Patents by Inventor Cynthia A. Vandewall

Cynthia A. Vandewall has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 11352138
    Abstract: A storage and preparation system for food or beverages employs a galley cart with a plurality of compartments. A container receivable in one of the plurality of compartments. The container has an identifier. A sensor is in each of said plurality of compartments and is adapted to read the identifier. An environmental system responsive to the sensor is associated with each of said plurality of compartments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Alberto de Icaza Mura, Kirsten M. McIntyre, Leigh Ann Popik, Ryan J. Reese, Joseph B. Lane, Craig Vogel
  • Publication number: 20220015330
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying a service animal, include an identification device associated with the service animal. The identification device identifies the service animal. The identification device includes a storage medium that stores service animal profile data that includes information identifying the service animal. The service animal profile data is configured to be analyzed by an admission sub-system to confirm an identify of the service animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2021
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Blake Lane, Craig Vogel, Cassandra Yersky
  • Patent number: 11046475
    Abstract: A meal packaging and presentation system includes a base, a front panel connected to the base at a low front edge seam, a first side panel connected to the base at a first low side edge seam, a second side panel connected to the base at a second low side edge seam, a rear panel connected to the base at a low rear edge seam, a first top flap connected to the first side panel at a first top side edge seam, a second top flap connected to the second side panel at a second top side edge seam, a front top flap connected to the front panel at a top front edge seam, and a rear top flap that connects to the rear panel at a top rear edge. An interior meal chamber is formed between the base, the front panel, the first side panel, the second side panel, the rear panel, the first top flap, and the second top flap when the system is in a closed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Blake Lane, Craig Vogel, Leigh Ann Popik, Kristen McIntyre, Ryan Reese, Alberto De Icaza
  • Patent number: 10993526
    Abstract: A support surface assembly includes a housing including a chamber and an opening. The support surface assembly also includes a support surface retractably coupled to the housing between a deployed position and a stored position. The support surface includes a plurality of slats pivotally coupled together, wherein each slat comprises a first end opening and an opposing second end opening. The support surface assembly also includes a plurality of rods associated with a corresponding slat of the plurality of slats. Each rod is positioned entirely within the first end opening of a first slat in the stored position and each rod is positioned partially within the second end opening of an adjacent second slat in the deployed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Blake Lane, Craig G. Vogel, Elizabeth O'Hearn, Brian Keller, Shuai Mu, Chuyu Ruan, Swati Chopra
  • Publication number: 20210107656
    Abstract: A seating system for an internal cabin of an aircraft includes a table having at least one panel that is configured to be moved between a stowed position and a deployed position, and at least one seat assembly proximate to the table. The seat assembly is configured to be moved between a forward orientation in which the seat assembly faces away from the table, and a lateral orientation in which the seat assembly faces towards the table.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2019
    Publication date: April 15, 2021
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Blake Lane, Craig M. Vogel, Alexander Vago, Alejandro Lozano Robledo
  • Patent number: 10970798
    Abstract: An aircraft dining system and method are configured to allow a passenger for a scheduled flight of an aircraft to order one or more items from restaurants within an airport. The aircraft dining system includes an order fulfiller including an order fulfillment control unit that is configured to receive an order for an item from a restaurant within the airport from the passenger for the scheduled flight so that the item is delivered to the aircraft or an area proximate to the aircraft prior to the aircraft departing the airport. In at least one embodiment, an ordering device includes an ordering control unit that is configured to allow the passenger to submit the order.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Blake Lane, Craig Vogel, Leigh Ann Popik, Kristen McIntyre, Ryan Reese, Alberto De Icaza
  • Publication number: 20200407062
    Abstract: A cargo handling system is configured to load and unload a cargo container with respect to a cargo holding area of a vehicle. The cargo handling system includes parallel roller tracks extending from a floor. The roller tracks are separated by a clearance space. The roller tracks include rollers that are configured to rotatably support the cargo container. A mobile cargo mover is configured to move within the clearance space. The cargo mover is configured to engage the cargo container to move the cargo container on the roller tracks. The cargo mover is configured to disengage the cargo container to move away from the cargo container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2020
