Passenger Or Crew Accommodation Patents (Class 244/118.5)
  • Patent number: 10780973
    Abstract: A floor panel includes a first structural layer, a film heater configured to emit far-infrared radiation, and a first open cell layer disposed between the film heater and the first structural layer such that far infrared radiation from the film heater is directed toward the first open cell layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: Antonio M. Vincitore, Jin Hu
  • Patent number: 10766629
    Abstract: An architecture of a propulsion system of a multi-engine helicopter is disclosed, comprising turboshaft engines that are connected to a power transmission gearbox. It comprises: a hybrid turboshaft engine that is capable of operating in at least one standby mode during a stable flight of the helicopter; a pack for quickly restarting said hybrid turboshaft engine in order to bring said engine out of said standby mode and to reach a nominal operating mode; an auxiliary power unit that is connected to said electrotechnical restart pack by means of a first AC/DC converter and is capable of providing said restart pack, on demand, with power required for bringing said hybrid turboshaft engine out of said standby mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignees: SAFRAN HELICOPTER ENGINES, SAFRAN POWER UNITS
    Inventors: Fabien Mercier-Calvairac, Stéphane Beddok, Stéphane Chevalier, Sophie Humbert
  • Patent number: 10766597
    Abstract: A privacy door assembly for installation in an aircraft relative to a flight deck door of the aircraft includes a door frame having a first post and a second post, where the second post comprises a latch recess. The privacy door assembly also includes a privacy door rotatably coupleable to the first post via a set of hinges, where the privacy door comprises a decompression latch arranged to engage the latch recess when the privacy door is in a closed position within the door frame, and where the decompression latch is configured to disengage from the latch recess in response to a decompression detected on a forward side of the privacy door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sami Movsesian, Steven H. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10766596
    Abstract: A privacy door assembly for installation in an aircraft relative to a flight deck door of the aircraft includes a door frame having a first post and a second post, where the second post comprises a latch recess. The privacy door assembly also includes a privacy door rotatably coupleable to the first post via a set of hinges, where the privacy door comprises a decompression latch arranged to engage the latch recess when the privacy door is in a closed position within the door frame, and where the decompression latch is configured to disengage from the latch recess in response to a decompression detected on a forward side of the privacy door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sami Movsesian, Steven H. Sauer
  • Patent number: 10765035
    Abstract: A control cabinet arrangement, comprising a cooling device which is received in a control cabinet housing, wherein the cooling device can be slidably held on the control cabinet housing via a linear adjusting unit, particularly a bar system, and can be adjusted between a pull-out position and a slide-in position, wherein the cooling device in the slide-in position is completely received in the control cabinet housing, and in the pull-out position, the cooling device protrudes at least partially beyond a door side of the control cabinet housing from the control cabinet housing, and wherein a door element, which closes in its closed position the door side of the control cabinet housing, comprises at least one air passage opening which opens into an air outlet and/or an air inlet of the cooling device in the closed position of the door element, when the cooling device is in the slide-in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: RITTAL GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventors: Juan Carlos Cacho Alonso, Manfred Immel, Sandra Schwietz, Jan Meschkat
  • Patent number: 10755587
    Abstract: A value for an aircraft movement limit is received where the aircraft movement limit is associated with a manned aircraft. The aircraft movement limit is automatically set to the value. A pilot instruction is received and a control signal for the aircraft is generated using the pilot instruction and the aircraft movement limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Johnson Cutler, Alexander David Selwa
  • Patent number: 10752329
    Abstract: Fuselage configurations in which window seats project into and partially occupy inter-frame spaces. In accordance with some embodiments, a frame in proximity to a window seat is equipped with a riser duct closure cover for defining a riser duct for passing a volume of air through a supply duct located below a floor of a passenger cabin through the riser duct and through a crown distribution duct located above a ceiling of the passenger cabin. In accordance with other embodiments, the frames in proximity to window seats are equipped with respective airbags. More specifically, for each pair of adjacent frames in which the forward frame of the pair is located forward of the window seat, the aft frame of the pair is located aft of the window seat, the forward frame is equipped with an airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Mithra Sankrithi
  • Patent number: 10737758
