Patents Examined by Richard G Davis
  • Patent number: 10351244
    Abstract: An aircraft passenger seating system comprises an array of floor panels (4) fixed within an aircraft cabin deck section (1), the floor panels (4) providing an array of discrete fixing means for removable attachment of a plurality of passenger seating units. The seating units may be of mutually different configurations each having a common footprint, such that the different configurations are interchangeable without having to re-arrange other seating units. The common footprint may be provided by a common size and shape of floor panel (4) or the floor panels (4) may provide a regular array of discrete fixing means such that the configurations may be positioned regardless of the position of the floor panels (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: British Airways PLC
    Inventors: Peter Cooke, Paul Grader
  • Patent number: 10336432
    Abstract: Described herein are features for a high altitude lighter-than-air (LTA) system and associated methods. The LTA may include one or more super-pressure balloons (SPB). One or more of the SPB's may include one or more interior volumes. One or more of the interior volumes may be configured to receive an LTA gas therein to supplement the free lift of the LTA system. There may be an adjustable valve or vent to release the LTA gas. One or more of the interior volumes may be configured to receive ambient air to provide a variable downward force. The SPB may use a compressor to pump in ambient air. The compressor or another valve may release ambient air to decrease the downward force. A zero-pressure balloon (ZPB) may be attached with the one or more SPB's. The ZPB may supplement lift for the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: World View Enterprises Inc.
    Inventors: Rodger Farley, Taber MacCallum, G. Ryan Lee, Sebastian Padilla, John Straus
  • Patent number: 10336450
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a multi-wing manned or unmanned compact personal vertical takeoff and landing aircraft, comprising the integration of: a plurality of parallel wings forming a boxed planform multi-wing assembly with no dynamic airfoil control surfaces, statically affixed to a co-planar adjacent counter-rotating quad-rotor air propulsion system; and a fuselage free to rotate under servo control about an axial shaft, permitting dynamic orientation manipulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Brendan Graham
  • Patent number: 10336461
    Abstract: An aircraft engine, an electric taxi system and a corresponding method are provided to facilitate taxiing without operation of the core gas turbine engine by driving the fan assembly with the electric taxi system during taxi operations. An aircraft engine is provided that includes a core gas turbine engine including a compressor, a combustor and a high pressure turbine. The aircraft engine also includes a fan assembly coupled to the core gas turbine engine. The aircraft engine further includes an electric taxi system coupled to the fan assembly. The electric taxi system includes an energy storage device and a motor responsive to energy provided by the energy storage device. The motor is coupled to the fan assembly and is configured to drive the fan assembly during taxi operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Inventor: Steve G. Mackin
  • Patent number: 10329034
    Abstract: A constellation of Earth-orbiting spacecraft includes a first spacecraft disposed in a first orbit, a second spacecraft disposed in a second orbit, and a third spacecraft disposed in a third orbit. Each of the first orbit, the second orbit and the third orbit is substantially circular with a radius of approximately 42,164 km, and has a specified inclination with respect to the equator within a range of 5° to 20°. The first orbit has a first right ascension of ascending node RAAN1, the second orbit has a second RAAN (RAAN2) approximately equal to RAAN1+120°, and the third orbit has a third RAAN (RAAN3) approximately equal to RAAN1+240°. A fourth spacecraft is disposed in a fourth orbit that has a period of approximately one sidereal day, an inclination of less than 2°, a perigee altitude of at least 8000 km, and an eccentricity between approximately 0.4 and 0.66.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Space Systems/Loral, LLC
    Inventors: Darren R. Stratemeier, Andrew E. Turner
  • Patent number: 10315769
    Abstract: An aircraft-installed hand dryer including an air for air conditioning supplied from an air conditioning equipment inside a cabin of an aircraft applied as an air for drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Inventors: Kouichi Ooi, Yoshihisa Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 10306863
    Abstract: A robotic arm maneuvers a teat preparation cup and executes instructions from a robotic arm controller. The controller comprises an interface, a memory, and a processor. The processor instructs the sensor to perform a first scan. If the first scan discovers a first set of teats, the processor moves the robotic arm a first distance and instructs the sensor to perform a second scan. If the second scan discovers a second set of teats, the processor moves the robotic arm to a location under the first teat, and instructs the sensor to perform a third scan. The processor determines if the third scan discovers a third set of teats. If each of the first set, second set, and third set of discovered teats comprises the first teat, the processor instructs the robotic arm to attach the preparation cup to the first teat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: Technologies Holdings Corp.
