Patents Examined by Tien Dinh
  • Patent number: 9764819
    Abstract: A span-loaded, highly flexible flying wing, having horizontal control surfaces mounted aft of the wing on extended beams to form local pitch-control devices. Each of five spanwise wing segments of the wing has one or more motors and photovoltaic arrays, and produces its own lift independent of the other wing segments, to minimize inter-segment loads. Wing dihedral is controlled by separately controlling the local pitch-control devices consisting of a control surface on a boom, such that inboard and outboard wing segment pitch changes relative to each other, and thus relative inboard and outboard lift is varied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Assignee: AeroVironment, Inc.
    Inventors: Greg T. Kendall, Derek L. Lisoski, Walter R. Morgan, John A. Griecci
  • Patent number: 9764823
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and system for combining aerodynamic design with engine power to increase synergy between the two and increase climb performance, engine-out performance, and fuel efficiency for a variety of aircraft or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventor: David Birkenstock
  • Patent number: 9758263
    Abstract: A space relevator adapted to transition an object between a stationary compartment and a rotating module rotating in a first direction, the relevator comprising: a relevator module comprising a plurality of substantially solid pie-shaped structures separated by a plurality of pie-shaped compartments all positioned around a central axis; a relevator central shaft extending along the central axis; the relevator module being adapted to receive a rotate signal and a stop signal, one or more of the pie-shaped compartments comprising an entry between the stationary compartment and the rotating module when the relevator module receives a stop signal and after the relevator module receives a rotate signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: Space Design Corporation
    Inventor: Joseph Michael Clay
  • Patent number: 9758233
    Abstract: A support system for a crown area of an aircraft and a corresponding method is disclosed. The support system includes a crown integration panel (CIP). The CIP is configured to provide a mounting surface for a plurality of aircraft equipment and to provide an electrical ground for at least one of the aircraft equipment of the plurality of aircraft equipment. The system further includes a first attachment and a second attachment attached to the CIP. The first attachment and the second attachment are configured to attach to an airframe of the aircraft. The system further includes a crown raceway support (CRS) having a first end and a second end, where the first end is attached to a first end of the CIP and the second end is configured to attach to an outboard rail of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Timothy Todd King, Douglas R. Ackerman, Gil-Antonio Lora, Kenneth G. Davis, Mark J. Nadvornick, Brett N. Altmyer, Jason W. Mullins, Christopher J. Steele, Matthew R. Thomas, Cynthia T. Parrish, James R. McCune
  • Patent number: 9745074
    Abstract: An aircraft propeller drive system has a gear to be driven by an engine and having a first plurality of teeth. A torsion bar has a first end driven by the gear and a second end rotatable relative to the first end about a torsion axis by a torsion angle. An output shaft is driven by the second end and is adapted for connection to a propeller. A clutch has a driven member rotationally fixed to the output shaft and a driving member having a second plurality of teeth. The first and second pluralities of teeth engage each other when a variation in the torsion angle from a mean torsion angle is greater than a predetermined angle. Torque is transferred between the gear and the output shaft via the clutch when the first and second pluralities of teeth engage each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: BRP-POWERTRAIN GMBH & CO KG
    Inventors: Harald Mittermaier, Johann Bayerl, Michael Dopona, Thomas Baumgartner
  • Patent number: 9739567
    Abstract: A rocket launch system includes a tubular rocket launcher carriage with electromotive cableway traction drives conveyed beneath a two axis pivot anchored to the earth, elevated into a co-axial transfer tube leading to three primary tether cables whose weight is offset by balloons. The carriage is conveyed to a docking station supported into the stratosphere by a pair of secondary cables suspended under an attachment frame for tensioning balloons. The carriage is engaged by a carriage end gripper guided by two sets of secondary cables and two sets of tertiary cables and lifted by a lower hoist guided by the secondary cables to a lift ring assembly. This lower hoist is supported by an upper hoist suspended from the tensioning balloons attachment frame. The carriage, which engages a lift ring guided by two secondary cables, is elevated further, rotated in azimuth and elevation, and rocket ejection occurs from a launch tube during freefall of the carriage, with engine ignition occurring at a safe distance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Inventors: Howard M. Chin, Kimberly A. Carraha
  • Patent number: 9738375
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for forming a winglet formed as a one-piece composite for an aircraft is presented. The winglet comprises a first blade, a second blade, and a root region. The first blade includes a first leading edge and a first trailing edge. The second blade includes a second leading edge and a second trailing edge. The second blade is positioned at an angle to the first blade. The root region is co-cured with the first blade and the second blade to form the winglet. The root region is configured to receive an attachment system for attaching the winglet to a wing of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Philipp Witte, Stanley Warren Stawski, Fedor A. Kleshchev, Joshua William Zarfos, Parth R. Naidu