    Abstract: An aircraft includes a passenger cabin having a floor, a cargo compartment below the floor, a first access unit for accessing the cargo compartment from the passenger cabin, the first access unit being located on the floor and a utility space module arranged in the cargo. At least one part of the cargo compartment includes a first lateral half and a second lateral half in relation to a longitudinal axis of the aircraft; the lateral halves form the part of the cargo compartment. The utility space module includes a utility space cross-section in a direction normal to the longitudinal axis, which is dimensioned such that it conforms to a cross-section of one of the lateral halves of the cargo compartment. Further, the utility space module is placed exclusively in the first lateral half or the second lateral half of the cargo compartment directly below the first access unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Martin Sieben
  • Patent number: 10715911
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an overhead passenger service unit (PSU) for a vehicle, comprising: a mounting mechanism for mounting the PSU above at least one vehicle seat; a dynamic seat row marker that provides an indication of a seat position and a status portion indicating a status of a passenger or trip aspect that is readily viewable from a vehicle aisle and is changeable during a trip; and a programmable active display that is readily viewable from a passenger seat and provides trip changeable information about the trip to the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Dunn, Eric Johannessen, Gannon Gambeski, John Barker, Ronnie R. Moss, Jesse Peck, Robert Linton, Jonathan Todzia, Donald LaSala, Luis Sam
  • Patent number: 10711487
    Abstract: An aircraft with a plurality of aircraft doors, each aircraft door comprising at least one lock lever that is provided for engaging a counterpart in an engaged state for locking a respective aircraft door relative to the aircraft, wherein a real-time monitoring device is provided for generating a real-time representation of the at least one lock lever and the counterpart, the real-time representation being suitable for determining whether the at least one lock lever is in the engaged state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
    Inventor: Stephen Ward
  • Patent number: 10713617
    Abstract: A baggage management system for a vehicle that includes a storage bin that defines a bin interior, a baggage monitoring system associated with the storage bin, and a display member associated with the storage bin. The baggage monitoring system is configured to monitor the positioning of baggage within the bin interior and the display member is configured to provide baggage positioning information to passengers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventors: Scott Savian, Jean-Yves Constantin
  • Patent number: 10709910
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, methods and systems for the control of the breathing gas supply from a pressure-leading supply conduit to one or more breathing masks of an oxygen emergency supply device in a passenger aircraft include an on/off valve arranged between the supply conduit and the one or more breathing masks. The valve can be blocked or released to control air supply based upon monitoring mass flow to the breathing masks. The valve, for example, is actuated to an open position until the error between the actual mass flow and a desired mass flow exceeds a maximal error value, whereupon the valve is actuated to a closed position until the error between the actual mass flow and the desired mass flow exceeds a minimal error value whereupon the valve is actuated to the open position and the mass flow monitoring cycle is repeated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Heiko Marz, Thomas Sauerbaum
  • Patent number: 10712989
    Abstract: A visual output assembly for an aircraft cabin includes at least one electronic display device, a projection screen, an image projector configured to project images onto the projection screen, and at least one illumination device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Riedel
  • Patent number: 10703488
    Abstract: Air quality sensors are incorporated into an aircraft ventilation system in order to detect the nature and concentration of possible contaminants in the air flow passages. Data from the sensors may also be used to monitor air quality trends, determine corrective measures, and provide maintenance alerts. The sensors are provided at strategic locations throughout the ventilation system, such as before and/or after an air compressor and before and/or after a recirculation system, in order to identify where the problem is occurring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Sandro A. S. Fagundes, Boris Meislitzer, Keith Ayre
  • Patent number: 10704847
    Abstract: A system is provided. The system includes at least two heat exchangers that are alternatively cooled by an outlet medium. The system also includes a cooling circuit that provides a cooling medium to the at least two heat exchangers. The cooling circuit provides the cooling medium to a first heat exchanger of the at least two heat exchangers in accordance with a first mode. The cooling circuit provide the cooling medium to a second heat exchanger of the at least two heat exchangers in accordance with a second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Christoph Haugstetter
  • Patent number: 10688890