    Inventors: Mark A. Foresman, Bradley J. Prevost
  • Patent number: 10306871
    Abstract: A feeding apparatus for poultry is disclosed, and comprises a feed source, a feed line formed at the feed source, a feed valve mechanism arranged in the feed line and which in a closed valve position blocks feed from passing through the feed line and in an open valve position allows feed to pass through the feed line. The feeding apparatus has a pecking block which is moveably mounted and mechanically coupled to the feed valve mechanism in such a way that the feed valve mechanism is closed when the pecking block is in a neutral position and the feed valve mechanism is open when the pecking block is in a deflected position due to pecking at the pecking block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Inventor: Holger Brunnberg
  • Patent number: 10301017
    Abstract: The present application discloses an apparatus capable of walking and flight. This apparatus includes a central section supported by a plurality of limbs, wherein a distal end of each of the plurality of limbs defines a contact surface. These limbs are configured to generate a walking-type motion in which the contact surfaces of the limbs cooperate with an environmental surface in a manner sufficient to propel the central section relative the environmental surface. The apparatus further includes a motor operably coupled to at least one limb of the plurality of limbs, wherein the motor is drivingly coupled to a propeller, and wherein the motor and propeller are configured to propel the central section in flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Inventors: Patrick del Castillo, Jason Curtis Miller
  • Patent number: 10292339
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a terrarium of the closed type which includes a base for holding a plant (typically tropical plant varieties such as moss) and any excess moisture, and a removable lid which together with the base forms an enclosure around the plant and creates a humid and sheltered environment. The terrarium may include a removable lid which has an internal upper surface that is shaped to direct condensate forming on the upper surface of the lid to a particular area of the plant. The terrarium may include a base and lid having overlapping portions wherein the overlapping portions include edge deviations or apertures that may be brought into co-alignment to provide for no, partial or full aeration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventors: Simon Ross Zappia, Lesley Danielle Williams
  • Patent number: 10293927
    Abstract: While an aircraft is mid-flight, a braking start point associated with a stoppable rotor is calculated where the stoppable rotor includes a first and second blade and the stoppable rotor is configured to rotate about a substantially vertical axis. A process to stop the stoppable rotor is started, while the aircraft is mid-flight, when the stoppable rotor reaches the braking start point, where the stoppable rotor is stopped with the first blade pointing forward and the second blade pointing backward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory Mainland Horn, Damon Vander Lind
  • Patent number: 10287004
    Abstract: A transformable aerial vehicle includes a fuselage and a body frame. The fuselage includes a transmission mechanism including a leadscrew, at least two nuts threadedly connected to the leadscrew and connected to each other, and a nut adapter sleeved on one of the at least two nuts. The body frame includes a main support arm connected to the nut adapter, a crossbar connected to the main support arm, and a rotary power mechanism mounted on the crossbar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventors: Di Ou, Wenlong Liang
  • Patent number: 10287018
    Abstract: A seat arrangement includes a first group of seats having first and second passenger seats, a second group of seats having third and fourth passenger seats, a first aisle parallel to a longitudinal axis, and a second aisle parallel to the longitudinal axis. The first passenger seat is situated next to the first aisle with a seat direction parallel thereto, and the fourth passenger seat is situated next to the second aisle with a seat direction parallel thereto. The seat direction of the second passenger seat is angled by at least 2° relative to the seat direction of the first passenger seat. The seat direction of the third passenger seat is angled by at least 2° relative to the seat direction of the fourth passenger seat. The first and second groups are next to each other, and have a longitudinal offset relative to each other along the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Jörg Weifenbach
  • Patent number: 10279886
    Abstract: An aircraft heated floor panel includes a first support layer, a second support layer, and a heating layer located between the first support layer and the second support layer. An aircraft floor panel includes a floor panel body and a removal feature that provides a mechanism for the aircraft floor panel to be removed from an attached aircraft structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: George Owens, Kevin E. Roach, Kurt M. Tauscher
