Passenger Or Crew Accommodation Patents (Class 244/118.5)
  • Patent number: 11912413
    Abstract: A panel for covering a supply channel in a passenger cabin of a vehicle including a mounting surface facing the passenger cabin while the panel covers the supply channel. The panel is elongated in a longitudinal direction and adapted for mounting passenger supply units. The mounting surface includes spaced openings arranged along a longitudinal direction of the panel, wherein each opening includes a connector assembly for a passenger supply unit. The panel includes a mount securing passenger supply units. The mounting surface comprises extended areas for providing support in opposing lateral directions to passenger supply units mounted to the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2024
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Christian Riedel
  • Patent number: 11884401
    Abstract: A lavatory system within an internal cabin of a vehicle includes an enclosure defining an interior chamber, a first lavatory unit within the interior chamber, and a second lavatory within the interior chamber. The first lavatory unit is adjacent to the second lavatory unit. In at least one embodiment, a lavatory within an internal cabin of a vehicle includes an interior chamber defined by one or more outer walls, and a storage compartment extending outwardly from at least one of outer walls. The storage compartment defines an internal storage space that connects to the interior chamber. In at least one embodiment, a lavatory includes a first lavatory unit, a second lavatory adjacent to the first lavatory unit, and a containment compartment common to the first lavatory unit and the second lavatory unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Karen Cavalier Bradshaw, Raymond Roeder, Gretchen Humburg
  • Patent number: 11866165
    Abstract: Duct stringers for aircraft wing boxes. The duct stringer comprises a base, a pair of sidewalls projecting from the base in a spaced-apart relationship, and a cap wall that extends between and interconnects the pair of sidewalls, with the cap wall being positioned spaced apart from the base by the pair of sidewalls. The duct stringer further comprises an ovaloid vent formed in the cap wall. The ovaloid vent comprises a perimeter that circumscribes an aperture and that defines a closed shape. The perimeter comprises a pair of curved end regions opposed to one another and that each arc at least substantially through 180 degrees. Each curved end region comprises a non-uniform radius of curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2022
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2024
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Christopher John Deatrick, Bonnie Ann Keefe, Erik Alan Phillips
  • Patent number: 11820517
    Abstract: A method of operating an environmental control system of an aircraft includes providing a first medium to the environmental control system including a compressor and a turbine and extracting work from a second medium provided to a second turbine operably coupled to the compressor to drive the compressor. The first medium is provided to the compressor and the turbine sequentially. In a first mode of operation, the first medium to be provided to a downstream load is output from the turbine and in a second mode of operation, at least a portion of the first medium to be provided to the downstream load bypasses the turbine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2022
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2023
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Louis J. Bruno, Tony Ho
  • Patent number: 11753166
    Abstract: An assembly for an interior of a vehicle with the assembly having a monument wall configured to mount to the interior of the vehicle. A panel is configured to mount to an overhead support structure adjacent to the monument wall. The panel includes a front side configured to face into the interior of the vehicle and an opposing back side. One or more latch assemblies are configured to connect the panel to the overhead support structure adjacent to the monument wall. The latch assemblies include a latch mounted to the back side of the panel, a track with one or more rails, a follower with an arm and a head with the head sized to engage with the track, and a pull mechanism to unlock the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2021
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2023
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Joe Files, Steven Ellis Rhynard, Daniel Paul Warren, John Charles Rand
  • Patent number: 11691733
    Abstract: A partition for dividing a portion of an aircraft including at least a first inflatable cavity defined by a plurality of material sheets, and a nozzle configured to provide fluidic access to the first inflatable cavity, wherein the nozzle is configured to attach to an aircraft air vent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2021
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2023
    Assignee: B/E AEROSPAC, INC.
