extremely short take-offs and landings (ESTOL) with curved traffic patterns at a highly-distributed network of very small, airports (“SkyNests”) that themselves have standardized compatible facilities that interoperate with SkyQarts as well as with versatile, autonomous electric-powered payload carts (EPCs) and robotic delivery carts (RDCs) to provide safe, fast, on-demand, community-accep
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Inventor: Brien Aven Seeley
  • Patent number: 11192412
    Abstract: A powertrain including an engine; a main drive shaft assembly; a primary clutch mechanism coupled to the engine and the a main drive shaft assembly, the primary clutch mechanism being operable to connect or disconnect the main drive shaft assembly and the engine; an axle shaft coupled transversely to the main drive shaft assembly; a secondary clutch mechanism having a driving member coupled to an end of the axle shaft; a drive wheel coupled to a first driven member of the secondary clutch mechanism; and an air propulsion unit coupled to a second driven member of the secondary clutch mechanism. The secondary clutch mechanism being operable to engage or disengage the first driven member and/or the second driven member to the driving member so as to connect or disconnect the drive wheel and/or the air propulsion unit to the axle shaft. A vehicle including the powertrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Inventor: Zhen Gang Ker
  • Patent number: 11192658
    Abstract: An inflatable slide may comprise a ramp portion and a slide portion having a head end attached to the ramp portion and a toe end opposite the head end. A ramp barrier readiness indicator may include a bendable portion located proximate the head end of the slide portion. The ramp barrier readiness indicator may be configured to pivot between a raised position and a lowered position in response to inflation of the slide portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Timothy C. Haynes, Drew Hartman, Ryan Schmidt
  • Patent number: 11192624
    Abstract: An airfoil structure comprising a torsion-box member with a cover and a spar web connected by at least one pivot joint to a leading-edge or trailing-edge member, wherein the pivot joint is configured to permit rotation of the leading-edge member, or trailing-edge member, relative to the torsion-box member between an installation position and an operational position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2021
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Bernhard Schlipf, Florian Lorenz, German Ibanez-Gil
  • Patent number: 11186357
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a method includes: obtaining a first signal from a first sensor of a rotorcraft, the first signal indicating measured angular velocity around a first axis of the rotorcraft; filtering the first signal with a lag compensator to estimate angular position around the first axis of the rotorcraft; and adjusting flight control devices of the rotorcraft according to the estimated angular position and the measured angular velocity around the first axis of the rotorcraft, thereby changing flight characteristics of the rotorcraft around the first axis of the rotorcraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Jillian Samantha Alfred, Luke Dafydd Gillett, Robert Earl Worsham, II, Sung Kyun Kim
  • Patent number: 11186355
    Abstract: The invention relates to an aerodynamic profiled body for an aircraft, in particular a winglet, comprising a front profiled element having a profile front edge, a rear profiled element having a profile rear edge, and an adjusting unit, which connects the front profiled element to the rear profiled element and by means of which the rear profiled element can be moved in relation to the front profiled element, wherein the adjusting unit has a front mounting device connected to the front profiled element, a rear mounting device connected to the rear profiled element, and a force-transmitting device, which connects the front mounting device and the rear mounting device to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: FACC AG
    Inventors: Hermann Filsegger, Walter Stephan
  • Patent number: 11186377
    Abstract: An evacuation slide may comprise a sliding surface extending from a head end of the evacuation slide to a toe end of the evacuation slide and a truss-shaped side rail located adjacent the sliding surface. An evacuation system may comprise the evacuation slide and a charge cylinder fluidly coupled to the truss-shaped side rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2021
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: Eric McFarland
  • Patent number: 11180253
    Abstract: A fire suppression system has a unique combination of components that includes interoperable electric-powered vehicles, facilities, hardware and software along with their range of specifications, standards, processes, capabilities and concepts of operations that comprise a concerted, multi-modal, system for delivering fire-retardant onto fires by uniquely-capable, ultra-quiet, electrically-powered, autonomous robotic aircraft (“SkyQarts”) that fly precise trajectories and perform extremely short take-offs and landings (ESTOL) at a highly-distributed network of small facilities (“SkyNests”) that have standardized compatible facilities, as defined herein, that interoperate with SkyQarts as well as with versatile, autonomous robotic electric-powered payload carts and electric-powered autonomous robotic delivery carts to provide safe, fast, on-demand, community-acceptable, environmentally friendly, high-capacity, sustained, affordable, day or night delivery of fire-retardant, even in smokey, IFR conditions to wil
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2021
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Inventor: Brien Aven Seeley
  • Patent number: 11181933
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system operates with a flight management system and has controlled access UAV zones, each being UAV landing, loading, takeoff. A control and communication unit controls access to each UAV zone. A barrier around each zone controls entry into that zone. An opening in the barrier permits personnel to enter. A closure for the opening is locked by at least one remotely operable lock. A communications module is operable to control the lock for that zone to govern access to and entry into that zone by users. A flight management system is separate from the plurality of zones and in communication with the control and communication unit and with each communications module, and responsive to requests by users to allow access. At least some of the UAV zones are charging zones that include at least one charging cable for charging a battery of a UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Drone Delivery Canada Corp.
    Inventors: Paul Di Benedetto, Gregory Colacitti
  • Patent number: 11174028
    Abstract: A cabin segment for a vehicle includes a first lateral segment module having a first main extension axis, a second lateral segment module having a second main extension axis, and an aisle arranged in the cabin segment. The main extension axes parallel to each other, and the first and second lateral segment modules are distanced from each other in a direction perpendicular to the main extension axes and enclose the aisle, which runs parallel to the main extension axes. At least one of the first lateral segment module and the second lateral segment module includes a lavatory accessible through a lavatory opening positioned outside the aisle. The first lateral segment module includes at least one receiving space to receive serving trolleys. The at least one receiving space has a receiving opening facing into the aisle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Andreas Heidtmann, Tobias Dahms, Roland Lange, Markus Wirth, Jörg Weifenbach