Patents Examined by Timothy D. Collins
  • Patent number: 11897598
    Abstract: An aircraft includes a plurality of takeoff and landing rotors each generating a first airflow below the takeoff and landing rotor, and a cruise rotor generating a second airflow behind the cruise rotor, the plurality of takeoff and landing rotors including a rear rotor disposed behind the cruise rotor. The aircraft further includes an airflow deflection mechanism capable of changing a direction of the second airflow, and a controller for controlling the airflow deflection mechanism to suppress interference between the first airflow generated by the rear rotor and the second airflow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masahiko Asanuma
  • Patent number: 11895984
    Abstract: The present invention is a pet training pad comprising a first end of a first conductive wire and a first end of a second conductive wire connected to a main controlling device, while a second end of the first conductive wire and a second end of the second conductive wire remain open. When a pet goes onto the pet training pad, the pet's foot makes contact with the first conductive wire and the second conductive wire at the same time, establishing an electrical circuit via the pet's foot. The main controlling device detects that the electrical circuit and then sends an electric shock current to the first conductive wire, thereby shocking the pet which will guide the pet to form a habit of not going to the position where the pet training pad is located.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2021
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2024
    Inventor: Jiaquan Hu
  • Patent number: 11891183
    Abstract: A system for automatic optimization of an ejection system for an aircraft includes the ejection system having a plurality of adjustable settings. The system further includes an input device configured to receive user input. The system further includes a controller coupled to the ejection system and to the input device and configured to adjust at least one of the plurality of the adjustable settings of the ejection system based on the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Assignee: AMI Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald John McCumber, Casey Andrew Stribrny, Nicholas K. Bharucha, John Hampton, Kassidy L. Carson, Bradley Mastrolia, Steve Holstine
  • Patent number: 11889822
    Abstract: A live bait holder includes a flexible strip elongated from a first end to a second end. The flexible strip has a pair of edges extending from a first end to a second end and extending from a first surface to a second surface. The flexible strip is elastically bendable and elastically stretchable to be disposed in a wrapped position around a bait animal to define a loop. The flexible strip is perforable for perforation by a fishhook. An O-ring elastically stretches to receive the first end and the second end simultaneously when the flexible strip is in the wrapped position. The O-ring exerts an elastic force such that the flexible strip is retained in the wrapped position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2022
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2024
    Inventor: Kyle Jackson
  • Patent number: 11884381
    Abstract: A simple-hinged flap assembly for a winged aircraft includes a simple-hinged flap having a leading airfoil section pivotably connected to a trailing airfoil section via a hinge, and an active flow control (AFC) actuator assembly. The assembly is connected to or integrally formed with the flap and includes upstream and downstream AFC actuators arranged in respective first and second rows, and collectively configured to provide first and second outlet mass flowrates. The downstream AFC actuators emit the second outlet mass flowrate at a rate that substantially exceeds the first outlet mass flowrate, such that the first outlet mass flowrate preconditions a boundary layer around the simple-hinged flap assembly. A winged aircraft includes a pneumatic power supply, fuselage, a wing connected to the fuselage, and the simple-hinged flap assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: United States of America as represented by the Administrator of NASA
    Inventors: John C. Lin, Latunia P. Melton, Mehti Koklu, Marlyn Y. Andino
  • Patent number: 11871740
    Abstract: A protective fishing hook and lure cover is provided. The protective fishing hook and lure cover includes a first receptacle and a second receptacle. The first receptacle and the second receptacle are connected by a hinge. The first receptacle and the second receptacle each have a base with a number of perimeter walls connected to it. A number of apertures are formed between the perimeter walls of the first receptacle and the perimeter walls of the second receptacle. A latch is also placed on the first receptacle and the second receptacle. The latch is designed to hold the first receptacle and the second receptacle in a closed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventor: Linda Dishong
  • Patent number: 11871724
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a pet house structure that includes a bottom plate, side plates, a top cover and a plurality of profiles, wherein the side plates and the plurality of profiles are alternately connected to define and form a frame of a polygonal structure, wherein at least one of the side plate of the frame is provided with a passage, wherein the bottom plate and the top cover are connected to the plurality of profiles of the frame through fastening devices, wherein each of the profiles has a mounting cavity extending along its length direction, the mounting cavity is equipped with an inner plug, and wherein the bottom plate and the top cover are connected with the inner plug through the fastening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2024