    Publication date: December 31, 2020
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Douglas Alan Brown, William Robert Clos, Karen L. Hills, Avery Riddle, Cynthia A. Vandewall
  • Publication number: 20200342994
    Abstract: A health monitoring system and method are configured to monitor health of individuals within an internal cabin of a vehicle, and include a health statistics database that stores group health data, and an inventory prediction control unit in communication with the health statistics database. The inventory prediction control unit analyzes the group health data stored in the health statistics database to predict future inventory for the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Elizabeth A. O'Hearn, Brian Keller, Blake Lane, Craig M. Vogel, Shuai Mu, Chuyu Ruan, Swati D. Chopra
  • Publication number: 20200342993
    Abstract: A health monitoring system and method configured to monitor health of one or more individuals within an internal cabin of a vehicle include one or more group health monitoring devices associated with one or more attendants. The group health monitoring device(s) receive health signals including health data of the individual(s) within the internal cabin from one or more personal health assessment devices associated with the individual(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Elizabeth A. O'Hearn, Brian Keller, Blake Lane, Craig M. Vogel, Shuai Mu, Chuyu Ruan, Swati D. Chopra
  • Publication number: 20200342992
    Abstract: A health monitoring system and method configured to monitor health of one or more individuals within an internal cabin of a vehicle include one or more personal health assessment devices associated with the one or more individuals. The personal health assessment device(s) obtain health data from the individual(s) and output health signals including the health data to one or more group health monitoring devices associated with one or more attendants who are responsible for taking care of the individual(s).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2019
    Publication date: October 29, 2020
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Elizabeth A. O'Hearn, Brian Keller, Blake Lane, Craig M. Vogel, Shuai Mu, Chuyu Ruan, Swati D. Chopra
  • Patent number: 10814982
    Abstract: A cargo handling system is configured to load and unload a cargo container with respect to a cargo holding area of a vehicle. The cargo handling system includes parallel roller tracks extending from a floor. The roller tracks are separated by a clearance space. The roller tracks include rollers that are configured to rotatably support the cargo container. A mobile cargo mover is configured to move within the clearance space. The cargo mover is configured to engage the cargo container to move the cargo container on the roller tracks. The cargo mover is configured to disengage the cargo container to move away from the cargo container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Douglas Alan Brown, William Robert Clos, Karen L. Hills, Avery Riddle, Cynthia A. Vandewall
  • Patent number: 10745938
    Abstract: Provided are integrated locks, aircraft galley systems using such locks, and aircraft including such galley systems. An integrated lock has a low profile and provides secure locking and visual indication of the lock status to meet various FAA regulations. The visual indication may be provided mechanically (e.g., by moving a two-color indicator between two positions) or electronically (e.g., by triggering a switch connected to a light or an electro-chromic device). Furthermore, a main indicator may be connected to multiple different locks to provide a combined visual indication of the status of all locks. A visual indicator may be disposed on a galley system frame. Each integrated lock may include a handle portion and a locking portion connected to the handle portion and configured to engage the galley system frame when the handle portion is in the locked position and the door is closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Kai Shen Elston Cheah, Jun Yuan Dexter Tan
  • Publication number: 20200214438
    Abstract: A support surface assembly includes a housing including a chamber and an opening. The support surface assembly also includes a support surface retractably coupled to the housing between a deployed position and a stored position. The support surface includes a plurality of slats pivotally coupled together, wherein each slat comprises a first end opening and an opposing second end opening. The support surface assembly also includes a plurality of rods associated with a corresponding slat of the plurality of slats. Each rod is positioned entirely within the first end opening of a first slat in the stored position and each rod is positioned partially within the second end opening of an adjacent second slat in the deployed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2019
    Publication date: July 9, 2020
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Blake Lane, Craig G. Vogel, Elizabeth O'Hearn, Brian Keller, Shuai Mu, Chuyu Ruan, Swati Chopra
  • Publication number: 20200148364
    Abstract: A pillow includes a support body. A shape-adapting frame is within the support body. The shape-adapting frame is configured to be moved into and maintained in a desired position. At least one sensor is configured to detect at least one condition. The sensor(s) may be in communication with a monitoring control unit of a monitoring system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Publication date: May 14, 2020