    Inventor: Timothy Vermeulen
  • Patent number: 11679884
    Abstract: An aircraft seating module (20) includes a seating mount (26) having a horizontal mounting rail (28) integrally joined to a vertical mounting post (30) at an adjoining elbow (32). The rail (28) includes a mounting boss (34) longitudinally spaced from the post (30) for attachment to an aircraft cabin seat track (18). Both the rail (28) and post (30) include mounting holes (38) for attaching a passenger seat (22) and appended furniture (24) directly to the seating mount (26) and in turn indirectly to the seat track (18) in the cabin floor (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2021
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2023
    Assignee: The NORDAM Group LLC
    Inventors: Mark Robert Hacker, Carlos Roberto Flores, Christopher Ervin Erickson
  • Patent number: 11629646
    Abstract: A disclosed drive assembly for an auxiliary power unit includes a first drive shaft driven by an auxiliary power unit, a second drive shaft driven by a first electric motor, a differential gear system including a ring gear driven by the second drive shaft, a and planet gears supported within a carrier attached to the ring gear. The first drive shaft and an output shaft are coupled to the planet gears and a generator is driven by the output shaft. The electric motor and the auxiliary power unit combine to drive the output shaft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2023
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel Bernard Kupratis, Neil Terwilliger, Michael M. Romero
  • Patent number: 11591090
    Abstract: Passenger seats having improved comfort emergency egress solutions for mini suites or other types of passenger seats that have a privacy screen, wall, or sliding door that divides the passenger seat from the aisle area or other common area. Specific embodiments find particular use on-board passenger transportation vehicles, such as aircraft, where comfort and privacy must be balanced with safety and federal regulations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2023
    Assignees: Safran Seats USA LLC, Sanfran Seats
    Inventors: Bastien Bonnefoy, Arthur K. Glain, Victor Carlioz, Matthew Cleary, Eric O. Freienmuth, Patrick Herault, Christopher La Montagna
  • Patent number: 11560240
    Abstract: An aircraft area having a textile display, aircraft passenger seat having a textile display, and aircraft including an aircraft area. An aircraft area includes an interior component, a textile display on the interior component and including at least one textile fiber capable of changing a color at at least one section of the textile fiber, and a controller operatively coupled to the textile display and configured to change color of the at least one section of the textile fiber, such that the textile display displays information. An aircraft passenger seat includes a back rest, seat pan, and textile display integrated into a seat cover covering the backrest and/or the seat pan. The textile display includes at least one textile fiber capable of changing a color at at least one section of the textile fiber. An aircraft may include one or more aircraft areas and/or one or more aircraft passenger seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2023
    Assignees: Airbus Operations GmbH, Airbus (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Frank Quatmann, Nicolas Jourdan
  • Patent number: 11554690
    Abstract: A user destination is identified based on received location information from a user. A first seat in a vehicle is assigned to the user based on the user destination. At least one of the first seat and a second seat in the vehicle is moved upon user entry until a distance between the first seat and the second seat is greater than a distance threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2023
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick Lawrence Jackson Van Hoecke, Omar Makke, Oleg Yurievitch Gusikhin, Hamid M. Golgiri
  • Patent number: 11472556
    Abstract: A galley system within an internal cabin of an aircraft includes one or more inboard cart compartments that are configured to removably retain one or more first galley carts, and one or more outboard cart compartments. The outboard cart compartment(s) are configured to removably retain one or more second galley carts. The inboard cart compartment(s) extend forwardly and/or rearwardly in relation to the outboard cart compartment(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Roland D. Mair, Michael J. Figlenski, Nathan M. Morea
  • Patent number: 11458922
    Abstract: A restraint system for helping to protect an occupant of a vehicle having a floor and a cabin with a floor for the occupant includes an airbag. The airbag has a stored condition on the vehicle floor and is inflatable to a deployed condition aligned with the occupant in a forward-rearward direction of the vehicle. The airbag is configured to utilize the vehicle floor as a reaction surface for restraining the movement of the airbag in response to occupant penetration into the airbag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: ZF PASSIVE SAFETY SYSTEMS US INC.
