Patents by Inventor Michael J. Krenz

Michael J. Krenz 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: 9829341
    Abstract: The present invention is a flight deck situational awareness system for displaying Required Time of Arrival (RTA) information for an aircraft. The system may include a memory configured for storing aircraft navigation information for the aircraft. The system may also include a processor. The processor may be configured for being communicatively coupled with the memory and may further be configured for receiving the aircraft navigation information stored in the memory. The processor may generate a depiction based upon the aircraft navigation information. The depiction may include a Required Time of Arrival (RTA) flight cue for the aircraft. The system may further include a display, which may be communicatively coupled with the processor. The display may receive the depiction from the processor and may display the depiction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank J. Swiderski, Michael J. Krenz
  • Patent number: 9124198
    Abstract: A system, multiplexed controller, and a method of controlling a plurality of motors is described. The system includes a plurality of motors, at least two of the motors requiring a variable-frequency source or being a multi-speed motor. The multiplexed controller of the system is configured to control operation of the plurality of motors, the controller directly communicating with each of the plurality of motors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. Krenz, Scott M. Thomson
  • Publication number: 20140300297
    Abstract: A system, multiplexed controller, and a method of controlling a plurality of motors is described. The system includes a plurality of motors, at least two of the motors requiring a variable-frequency source or being a multi-speed motor. The multiplexed controller of the system is configured to control operation of the plurality of motors, the controller directly communicating with each of the plurality of motors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 8, 2013
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael J. Krenz, Scott M. Thomson
  • Patent number: 8615337
    Abstract: The present examples provide circuits, systems, processes, and the like for providing precision course guidance, typically for improved positive course guidance below published minimum descent altitude or decision altitude, including just in time calculations of obstacle free flight paths. The calculated flight path may be presented in the context of a synthetic scene of the environment surrounding the aircraft. To provide precision course guidance, exemplary avionics systems, processes and the like, as described below may be utilized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Sarah Barber, Felix B. Turcios, Douglas A. Bell, Richard D. Jinkins, Timothy J. Etherington, Michael J. Krenz, Charles B. Dirks
  • Patent number: 8560214
    Abstract: An aircraft taxi route display system may include a user interface including a display device and a user input, a computer including a computer processor and a computer storage device, wherein the computer is in communication with the user interface, and/or a communications link capable of receiving at least one airport characteristic, wherein the communications link is in communication with the computer processor, and the computer processor is configured to present an aircraft taxi route. A method may include capturing at least one of at least one taxi turn direction or at least one taxi distance, accepting from a user input a selection of at least one of at least one taxi turn direction or at least one taxi distance, clearing an aircraft taxi route from the selection of at least one of at least one taxi turn direction or at least one taxi distance, and displaying the aircraft taxi route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Krenz, Pamela K. Hahn
  • Patent number: 8514104
    Abstract: An integrated system for providing minimum equipment decision support for an aircraft including means for procuring onboard aircraft data and providing a cockpit message. Minimum equipment list (MEL) constraints and offboard flight plan related information are procured. The onboard aircraft flight data, minimum equipment list constraints, and offboard flight plan related information are synthesized to enable holistic flight dispatch determinations within the current fault condition of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles B. Dirks, Monica A. Dunbar, Michael J. Krenz, Robert F. Dancer, Tony B. Vander Velden
  • Patent number: 8346411
    Abstract: An integrated system for providing a reporting point journey log display in an aircraft and for providing the automatic transfer and installation of a reporting point journey log in a ground retention application. The integrated system includes means for procuring and aggregating reporting point on-board aircraft data from aircraft systems. Means are provided for generating a reporting point cockpit message and readback script from the aggregated reporting point onboard aircraft data. The aggregated reporting point onboard aircraft data is automatically transmitted to a receiving ground application for assembling the data into the form of a reporting point journey log. The reporting point journey log is installed into a ground storage application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles B. Dirks, Michael J. Krenz, Kevin Delaney, James L. Scheer, Joseph M. Costello
  • Patent number: 8310446
