Seating Arrangement: Berth Or Berthage Patents (Class 244/118.6)
  • Patent number: 10807717
    Abstract: An aircraft that includes a body that defines a cabin interior and a longitudinal axis, and a front row positioned in the cabin interior. The front row includes a first front seat and a second front seat. The first and second front seats are angled away from one another. The first front seat is angled outwardly such that it forms a first acute angle with the longitudinal axis and the second front seat is angled outwardly such that it forms a second acute angle with the longitudinal axis. The first and second acute angles are approximately the same.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2020
    Assignee: SAFRAN CABIN INC.
    Inventors: Eric Heimbach, Christopher Schuttera, Scott Savian, Ian Geoffrey Scoley
  • Patent number: 10773805
    Abstract: Described is a breakover mechanism for a passenger seat that includes a frame member with a rear portion attached to two opposing sides of a seat back of the passenger seat wherein the frame member is at least partially disposed under a seat pan of the passenger seat, at least one moving portion attached to a forward portion of the frame member, a carriage portion fixedly attached to the seat pan; and a single point mechanism attached to the carriage portion. Once a threshold loading condition occurs, the single point mechanism changes states to facilitate movement of the moving portion relative to the carriage portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Safran Seats USA LLC
    Inventors: Girish J. Malligere, Nahum Madrid, Michael T. Murray, Michael Willey
  • Patent number: 10773611
    Abstract: A decentralized seat control system for seats, each seat having several linearly or angularly movable seat elements. The control system includes a serial data bus; a power supply; smart devices with drives connected to the serial data bus and the power supply, each smart device having a basic function and selectably functioning as an active system master; non-smart devices lacking a control function; a smart control device for controlling the non-smart devices; and a program control unit, wherein the active system master provides control commands to the other smart devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: BÜHLER MOTOR GMBH
    Inventors: Stefan Schlosser, Stefan Gröllich
  • Patent number: 10773804
    Abstract: A seating arrangement for a cabin of a passenger aircraft that includes 5-abreast passenger accommodation suites, each including a privacy wall and a seat movable between a seating position and a lie-flat bed position, and adapted to be laterally positioned in the aircraft cabin in respective adjacent outboard, middle and inboard positions. Three of the suites are adapted to be positioned in a longitudinally-offset position in relation to each other and defining respective ingress/egress paths to a cabin aisle extending along a longitudinal axis of the aircraft cabin adjacent the third suite. Two of the suites are positioned in a longitudinally-offset position in relation to each other and defining respective ingress/egress paths on the opposite side of the cabin aisle. At least some of the suites define an angular offset relative to the longitudinal axis of the cabin aisle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: B/E AEROSPACE, INC.
    Inventors: Javier Valdes De La Garza, Glenn A. Johnson, Daniel I. Udriste, Alexander N. Pozzi, Mark B. Dowty
  • Patent number: 10745135
    Abstract: A seating arrangement for use in a cabin of a vehicle includes a first column set, a second column set, and an aisle between the first and second column sets. The first column set includes a first column of seats, a second column of seats, and a third column of seats. The first column set additionally includes an egress path of a first seat of the first column defined between a first seat and a second seat of the second column and between a first seat and a second seat of the third column. The egress path allows for direct unimpeded access from the first seat of the first column to the aisle, and the egress path is perpendicular to the aisle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Mark E. Eakins
  • Patent number: 10730444
    Abstract: A vehicle seating arrangement includes first and second seating assemblies that are each equipped with a seat and a seatback. A surface of the seat of the first seating assembly is vertically above a surface of the seat of the second seating assembly. A forward extreme of the first seating assembly is displaced rearward of a forward extreme of the second seating assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventor: Ryan Welch
  • Patent number: 10730628
    Abstract: Described are seat backs (102) for aircraft passenger seats (100). Such a seat back (102) can include a unitary structural core (112) formed as a single piece that includes a body (138) and a flange (140). The body (138) and the flange (140) can each include carbon fiber composite material. The flange (140) can include portions extending from the rearward-facing side (132) of the body respectively along a left lateral side edge, a top (134) side edge, and a right lateral side edge of the unitary structural core (112). The flange (140) can be non-tubular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: Safran Seats USA LLC
    Inventors: Donald M. Lasell, Justin K. Murnan, Ali Mohiti Asli, Jeffrey L. Sikorski
  • Patent number: 10703483
    Abstract: A passenger seat/bed arrangement in a tiered architecture in an aircraft cabin with limited height, wherein headroom and egress/ingress provisions are enhanced without constraining the positions of adjoining passenger's seat/beds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Arjuna Indraeswaran Rajasingham
  • Patent number: 10661903
    Abstract: In an illustrative embodiment, a premium class seating arrangement for an aircraft cabin includes at least three passenger suites, each passenger suite including a seat movable between an upright position and a horizontal bed position and an ottoman which expands a surface area of the bed position. The passenger suites may cooperatively form a nested arrangement capable of nesting with identical passenger suite arrangements longitudinally within the cabin area. At least two of the ottomans of the passenger suites may be longitudinally offset in installation position. Each passenger suite in the arrangement is afforded direct aisle access without interference by another passenger suite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2020
    Assignee: B/E Aerospace Inc.