    Inventors: Kurt F. Fischer, Angelo J. Adler, Alexandra E. Schroeder
  • Patent number: 11459107
    Abstract: An aircraft including a cabin inside which a floor is installed, and at least one arranging module which is fixed solely to the floor and which includes a front wall, a rear wall, a port-side wall and a starboard-side wall which are rigidly connected to one another. The port-side and starboard-side walls each have a door, a roof and a deck fixed to each of the front, rear, port-side and starboard-side walls, and a separating system which makes it possible to separate the internal volume of the arranging module into two volumes, each being accessible through one of the doors. Such an aircraft therefore provides an arranging module which is fixed solely to the floor of the cabin, thereby facilitating the set-up thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2022
    Assignee: AIRBUS INTERIORS SERVICES
    Inventors: Béranger Chantal, Nicolas Ferrere, Matthias Ruiz, Amalia Martinez Martin
  • Patent number: 11454572
    Abstract: A multirotor drone comprises a main body and an air channel embedded within the main body having an air inlet on the surface of the main body, multiple propellers that induce an air flow toward the air inlet and into the air channel, a microcontroller positioned and configured to control navigation of the drone by actuation of the plurality of propellers, an air scoop having a section positioned at the outer surface of the main body adjacent to the air inlet which is adjustable so as to capture and divert air into the air inlet and air channel or to block air flow into the air inlet, and a gas sensor positioned within the air channel. The air scoop is positioned to capture air flow from at least one of the plurality of propellers into the air channel and to the gas sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2022
    Assignee: Saudi Arabian Oil Company
    Inventors: Fadl Abdellatif, Brian Parrott
  • Patent number: 11427321
    Abstract: A passenger module that may be connected to an aircraft for transport, and may be detached and attach different module for carriage to a different destination. In alternative embodiments involving different aircrafts such as fixed wing and helicopter aircraft, a module may be adapted to have a transparent exterior so that passengers may have a broad range of unobstructed view of the outside surroundings. The module may have a range of free movements while still connected to the aircraft for such purposes as sightseeing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventor: Sarkis Agajanian
  • Patent number: 11427334
    Abstract: An environmental control system that includes a first environmental control system pack, a first recirculation fan assembly, and a cabin air sensor unit. The first environmental control system pack is arranged to provide conditioned air to an aircraft cabin. The first recirculation fan assembly is arranged to recirculate a first cabin air fluid flow back to the aircraft cabin. The cabin air sensor unit is arranged to provide a first air quality signal indicative of an air quality of the first cabin air fluid flow to a controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Lance R. Bartosz, Catherine Thibaud, Joseph V. Mantese, Brian St. Rock
  • Patent number: 11427326
    Abstract: A sanitation assembly attaches over a surface inside a tray table of an aircraft. A source of UV radiation is mounted to the assembly and configured to direct UVC radiation to the tray table at a predetermined dosage, wherein the assembly uses for disinfection of the aircraft tray table. The embodiments may use UV light sources and/or a disinfection unit powered by a fuel cell or other external power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2021
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Inventor: Mirza Faizan
  • Patent number: 11427347
    Abstract: A cabin interior arrangement 1 for an aircraft is proposed that comprises a first cabin interior object and a second cabin interior object 3a, b, comprising a power transmitting device 5 for transmitting power from an aircraft electrical system 7, wherein the power transmitting device 5 is arranged on the first cabin interior object 3a, comprising a power receiving device 6 for receiving the power from the power transmitting device 5, wherein the power receiving device 6 is arranged on the second cabin interior object 3b, wherein the power transmitting device 5 and the power receiving device 6 are embodied as a power transfer arrangement 2 for supplying the power to a mobile terminal 4, wherein the power transmitting device 5 and the power receiving device 6 are designed to transfer power over a distance of several centimetres, wherein the power transmitting device 5 and the power receiving device 6 are deigned to set up a wireless and/or cordless supply connection segment 10 between the power transmitting de
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2022
    Assignee: Diehl Aerospace GmbH
    Inventors: Tobias Gut, Martin Richter, Benno Petersen
  • Patent number: 11384535