    Abstract: A system for positioning a graphical object on an electronic display. A coarse positioning input control element provides a coarse position input signal and a fine positioning input control element provides a fine position input signal. A microprocessor is operatively connected to the coarse positioning input control element and the fine positioning input control element for integrating the coarse position input signal and the fine position input signal. The microprocessor output signal is provided to an electronic display. Manipulation of the coarse positioning input control element provides a rapid and coarse manual positioning of a graphical object and manipulation of the fine positioning input control element provides accurate positioning of the graphical object, thereby optimizing the efficiency for graphical object positioning on the electronic display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary L. Owen, Maureen A. Lehman, Michael J. Krenz
  • Patent number: 8223119
    Abstract: A system for providing a manipulatable graphical display comprising a user input device responsive to a user input, a cursor control device operably coupled to the user input device, and a menu engine operably coupled to the cursor control device. The cursor control device is further configured to process an output received from the user input device and generate a cursor image positioned on a display in response to the user output suitable for locking onto and tracing a path on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Krenz, Pamela K. Hahn, Bryan C. Schultz, Charles B. Dirks
  • Patent number: 8188972
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for providing a visual indicator which indicates functions of multi-purpose controls in a current cursor location context. The method includes providing a current cursor location context. The method further includes providing a visual indicator based on the current cursor location context. The visual indicator indicates a function of a multi-purpose control. The multi-purpose control is configured for allowing a user to interact with a cursor at the cursor's current location within the current cursor location context. Further, indicating the function of the multi-purpose control includes, prior to activation of the multi-purpose control, providing information regarding an interaction to take place with the cursor when the multi-purpose control is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Krenz, Pamela K. Hahn, Colin D. Reed, Bryan C. Schultz, David L. Leedom
  • Patent number: 8139025
    Abstract: A cursor positioning system for a computer display system includes a coarse positioning subsystem and a fine positioning subsystem. The coarse positioning subsystem provides a coarse positioning signal to a cursor control and rendering subsystem of a computer display system. The coarse positioning subsystem includes a voice recognition system. The coarse positioning signal provides coarse positioning of a cursor to a region of interest (ROI) on a computer display of the computer display system. The fine positioning subsystem is operatively associated with the coarse positioning subsystem for providing a fine positioning signal to the cursor control and rendering subsystem. The fine positioning signal provides fine positioning of the cursor within the ROI on the computer display. The fine positioning subsystem is operatively associatable with a cursor control device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Krenz
  • Patent number: 8099202
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for providing a depiction of an approach path to a landing area and of terrain proximal to the landing area via a flight deck situational awareness system of an aircraft. The method may include providing a vertical reference graphical indicator for indicating a glide path for the landing area. The method may further include providing a plurality of extended graphical indicators which extend from the vertical reference graphical indicator and intercept the depicted terrain. The method may further include connecting the plurality of extended graphical indicators via a horizontal reference graphical indicator which forms an extension of a centerline of the landing area onto the depicted terrain. The vertical reference graphical indicator, the extended graphical indicators, and the horizontal reference graphical indicator may form boundaries of a plurality of transparent panes, which collectively form a transparent approach curtain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Krenz, Pamela K. Hahn
  • Patent number: 8055395
    Abstract: A system for providing crosswind component information to a pilot of an aircraft is disclosed. The system is comprised of a navigation system; datalink system; devices for manual input of data; a crosswind component module consisting of, in part, a processor and database; and an indicating system consisting of, in part, a tactical display unit system of an aircraft. A navigation system may provide flight parameters for measured and intended flight data as inputs. Other data may also be provided from manual input devices and a datalink system as inputs. The processor of the crosswind component module receives the data, retrieves runway direction data, and determines the data of the crosswind components. An indicating system receives the data of the crosswind components and displays this information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles B. Dirks, Michael J. Krenz, Pamela K. Hahn, David W. Jennings, Tod J. Santel, Robert F. Dancer