    Abstract: Seat assemblies are provided. In one example, a seat assembly includes a seat frame. The seat frame includes a seat structure portion and a backrest structure portion pivotally coupled to the seat structure portion for movement between a substantially upright seat position and a substantially reclined seat position. An upper back shell panel is coupled to the seat frame. A lower back skirt panel has an upper edge portion and is disposed adjacent to the upper back shell panel such that a gap is present between an upper edge portion of the lower back skirt panel and an outer surface of the upper back shell panel. The lower back skirt panel and the upper back shell panel allow relative movement between each other during movement between the substantially upright seat position and the substantially reclined seat position while maintaining at least a portion of the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventor: Jeremiah Mallette
  • Patent number: 10676083
    Abstract: Described is a system for prediction and active compensation of occupant motor response in a vehicle accident. The system uses a spinal reflex model to generate a stimulus based on an accident scenario of an occupant in a vehicle, the stimulus being a set of proprioceptive signals induced by the accident scenario. A neuromuscular model then determines activation and contraction dynamics based on the stimulus. The activation and contraction dynamics represent muscle contraction forces spanning a skeletal system of the occupant. A musculoskeletal model then generates a predicted motor response of the occupant based on the activation and contraction dynamics. The predicted motor response can be used for a variety of purposes, such as initiating active compensation in a vehicle or modifying airline cabin design parameters to decrease the likelihood of injury to the occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Vincent De Sapio, Jaehoon Choe, Matthew E. Phillips
  • Patent number: 10669028
    Abstract: A system for identifying forgotten items is disclosed. In embodiments, the system includes one or more item detectors. The item detectors may be configured to determine a calibration value of a stowage area in a calibration mode, and further configured to determine a check value of the stowage area in a check mode. The system also includes a controller configured to receive the calibration value and the check value, calculate a difference value between the calibration value and the check value, and compare the difference value to a threshold value. If the difference value is greater than the threshold value, the controller is further configured to generate one or more found item signals which indicate the presence of a found forgotten item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: John R. Kuyper, Ian L. Frost, Shirley E. Govea Bravo
  • Patent number: 10661879
    Abstract: An aircraft that includes a body that defines a cabin interior, a divider member that divides the cabin interior into a cargo hold and a passenger cabin, front and back rows of seats positioned in the passenger cabin, a forward door that is pivotable between a closed position and an open position, and an aft door that is pivotable between a closed position and an open position. Pivoting one of the forward door or the aft door from the closed to the open position causes the other of the forward door or the aft door to pivot from the closed position to the open position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: SAFRAN CABIN INC.
    Inventors: Eric Heimbach, Christopher Schuttera, Scott Savian, Ian Geoffrey Scoley
  • Patent number: 10661907
    Abstract: A system for providing compressed air to pneumatic loads in a vehicle such as an aircraft, the system includes a gas turbine engine having; a) an engine compressor with an air inlet coupled to an interior of a cabin of the vehicle; and b) a load compressor coupled to the gas turbine engine having a compressed air outlet coupled to one or more pneumatic loads of the vehicle. One or more electrically driven cabin air compressors (CAC) have compressed air outlets coupled to the one or more pneumatic loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Blumer, David K Jan, Cristian Anghel
  • Patent number: 10647221
    Abstract: A set includes seats, each seat includes a chair and a lateral pedestal arranged laterally on one side of the chair. The chairs and the lateral pedestals are arranged in a staggered configuration in two parallel rows. Each seat has a covering shell determining a rear surface in a rear zone of the chair and determining a front surface in a front zone of the lateral pedestal. A space between a rear surface of a front seat and a front surface of a rear seat forms a passage for an occupant of the rear seat. In a vertical cross section the rear surface and the front surface have convex profiles facing one another, a width of the passage increasing in the direction of decreasing heights from a height of minimum width, and increasing in the direction of increasing heights from the height of minimum width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: STELIA AEROSPACE
    Inventor: Benoît Trillaud
  • Patent number: 10641680
    Abstract: The present system and simulation environment calibrate vibrations. The system and simulation environment comprise a synthesizer for generating an electrical signal and a transducer for converting the electrical signal into vibrations propagated through a physical component and refracted in a physical space of the simulation environment. The system also comprises a vibration sensor measuring the vibrations propagated in the physical component. The system further comprises a configurator for calibrating the electrical signal generated by the synthesizer based on a vibration target for a simulated event and vibrations measured by the vibration sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: CAE INC.