    Abstract: A floor assembly is provided. The floor assembly is configured to form or be positioned on a floor of an enclosed space. The floor assembly includes a grid, a pan, and a surround member. The grid has an array of openings configured to allow passage of liquid. The pan is disposed beneath the grid and defines a cavity. The pan includes a pan floor and a frame. The frame is disposed laterally outward of the pan floor and supports the grid. The surround member is supported by the frame. The surround member is disposed laterally outward of the grid, and the surround member and grid do not overlap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Jamie J. Childress
  • Patent number: 11385213
    Abstract: Operation of an overhead storage bin sensor used to monitor the volume consumed within the bin including a VOC sensor to monitor for material that may become overheated within the bin such as lithium ion batteries in electronics products is provided. Currently, fire or smoke detectors are not integrated into the storage bins leaving this area vulnerable to developing fires and outgassing of electronic components often stored by passengers. Early detection of such events can prevent propagation of fire on board an aircraft by rapidly reporting the event and giving the location of the event. The system described leverages other patents applied for including a wireless sensor network and storage volume sensors. The sensor monitors for outgassing of materials or smoldering material by monitoring the air quality within the bin space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2022
    Assignee: Astronics Advanced Electronic Systems Corp.
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Jouper
  • Patent number: 11377213
    Abstract: An aircraft lavatory complex incorporating lavatories accessible to passengers of reduced mobility (PRM) is disclosed. Left-side and right-side full service lavatory units are accessible via left-side and right-side lavatory access doors opening in opposing directions. The left-side and right-side full service lavatory units are separated by a common central partition repositionable by cabin crewmembers (but protected from independent repositioning by occupants of either lavatory unit) to enlarge either of the left-side or right-side lavatory units for enhanced PRM accessibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2022
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Hough, Richard Morris, Jefferey M. McKee, Shawn A. Claflin
  • Patent number: 11370548
    Abstract: A modular aft galley and lavatory complex is disclosed. The galley complex is situated aft of an aircraft passenger cabin and incorporates left-side, right-side, and aft galley structures together partially enclosing an interior workspace, the left-side and right-side galley structures separated by a center aisle. Each galley structure includes trolley bays capable of securing trolleys therewithin. Each trolley can be removed from its trolley bay into the interior workspace or central aisle for use in catering or service operations inflight. Each galley structure includes storage bays accessible from the interior workspace. Between the upper and lower portions are flat workdecks and galley insert bays capable of accepting ovens, chillers, beverage makers, and other galley insert devices. Either the left or right galley structure includes a lavatory complex adjacent to the passenger cabin, incorporating aft lavatory units and a galley extension housing additional storage and cart space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2022
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Ray Hough, Richard Morris, Jefferey M. McKee, Shawn A. Claflin
  • Patent number: 11365008
    Abstract: An aircraft passenger compartment suite may include a first side with a first display device, a second side with a second display device, and a privacy divider separating the first side and the second side. The first display device may be configured to actuate between a first deployed position and a first stowed position via a first stowage mechanism. The second display device may be configured to actuate between a second deployed position and a second stowed position via a second stowage mechanism. The privacy divider may include one or more panels configured to actuate between a panel deployed position and a panel stowed position. The privacy divider may be open when at least one of the first display device is in the first stowed position, the second display device is in the second stowed position, or the one or more panels are in the panel stowed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2022
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark B. Dowty, Dennis M. Heuer, Lyle T. Davis, Robert J. Henshaw, Robert D. Wilkey
  • Patent number: 11358724
    Abstract: A system for manufacturing a kitchen arrangement for a cabin of a vehicle includes a primary module with an electrical energy supply device, a cooling device, and at least one supply connection for supplying the primary module with a requisite. The system also includes at least one auxiliary module that is couplable with the primary module. The cooling device is set up to provide a stream of cooled fluid to a fluid outlet. At least one outer boundary surface of the primary module comprises an electrical connection coupled with the electrical energy supply device and a fluid connection coupled with the fluid outlet. The at least one outer boundary surface is adjusted for coupling with an auxiliary module having a correspondingly shaped boundary surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Martin Sieben
