Patents by Inventor Michael David TRANTHAM

Michael David TRANTHAM 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).

  • Publication number: 20200292410
    Abstract: An example of a rotor-state determining method for a rotor system includes, by a flight control computer, collecting data from a first sensor positioned on a first component of the rotorcraft, wherein the first sensor is isolated from movement of a rotor blade, collecting data from a second sensor positioned on a second component of the rotor system, wherein the second sensor detects movement of the rotor blade, filtering the data collected by the first sensor to remove noise from the data collected by the first sensor, filtering the data collected by the second sensor to remove noise from the data collected by the second sensor, calculating a difference between the filtered first data and the filtered second data to determine a parameter of the rotor blade, and responsive to the motion of the rotor blade, taking a corrective action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 8, 2019
    Publication date: September 17, 2020
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Charles Eric COVINGTON, Michael David TRANTHAM, Evan Butler BENNETT
  • Publication number: 20190225322
    Abstract: A system and method for preventing a maximum asymmetric condition between pylon tilt angles due to a degraded pylon in a fly-by-wire tiltrotor aircraft during transitions between airplane mode and helicopter mode includes a conversion system for imparting movement on a right and left pylon. A flight control computer is operatively connected to a set of transducers for measuring pylon angles. The flight control computer is further connected to a set of actuators which are attached to each pylon. The flight control computer receives flight dynamics input from the set of transducers and/or the pilot and sends pylon command to the set of actuators. The conversion system measures the difference between the pylon angles during the transition and provides a pylon command adjustment if the difference exceeds a preset threshold.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2018
    Publication date: July 25, 2019
    Applicant: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Brady Garrett ATKINS, Michael David TRANTHAM, Paul David RUCKEL