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Swati Chopra, Brian Keller, Blake Lane, Shuai Mu, Elizabeth O'Hearn, Chuyu Ruan, Craig Vogel
  • Patent number: 10647433
    Abstract: A pillow includes a support body. A shape-adapting frame is within the support body. The shape-adapting frame is configured to be moved into and maintained in a desired position. At least one sensor is configured to detect at least one condition. The sensor(s) may be in communication with a monitoring control unit of a monitoring system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Swati Chopra, Brian Keller, Blake Lane, Shuai Mu, Elizabeth O'Hearn, Chuyu Ruan, Craig Vogel
  • Publication number: 20200122877
    Abstract: A meal packaging and presentation system includes a base, a front panel connected to the base at a low front edge seam, a first side panel connected to the base at a first low side edge seam, a second side panel connected to the base at a second low side edge seam, a rear panel connected to the base at a low rear edge seam, a first top flap connected to the first side panel at a first top side edge seam, a second top flap connected to the second side panel at a second top side edge seam, a front top flap connected to the front panel at a top front edge seam, and a rear top flap that connects to the rear panel at a top rear edge. An interior meal chamber is formed between the base, the front panel, the first side panel, the second side panel, the rear panel, the first top flap, and the second top flap when the system is in a closed state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Blake Lane, Craig Vogel, Leigh Ann Popik, Kristen McIntyre, Ryan Reese, Alberto De Icaza
  • Publication number: 20200126170
    Abstract: An aircraft dining system and method are configured to allow a passenger for a scheduled flight of an aircraft to order one or more items from restaurants within an airport. The aircraft dining system includes an order fulfiller including an order fulfillment control unit that is configured to receive an order for an item from a restaurant within the airport from the passenger for the scheduled flight so that the item is delivered to the aircraft or an area proximate to the aircraft prior to the aircraft departing the airport. In at least one embodiment, an ordering device includes an ordering control unit that is configured to allow the passenger to submit the order.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2018
    Publication date: April 23, 2020
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Blake Lane, Craig Vogel, Leigh Ann Popik, Kristen McIntyre, Ryan Reese, Alberto De Icaza
  • Publication number: 20200108932
    Abstract: A storage and preparation system for food or beverages employs a galley cart with a plurality of compartments. A container receivable in one of the plurality of compartments. The container has an identifier. A sensor is in each of said plurality of compartments and is adapted to read the identifier. An environmental system responsive to the sensor is associated with each of said plurality of compartments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2018
    Publication date: April 9, 2020
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Alberto de Icaza Mura, Kirsten M. McIntyre, Leigh Ann Popik, Ryan J. Reese, Joseph B. Lane, Craig Vogel
  • Publication number: 20180194468
    Abstract: A cargo handling system is configured to load and unload a cargo container with respect to a cargo holding area of a vehicle. The cargo handling system includes parallel roller tracks extending from a floor. The roller tracks are separated by a clearance space. The roller tracks include rollers that are configured to rotatably support the cargo container. A mobile cargo mover is configured to move within the clearance space. The cargo mover is configured to engage the cargo container to move the cargo container on the roller tracks. The cargo mover is configured to disengage the cargo container to move away from the cargo container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Publication date: July 12, 2018
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Douglas Alan Brown, William Robert Clos, Karen L. Hills, Avery Riddle, Cynthia A. Vandewall
  • Publication number: 20170204635
    Abstract: Provided are integrated locks, aircraft galley systems using such locks, and aircraft including such galley systems. An integrated lock has a low profile and provides secure locking and visual indication of the lock status to meet various FAA regulations. The visual indication may be provided mechanically (e.g., by moving a two-color indicator between two positions) or electronically (e.g., by triggering a switch connected to a light or an electro-chromic device). Furthermore, a main indicator may be connected to multiple different locks to provide a combined visual indication of the status of all locks. A visual indicator may be disposed on a galley system frame. Each integrated lock may include a handle portion and a locking portion connected to the handle portion and configured to engage the galley system frame when the handle portion is in the locked position and the door is closed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Publication date: July 20, 2017
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Cynthia A. Vandewall, Kai Shen Elston Cheah, Jun Yuan Dexter Tan