  • Patent number: 11358721
    Abstract: An interior space for an aircraft includes a cockpit, a cockpit wall separating the cockpit from the remaining interior space, a cabin door arranged directly behind the cockpit wall for accessing the interior space of the aircraft from outside the fuselage, a modular installation space for installation equipment, a plurality of seat rows, a longitudinal aisle extending along the interior space through the seat rows to separate adjacent groups of seats from each other, and an access path for the cabin door. The access path extends from the cabin door to the longitudinal aisle to create an intersection region between the access path and the longitudinal aisle. The modular installation space is arranged directly forward of the seat rows. The access path extends at an angle of at least 100° to the longitudinal aisle in a forward direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2022
    Inventors: Roland Lange, Andreas Heidtmann
  • Patent number: 11352139
    Abstract: An aircraft monument for use in a cabin of an aircraft includes a monument assembly and a seat assembly. The monument assembly includes a frame having a plurality of walls defining a compartment. The plurality of walls include a first end wall having a forward section at a forward plane of the frame. The compartment is defined rearward of the forward section. The seat assembly is forward of the frame. The seat assembly has a shell configured to at least partially surround a passenger seat. The shell has a rear rearward of the forward plane of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2022
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Thomas Joseph Moran
  • Patent number: 11299272
    Abstract: In order to make available a space-saving sanitary unit having a toilet which offers improved user convenience to persons with restricted mobility, a cabin module for an aircraft is described which has a sanitary unit. The sanitary unit has a toilet cubicle with a toilet. The toilet cubicle is formed by four side walls and the toilet is arranged on a first side wall. A first access door is arranged in a second side wall, which extends transversely to the first side wall and adjoins the first side wall. A surface which is designed to at least partially accommodate a wheelchair is provided as an option within the toilet cubicle. The cabin module is configured to be installed with the second side wall transversely to a direction of flight. The first side wall 18a is aligned with an external wall in the installed state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Inventor: Christian Seibt
  • Patent number: 11292572
    Abstract: A door assembly configured to be positioned between a first compartment and a second compartment that includes a main door portion having a first decompression opening defined therein, at least a first panel portion positioned in a first position within the first decompression opening, and a decompression sensor. The first panel portion is movable linearly between the first position and a second position and is pivotable between the second position and a third position. In the third position the first compartment is in fluid communication with the second compartment via the first decompression opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: SAFRAN CABIN INC.
    Inventors: Panade Sattayatam, Hai V. Tang
  • Patent number: 11293354
    Abstract: A gas turbine engine includes a main compressor section, a combustor, and a main turbine section. A fuel pump delivers fuel to the combustor. A tap taps air compressed by the main compressor section, and is connected for delivering the tapped air through a first heat exchanger and to a boost compressor. Air downstream of the boost compressor is connected to cool a component. Driving compressed air is connected to be delivered to a power turbine. The power turbine is connected to drive both the boost compressor and the fuel pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2022
    Assignee: Raytheon Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Neal R. Herring
  • Patent number: 11279461
    Abstract: A flight deck barrier door for an aircraft, the flight deck barrier door including a door frame and a door panel in the door frame. The door panel has a plurality of vents. The door panel and door frame have a minimum total vented surface area of 1000 square inches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sami Movsesian, Mark J. Lebrecht
  • Patent number: 11267572
    Abstract: An aircraft air distribution assembly providing integrated personally controllable air flow and cabin air flow is presented. The aircraft air distribution assembly comprises a plenum and a flow restriction system. The plenum is connected to a plurality of personal air outlets configured to provide the personally controllable air flow. The flow restriction system extends through at least one wall of the plenum, the flow restriction system configured to set a pressure for the cabin air flow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Bryce Avery Vandyke