  • Patent number: 7974773
    Abstract: A system for providing taxi navigation information to a pilot of an aircraft is comprised of a navigation system; a taxi navigation module consisting of, in part, a processor and database; and an indicating system consisting of, in part, a tactical display unit system (e.g., a primary flight director (“PFD”), and head-up display (“HUD”) of an aircraft. A navigation system may provide aircraft position data of the aircraft while it is on the ground. A processor receives the aircraft position data, retrieves taxi navigation symbology based upon the aircraft position data from a taxi navigation database, and provides this data to the indicating system. The indicating system generates the display of taxi navigation information on a display unit which, in turn, provides the pilot with an egocentric view of airport signage using colored aviation signage symbology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Krenz, Pamela K. Hahn, Bryan C. Schultz
  • Patent number: 7928927
    Abstract: A head worn head up display (HUD) system providing an enhanced head down view in an environment including a head worn device including a vision tracking device and a dynamic head down display. The head worn HUD system includes a computational platform for receiving vision tracking device signals from a vision tracking device of a head worn device and for generating head down display signals associated with a dynamic head down display. The computational platform processes and utilizes the vision tracking device signals and the generated head down display signals to provide output signals to the head worn device for output by the head worn device as superimposed visual steering cues to the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Krenz, Charles B. Dirks
  • Patent number: 7913188
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to the graphical selection of objects. A selection indicator, one or more object indicators, and a position indicator are presented on a display. The selection indicator may be manipulated to indicate object indicators by rotating the selection indicator until an object indicators is within the area of the selection indicator and to select an object indicator which has been indicated. The selection indicator may be rotated so a portion overlaps with the location occupied by a portion prior to rotation. A menu indicator is also presented on the display. The menu indicator comprises a selector icon and a list of representations of the object indicators indicated by selection indicator. The selector icon may be manipulated to indicate a single representation of an object indicator and to select the object indicator represented by the representation of the indicated object indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Krenz, Pamela K. Hahn
  • Patent number: 7696955
    Abstract: An information magnification system for providing enhanced display information for a display system for a vehicle. The display system is of a type that includes a first display and a second display. The information magnification system includes a user interface for providing the capability for a user to select a magnification zone of interest on the first display of the vehicle. An information magnification electronics subsystem is associated with the user interface and with the first and second displays to enable the selected magnification zone to be presented on the second display appearing to be behind the physical surface of the second display at a selected distance, thus providing the capability for the user to maintain a far field of focus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Krenz, Sarah Barber, Kirschen A. Seah, Maureen A. Lehman, Pamela K. Hahn
  • Patent number: 7689324
    Abstract: A vehicle operator interface is disclosed. The vehicle operator interface comprises a visual display device. A first indicator which is representative of a vehicle energy target, a second indicator representative of a vehicle energy vector and a third indicator representative of a vehicle capability zone are on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Krenz, David J. Weiler
  • Patent number: 7606715
    Abstract: An avionics system includes a dynamic grammar definition subsystem configured to receive and analyze dynamic, current aircraft state data and provide an enhanced set of recognizable current grammar data based on the aircraft state data. A voice recognition subsystem is configured to receive the current grammar data from the dynamic grammar definition subsystem and utilize the current grammar data to provide commands in response to a user's voice input based on the aircraft's dynamic, current state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael J. Krenz
  • Patent number: 7508322
    Abstract: A current path display indicator for a display device of a vehicle. The current path display indicator includes a flight path indicator (FPI) and a visual cue associated with the FPI to indicate relative direction from the vehicle's current path to a desired path. The visual cue may be embodied in possibly a number of different ways. For example, it may be embodied as an arrow extending from a circular portion of the FPI; a highlighted segment superimposed on the circular portion of the FPI; a triangle extending from the circular portion; or, a pie-shaped marker contained within the circular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2009
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Krenz, Arlen E. Breiholz, Matthew J. Carrico, Kenneth W. Mc Elreath