Patents by Inventor Norman Leonard Ovens

Norman Leonard Ovens 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
  • Patent number: 10230451
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing cellular communication between an aircraft and infrastructure of ground communication nodes are provided. In one example, an avionics communication system located on an aircraft for providing cellular communication between the aircraft and an infrastructure of ground communication nodes includes a directional antenna, one or more processors and memory devices, as well as one or more radio transmitter/receivers. The radio transmitter/receiver can transmit and receive cellular communication signals along multiple communication paths established between the aircraft and one or more identified ground communication nodes using the directional antenna. Signal relay also can be implemented based in part on a determined signal power level, determined frequency shift compensation value for modifying communicated signals to account for expected Doppler effects and/or determined antenna beam steering commands.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Norman Leonard Ovens, Gerald Les Vossler, Otto Darias, Grant Hazard, Samit Sura
  • Publication number: 20180341528
    Abstract: Data traffic between applications and between applications and other components can be desirably adapted to facilitate communication of traffic between respective applications and between applications and other components. A data server can collect respective data element characteristics and rate information associated with respective applications. The data server can decode messages from applications to identify the data in the messages and maintain a data element table comprising the data. The data server can generate messages comprising only data desired by an application in a format associated with the application and can convert data values to units employed by the application based on data elements characteristics associated with the application, wherein respective messages can be sent to the respective applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Publication date: November 29, 2018
    Inventors: NORMAN LEONARD OVENS, JEFFREY SCOTT MCGOOKEY
  • 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: 20170366250
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing cellular communication between an aircraft and infrastructure of ground communication nodes are provided. In one example, an avionics communication system located on an aircraft for providing cellular communication between the aircraft and an infrastructure of ground communication nodes includes a directional antenna, one or more processors and memory devices, as well as one or more radio transmitter/receivers. The radio transmitter/receiver can transmit and receive cellular communication signals along multiple communication paths established between the aircraft and one or more identified ground communication nodes using the directional antenna. Signal relay also can be implemented based in part on a determined signal power level, determined frequency shift compensation value for modifying communicated signals to account for expected Doppler effects and/or determined antenna beam steering commands.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Publication date: December 21, 2017
    Inventors: Norman Leonard Ovens, Gerald Les Vossler, Otto Darias, Grant Hazard, Samit Sura
  • 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: 9399523
    Abstract: A method of operating an aircraft comprising a cockpit with a flight deck having at least one flight display, a pilot's seat facing the flight deck, and a synthetic vision system producing a synthetic image for displaying on the at least one flight display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Timothy Donal Paul Burns, Dashiell Matthews Kolbe, Norman Leonard Ovens
  • Patent number: 8958945
    Abstract: A method of providing maintenance to an aircraft having multiple aircraft systems and a method of operating an aircraft having multiple aircraft systems, with at least some of the aircraft systems outputting one or more visual indicia indicative of a status of a system of the aircraft where the method provides information based on such visual indicia. An aircraft system for at least one of operating and maintaining the aircraft, which may retrieve information based on such visual indicia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventor: Norman Leonard Ovens
  • 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: 20140300496
    Abstract: A method of operating an aircraft comprising a cockpit with a flight deck having at least one flight display, a pilot's seat facing the flight deck, and a synthetic vision system producing a synthetic image for displaying on the at least one flight display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Timothy Donal Paul Burns, Dashiell Matthews Kolbe, Norman Leonard Ovens
  • Patent number: 8836543
    Abstract: A flight deck for an aircraft having a first display associated with a first pilot and displaying a first image comprising a first set of flight information for the first pilot and a second display associated with a second pilot and displaying a second image comprising a second set of flight information for the second pilot. The second display is a dual-view display simultaneously generating a third image along with the second image, with the second image viewable by the second pilot, but not the first pilot, the third image viewable by the first pilot, but not the second pilot, and the third image containing a subset of information from the second set of flight information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Timothy Donal Paul Burns, Dashiell Matthews Kolbe, Norman Leonard Ovens
  • Patent number: 8754786
    Abstract: A method of operating an aircraft comprising a cockpit with a flight deck having at least one flight display, a pilot's seat facing the flight deck, and a synthetic vision system producing a synthetic image for displaying on the at least one flight display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Timothy Donal Paul Burns, Dashiell Matthews Kolbe, Norman Leonard Ovens
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140065954
    Abstract: An aircraft system for exchanging data between an aircraft having multiple aircraft systems and an operator, includes a first near-field communication interface located within the aircraft and operably coupled to at least some of the multiple aircraft systems and a handheld device having a second near-field communication interface and a method of securely transferring information between the first near-field communication interface located within the aircraft and the handheld device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Norman Leonard Ovens
  • Publication number: 20130204487
    Abstract: A method of providing maintenance to an aircraft having multiple aircraft systems and a method of operating an aircraft having multiple aircraft systems, with at least some of the aircraft systems outputting one or more visual indicia indicative of a status of a system of the aircraft where the method provides information based on such visual indicia. An aircraft system for at least one of operating and maintaining the aircraft, which may retrieve information based on such visual indicia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventor: Norman Leonard Ovens
  • Publication number: 20130002454
    Abstract: A method of operating an aircraft comprising a cockpit with a flight deck having at least one flight display, a pilot's seat facing the flight deck, and a synthetic vision system producing a synthetic image for displaying on the at least one flight display.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Timothy Donal Paul Burns, Dashiell Matthews Kolbe, Norman Leonard Ovens