  • Patent number: 11203437
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for conditioning engine-heated air onboard an aircraft including a heat exchanger (140) at least partially disposed in a pylon structure (118) for supporting an engine (134) of the aircraft. The pylon heat exchanger (140) extracts heat from a flow (156) of engine-heated air. A flow (142) of ambient air is provided to the pylon heat exchanger (140) from a ram air inlet (150).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 21, 2021
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Duane Epp, Ignatius Tsui
  • Patent number: 11199133
    Abstract: An aircraft fuel system can include a fuel line configured to transport fuel therein, an exposed aircraft structure in direct or indirect thermal communication with the fuel in the fuel line to receive heat from the fuel to provide a deicing or anti-icing heat to the exposed aircraft structure. The exposed aircraft structure can include at least one internal fuel channel in fluid communication with the fuel line for direct thermal communication with the fuel. The system can include a fuel/fluid heat exchanger in fluid communication with the fuel line to transfer heat from the fuel to a fluid to provide indirect thermal communication between the fuel and the exposed aircraft structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventor: Peter A T Cocks
  • Patent number: 11198512
    Abstract: Systems and methods provide airflow to a first area from a second area within a vehicle. The system includes a fan mounted within a door separating the first area from the second area. The fan is configured to direct airflow from the second area into the first area. The fan having a shield positioned adjacent to the second area that is configured to conceal the fan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2020
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: David W. Kirkbride
  • Patent number: 11180255
    Abstract: An aircraft seat with a voltage supply port associated only with the aircraft seat and/or a data port associated only with the aircraft seat, a voltage supply unit, associated with the aircraft seat and including a voltage input and a voltage output, each of which is connected to another of the voltage supply ports, a switching circuit associated only with the aircraft seat and hooked up between the voltage output and the voltage supply port and/or between the data port and a data network, with which each of the voltage supply port or each of the data port can be activated or deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Gerd Brüchmann
  • Patent number: 11174028
    Abstract: A cabin segment for a vehicle includes a first lateral segment module having a first main extension axis, a second lateral segment module having a second main extension axis, and an aisle arranged in the cabin segment. The main extension axes parallel to each other, and the first and second lateral segment modules are distanced from each other in a direction perpendicular to the main extension axes and enclose the aisle, which runs parallel to the main extension axes. At least one of the first lateral segment module and the second lateral segment module includes a lavatory accessible through a lavatory opening positioned outside the aisle. The first lateral segment module includes at least one receiving space to receive serving trolleys. The at least one receiving space has a receiving opening facing into the aisle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2021
    Inventors: Andreas Heidtmann, Tobias Dahms, Roland Lange, Markus Wirth, Jörg Weifenbach
  • Patent number: 11161586
    Abstract: An insulation pack for thermally and acoustically insulating an aircraft has a mat formed from an insulation material, and a casing film which completely encases the mat. The casing film has drying openings, each closable a cover that is connected to the casing film. Each cover has a coating substance, the planar extent of which varying as a function of the relative air humidity of the air in the interior of the insulation pack such that each cover moves relative to the casing film, as a function of air humidity. The associated covers are adapted for assuming an orientation which, below a predetermined relative air humidity, closes the associated drying opening and which, at higher relative air humidity values, at least partially opens the associated drying opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Marc Wesseloh, Rainer Mueller, Markus Kerber
  • Patent number: 11161587
    Abstract: A floor assembly for an aircraft comprising a multiplicity of supports configured to be fastened in pairs to opposite sides of a frame of the aircraft, and a monolithic self-supporting floor element comprising at least two longitudinal members, a floor plate arranged on the longitudinal members and a respective connecting element arranged at each end of each of the longitudinal members. The floor element can be fastened to the frame by fastening of each connecting element to a corresponding support, and the floor plate can extend in the direction of the longitudinal members at least between two supports fastened in pairs. Furthermore, an aircraft region comprises such a floor assembly, an aircraft comprises such an aircraft region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2021
