Patents by Inventor Patrick D. McCusker

Patrick D. McCusker 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: 10290216
    Abstract: Systems and methods for symbolically representing text-based obstacle data on an electronic map are disclosed. In embodiments, a system includes a receiver in communication with a remote server. The receiver is configured to receive one or more textual communications from the remote server. The system further includes an aircraft display system with a display and a controller. The controller is in communication with the display, the receiver, and a memory. The controller is configured to generate an electronic map at the display based on map data retrieved from the memory, wherein the map data includes geographic information and predetermined obstacle information. The controller is further configured to receive the one or more textual communications from the receiver and update the electronic map to include one or more symbolic representations based on obstacle data derived from the one or more textual communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Douglas A. Bell, Sarah Barber, Michael J. Schmitt, Brent J. Nelson, Travis S. Vanderkamp
  • Patent number: 10235890
    Abstract: Systems and methods for navigating an aircraft display with a mobile device are disclosed. In embodiments, a system includes an aircraft display and a controller in communication with the aircraft display and a mobile device. The controller is configured to generate a graphical user interface at the aircraft display and mirror the graphical user interface at the mobile device. The controller is further configured to receive a user input via the mobile device and configured to update the graphical user interface at the aircraft display and the mobile device based upon the user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Douglas A. Bell, Travis S. Vanderkamp, Sarah Barber, Michael J. Schmitt, Brent J. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10170010
    Abstract: A system may include a display, an avionics server, and an automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) receiver implemented in an aircraft. The avionics server may include a processor configured to host applications. The ADS-B receiver may be configured to receive ADS-B In data associated with traffic information from other aircraft in a vicinity of the aircraft. Execution of the applications may be configured to cause the processor to: generate geo-referenced aeronautical chart graphics data; output the geo-referenced aeronautical chart graphics data to the display; receive the ADS-B In data from the ADS-B receiver; generate geo-referenced traffic graphics data based on the received ADS-B In data; and output the geo-referenced traffic graphics data to the display. The display may be configured to receive the geo-referenced aeronautical chart graphics data and the geo-referenced traffic graphics data and display an image of a selected aeronautical chart overlaid with the traffic information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Douglas A. Bell, Travis S. Vanderkamp, Sarah Barber, Michael J. Schmitt, Brent J. Nelson
  • Patent number: 10135927
    Abstract: System and methods for incorporating virtual network computing (“VNC”) into a cockpit display system (“CDS”) are disclosed. A system and method for incorporating VNC into the CDS is comprised of a non-aircraft remote system and a CDS, where the non-aircraft remote system is comprised of a VNC client and a remote display unit, and the CDS comprised of, in part, a VNC server and a PM configured with a method employing an aviation-industry standard protocol (e.g., ARINC 661) and a VNC protocol. A Second method for incorporating VNC into the CDS is comprised of a non-aircraft remote system and a CDS, where the non-aircraft remote system is comprised of a VNC server and a remote display unit, and the CDS comprised of, in part, a VNC client and a processing module (“PM”) configured with a method employing an aviation-industry standard protocol and a VNC protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah Barber, Patrick D. McCusker, Alan E. Siniff, Sethu R. Rathinam, Patrick J. Cosgrove
  • Patent number: 10061480
    Abstract: A system, device, and method for generating and presenting navigation chart information are disclosed. The navigation chart information presenting system may include a display system comprised of one or more display units receiving image data set representative of an image of navigation chart information from an image generator (IG). The IG may be configured to acquire navigation chart data and generate the image data set as a function of the navigation chart data. The navigation chart data could be representative of a plurality of sections shown in a first visual format of a navigation chart, where each section of the plurality of sections is comprised of a plurality of feature names and feature information associated with one of the plurality of feature names. The image data set could be representative of a plurality of page images comprised of at least a portion of the navigation chart information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Sarah Barber, Bryan C. Schultz
  • Patent number: 9919712
    Abstract: A system and method may monitor the biometric data of an operator in real time or near real time. Low cost electronic devices may monitor operator vital signs and biometric data allowing the system to determine stress levels, hydration levels, possible illness, body or blood chemical levels, incapacitation risks, and other biometric parameters of the operator, and proactively notify the operator, others aboard the vehicle, the vehicle control systems, or ground control to take responsive action. Industrial electronics may enable the system to monitor ambient workspace temperature, pressure, oxygen levels, and other environmental parameters, offering the system an additional second source of information to detect and address factors affecting the capacity of the operator. The system may further compare biometric and ambient parameters to archived operator, ambient, location, route, or vehicle performance data to determine and respond to long-term data patterns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: William G. Doyen, Simon Critchley, Patrick D. McCusker, Talha S. Ansari, John M. Connelly
  • Patent number: 9637133