    Inventor: Nicolas Marcotte
  • Patent number: 10633074
    Abstract: To be able to transmit higher forces when retaining movable components on board an aircraft, a retaining system includes a support structure with a first retaining area and a second retaining area having a movable locking element, and a movable component with a locking receptacle forming a locking device with the locking element, and a retaining device. The movable component is movably attached to the first retaining area with the retaining device, and the movable component can be locked on the second retaining area with the locking device. The at least one movable locking element can be moved between an open setting (SOFF) and a locked setting (SVER), wherein the at least one movable locking element engages with the locking receptacle in the locked setting, so that the movable component is temporarily immovably retained, and allows the movable component to move in the open setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Seibt
  • Patent number: 10633075
    Abstract: In order to facilitate the thermoacoustic insulation of an aircraft portion, a thermoacoustic insulation module for an aircraft comprises a mat and a load-bearing structure detachably attached to the mat and supporting the mat in a curved shape, with an axis of curvature parallel to a longitudinal direction of the mat. A thermoacoustic insulation method for insulating an aircraft portion comprises a step of inserting the thermoacoustic insulation module into the aircraft portion, followed by a step of detaching the mat from the load-bearing structure, followed by a step of attaching the mat to an aircraft structure delimiting the aircraft portion, followed by a step of removing the load-bearing structure from the aircraft portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
    Inventors: Bernard Guering, Matthieu De Kergommeaux
  • Patent number: 10611480
    Abstract: An overhead aircraft passenger service unit, which is configured to be placed above the passenger seats within an aircraft cabin, comprises at least one cavity for housing at least one oxygen mask and at least one removable cover, which at least partially covers an opening of the cavity. The removable cover houses and/or supports at least one functional component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Andre Hessling-Von Heimendahl, Stefan Becker
  • Patent number: 10604260
    Abstract: An aircraft seat structure comprises: a first seat unit comprising a seat region that includes a seat that can be changed between a seat configuration and a bed configuration, and a protruding region that protrudes adjacent to the seat region in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the seat region, which are surrounded by a plurality of partition walls; and a second seat unit comprising a seat region that includes a seat that can be changed between a seat configuration and a bed configuration, wherein the protruding region of the first seat unit and the protruding region of the second seat unit are formed so as to protrude in opposite directions relative to each seat region, and the first seat unit and the second seat unit are arranged in such a manner that longitudinal directions thereof match a front-rear direction of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: JAMCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshihisa Kasuya
  • Patent number: 10604263
    Abstract: An airplane is provided. The airplane includes a pressurized volume and an air conditioning system. The air conditioning system includes a compressor configured to receive a flow of a first medium, a turbine downstream of the compressor in a flow path of the first medium, a first valve that diverts the flow of the first medium around the turbine, a second valve that provides a second medium to the turbine, and a third valve downstream of the turbine that directs an outlet flow of the turbine towards the pressurized volume and that directs the outlet flow of the turbine away from the pressurized volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Louis J. Bruno, Harold W. Hipsky
  • Patent number: 10583925
    Abstract: An aft rest area assembly is positioned within an aft section of an internal cabin of an aircraft. The aft rest area assembly may include a lavatory section including at least one lavatory, a first galley station positioned on a first outboard side of the lavatory section, and a second galley station positioned on a second outboard side of the lavatory. The first outboard side is opposite from the second outboard side. The first galley station is separated from the second galley station by the lavatory section. The lavatory section may also include an egress flow director that forwardly extends into one or more egress paths of the internal cabin. The egress path(s) connect to at least one emergency exit door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Darren Carl McIntosh
  • Patent number: 10587122
    Abstract: The present disclosure concerns an electrical interconnect system for a vehicle such as an aircraft or marine/submarine vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE plc
    Inventor: Graham P. Bruce
  • Patent number: 10579861
    Abstract: A virtual window device, particularly for use in an airplane, includes a bezel, or a frame, with a display arranged within the bezel, or within the frame; a distance sensor unit configured to produce at least one first distance signal indicating a first distance to an object; a first camera unit configured to capture a live video of a real scene; and a computing unit configured to select, based at least on the at least one first distance signal, a section of the live video of the real scene captured by the first camera unit; wherein the computing unit is further configured to control the display to display the selected section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Carsten Kohlmeier-Beckmann