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Ingo Roth
  • Patent number: 11150653
    Abstract: A system and related method operates to receive autopilot selection and monitor aircraft systems to control which autopilot is actively flying the aircraft. During certain flight operations in which a single autopilot is in use, the system reverts to the next available autopilot should the active and selected autopilot disconnect for any reason (e.g., faults and/or failures). The system maintains a redundant ability for pilot use of each pilot selectable mode of each autopilot channel including altitude hold, speed hold, heading hold, etc. For an indication to a pilot or remote operator that the system has reverted to a second autopilot, the system commands a momentary aural warning and a visual message/lights. For failures resulting in timely but necessary maneuver requirements, the system maintains autopilot control laws, control authority and roll authority.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy R. Fannin, Keith A. Stover, Eric N. Anderson, Andrew R. Markofski, James E. Walton
  • Patent number: 11147384
    Abstract: A movable or pivoting privacy barrier is provided inside the side panels of a cinema seat for selectively providing privacy to the user, with the option of allowing a user to decide whether not to use the privacy barrier. The dynamic privacy barrier system of the includes a privacy barrier that is part and provided inside of the seat support, so that the privacy barrier is pivoted inside the seat support to retract or store the component. The proposed system provides an enhanced privacy experience without affecting the aesthetic appearance of the seat or the environment where it is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: INDUSTRIAS NORTECAUCANAS S.A.S.
    Inventor: Guillermo Enrique Lopez Ramirez
  • Patent number: 11136130
    Abstract: An environmental control system of an aircraft includes a ram air circuit including a ram air shell having at least one heat exchanger positioned therein, at least one dehumidification system arranged in fluid communication with the ram air circuit, a compressing device arranged in fluid communication with the ram air circuit and the dehumidification system, and an expansion device separate from the compressing device and arranged in fluid communication with the ram air circuit and the at least one dehumidification system. The environmental control system receives a flow of a first medium and a flow of a second medium. The environmental control system is operable in a plurality of modes and in a first mode, a flow of the first medium is provided to the compressing device and the expansion device in series.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2021
    Assignee: HAMILTON SUNDSTRAND CORPORATION
    Inventors: Louis J. Bruno, Christina W. Millot, Thomas M. Zywiak
  • Patent number: 11124291
    Abstract: An aircraft is provided and includes fuselage having a nose, a main section aft of the nose and a tail aft of the main section, an engine nacelle partially embedded in the tail and including a boundary layer ingestion (BLI) propulsor with an inlet directly adjacent to the fuselage and a nozzle element disposed upstream from the inlet and configured to accelerate boundary flows flowing toward the interior side of the engine nacelle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: RAYTHEON TECHNOLOGIES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Neil Terwilliger, Stuart S. Ochs
  • Patent number: 11082635
    Abstract: Implementations provide an aircraft synthetic vision system (“SVS”) giving passengers an exterior view. Omitting windows reduces costs, lowers weight, and simplifies hypersonic aircraft design and construction. Unlike contemporary SVSs, no lag exists between the exterior view and actual aircraft motion. Passengers experience no airsickness associated with a visual and vestibular system feedback mismatch. Lag is eliminated by predicting aircraft interior motion based on sensor feedback, and (b) displaying video camera images transformed to match the predicted aircraft orientation when the images get through the display system latency. Implementations predict aircraft orientation and pre-transform—through the use of dead reckoning to adjust a video signal based on sensed aircraft dynamics and an aircraft electronic model—an image captured from a video camera to match that orientation at the image display time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Brian Tillotson
  • Patent number: 11067108