  • Patent number: 10279909
    Abstract: An elevator system includes a shaft extending between at least two decks of a vehicle. A base of the shaft is mounted to a deck structure of at least two decks by a coupling mechanism that accommodates flexing of the deck structure to enable the deck structure to flex independently of the base of the shaft. The elevator system further includes a cab within the shaft. The cab is movable between the at least two decks. The elevator system also includes a pneumatic system in selective communication with an interior of the shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventors: Douglas A. Brown, Karen L. Hills
  • Patent number: 10279897
    Abstract: The invention relates to an aircraft flight control column device (1) comprising: a casing (2) for attaching to an aircraft structure; an output shaft (3) for connecting to a flight control column (56), the output shaft (3) being mounted such that it rotates in relation to the casing (2); a primary group (4) comprising a first torque-generating body (7, 8) for applying a first torque to the output shaft (3); a secondary group (5) comprising a second torque-generating body (7, 8) for applying a second torque to the output shaft (3); and a clutch for selectively connecting the primary group (4) and the secondary group (5) to the output shaft (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Inventor: Benoit Cremiere
  • Patent number: 10279924
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for mounting a portion of an engine exhaust duct in an opening of an airframe panel aircraft, including a peripheral flange disposed on the portion of the exhaust duct, and at least one mounting member having an outer peripheral flange portion for connection to the airframe panel and having an inner peripheral flange portion with at least one compliant isolator member to receive the peripheral flange of the exhaust duct in a manner that suspends the exhaust duct in the opening away from the airframe panel and accommodates thermal expansion and contraction of the exhaust duct relative to the airframe panel. Embodiments include a method of mounting an engine exhaust duct in an opening of an outer airframe panel of an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Angel David Rosado
  • Patent number: 10279887
    Abstract: A decompression panel assembly for use in an aircraft includes a frame including a first surface and an opposing second surface, wherein the frame defines a grille opening and at least partially defines a flow path opening that are each defined between the first and second surfaces. The decompression panel assembly also includes a first panel and a second panel pivotally coupled together at a central hinge. A retention plate is releasably coupled to the first and second panels and is configured to move between a closed position and an open position. The first and second panels at least partially cover the grille opening in a planar position when the retention plate is in the closed position, and the first and second panels move away from the grille opening to a folded position when the retention plate is in the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Douglas Alan Brown, Adam Robert Weston, Brian Tatsuo Imada
  • Patent number: 10266262
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle comprising at least one rotor motor. The rotor motor is powered by a micro hybrid generation system. The micro hybrid generator system comprises a rechargeable battery configured to provide power to the at least one rotor motor, a small engine configured to generate mechanical power, a generator motor coupled to the small engine and configured to generate AC power using the mechanical power generated by the small engine, a bridge rectifier configured to convert the AC power generated by the generator motor to DC power and provide the DC power to either or both the rechargeable battery and the at least one rotor motor, and an electronic control unit configured to control a throttle of the small engine based, at least in part, on a power demand of at least one load, the at least one load including the at least one rotor motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: Top Flight Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Long N. Phan, Sanjay Emani Sarma, Cody Miles Wojcik, Eli M. Davis, Benjamin Arthur Sena, Julian Lemus
  • Patent number: 10239607
    Abstract: A method for actuating a landing gear arrangement may include supplying a first pressure to an actuator, applying, by the actuator, a moment on a latch to rotate the latch in a first rotational direction, disengaging a first roller pin, engaging a stopper on a link, rotating the link in the first rotational direction about a pivot, the link coupled between a trailing arm and a shock strut, rotating the shock strut about a second end of the shock strut, rotating the trailing arm about a first end, and engaging a second roller pin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventor: William E. Luce