    Abstract: A system and method may monitor an operator of a vehicle for signs of incapacity. Low cost electronic devices may monitor operator vital signs allowing the system to determine when the operator is active and normally operating the vehicle, operating the vehicle under a high workload, and/or has become inactive (potentially incapacitated). Industrial electronics may enable to system to monitor ambient workspace temperature, pressure, and oxygen levels and may offer the system an additional second source of information to detect ambient factors affecting the capacity of the operator. Should operator capacity be in question, the system may warn the operator and take an appropriate safety based action including application of a control and eventually assuming control of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Talha S. Ansari, John M. Connelly
  • Patent number: 9534922
    Abstract: Present novel and non-trivial system, device, and method for recording a modification of an existing route plan are disclosed. The disclosed system may be comprised of a flight management system (“FMS”), at least one human-machine interface (“HMI”) device, at least one display unit, and a route modification generator (“RMG”). The disclosed device may be comprised of the RMG configured to perform the disclosed method, where such method may be comprised of receiving a request to modify an existing route plan; retrieving the route plan from the FMS; generating a message data set representative of one or more pre-formatted messages having one or more visually-conspicuous, user-interactive variable fields; updating the message data set in response to a user's selection of each field; sending the updated data set to the display unit; receiving a pilot's authorization to modify the route plan, and sending the accepted, modified flight plan to the FMS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Sarah Barber
  • Patent number: 9532013
    Abstract: A system, device, and method for determining the integrity of sensor-based image(s) are disclosed. The integrity determination system may include one or more sources of passive sensor-based image data, one or more sources of an active sensor-based image data, and an image processing unit (“IPU”). The IPU may receive passive sensor-based image data; receive active sensor-based image data; and (1) determine the integrity of at least the passive sensor-based image data by comparison of the passive sensor-based image data with the active sensor-based image data, and/or (2) combine the passive sensor-based image data with the active sensor-based image data to produce third image data from which a pilot may manually determine the integrity of the first image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Carlo L. Tiana, Michael A. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9483951
    Abstract: An airborne system for detecting and avoiding atmospheric particulates, which include a sensor coupled with an aircraft and configured to capture electromagnetic signals from a flight path of the aircraft, including infrared wavelengths, an output device configured to provide visual and an aural messages to a flight crew, and a processor coupled with sensor, the output device, and a non-transitory processor-readable medium storing processor-executable instructions for causing the processor to: receive a signal from the sensor via an input port; calculate a temperature difference between a first and second infrared wavelengths; determine a presence of atmospheric particulates in the flight path based on the temperature difference; generate an aural message and/or a visual message indicative of the presence of atmospheric particulates; and provide the message to a flight crew. The processor may calculate an alternate flight path and provide the alternate flight path to the flight crew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick D. McCusker
  • Patent number: 9384586
    Abstract: An image processing system for enhanced flight vision includes a processor and memory coupled to the processor. The memory contains program instructions that, when executed, cause the processor to receive radar returns data for a runway structure, generate a three-dimensional model representative of the runway structure based on the radar returns data, generate a two-dimensional image of the runway structure from the three-dimensional model, and generate an aircraft situation display image representative of the position of the runway structure with respect to an aircraft based on the two-dimensional image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Richard D. Jinkins, Richard M. Rademaker
  • Patent number: 9354633
    Abstract: A method for determining a heading, velocity, and/or position of an aircraft includes receiving a first radar return at a radar antenna for mounting to a first wing of the aircraft and receiving a second radar return at a radar antenna mounted to a second wing of the aircraft where the first wing and the second wing extend from opposite sides of the aircraft. The method also includes determining a velocity of each wing based on the radar returns using processing electronics and calculating the heading, velocity, and/or position of the aircraft based on the determined wing velocities using the processing electronics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Bertrand Chaigneau, Eric Itcia
  • Patent number: 9189962
    Abstract: Novel and non-trivial systems and methods for generating and providing alerts in a terrain awareness and warning system (“TAWS”) are disclosed. The systems could be comprised of a navigation system, an airport-related database, a terrain database, a terrain alert processor, and crew alerting system. A phase of flight and flight attitude parameter may be determined based on the location to the nearest airport or runway environment, and a terrain clearance altitude associated with the phase of flight and flight attitude parameter may be added to the highest elevation of a terrain cell over which the aircraft is projected to operate to determine a minimum operating altitude of the terrain cell. If the aircraft altitude is less than any value of minimum operating altitude along the projected flight path, an alert signal is generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick D. McCusker
  • Patent number: 9060010
