Patents by Inventor Michael Eric Figard

Michael Eric Figard 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: 10252815
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a cockpit of an aircraft includes receiving, by one or more controllers, an image depicting an operator manipulated input device located within the cockpit. The method can include determining, by the one or more controllers, an observed state of the operator manipulated input device. In particular, the observed state can be based on the image. The method can include determining, by the one or more controllers, a sensed state of the operator manipulated input device. In particular, the sensed state can be based on data from a sensor. The method can include determining, by the one or more controllers, a mismatch between the observed and sensed states of the operator manipulated input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Sundar Murugappan, Alexander Kaber Carroll, Norman Leonard Ovens, Sharon Ann Green, Jennifer Ruth Cooper, So Young Kim, Michael Eric Figard, Masaki Merritt Akiyama, Bernardo Pires
  • Publication number: 20190027047
    Abstract: A dynamic human machine interface system includes a mission commander application (MCA) unit including a control processor, the MCA active on one vehicle of a plurality of mission member vehicles, the MCA unit in communication with a data store, the control processor accessing executable instructions that cause the control processor to direct operations of components of the MCA unit, an alternate scenario evaluation unit accessing at least one of mission parameter records and flight member data records in the data store to recalculate mission parameters, a dynamic video interface unit to render the recalculated mission parameters on a mission control dashboard (MCD), the MCD presented to the mission commander on a display unit of the one vehicle, the MCD including a plurality of display pane areas selectable by a user interaction with an interactive interface, and each display area configurable by the user interaction to change content of the display pane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2017
    Publication date: January 24, 2019
    Inventors: So Young KIM, Aaron WILLIAMS, Mark SNYDER, Christopher Scott SENSING, Samuel LEVULIS, Jeffrey Robert WINTERS, Sundar MURUGAPPAN, Courtney ALBERS, Jennifer Ruth COOPER, Michael Eric FIGARD, Alexander Kaber CARROLL
  • Publication number: 20180341254
    Abstract: Data presented in a visual image is monitored and verified. A processing component receives data from sensors and other sources, and interprets the data to generate processed data. A render component generates a visual image based on the processed data. A projector component projects the image, which is received by a splitter component that splits the light stream of the image and routes a portion of light energy to the display screen viewed by the user and another portion of the light energy to a data verification component (DVC). DVC interprets information presented in the image to determine the data being presented to the user by the image. DVC also receives the processed data from the processing component. DVC compares the data determined from the image to the processed data to determine whether they match and takes appropriate responsive action if they do not match.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: NORMAN LEONARD OVENS, MICHAEL ERIC FIGARD
  • Publication number: 20180312272
    Abstract: A method of monitoring a cockpit of an aircraft includes receiving, by one or more controllers, an image depicting an operator manipulated input device located within the cockpit. The method can include determining, by the one or more controllers, an observed state of the operator manipulated input device. In particular, the observed state can be based on the image. The method can include determining, by the one or more controllers, a sensed state of the operator manipulated input device. In particular, the sensed state can be based on data from a sensor. The method can include determining, by the one or more controllers, a mismatch between the observed and sensed states of the operator manipulated input device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Publication date: November 1, 2018
    Inventors: Sundar Murugappan, Alexander Kaber Carroll, Norman Leonard Ovens, Sharon Ann Green, Jennifer Ruth Cooper, So Young Kim, Michael Eric Figard, Masaki Merritt Akiyama, Bernardo Pires
  • Patent number: 10108189
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling an aerial vehicle are provided. The method includes receiving a first signal from a first input device, wherein the first signal is related to a mode of a flight director. The method includes outputting a parameter on an output device, wherein the parameter is related to the mode. The method includes receiving a second signal from a second input device, wherein the second signal causes the parameter to change to a new parameter. The method includes outputting, by the one or more processors, the new parameter on the output device. The method includes receiving, by the one or more processors, a third signal from a third input device, wherein the aerial vehicle is controlled by the flight director based on the third signal, and wherein the second input device is mechanically coupled to the first input device and the third input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Michael Eric Figard, Norman Leonard Ovens, Sharon Ann Green, Jennifer Cooper, So Young Kim, Mark Lawrence Darnell, George R. Henderson
  • Publication number: 20180032073
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling an aerial vehicle are provided. The method includes receiving a first signal from a first input device, wherein the first signal is related to a mode of a flight director. The method includes outputting a parameter on an output device, wherein the parameter is related to the mode. The method includes receiving a second signal from a second input device, wherein the second signal causes the parameter to change to a new parameter. The method includes outputting, by the one or more processors, the new parameter on the output device. The method includes receiving, by the one or more processors, a third signal from a third input device, wherein the aerial vehicle is controlled by the flight director based on the third signal, and wherein the second input device is mechanically coupled to the first input device and the third input device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2016
    Publication date: February 1, 2018
    Inventors: Michael Eric Figard, Norman Leonard Ovens, Sharon Ann Green, Jennifer Cooper, So Young Kim, Mark Lawrence Darnell, George R. Henderson
  • Publication number: 20170345318
    Abstract: A system is provided that includes a controller including one or more processors disposed onboard an aircraft. The controller is configured to be operably connected to multiple subsystems on the aircraft. The controller receives operating parameters from one or more of the subsystems during a flight of the aircraft. The controller is configured to analyze the operating parameters to determine an abnormal operating condition of the aircraft. The controller is further configured to transmit a display message to a display device onboard the aircraft. The display message provides multiple responsive actions to the abnormal operating condition. The responsive actions are prioritized on the display device to indicate to the flight crew that one or more of the responsive actions are recommended over one or more other responsive actions in the display message.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 25, 2016
    Publication date: November 30, 2017
    Inventors: So Young Kim, Alexander Kaber Carroll, Norman Leonard Ovens, Sharon Ann Green, Jennifer Ruth Cooper, Michael Eric Figard, Sundar Murugappan, Boris Soliz, Masaki Merritt Akiyama
  • Publication number: 20170210484
    Abstract: Systems and methods for controlling an operations specified by an operations checklist of an aircraft are provided. A method can include providing a user interface for display on a display screen. The user interface can include a checklist having one or more checklist items and can present an interactive virtual element in conjunction with each checklist item. Each checklist item and virtual element can be associated with a task to be performed for operation of an aircraft. The virtual elements can be visual representations of physical control interfaces associated with the task. The method can include receiving data indicative of a user interaction with at least one virtual element. In response, the method can further include sending one or more command signals to one or more aircraft control devices to perform at least a portion of the task associated with the at least one virtual element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2016
    Publication date: July 27, 2017
    Inventors: Michael Eric Figard, Alexander K. Carroll, Norman Leonard Ovens, Sharon Ann Green, Jennifer Cooper, So Young Kim, Sundar Murugappan, Boris A. Soliz, Kristian Thibault
  • Patent number: 8880328
    Abstract: A method of optically locating an aircraft relative to an airport having standardized signage, including markings, the method includes generating an image of at least a portion of the airport from an optical sensor mounted on the aircraft, determining the location of the aircraft, and providing an indication of the determined location within the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Norman Leonard Ovens, Michael Eric Figard
  • Publication number: 20140129125
    Abstract: A method of optically locating an aircraft relative to an airport having standardized signage, including markings, the method includes generating an image of at least a portion of the airport from an optical sensor mounted on the aircraft, determining the location of the aircraft, and providing an indication of the determined location within the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Norman Leonard Ovens, Michael Eric Figard