  • Patent number: 10577074
    Abstract: An aircraft comprises a cockpit, a passenger cabin, and an aircraft monument. The aircraft monument contains a hallway connecting the cockpit and the passenger cabin, wherein the aircraft monument is formed of a plurality of walls joined together to form a unitary structure. The plurality of walls includes a first wall having a first doorway and a second wall having a second doorway. A secondary security door is within the second doorway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Timothy T. King
  • Patent number: 10551837
    Abstract: A first sensitivity level is used to interpret an input signal received from an input device in a vehicle while the vehicle is in a first region. A second sensitivity level is used to interpret the input signal received from the input device in the vehicle while the vehicle is in a second region, wherein the second sensitivity level is greater than the first sensitivity level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: Kitty Hawk Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Johnson Cutler, Alexander David Selwa, Todd Reichert
  • Patent number: 10543896
    Abstract: A decompression device has at least one decompression member which is arranged on a supporting structure and which, in the event of differential pressure of a predetermined level, opens an opening in the supporting structure that acts as a connection between two volumes, wherein the decompression member can move between a retention position, in which the decompression member closes the opening, and a released position, in which the decompression member opens the opening, and has a locking arrangement which, when in use, fixes the decompression member in the retention position. The locking arrangement is provided with at least one locking element, which is arranged on the supporting structure, and the decompression member is kept in the retention position indirectly by the locking element interacting with an air conduction part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: Premium Aerotec GmbH
    Inventors: Sergej Zeeb, Sergiu Irimie, Matthias Leidescher, Peter Tyroller
  • Patent number: 10526092
    Abstract: An airplane is provided. The airplane includes a motor-driven compressor assembly. The motor-driven compressor assembly includes a shaft, a motor, a compressor, and a turbine coupled to the compressor via the shaft. The motor provides a first power to the compressor via the shaft. The turbine receives and expands a second medium to provide a second power to the compressor via the shaft. The compressor receives and compresses a first medium in accordance with the first power provided by the turbine and the second power provided by the motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventor: Gregory L. DeFrancesco
  • Patent number: 10518862
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, systems and methods for connecting a monument attachment apparatus to an aircraft panel include a monument attachment apparatus having a first aperture configured to receive a fastener, a user's fingers and a tool to fasten the fastener, as well as a pair of substantially parallel, and a second aperture in a plane substantially perpendicular to a plane of the first aperture which is configured to align with a corresponding receptacle disposed on a structural frame of an aircraft cabin. In connecting, a first plate is bonded to an interior surface of a first exterior wall of the panel, a second plate is bonded to an interior surface of a second interior wall of the panel, and a portion of a core of the panel is disposed in a gap between the pair of plates and bonded to a portion of an interior surface of each plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter John Leslie Burd
  • Patent number: 10513339
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems, and articles of manufactures for aircraft cabin temperature control using temperature data from mobile electronic devices are described herein. An example mobile electronic device described herein includes a transceiver to receive a climate characteristic value measured by a personal mobile electronic device in a cabin of an aircraft and a cabin air manager to calculate an updated climate characteristic setting for an environmental control system (ECS) of the aircraft based on a current climate characteristic setting of the ECS and the climate characteristic value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Eric Lee Nicks
  • Patent number: 10513338
    Abstract: An aircraft cabin area comprises a door aisle extending between two opposite aircraft doors and an aircraft monument arrangement. The door aisle has a door section adjacent each aircraft door. The monument arrangement comprises a first monument facing the door aisle in a monument section of the door aisle with an access side of the first monument. The monument section extends between the two opposite door sections. The monument arrangement further comprises at least one first trolley parking place for accommodating at least one trolley. The first trolley parking place is provided in the region of the door aisle monument section adjacent the first monument access side to enlarge a base area of the first monument when a trolley is parked therein. Further, at least one second trolley parking place for accommodating at least one trolley is provided in the region of at least one of the door sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Joerg Weifenbach
  • Patent number: 10507924