  • Patent number: 9731826
    Abstract: An aircraft storage bin that includes an upper housing and a bucket movable with respect to the upper housing between a closed position and an open position. The upper housing and the bucket cooperate to define a bin interior. The bucket includes a bottom and first and second opposing side walls. The bottom of the bucket includes an outer surface, an inner surface, a front edge, and first and second protrusions protruding into the bin interior. The first protrusion defines a first luggage engaging surface and the second protrusion defines a second luggage engaging surface. The first protrusion includes an inner surface and an outer surface that defines a channel. The channel includes at least a portion of a latch button assembly disposed therein. The first and second cables extend outwardly from the latch button assembly and through the channel. The bucket includes a cover further partially defining the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: C&D Zodiac, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Savian, Eric Long, Eric Heimbach
  • Patent number: 9731827
    Abstract: A aircraft storage bin latch system that includes a paddle button assembly having a button that is movable between home and actuation positions, a latch assembly that includes a striker assembly with a striker and a hook assembly, and a cable that extends between the paddle button assembly and the latch assembly. The hook assembly includes a hook, a pivotal trigger arm, and an indicator that is movable between first and second positions when the trigger arm is moved from an engaged position to a disengaged position. Movement of the button from the home position to the actuation position pushes or pulls the cable, thereby pivoting the trigger arm from the engaged position to the disengaged position and disengaging the hook from the striker. Pivotal movement of the trigger arm from the engaged position to the disengaged position results in linear movement of the indicator from the first position to the second position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: C&D Zodiac, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Long, Stephen Kearsey, Scott Savian
  • Patent number: 9725189
    Abstract: An interior component carrier system for use in assembly of aircraft interior components in an aircraft includes a retaining system with at least one retaining element. A first connection device for connecting the retaining element to a first aircraft interior component and a second connection device are provided on the retaining element. On the retaining element a structural retainer is provided for fastening the retaining element to an aircraft structure. The interior component carrier system includes a hinge connectable to a second and a third aircraft interior component such that the third aircraft interior component is pivotable about a longitudinal axis of the hinge relative to the second aircraft interior component. The second connection device mounted on the retaining element is configured to be connected to the hinge and/or to a region of the second or third aircraft interior component, that is adjacent to the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Sebastian Umlauft, Dirk Humfeldt, Thomas Helck, Mathias Schwenger
  • Patent number: 9725162
    Abstract: A system and method is provided for improving efficiency of aircraft gate services and reducing time spent by an aircraft parked parallel to an airport terminal wherein aircraft utilities and gate services provided during turnaround are supported by an arrangement of flexibly movable, service and utility-carrying extendable passenger boarding bridges that enable passenger and baggage exchange concurrently with connection of utilities and provision of gate services to the aircraft. Baggage transfer is facilitated by conveyors mounted on one or more loading bridges and designed to provide a direct connection between an aircraft and a terminal. Aircraft are maneuvered by a pilot into and out of a parallel parking location in a forward direction by an engines-off electric taxi system, enabling loading bridge, utility, and service connections to be made to multiple aircraft doors as soon as the aircraft reaches a parking location and then quickly disconnected upon departure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Borealis Technical Limited
    Inventors: Isaiah W. Cox, Joseph J. Cox, Jan Vana
  • Patent number: 9725164
    Abstract: A rotorcraft extends longitudinally along a first anteroposterior plane separating a first side from a second side of the rotorcraft. The rotorcraft includes at least one main rotor, an auxiliary rotor, and at least one steerable airfoil. The rotorcraft further includes a processor unit connected to a first measurement system configured to measure a current value of a speed parameter (V) of the rotorcraft and to a second measurement system configured to measure a current value of a power parameter (W) of a power plant of the rotorcraft. The processor unit is configured to adjust the deflection angle of the airfoil as a function of the current speed and power parameter values (V, W) to cause the auxiliary rotor to move towards at least one predetermined operating point which optimizes performance of the rotorcraft and minimizes noise generated by the auxiliary rotor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Helicopters
    Inventor: Manousos Kelaidis
  • Patent number: 9718538
    Abstract: A fluidic system is disclosed. The system comprises a plurality of fluidic oscillatory actuators, and at least one synchronization conduit connecting two or more of the actuators such as to effect synchronization between oscillations in the two or more connected actuators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Ramot at Tel-Aviv University Ltd.