    Inventor: Fan Zhang
  • Patent number: 11866163
    Abstract: A parking tail rotor for a rotary wing aircraft stops rotating at a high forward aircraft speed when aircraft control surfaces have adequate control authority to balance main rotor torque without the rotating tail rotor. When stopped, the blades of the parking tail rotor move due to the force of the relative wind to a parked position in which the span of the blades extend in the aft direction, reducing air resistance to the forward motion of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: Piasecki Aircraft Corporation
    Inventors: Frederick W. Piasecki, Dinesh Barwey, Shane A. Lewis
  • Patent number: 11866190
    Abstract: A floor system designed for use with an aircraft is provided. The aircraft comprises a cabin characterized by a first capacity defined by the number of personnel in a predetermined position which may be accommodated therein, and comprises an auxiliary fuel port. The floor system is configured to be detachably installed within the cabin and comprises one or more top panels constituting, when the floor system is installed in the aircraft, a floor of the cabin, and one or more fuel tanks disposed below the top panels and defining an internal space for containing liquid fuel there within. At least one of the fuel tanks is configured for connection to the auxiliary fuel port for supplying the fuel to the aircraft. The cabin with the floor system installed therein is characterized by a second capacity being equal to the first capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventors: Iftach Zadaka, Yossi Guetta, Uri Pinhasi
  • Patent number: 11856929
    Abstract: Flasher fishing lures are disclosed that include a fin pivotably attached to a rear portion of the flasher. In a closed configuration, the fin may be secured within a fin recess to form a substantially flat, continuous surface with the rear portion of the flasher. And, in an open configuration, the fin may extend substantially perpendicular to the surface of the rear portion. Accordingly, a user may select a fin configuration that provides optimal side-to-side, tail kicking and/or spinning motion of the lure through the water when trolled at various speeds and in any number of fishing conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Inventor: Shane Ruboyianes
  • Patent number: 11858639
    Abstract: An aircraft includes at least one passenger room (3). The room has a passenger chair (5) and a bed (7). These are separate units and can be used at the same time without one unit interfering with or restricting the full range of operations of the other unit and vice versa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: SINGAPORE AIRLINES LIMITED
    Inventor: Yung Han Ng
  • Patent number: 11858623
    Abstract: Aircraft fuel tank joints and related methods. The aircraft fuel tank joints comprise a first structural member comprising a first joint face, a second structural member comprising a second joint face that is spaced apart from the first joint face by a gap, a sealant dam compressed between the first and second joint faces and defining the gap, a first sealant zone on a first side of the sealant dam within the gap, and a second sealant zone on a second side of the sealant dam within the gap. The sealant dam and the first and second zones of sealant substantially fill, and form three independent seals within, the gap. The methods comprise substantially filling the gap with the sealant dam, the first zone of sealant, and the second zone of sealant, and compressing the sealant dam between the first and second faces to the compressed thickness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Justin Albright
  • Patent number: 11858656
    Abstract: A system is provided that guides aircraft driven with landing gear wheel-mounted electric taxi drive systems without reliance on airport ground personnel to park the aircraft parallel to an airport terminal with connections to multiple passenger loading bridges, automatically docks the aircraft, and connects the multiple loading bridges to multiple forward and rear doors. Cooperative on-aircraft monitoring systems, airport docking systems, loading bridge and terminal monitoring systems, and processors are integrated to use real time information and guide the aircraft to safely maneuver into and automatically dock in a parallel orientation at a parking location with multiple aircraft forward and rear doors connected to multiple loading bridges. The system may automatically undock the aircraft and retract the loading bridges and guide the electric taxi drive system-driven aircraft out of the parking location without reliance on airport ground personnel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2020
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: BOREALIS TECHNICAL LIMITED
    Inventors: Jan Vana, Isaiah W. Cox, Joseph J. Cox
  • Patent number: 11858633
    Abstract: Example implementations may relate to door-enabled loading and release of payloads in an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which could be a type of UAV in a group of UAVs that is assigned to carry out certain transport tasks. In particular, the UAV may include a fuselage having a first side and a second side, as well as a chamber formed within the fuselage and arranged to house a payload. A first door may be arranged on the first side of the fuselage, such that an opening of the first door enables loading of the payload into the chamber. And a second door may be arranged on the second side of the fuselage, such that an opening of the second door enables release of the payload from the chamber. Moreover, the UAV may include a control system configured to control flight of the UAV, and possibly opening and/or closing of door(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: WING AVIATION LLC