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for installing seats in a passenger vehicle using seat tracks and seat fittings. The seat track fittings may include a sleeve (22) with a cylindrical threaded opening (24), a double effect post (26) with an external lower thread (28) and an internal threaded portion (36). The external lower thread is configured to cooperate with the cylindrical threaded opening of the sleeve. The seat track fitting also has a track stud (38) with a lower flange (46) that is configured to cooperate with a seat track (10) and an upper external thread (42) configured to cooperate with the internal threaded portion of the double effect post. The double effect post external lower thread and the track stud external thread have inverse hands, such that rotation of the double effect post tightens the post and the track stud simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Saftran Seats
    Inventor: Jean-Charles Marais
  • Patent number: 10501187
    Abstract: In providing an aircraft lavatory unit capable of suppressing cost and time for installation in a case where a lavatory unit and an ascending/descending unit are to be installed on the aircraft, the present invention provides an aircraft lavatory unit in which a lavatory area and an ascending/descending area are integrally formed, wherein an ascending/descending mechanism which connects to an upper floor or a ceiling space of the aircraft lavatory unit inside the ascending/descending area is provided on a wall surface dividing the lavatory area and the ascending/descending area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: JAMCO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Kouichi Ooi, Yoshihisa Tsutsui
  • Patent number: 10506339
    Abstract: In an illustrative embodiment, an integrated speaker-light unit includes a base unit adapted to be mounted to a fixture of an aircraft, a speaker unit disposed proximate the base unit, a horn element having a proximal end and a distal end, the proximal end positioned proximate the speaker unit and defining a first aperture, and the distal end defining a second aperture, where a greatest measurement of the second aperture is larger than a greatest measurement of the first aperture, an LED unit disposed at least partially in the horn element, and a housing element at least partially surrounding the horn element. The greatest measurement of the second aperture may be less than 4 inches. The base unit may be mounted to a passenger service unit such that the integrated speaker-light unit is presented as a passenger reading light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Dunn, Eric Johannessen, Gannon T. Gambeski, John Terence Barker, Ronnie R. Moss, Jesse Richard Peck, Robert Linton, Jonathan Todzia, Donald LaSala, Luis Sam
  • Patent number: 10494079
    Abstract: A decompression panel assembly for use in an aircraft includes a body portion comprising a plurality of frame members defining a plurality of openings in the body portion. The decompression panel assembly also includes a baffle member integrally formed with the plurality of frame members such that the baffle member removably obstructs at least one opening of the plurality of openings. The baffle member is configured for at least partial displacement from the at least one opening during a decompression event.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: David E. Sterling, James Scott Griffing, Thomas Seth Perkins, Hannah Katherine Beck, Adam Robert Weston, Sara Lynn Walter
  • Patent number: 10492615
    Abstract: An apparatus for waste disposal comprises a seat bottom comprising a seat body having a topside for supporting a user and an underside opposite to the topside. The underside comprises a moveable bottom portion. One or more arms are attached between a bottom of the seat body and a top of the moveable bottom portion. Each arm has a first end and a second end, with the first end of each arm attached to the bottom of the seat body and the second end of each arm attached to the top of the moveable bottom portion. A first waste bag support is provided on the bottom of the seat body and a second waste bag support is provided on the top of the moveable bottom portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: SNAPBACK SEAT COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Micah Ciprian, Gavin Hamblin
  • Patent number: 10485727
    Abstract: A chair is disclosed including a seat and a back that is adapted to tilt back with the seat when a user of the chair leans back. A lumbar stimulation device having pairs of massage rollers is attached within the chair back to a gas cylinder bracket that extends vertically through the chair back for attachment to a chair base lying below the chair seat. A push-button actuated gas cylinder is connected to the gas cylinder bracket inside the chair back. A push-button located on one arm of the chair is connected to the gas cylinder by a cable. When the push-button is depressed, the gas cylinder is actuated to generate a pushing force for pushing the pairs of massage rollers of the lumbar stimulation device in a substantially horizontal direction through the chair back to apply a pressure against the user's back.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Inventor: James E Grove
  • Patent number: 10464677