    Inventors: Avraham Seifert, Isaac Dayan, Tom Shtendel
  • Patent number: 9718531
    Abstract: A drain for expelling fluids from an interior of an aircraft to an exterior of the aircraft, the drain including a drain tube disposed at the interior of the aircraft having a first end disposed in fluid communication with an aircraft equipment to be drained and an opposite second end, wherein the drain tube terminates at the second end at a location within the interior of the aircraft, a seal which extends between the second end of the drain tube and an outer skin of the aircraft, delimiting a drainage cavity, and a drainage pathway extending from the cavity through the outer skin to the exterior of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Jean-Guy Gaudreau, Philippe Désy, Guillaume Sourbes
  • Patent number: 9714087
    Abstract: A vertical takeoff/landing capable, multi-engine aircraft with an airfoil without elevator or rudder surfaces is provided. Strut apertures accommodate vertical and horizontal translation of the airfoil in reference to engine supporting struts which are disposed through the apertures, opposite ends of the struts extending to opposite sides of the airfoil, wherein the struts are adjustably attached to the airfoil. A first and second plurality of engines are attached to ends of the struts, an attachment position of the plurality of engines to the struts is horizontally adjustable. A computerized engine controller, controls thrusts of the engines, to enable the aircraft to vertically lift off/land and re-orient itself to horizontally fly, and perform thrust-initiated elevator and rudder emulating flight. An external payload-to-delivery mating mechanism is attached to the bottom of the payload, which mates to a pole leading to the payload receptacle. Transceivers facilitate precise transfer of the payload.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Inventor: Hari Matsuda
  • Patent number: 9714080
    Abstract: An aircraft including a wing, the end of the wing having a wing tip device, wherein the wing tip device includes a moveable region that is rotatable, about an axis of rotation extending out of the plane of the wing tip device, between: (i) a high-altitude cruise configuration in which the moveable region extends downwardly below the wing; and (ii) a ground-operating configuration in which the moveable region extends rearwardly behind the wing such that the ground clearance of the wing tip device is increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: Philip John Templeton Bradshaw, Ian Roy Whitehouse, Norman Wood, Stuart Alexander, John David Randall
  • Patent number: 9708077
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for launching unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) includes supporting the unmanned air vehicle on a surface vehicle, such as a dolly cart, for riding along a surface such as ground or water. A towline is connected to the surface vehicle and the towline is pulled to force the unmanned air vehicle in a forward direction at a speed sufficient for take-off. The towline may be pulled by a winch system. In some embodiments the UAV is positioned with a nose down angle on the surface vehicle. The nose down angle permits overspeed of the UAV and cart as it is pulled along the ground, as well as controlled take-off.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Alfredo Criado, Grzegorz M. Kawiecki, Jose L. Lemus Martin, Eduardo G. Ferreyra, Sergio Pereira Mayan
  • Patent number: 9708064
    Abstract: Sink stations for galleys of aircraft and other vehicles, methods of operating such sink stations, and aircraft equipped with galleys having such sink stations. A sink station includes a sink cover, which may fully or partially cover a sink and extend the countertop space over the sink cavity. When covering the sink, the sink cover may support a set weight corresponding to objects typically used in galleys, such as pots, cups, and the like. The sink cover allows for liquid to pass into the sink cavity even when the sink cover is used to cover the sink thereby reduce spill clean-ups. The sink cover is movable and may partially or completely expose the sink cavity or keep it completely covered. For example, the sink cover may be folded and/or rolled away and stored at the sink station for periodic use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Mun Yee Chew, Fang Rong Bonnibelle Hoo
  • Patent number: 9708071
    Abstract: The invention proposes to protect a rear part of a floor of an aft fairing of a pylon of an aircraft bypass turbojet engine using a film of cool air formed of part of a bypass flow of the jet engine which is guided under the floor by two lateral wall portions of this fairing which have been profiled for this purpose. To do that, these two lateral wall portions delimit respective air passage spaces formed between a forward part of the floor and a jetpipe of the turbojet engine and which open laterally and towards the rear.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Thierry Surply, Cyril Bonnaud, David Grossein, Stéve Bedoin, Amadou AndréSylla, Guillaume Drochon, Marjorie Clottes
  • Patent number: 9701391
    Abstract: An aircraft structure 101 comprising a skin panel 111, having an outer surface forming an external face of the structure, and an inner surface internal to the structure, the aircraft structure 101 also comprising a plurality of stringers 150 extending along a length of the inner surface of the skin panel, and an inner panel 112 spaced apart from the inner surface of the skin panel 111, so as to form an internal cavity adjacent to the skin panel, and wherein the stringers 150 are located within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventor: Timothy Axford