Patents Examined by Richard G Davis
  • Patent number: 11001373
    Abstract: A movable ballast system for an aircraft includes first and second ballast docks secured to the aircraft. The first ballast dock includes a first housing and a first ballast tray secured within the first housing. The first ballast tray includes a plurality of channels. The second ballast dock is positioned aft of a CG of the aircraft and includes a second housing and a second ballast tray secured within the second housing. The second ballast tray includes a plurality of channels. The movable ballast system includes a plurality of movable ballasts, each movable ballast of the plurality of movable ballasts being configured to fit within at least one channel of each of the plurality of channels of the first and second ballast trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Derek William Heard, Richard Theodore Perryman, Nathan Craig Clark, Joshua Andrew Emrich, Yann Lavallee, Ralph Michael Gannarelli
  • Patent number: 11001365
    Abstract: An aircraft is disclosed having a wing, the wing having a fixed wing with a wing tip device moveably mounted about a hinge at the tip thereof. The wing tip device is operable between a flight configuration, and a load alleviating configuration for load alleviation during flight. The aircraft includes a restraining assembly operable between a restraining mode in which the wing tip device is held in the flight configuration using a restraining force such as by a brake, and a releasing mode in which the restraining force on the wing tip device is released, such that the wing tip device may adopt the load alleviating configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: Thomas Wilson, Martin Herring, John Pattinson, Jonathan Cooper, Andrea Castrichini, Rafic Ajaj, Hitul Dhoru
  • Patent number: 11001385
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for charging an electrical storage system in a vehicle. The vehicle comprises a support frame, a propulsion, an electric storage system, an extendable structure, and a power management unit. The propulsion system, the electrical storage system, and the power management unit are physically coupled to the support frame. The electrical storage system supplies the electrical energy to the propulsion system. The group of thermoelectric modules physically is physically coupled to the extendable structure and generates a current in response to a heat being transferred through the group of modules. The power management unit is electrically coupled to the electrical storage system and the group of thermal thermoelectric modules and controls storing the electrical energy in the electrical storage system using the current from the group of thermoelectric modules and supplying the electrical energy to the propulsion system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nathan D. Hiller, Clifford G. Cousins
  • Patent number: 10994859
    Abstract: A fuel system for an aircraft. The fuel system includes a fuel tank configured to contain liquid fuel. A non-extendable fluid line is coupled between an airframe member of the aircraft and the fuel tank. A sleeve assembly is coupled between the fluid line and an upper surface of the fuel tank. The sleeve assembly includes a sealing sleeve and an extension sleeve. The sealing sleeve is positioned around the fluid line forming a fluid tight seal therewith and having a non-sliding relationship therewith. The extension sleeve is positioned around the fluid line with a first portion of the extension sleeve having a sliding relationship with the fluid line such that increasing the distance between the upper surface of the fuel tank and the airframe member causes the extension sleeve to increase in length as the fluid line slides relative to the first portion of the extension sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Remington Zarate
  • Patent number: 10993421
    Abstract: A flexible swivel has a flexible toroid described by an internal major diameter, a fore ring, a body, and an aft ring. The flexible toroid is attached to the fore ring. The fore ring is attached with a rotatable fore joint to the front of the body. The aft ring is attached to the back of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: Turner Tackle LLC
    Inventor: James Norris Turner
  • Patent number: 10988256
    Abstract: A present invention includes a pneumatic-dispersal aerial system which has a particular utility in connection with providing a device for pneumatically dispersal particulate material. In particular, the present invention includes a containment and dispersal device coupled to an aerial device. The containment and dispersal device comprises a containment unit, dispersal control unit, and a forced-air system. The dispersal control unit is disposed below the containment unit. The dispersal control unit is operable to control the release of material from the containment unit and is normally in a closed position and the dispersal control unit comprises a rotator valve which has a passageway to receive the material from the containment unit. The forced-air system is adjacent to the containment unit and is operable to aid in the removal of the received material from the dispersal control unit. The aerial device is operable to transport the containment and dispersal device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventor: Daniel J. O'Hara
  • Patent number: 10988241
    Abstract: A drone includes a surrounding cage which can be disassembled from a propeller-carrying internal base. In another aspect, a drone includes at least one fastening clip which attaches arcuate external ribs to a periphery of a central and internal frame, whereafter the fastening clip can be removed for disassembly of the ribs from the frame. Yet another aspect provides a flying drone employs a fastening clip including a snap fit and a generally U-shaped body. A further embodiment has a flying drone with at least one light externally mounted adjacent a periphery of a central propeller-carrying base, located between a pair of external ribs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2021
    Inventors: Giuseppe Santangelo, Yawar Afzali, Matteo Pizzolante
  • Patent number: 10981660
    Abstract: Hybrid propulsion engines for aircraft are described herein. An example hybrid propulsion engine includes a propulsor and a gas turbine engine to drive the propulsor during a first mode of operation. The gas turbine engine has a core air intake. The hybrid propulsion engine also includes an electric motor to drive the propulsor during a second mode of operation and a damper disposed in the core air intake of the gas turbine engine to block airflow through the core air intake during the second mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Steve G. Mackin
  • Patent number: 10981642
    Abstract: A method for manufacturing a modular lifting surface from a standard lifting surface, the modular lifting surface includes a central support structure including an upper skin, a lower skin and at least a first spar. The method includes providing the upper skin and the lower skin which are suitable for any of various sizes of a modular lifting surface for the standard lifting surface, wherein the upper skin and lower skin correspond to a standard upper skin and the lower skin conforms to a standard lower skin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS S.L.