    Abstract: Systems and methods for incorporating virtual network computing (“VNC”) into a cockpit display system (“CDS”) and controlling an aircraft system and a remote system simultaneously with a VNC-incorporated CDS are disclosed. A system for incorporating VNC into the CDS is comprised of a VNC server of a remote system, at least one first user application (“UA”), a second UA, a pilot input device, and a CDS comprised of, in part, a processing module (“PM”) configured with a method employing an aviation-industry standard protocol (e.g., ARINC 661) and a VNC protocol. A system for controlling the remote system aircraft system with a VNC-incorporated CDS is comprised with a VNC server of the aircraft system and/or the non-aircraft system, a UA, a pilot input device, a display surface format, and a CDS comprised of, in part, a PM configured with a method employing an aviation-industry standard protocol and a VNC protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Alan E. Siniff, Sethu R. Rathinam, Frederick M. Rudolph, Patrick J. Cosgrove, Fred W. Powell, Jr., Richard E. Heinrich
  • Patent number: 8977491
    Abstract: An apparatus for use with a weather radar system having a radar antenna, the apparatus for mounting to an aircraft and for verifying terrain features shown on an electronic display, the terrain features based on terrain data from a terrain database. The apparatus includes processing electronics configured to receive radar return data from the weather radar system and configured to correlate the radar return data with the terrain data. The processing electronics using the correlation to provide an indication as to whether the terrain features displayed on the electronic display are correct or incorrect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Daniel L. Woodell, Richard D. Jinkins, Richard M. Rademaker
  • Patent number: 8788128
    Abstract: In the examples described the forward-looking radar generated real-time terrain model (or in an alternative example in combination with a terrain database), can allow the use of a radio altimeter to compute aircraft vertical position relative to the runway threshold. Such a system typically provides improved accuracy for precision landings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick D. McCusker
  • Patent number: 8773288
    Abstract: Present novel and non-trivial methods for presenting traffic information are disclosed. In a first method, data representative of ownship position, first traffic, and second traffic are received by a traffic symbology generator (“TSG”). The traffic is divided into zones and a correlation between the targets of the traffic is determined. A traffic symbology data set is generated by the TSG based upon the results of the correlation(s). In a second method, data representative of ownship position and first traffic, runway references, and a selectable display range are received by the TSG. The traffic is divided into zones, and a traffic symbology data set is generated by the TSG thereafter. In a third method, data representative of ownship position and first traffic are received by the TSG. The traffic is divided into zones, and a traffic symbology data set is generated by the TSG thereafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Carrico, Felix B. Turcios, Sarah Barber, Kirschen A. Seah, Randy H. Jacobson, Patrick D. McCusker, Christopher H. Glass, Arnold Oldach
  • Patent number: 8755954
    Abstract: A system and methods for generating alerts in a terrain awareness and warning system (“TAWS”) in an aircraft, using data acquired from a forward-looking radar The system comprises a forward-looking imaging device, an airport database, a navigation system, a forward-looking terrain alert (“FLTA”) processor, and a crew alerting system. The FLTA processor determines a measured clearance altitude of a highest cell within an area and compares it with a required minimum clearance altitude; if the measured altitude is equal or less than the required altitude, the crew is alerted. Alternatively, a terrain database may be used. with the FLTA processor for determining if the aircraft descends below the minimum operating altitude or is predicted to do so and then generating an alert. A method is disclosed for generating TAWS alerts using elevation angle measured by the forward-looking radar and terrain data retrieved from a terrain database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Joel M. Wichgers, Richard D. Jinkins, Richard M. Rademaker, Daniel L. Woodell
  • Patent number: 8725318
    Abstract: Novel and non-trivial systems and methods for incorporating virtual network computing (“VNC”) into a cockpit display system (“CDS”) and controlling an aircraft system with a VNC-incorporated CDS are disclosed. A system for incorporating VNC into the CDS is comprised of a VNC server of an aircraft system, at least one first user application (“UA”), a second UA, a pilot input device, and a CDS comprised of, in part, a processing module (“PM”) configured with a corresponding method that employs both an aviation-industry standard protocol (e.g., ARINC 661) and a VNC protocol. A system for controlling an aircraft system with a VNC-incorporated CDS is comprised with a VNC server of an aircraft system, a UA, a pilot input device, a display surface format, and a CDS comprised of, in part, a PM configured with a corresponding method that employs both an aviation-industry standard protocol and a VNC protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick D. McCusker
  • Patent number: 8718915
    Abstract: A present novel and non-trivial system, module, and method for generating an image of a flight route corridor displayed an aircraft display unit. A processor generates an image data set using navigation data and object data, where object data includes terrain and obstacle data. The image data set is determined using the object data and flight route corridor data, wherein the flight route corridor data is determined by applying navigation and object data to flight route corridor design criteria. The image data set is provided to a display unit to display a flight route corridor and at least one “offending” object against the background of the scene outside the aircraft, where offending objects include those objects penetrating an obstacle clearance surface and those objects penetrating the flight route corridor. The depiction of the flight route corridor and offending objects may be enhanced with the use of highlighters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Felix B. Turcios, Patrick D. McCusker, Sarah Barber