Patents by Inventor Sherwin S. Chen

Sherwin S. Chen 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: 8843250
    Abstract: A vertical situation display system for use in a vehicle such as, for example, an aircraft, is provided. A side view of an intended route of flight may be shown with altitude restrictions, airspace and instrument approach information, a projected flight path and range to airspeed symbol. The system may show terrain, weather, and traffic information along the intended route of flight. The system may be used in conjunction with a navigational display to enhance situational awareness. The system includes a computer, an electronic display device, an electronic entry device, a memory and a database. The database may contain terrain, airspace and flight planning data and may be updatable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Tucker, Sherwin S. Chen, John Wiedemann, Jason L. Hammack
  • Patent number: 8793039
    Abstract: A flight information system may include a plan vertical situation display. The plan vertical situation display may display a vertical view of a flight path of an aircraft. The plan vertical situation display may display at least one path symbol showing at least one of a current path of the aircraft, a modified but not executed route of the aircraft, and an inactive route of the aircraft. The at least one path symbol may be adapted to display each of the current path of the aircraft, the modified but not executed route of the aircraft, and the inactive route of the aircraft. The plan vertical situation display may further display at least one terrain symbol showing a vertical terrain in the flight path along the at least one path symbol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jason L. Hammack, Peter D. Gunn, Michael J. Tucker, Sherwin S. Chen, John Wiedemann
  • Patent number: 8711007
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product for displaying information about runways. A runway for an aircraft is identified when the aircraft is within a selected distance of the runway. A number of graphical indicators are displayed on a display in a flight deck. The number of graphical indicators corresponds to a number of features of the runway present in a field of view for an eye reference point in the flight deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sherwin S. Chen, Jean M. Crane, Steven L. Fleiger-Holmes, Wayne R. Jones, Bruce P. Samuels, Bechara J. Mallouk
  • Patent number: 8290643
    Abstract: Methods and systems for handling aircraft control information are disclosed. A system in accordance with one embodiment of the invention includes a display medium coupleable to a flight manager, with the flight manager configured to receive and direct instructions for automatically controlling aircraft functions at a future time during flight of the aircraft. The system can further include a display controller coupled to the display medium to present at least one operator activatable element at the display medium and update information presented at the display medium when the operator activates the operator activatable element. For example, the operator activatable element can include an icon presented at a computer display screen, and can be activated by a keystroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sherwin S. Chen, Peter D. Gunn, John Wiedemann
  • Publication number: 20120029739
    Abstract: Methods and systems for handling aircraft control information are disclosed. A system in accordance with one embodiment of the invention includes a display medium coupleable to a flight manager, with the flight manager configured to receive and direct instructions for automatically controlling aircraft functions at a future time during flight of the aircraft. The system can further include a display controller coupled to the display medium to present at least one operator activatable element at the display medium and update information presented at the display medium when the operator activates the operator activatable element. For example, the operator activatable element can include an icon presented at a computer display screen, and can be activated by a keystroke.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2011
    Publication date: February 2, 2012
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sherwin S. Chen, Peter D. Gunn, John Wiedemann
  • Publication number: 20110304479
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product for displaying information about runways. A runway for an aircraft is identified when the aircraft is within a selected distance of the runway. A number of graphical indicators are displayed on a display in a flight deck. The number of graphical indicators corresponds to a number of features of the runway present in a field of view for an eye reference point in the flight deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Sherwin S. Chen, Jean M. Crane, Steven L. Fleiger-Holmes, Wayne R. Jones, Bruce P. Samuels, Bechara J. Mallouk
  • Patent number: 8032270
    Abstract: Methods and systems for handling aircraft control information are disclosed. A system in accordance with one embodiment of the invention includes a display medium coupleable to a flight manager, with the flight manager configured to receive and direct instructions for automatically controlling aircraft functions at a future time during flight of the aircraft. The system can further include a display controller coupled to the display medium to present at least one operator activatable element at the display medium and update information presented at the display medium when the operator activates the operator activatable element. For example, the operator activatable element can include an icon presented at a computer display screen, and can be activated by a keystroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sherwin S. Chen, Peter D. Gunn, John Wiedemann
  • Publication number: 20110060484
    Abstract: Methods and systems for handling aircraft control information are disclosed. A system in accordance with one embodiment of the invention includes a display medium coupleable to a flight manager, with the flight manager configured to receive and direct instructions for automatically controlling aircraft functions at a future time during flight of the aircraft. The system can further include a display controller coupled to the display medium to present at least one operator activatable element at the display medium and update information presented at the display medium when the operator activates the operator activatable element. For example, the operator activatable element can include an icon presented at a computer display screen, and can be activated by a keystroke.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2010
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sherwin S. Chen, Peter D. Gunn, John Wiedemann
  • Publication number: 20100305783
    Abstract: A vertical situation display system for use in a vehicle such as, for example, an aircraft, is provided. A side view of an intended route of flight may be shown with altitude restrictions, airspace and instrument approach information, a projected flight path and range to airspeed symbol. The system may show terrain, weather, and traffic information along the intended route of flight. The system may be used in conjunction with a navigational display to enhance situational awareness. The system includes a computer, an electronic display device, an electronic entry device, a memory and a database. The database may contain terrain, airspace and flight planning data and may be updatable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Inventors: Michael J. Tucker, Sherwin S. Chen, John Wiedemann, Jason L. Hammack
  • Patent number: 7844372