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, a modular lavatory system for replacing a conventional lavatory monument in an aircraft cabin includes a base lavatory module including a fore sidewall, an aft sidewall, and an aisle wall that form a housing enclosing a toilet unit. A first sidewall of the fore sidewall and the aft sidewall may include a widening region positioned above a passenger seat headrest height. The modular lavatory system may include at least two interchangeable modules configured for mounting against the other sidewall of the base lavatory module. A footprint of the base lavatory module may be smaller than the conventional lavatory monument footprint, such that an extra cabin space is created proximate the other sidewall of the base lavatory module after replacement of the conventional lavatory monument with the modular lavatory system. The at least two interchangeable modules may each be dimensioned for installation within the extra space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Jefferey McKee, Trevor Skelly
  • Patent number: 10457400
    Abstract: A mixing device that is particularly suitable for use in an aircraft air-conditioning system comprising a cold air supply line adapted to supply cold air to the mixing device. A first recirculation air supply line is adapted to supply recirculation air to the mixing device. A mixing chamber is connected to the cold air supply line and the first recirculation air supply line and is adapted to supply the cold air supplied to the mixing device via the cold air supply line with the recirculation air supplied to the mixing device via the first recirculation air supply line. The first recirculation air supply line has a heat transfer portion which is thermoconductively connected to an area of a wall delimiting the mixing chamber that is at risk of icing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Dietrich Lampe, Thomas Scherer
  • Patent number: 10457397
    Abstract: An aircraft seat structure comprises: a first seat unit comprising a seat region that includes a seat that can be changed between a seat configuration and a bed configuration, and a protruding region that protrudes adjacent to the seat region in a direction perpendicular to the longitudinal direction of the seat region, which are surrounded by a plurality of partition walls; and a second seat unit comprising a seat region that includes a seat that can be changed between a seat configuration and a bed configuration, wherein the protruding region of the first seat unit and the protruding region of the second seat unit are formed so as to protrude in opposite directions relative to each seat region, and the first seat unit and the second seat unit are arranged in such a manner that longitudinal directions thereof match a front-rear direction of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: JAMCO CORPORATION
    Inventor: Toshihisa Kasuya
  • Patent number: 10450068
    Abstract: An aircraft luggage system comprising a luggage compartment which comprises an upper side directed towards a ceiling of an aircraft when the luggage compartment is assembled in the aircraft, a lower side directed towards a floor of the aircraft, a rear side directed towards an outer contour of the aircraft, and two side faces connect the upper side to the lower side. The lower side of the luggage compartment is rigidly connected to the side faces and the rear side of the luggage compartment. A flap, movable between a closed position and an open position, is configured to make an inner space of the luggage compartment accessible or to close it. At least one additional luggage compartment is arranged adjacent to at least one of the upper side and the lower side of the luggage compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Sabrina Moje, Matthias Breuer, Paul Vine, Uwe Schneider
  • Patent number: 10451353
    Abstract: An electronics cooling system for an aircraft includes a heat exchanger comprising a coolant circuit, an air circuit, and a fuel circuit such that each of the circuits is in thermal communication with at least one of the other circuits. The coolant circuit is in thermal communication with one or more aircraft electronics. The air circuit is in fluid communication with at least one air source. The fuel circuit is in fluid communication with a fuel tank between the fuel tank and an engine of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Debabrata Pal
  • Patent number: 10442535
    Abstract: In a preferred embodiment, an aircraft monument is adapted for being mounted against an aft-facing bulkhead of the aircraft. The monument may have an aisle-accessible compartment that includes comestible item dispensers and lower footwell regions to accommodate the passengers seated immediately aft of the monument. The monument may also include an aft-facing wall that is readily removal during a maintenance operation so as to facilitate servicing of a heater or chiller unit disposed inside the monument.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Jefferey McKee
  • Patent number: 10434342
    Abstract: An oxygen supply system includes a container housing having a container door, a latch controller coupled to a latch of the container door and configured to control the latch to releasably open the container door, a microcontroller coupled to the latch controller and configured to output a first latch deployment signal to the latch controller to cause the latch controller to open the latch, a pressure sensor coupled to the latch controller and configured to output a second latch deployment signal to the latch controller to cause the latch controller to open the latch, and an energy storage coupled to the microcontroller and the pressure sensor and configured to supply the microcontroller and the pressure sensor with electrical energy. The microcontroller includes built-in test equipment (BITE) configured to monitor and test the operability of one or more of the microcontroller, the latch controller, the pressure sensor and the energy storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Peter Klose, Frank Leuenberger