    Inventors: Alfonso González Gozalbo, Eugenio Piñeyroa De La Fuente
  • Patent number: 10980223
    Abstract: A bait bucket temporarily stores fishing bait and water within a water stable bucket component having a water-tight base and side walls and a top opening. A locking cap is removeably secured around the top opening in the bucket component and further includes a connector receiving a pivoting closing cap and a locking snap-in element that temporarily secures the pivoting closing cap to the locking cap. A handle pivotably attaches to the bucket component enabling lifting of the bait bucket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Robert Leeper
  • Patent number: 10974934
    Abstract: A payload coupling apparatus is provided that includes a housing having an upper portion, a lower portion, and a side wall positioned between the upper and lower portions, an attachment point on the housing adapted for attachment to a first end of a tether, a slot in the housing that extends downwardly towards a center of the housing thereby forming a hook or lip on the lower portion of the housing beneath the slot, a plurality of holes in the upper portion of the housing; and a plurality of holes in the lower portion of the housing. A method of retracting a payload coupling apparatus during UAV flight is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2021
    Assignee: Wing Aviation LLC
    Inventor: Andre Prager
  • Patent number: 10959417
    Abstract: A fishing line guide device for preventing snags and fish loss includes a rod and a cylinder. The cylinder is coupled to a bottom of the rod so that the cylinder is perpendicular to the rod. The rod is configured to be grasped in hands of a user, positioning the user to position the cylinder on a fishing line between a fishing pole and a hooked fish. The user is positioned to guide the line away from an obstruction as a fisherman reels in the line with the line sliding over the cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Steven Dale Hisel, Sr.
  • Patent number: 10960966
    Abstract: A cabin structural component for a transport vehicle, in particular for an aircraft or spacecraft, has a sandwich structure that has a core and a first cover layer, the first cover layer being provided with a heat conductor that is arranged and designed for heating a cabin wall that can be produced using the cabin structural component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventors: Nils Ischdonat, Patrick Rollfink, Martin Hedges, Thomas Reitberger, Daniel Graef, Fabian Reimer
  • Patent number: 10952424
    Abstract: There is herein described an insect and animal trapping device. More particularly, there is described an insect and/or animal trapping device such as a rat-trapping device wherein there is a receptacle which is capable of trapping the insect and/or animal and thereafter having the air inside the receptacle at least partially removed thereby killing the insect and/or animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Inventor: James Steele
  • Patent number: 10954679
    Abstract: A modular platform is provided and includes a platform having upper and lower surfaces. The modular platform further includes one or more propulsion units, mesh coverings, jack elements and a lock mechanism. The one or more propulsion units are embedded within the platform to generate upward thrust. The mesh coverings overlay each of the one or more propulsion units in the upper surface. The jack elements are coupled to the lower surface and support the platform above an underlying substrate. The lock mechanism connects the platform to a neighboring platform. A power storage unit is embedded in the platform and powers the one or more propulsion units, the jack elements and the lock mechanism. A control unit is embedded in the platform and controls operations of the one or more propulsion units, the jack elements and the lock mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2021
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Eric V. Kline, Sarbajit K. Rakshit
  • Patent number: 10946948
    Abstract: A door assembly for a vehicle. The door assembly includes a door frame, a door panel, a rotating strut, and a linear door guide. The door opens and closes through a combination of rotating and sliding motion, which minimizes the required operational footprint. The strut is mounted on the door panel such that the strut is hidden from view when the door is in an open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignees: Airbus Operations GmbH, Airbus Americas, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Heidtmann, David Will, Roland Lange, Sassa Nadine Boos
  • Patent number: 10946949
    Abstract: An under-wing flap support mounting structure incorporates a clevis on a forward end of an underwing beam. A spherical bearing support assembly carrying a spherical bearing is mounted to a fixed wing structure proximate a lower wing skin. A joint coupling has a lug pivotally coupled to the clevis and a longitudinal pin extending from the lug. The longitudinal pin is slidably received in the spherical bearing. The lug has a bore in which a fuse pin is disposed to secure the lug to the clevis and inhibit the lug from pivoting relative to the clevis. A force applied to an aft portion of the underwing beam that is sufficient to urge separation from the wing causes the clevis to apply a shear force to shear the fuse pin and enable the lug to pivot and cause the longitudinal pin to slide out of the spherical bearing. The underwing flap support separates from the wing without resulting damage to the underside of the wing structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin R. Tsai, Mark D. Gerber
  • Patent number: 10946963
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for transporting a payload are disclosed herein. In embodiments, a system for transporting a payload includes an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) including a payload coupling apparatus, and a containment apparatus having an aerodynamic shape and including first and second openings. The containment apparatus is located external to the UAV and attaches to an underside of the UAV. The payload coupling apparatus passes through the first and second openings of the containment apparatus to couple with the payload, and the payload passes through the second opening to be positioned inside or outside the containment apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Assignee: WING AVIATION LLC
    Inventors: André Prager, Kyle Liske, Trevor Shannon, Zhefei Li
  • Patent number: 10940944
    Abstract: A transmission tilt control device includes a transmission rotatably coupled to an airframe of a helicopter, a rotor mast coupled to the transmission, and an actuator coupled between the transmission and the airframe. The actuator being configured to rotate the transmission fore and aft about a tilt axis that is perpendicular to an axis of rotation of the rotor mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2021
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew Paul Haldeman, Zachary Edwin Dailey, Charles Owen Black, Dalton T. Hampton, Aaron Alexander Acee
  • Patent number: 10933973
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to an airfoil body for an aircraft extending from an inner end to an outer end, and between a leading edge and a trailing edge. The airfoil body comprises an internal structure and a skin covering the internal structure. The skin has a pressure side and a suction side, and the suction side includes a light transmitting portion. The internal structure includes an array of solar cells configured to receive solar light through the light transmitting portion. The present disclosure further relates to wings and aerial vehicles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: SolAero Technologies Corp.
    Inventor: Matthew Kruse