Patents by Inventor Michael McNair

Michael McNair 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: 20220169399
    Abstract: A heliport docking system provides automated transport, fueling, maintenance, and logistical management of VTOLs. The heliport docking system can include a plurality of helipads that can be autonomously transported from area-to-area to assist in the logistics of heliport management and control. The helipad system can include a surface on which a VTOL can land and a controller that can perform functions related to routing, maintenance, object detection, and transport, among others. The helipad system can releasably secure the VTOL to the helipad and transport the VTOL to different areas of the heliport system. The helipad system can also fuel the VTOL by providing, electricity, combustible fuel, or other suitable energy source, and perform a maintenance check of the VTOL and create maintenance crew of any VTOL irregularities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2022
    Publication date: June 2, 2022
    Applicant: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Holvey, Michael McNair
  • Patent number: 11286058
    Abstract: A heliport docking system provides automated transport, fueling, maintenance, and logistical management of VTOLs. The heliport docking system can include a plurality of helipads that can be autonomously transported from area-to-area to assist in the logistics of heliport management and control. The helipad system can include a surface on which a VTOL can land and a controller that can perform functions related to routing, maintenance, object detection, and transport, among others. The helipad system can releasably secure the VTOL to the helipad and transport the VTOL to different areas of the heliport system. The helipad system can also fuel the VTOL by providing, electricity, combustible fuel, or other suitable energy source, and perform a maintenance check of the VTOL and create maintenance crew of any VTOL irregularities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2022
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Holvey, Michael McNair
  • Patent number: 11238200
    Abstract: A method of operating a targeting system simulation tool (TSST) includes providing a TSST configured to receive an obstacle/effect parameterization, a simulation parameterization, a sensor parameterization, an aircraft parameterization, and an autonomy parameterization. The method further includes receiving by the TSST, at least one of each of an obstacle/effect parameterization and a simulation parameterization. The method further includes receiving by the TSST, either (1) a sensor parameterization or (2) an aircraft parameterization. The method further includes operating the TSST to apply the provided ones of the obstacle/effect parameterization, simulation parameterization, sensor parameterization, and aircraft parameterization to generate a value, value range, or value limit for the unprovided aircraft parameterization or unprovided sensor parameterization.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Michael McNair, Brent Chadwick Ross, Christopher Stroncek, Kip Gregory Campbell, Joseph Scott Drennan, Brett Zimmerman, Carey Cannon
  • Publication number: 20220004205
    Abstract: A method of autonomous flight path planning for a group of cooperating aircraft operating in formation includes: receiving information related to obstructions that interfere with an aircraft of the group continuing on a flight path; calculating a velocity obstacle for each obstruction; calculating a plurality of candidate velocities outside of the velocity obstacles; selecting a first velocity from the candidate velocities and operating a leader of the group at the first velocity; calculating, based upon keeping a follower aircraft in formation, a second velocity for the follower; determining whether the second velocity is inside one of the velocity obstacles; operating the follower at the second velocity when the second velocity is outside the velocity obstacles; and calculating a revised velocity that is outside of the velocity obstacles and operating the follower at the revised velocity when the second velocity is inside one of the velocity obstacles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Publication date: January 6, 2022
    Applicant: Bell Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Michael McNair, Juan Li, Kip Gregory Campbell
  • Publication number: 20200189767
    Abstract: A heliport docking system provides automated transport, fueling, maintenance, and logistical management of VTOLs. The heliport docking system can include a plurality of helipads that can be autonomously transported from area-to-area to assist in the logistics of heliport management and control. The helipad system can include a surface on which a VTOL can land and a controller that can perform functions related to routing, maintenance, object detection, and transport, among others. The helipad system can releasably secure the VTOL to the helipad and transport the VTOL to different areas of the heliport system. The helipad system can also fuel the VTOL by providing, electricity, combustible fuel, or other suitable energy source, and perform a maintenance check of the VTOL and create maintenance crew of any VTOL irregularities.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2018
    Publication date: June 18, 2020
    Applicant: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Michael McNair, Matthew Holvey
  • Publication number: 20200026811
    Abstract: A method of operating a targeting system simulation tool (TSST) includes providing a TSST configured to receive an obstacle/effect parameterization, a simulation parameterization, a sensor parameterization, an aircraft parameterization, and an autonomy parameterization. The method further includes receiving by the TSST, at least one of each of an obstacle/effect parameterization and a simulation parameterization. The method further includes receiving by the TSST, either (1) a sensor parameterization or (2) an aircraft parameterization. The method further includes operating the TSST to apply the provided ones of the obstacle/effect parameterization, simulation parameterization, sensor parameterization, and aircraft parameterization to generate a value, value range, or value limit for the unprovided aircraft parameterization or unprovided sensor parameterization.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2019
    Publication date: January 23, 2020
    Applicant: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Michael McNair, Brent Chadwick Ross, Christopher Stroncek, Kip Gregory Campbell, Joseph Scott Drennan, Brett Zimmerman, Carey Cannon