    Abstract: An adjustable monument mounting assembly is provided. The assembly comprises a saddle bracket that includes a recessed pocket section with a hole. A threaded adjustable fitting is configured at a first end to fit within the hole in the pocket and is accessible through the pocket. The opposite end of the adjustable fitting is configured to contact a structural mounting point. The adjustable fitting can be rotated within the hole and adjusted to bridge a gap between the saddle bracket and structural mounting point, eliminating the need for a shim. A bolt fits through a center through-hole in the adjustable fitting, allowing the adjustable fitting and bolt couple the saddled bracket to the structural mounting point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Bret Robert Stuntebeck, Travis Hoang Nguyen
  • Patent number: 11059590
    Abstract: A fastening system for fastening fitments to a floor of a cabin of a vehicle has a receiving frame, a cantilever mounted on the receiving frame so as to be pivotable on a pivoting plane defined by the receiving frame, and having a mounting end and a fastening end, a first fastening element, and a multiplicity of second fastening elements. The first fastening element is arranged at the fastening end of the cantilever. The second fastening elements are positionable on the floor. The first fastening element is configured in a manner corresponding to the second fastening elements such that the first fastening element is mechanically connectable selectively to a second fastening element. A pivoting position of the cantilever is lockable relative to the receiving frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2021
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Andreas Heidtmann, Roland Lange
  • Patent number: 11052213
    Abstract: An oxygen delivery system provides controlled flow of oxygen-enriched gas to a patient. The system includes one or more sensors configured to measure respiration rate information and heart rate information of the patient. A computer system including one or more physical processors is operatively connected with the sensors. The physical processors are programmed with computer program instructions which, when executed cause the computer system to determine a metabolic oxygen consumption information of the patient from the respiration rate information and the heart rate information from the one or more sensors, and continuously adjust flow, volume and/or pressure of the oxygen-enriched gas delivered from an oxygen source of the oxygen delivery system to the patient based on the determined metabolic oxygen consumption information of the patient.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Koninklijke Philips N.V.
    Inventor: Robert Romano
  • Patent number: 11052799
    Abstract: A lumbar support (100) for a seat (200) defining a back plane (E) comprises a support device (10) having an upper end (O) including an upper angle of inclination (?) with the back plane (E) and a lower end (U) including a lower angle of inclination (?) with the back plane (E) and forming an crown of the curvature (S) located in an adjustable position between the upper end (O) and the lower end (U). The lumbar support (100) further comprises at least one angle adjuster (20, 25) connected to the upper end (O) or the lower end (U) and adapted to vary the upper angle of inclination (?) or the lower angle of inclination (?) in order to adjust the position of the crown of the curvature (S), and an actuator (30, 35) for adjusting the angle adjuster (20, 25).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: component engineering services GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Winkelhake, Daniel Arnke
  • Patent number: 11046435
    Abstract: A keep-out assembly for a stowage bin assembly positioned above at least a portion of one or more seats within a vehicle includes a keep-out lens and a keep-out bracket. The keep-out lens is pellucid and extends between an inner edge and an outer edge. The keep-out lens has a top surface and a bottom surface. The keep-out mounting bracket has a base configured to be mounted to the stowage bin assembly at a top of the stowage bin assembly. The keep-out mounting bracket has a support arm extending from the base. The support arm engages the keep-out lens and supports the bottom surface of the keep-out lens at an elevated position above the stowage bin assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2021
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Brent Clarence Walton, Derek Andrew Minyard
  • Patent number: 11029133
    Abstract: A moveable barrier system comprising a first panel having a first vertical edge and a second vertical edge, the first vertical edge rotatably coupled to a first vertical surface along a first axis, and a second panel having a third vertical edge and a fourth vertical edge, the third vertical edge of the second panel rotatably coupled to the second vertical edge of the first panel, the fourth vertical edge of the second panel removably coupled to a second vertical surface. Each of the first and second panel have a structural layer that forms a vertical plane, spanning the first vertical edge and the second vertical edge, and a projectile resistant layer that is resistant to projectile impact. The first panel and the second panel are configured to move from a stored position into an active position when in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Inventor: Audrey Hannah Larson