    Inventors: Andre Prager, Adam Woodworth
  • Patent number: 11858659
    Abstract: An integrated pushback guidance system and method is provided for guiding pushback travel of electric taxi system-driven aircraft. The pushback guidance system may be integrated with existing ramp monitoring systems to monitor reverse pushback travel of pilot-controlled electric taxi system-driven aircraft along an optimum pushback path from a stand to a pushback end location. Visual signals relating to pushback travel safety as the pilot drives the aircraft along the pushback path are generated in real time by the system and transmitted to a range of display devices viewable by the aircraft pilot and airport personnel responsible for guiding aircraft pushback. The pilot may be guided by visual signals on only display devices or with guidance from airport personnel also viewing the visual signals on display devices to drive the aircraft safely in reverse with the electric taxi system along the pushback path to the pushback end location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2024
    Assignee: BOREALIS TECHNICAL LIMITED
    Inventor: Jan Vana
  • Patent number: 11845350
    Abstract: Reactive spoilers for aircraft and associated methods. In one embodiment, a wing of an aircraft includes a leading edge, a trailing edge, and an upper surface and a lower surface between the leading edge and the trailing edge. The wing further includes a reactive spoiler disposed on the upper surface between the leading edge and the trailing edge. The reactive spoiler comprises one or more turbines configured to raise in relation to the upper surface into an airflow passing over the upper surface, and to reduce lift of a wing section behind the turbines. The turbines are configured to convert kinetic energy from the airflow into electrical energy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Jeff S Siegmeth
  • Patent number: 11845536
    Abstract: Certain aspects of the present disclosure provide techniques for an aerodynamic surface actuation system, including: a middle track connected to an aerodynamic surface and configured to move along a plurality of intermediate tracks, wherein one or more inner surfaces of the middle track are configured to interface with one or more outer surfaces of the plurality of intermediate tracks; a plurality of outer tracks, each including a flange and configured to interface with one or more inner surfaces of the plurality of intermediate tracks; and an actuator configured to control a position of the middle track and a position of the plurality of intermediate tracks via a plurality of linkages.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2021
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2023
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Matthew Edmunds, Robert Hoffenberg, Gregory M. Santini, Steven P Walker
  • Patent number: 11794886
    Abstract: A rotorcraft including a first power plant, at least one main rotor participating at least in providing lift for the rotorcraft in the air, and at least one tail rotor carried by a tail boom, the first power plant including at least one engine. In accordance with the invention, the rotorcraft includes: at least one pusher or puller propeller independent from the at least one main rotor, the at least one pusher or puller propeller participating at least in providing propulsion or traction for the rotorcraft; a second power plant including at least one electric motor; and at least one control member configured to generate a control setpoint or instruction for controlling the at least one electric motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2023
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventors: Olivier Barais, Paul Eglin, Jerome Geneix
  • Patent number: 11780571
    Abstract: Provided is a multicopter providing a high level of freedom in compact design, and consuming a relatively small amount of energy. The multicopter (10) includes a machine body (12), an N number of first lift generators (30) arranged on a first concentric circle (C1) centered substantially around a gravitational center (G) of the machine body (12) and in a front part and a rear part of the machine body in a bilateral symmetry, and an M number of second lift generators (70) arranged on a second concentric circle (C2) centered substantially around the gravitational center (G) of the machine body (12) and having a larger diameter than the first concentric circle (C1), and in a front part and a rear part of the machine body (12) on a central axial line (X) extending in a fore and aft direction of the machine body (12), N being greater than M.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Assignee: HONDA MOTOR CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Daiko Tsutsumi, Yoshitaka Minagawa, Masashi Kato, Yuji Ishitsuka
  • Patent number: 11779001
    Abstract: A fishing lure is disclosed herein with a fishing line attachment structure comprising a hook structure, and a body structure mounted on the hook structure. The body structure has a body, a threaded neck having a cylindrical portion defining a first connector, and a head defining a second connector. The head and neck define the attachment structure. The neck includes a port for receiving the fishing line and external circumferential screw threads. The head having an aperture and internal screw threads. The fishing line is adapted to pass through the aperture of the head and the port of the neck and rest on a gripping surface from where the neck integrally mounted to the body, and the head is screwed over the neck while clenching the fishing line between the gripping surface of the body and the head. The fishing lure further comprises a weed guard and bite depth control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2021
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2023
    Inventor: William Fox