    Abstract: Methods and systems for handling aircraft control information are disclosed. A system in accordance with one embodiment of the invention includes a display medium coupleable to a flight manager, with the flight manager configured to receive and direct instructions for automatically controlling aircraft functions at a future time during flight of the aircraft. The system can further include a display controller coupled to the display medium to present at least one operator activatable element at the display medium and update information presented at the display medium when the operator activates the operator activatable element. For example, the operator activatable element can include an icon presented at a computer display screen, and can be activated by a keystroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sherwin S. Chen, Peter D. Gunn, John Wiedemann
  • Patent number: 7809479
    Abstract: A navigation system takes a graphical input and translates it into an alpha-numeric entry generally including latitude and longitude information. The system interprets the graphical entry, determines if a waypoint already exists or is depicted at the geographical location identified by the graphical entry and creates a new waypoint if no waypoint already exists or is depicted at the geographical location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sherwin S Chen, John Wiedemann
  • Patent number: 7783393
    Abstract: A vertical situation display system for use in a vehicle such as, for example, an aircraft, is provided. A side view of an intended route of flight may be shown with altitude restrictions, airspace and instrument approach information, a projected flight path and range to airspeed symbol. The system may show terrain, weather, and traffic information along the intended route of flight. The system may be used in conjunction with a navigational display to enhance situational awareness. The system includes a computer, an electronic display device, an electronic entry device, a memory and a database. The database may contain terrain, airspace and flight planning data and may be updatable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael J. Tucker, Sherwin S. Chen, John Wiedemann, Jason L. Hammack
  • Patent number: 7693615
    Abstract: A navigation system takes a graphical input and translates it into an alpha-numeric entry generally including latitude and longitude information. The system interprets the graphical entry, determines if a waypoint already exists or is depicted at the geographical location identified by the graphical entry and creates a new waypoint if no waypoint already exists or is depicted at the geographical location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sherwin S. Chen, John Wiedemann
  • Publication number: 20100082236
    Abstract: A navigation system takes a graphical input and translates it into an alpha-numeric entry generally including latitude and longitude information. The system interprets the graphical entry, determines if a waypoint already exists or is depicted at the geographical location identified by the graphical entry and creates a new waypoint if no waypoint already exists or is depicted at the geographical location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Sherwin S. Chen, John Wiedemann
  • Publication number: 20090267800
    Abstract: Techniques for representing a holding pattern on a vertical situation display are described. The vertical situation display has a first screen area to depict the holding pattern and second screen area to show a flight path after the holding pattern. The representation of the holding pattern visually informs a flight crew of current and prospective flight conditions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2008
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jason L. Hammack, Peter D. Gunn, Michael J. Tucker, Sherwin S. Chen, John Wiedemann
  • Publication number: 20080316058
    Abstract: Methods and systems for handling aircraft control information are disclosed. A system in accordance with one embodiment of the invention includes a display medium coupleable to a flight manager, with the flight manager configured to receive and direct instructions for automatically controlling aircraft functions at a future time during flight of the aircraft. The system can further include a display controller coupled to the display medium to present at least one operator activatable element at the display medium and update information presented at the display medium when the operator activates the operator activatable element. For example, the operator activatable element can include an icon presented at a computer display screen, and can be activated by a keystroke.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2008
    Publication date: December 25, 2008
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sherwin S. Chen, Peter D. Gunn, John Wiedemann
  • Patent number: 7418319
    Abstract: Methods and systems for handling aircraft control information are disclosed. A system in accordance with one embodiment of the invention includes a display medium coupleable to a flight manager, with the flight manager configured to receive and direct instructions for automatically controlling aircraft functions at a future time during flight of the aircraft. The system can further include a display controller coupled to the display medium to present at least one operator activatable element at the display medium and update information presented at the display medium when the operator activates the operator activatable element. For example, the operator activatable element can include an icon presented at a computer display screen, and can be activated by a keystroke.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sherwin S. Chen, Peter D. Gunn, John Wiedemann
  • Patent number: 6995690
    Abstract: A flight information display for the flight deck of an aircraft showing a pictorial side view of the flight path or the area directly in front of the aircraft area having a selected distance of at least 0.5 nautical miles, comprising (a) a pictorial representation to scale of the profile of the highest elevations of a swath of terrain along said path or area, (b) an icon positioned on the left or right side of the display representing the aircraft, the altitude of which is to scale with the height of the terrain, and (c) an altitude reference scale; wherein the width of the swath is at least 0.1 nautical miles and no greater than the distance of the minimum accuracy of the means for determining the aircraft's location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sherwin S. Chen, Julianne M. Fox, Neal D. Molloy, John Wiedemann
  • Patent number: 6720891
    Abstract: A flight information display for the flight deck of an aircraft showing a pictorial side view of the flight path or the area directly in front of the aircraft area having a selected distance of at least 0.5 nautical miles, comprising (a) a pictorial representation to scale of the profile of the highest elevations of a swath of terrain along said path or area, (b) an icon positioned on the left or right side of the display representing the aircraft, the altitude of which is to scale with the height of the terrain, and (c) an altitude reference scale; wherein the width of the swath is at least 0.1 nautical miles and no greater than the distance of the minimum accuracy of the means for determining the aircraft's location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sherwin S. Chen, Julianne M. Fox, Neal D. Molloy, John Wiedemann
  • Publication number: 20030193410
    Abstract: A flight information display for the flight deck of an aircraft showing a pictorial side view of the flight path or the area directly in front of the aircraft area having a selected distance of at least 0.5 nautical miles, comprising (a) a pictorial representation to scale of the profile of the highest elevations of a swath of terrain along said path or area, (b) an icon positioned on the left or right side of the display representing the aircraft, the altitude of which is to scale with the height of the terrain, and (c) an altitude reference scale; wherein the width of the swath is at least 0.1 nautical miles and no greater than the distance of the minimum accuracy of the means for determining the aircraft's location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Publication date: October 16, 2003
    Inventors: Sherwin S. Chen, Julianne M. Fox, Neal D. Molloy, John Wiedemann