Patents Examined by Richard G Davis
  • 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
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    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
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    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
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    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
    Assignee: SAFRAN ELECTRONICS & DEFENSE
    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
  • Patent number: 10231889
    Abstract: A bed is provided. The bed may include a lift system which raises and lowers a support deck of the bed. The lift system may include multiple individually actuatable lift systems. The bed may include an expandable support deck. The bed may include a powered caster braking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: KAP Medical, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Karl Johnson, Taylor Allen Ressel
  • Patent number: 10232929
    Abstract: A rotary wing aircraft includes a fuselage having a plurality of surfaces, at least one engine mounted in the fuselage, and a rotor assembly including a rotor shaft and plurality of rotor blades operatively connected to the rotor shaft. The rotor assembly includes a plurality of surface portions. A rotor shaft fairing extends between the fuselage and the rotor assembly and about at least a portion of the rotor shaft. The rotor shaft fairing includes an outer surface. A plate member is mounted to and projects proudly of the at least a portion of the rotor shaft fairing. The plate member is configured and disposed to increase an aspect ratio of and reduce induced drag on the rotor shaft fairing as well as reduce rotor hub wake size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Patrick Bowles, ByungYoung Min, Barbara Brenda Botros, Brian E. Wake, Claude G. Matalanis
  • Patent number: 10227704
    Abstract: An airfoil is disclosed. The airfoil may comprise a leading edge, a body portion and a trailing edge formed from a high-modulus plating. The body portion of the airfoil may be formed from a material having a lower elastic modulus than the high-modulus plating. The high-modulus plating may improve the stiffness of the trailing edge, allowing for thinner trailing edges with improved fatigue life to be formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: UNITED TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Wendell V. Twelves, Grant O. Cook, III
  • Patent number: 10223923
    Abstract: A drone includes a time measuring unit that obtains a present time, a flight possible area changing unit that determines a flight possible area thereof in accordance with a difference between an end of a time period for which the flight thereof is permitted and the present time, and a flight control unit that controls the drone such that the drone flies within the flight possible area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Shunsuke Kuhara
  • Patent number: 10215281
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a seal assembly for sealing a gap between a first component and a second component is disclosed. The second component is movable relative to the first component. The seal assembly includes a rub strip and a seal strip. The rub strip includes a seal strip engagement surface having a convex shape. Additionally, the rub strip includes a first component engagement surface that is opposite the seal strip engagement surface and has a concave shape. The seal strip includes a rub strip engagement surface having a convex shape. Furthermore, the seal strip includes a second component engagement surface that is opposite the rub strip engagement surface and has a concave shape. The seal strip engagement surface is harder than the rub strip engagement surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Charuhas M. Soman, Keith Townsend, Eric D. Blohm, Richard B. Tanner, Mark J. Herzberg, Ralph E. Hardin
  • Patent number: 10214283
    Abstract: An amphibious aircraft has a tricycle landing gear that is movable between a retracted, or up, position and an extended, or down, position. Each member of the landing gear is protected in the forward direction by a hydrodynamic protector, or vane, or shoe, such as may tend to create lift when brought into engagement with water, as during landing. The landing gear protector vanes may be mounted to move with extension and retraction of the landing gear. The landing gear wheels may protrude to extend partially downwardly proud of the sole of the shoe. The landing gear actuator and transmission may operate all gear in concert. The shoes may include sacrificial wear members for ground engagement in the event of an inadvertent gear-up landing on terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: E.B. ROBINSON LTD.
    Inventor: Eric Brian Robinson
  • Patent number: 10206344
    Abstract: A hydroponic plant cultivation apparatus including a reservoir having a base defining a first portion of the reservoir and a cover defining a second portion of the reservoir. An upper opening is defined in the cover. A planting column with a hollow interior is positioned above the upper opening. At least one planting port is defined in the planting column. A conduit can pass through the hollow interior of the planting column, the conduit fluidly communicated with the reservoir. A fluid distributor is positioned atop the planting column, the fluid distributor in fluid communication with the conduit. Fluid is selectively circulated from the reservoir through the conduit in the planting column to the fluid distributor, where the fluid is redirected down the hollow interior of the planting column and back to the reservoir. A hydroponic plant cultivation apparatus including a reservoir positioned on a plurality of rollers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Tower Garden, LLC
    Inventor: Morris Bryan, III
  • Patent number: 10207800
    Abstract: An anti-torque rotor of a helicopter, having: a supporting body; a drive shaft which rotates about a first axis with respect to the supporting body; a hub connected operatively to drive shaft and angularly fixed with respect to first axis; at least one blade which is connected operatively to hub, is angularly fixed with respect to first axis, and is angularly movable with respect to a second axis to adjust the pitch angle of blade; and an actuator which can be operated to rotate blade about second axis to adjust the pitch angle of blade; actuator has an electric motor which generates torque along the first axis; and a mechanical stage interposed between the electric motor and blade, and designed to convert the torque into rotation of blade about the respective second axes; electric motor is fixed to supporting body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: Leonardo S.p.A.
    Inventor: James Wang