    Inventor: Mark B. Dowty
  • Patent number: 10654573
    Abstract: Provided is a seating-system kit for a vehicle that comprises floor beams, a primary pair of seat tracks, attached to the floor beams, and a first seat assembly, comprising a first seat support and a first plurality of seats, attached to the first seat support. The first seat support is attached to the primary pair of seat tracks and the floor beams support floor panels that define a floor surface. The vehicle has a virtual longitudinal plane, perpendicular to the floor surface, and a virtual longitudinal axis, parallel to the floor surface and lying in the virtual longitudinal plane. The seating-system kit comprises a secondary pair of seat tracks and a second seat assembly, comprising a second seat support and a second plurality of seats, attached to the second seat support, and wherein the second seat support is configured to be attached to the secondary pair of seat tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sami Movsesian, Jun Chen
  • Patent number: 10618658
    Abstract: The invention relates to a floor connection assembly for the mechanical connection of an aircraft seat to a floor structure of an aircraft, comprising at least three fastening points, wherein the floor connection assembly can be fastened on at least three fastening points with in each case one fastening element to the floor structure. The floor connection assembly comprises an adapter plate, wherein the mechanical connection between the adapter plate and the fastening elements is supported about at least one axis in a substantially torque-free manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: LUFTHANSA TECHNIK AG
    Inventor: Oliver Thomaschewski
  • Patent number: 10604262
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an apparatus may comprise: a floor panel for a rotorcraft; one or more puck fasteners in the floor panel, wherein each puck fastener comprises an attachment fitting and a plurality of internal flanges, wherein the plurality of internal flanges within each puck fastener are adjacent; and one or more seating fixtures coupled to the floor panel using the one or more puck fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventors: Timothy Brian Carr, Richard Theodore Perryman, Darrell W. Wilkerson, Bobby Howard Mosier, Joseph Daniel Leachman, Ernest Edward Senn, Jr., William D. Dennison
  • Patent number: 10597161
    Abstract: In illustrative embodiments, apparatus and associated methods relate to an aircraft cabin with an elevated zone along a centerline, and a main deck with passenger seating space located under the elevated zone. In an illustrative example, the elevated zone may include an elevated walkway between, for example, one or more cabins on either lateral side of the walkway. Access between the elevated zone and the main cabin may be via a stairway oriented, for example, along the longitudinal axis of the aircraft. The elevated zone may be advantageously retrofit or provided as original equipment that may increase passenger density, for example, and may further provide for enhanced amenities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: B/E AEROSPACE, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Michael Charles, Peter A. Hoeft, Arthur Y. Wu, Alexander Nicholas Pozzi
  • Patent number: 10569884
    Abstract: In an illustrative embodiment of an aircraft cabin passenger seating arrangement, first and second adjacent passenger seats are positioned at different angles with reference to a longitudinal axis of an aircraft, and longitudinally offset from each other such that the first seat is positioned forward of the second seat by an amount less than a length of the second passenger seat when in the lie-flat position. The first and second adjacent passenger seats may be longitudinally offset from a third passenger seat separated from the second passenger seat by an aisle, the third passenger seat disposed proximate a fourth passenger seat, such that a row of passenger seats includes two staggered groups of passenger seating. The first passenger seat may be vertically offset from the second passenger seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Edward William Morgan
  • Patent number: 10556692
    Abstract: A vehicle cabin seat rail system includes a seat rail having a top side having a plurality of raster openings and mechanically couplable with a cabin floor, a plurality of holding devices positionable on the top side, each being selectively engageable with at least one first raster opening or at least one second raster opening for arresting the holding device and configured for holding an object on the seat rail, and a plurality of marking devices couplable with the seat rail, and configured for optically or mechanically indicating approaching of a first position on the seat rail corresponding to the first raster opening of a respective holding device and of a second position of the same holding device corresponding to the second raster opening, in relation to another object arrested on the seat rail, to prevent an arresting of the holding device on the seat rail on other positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2020
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Malte Fuerstenberg
  • Patent number: 10532817
    Abstract: A passenger seating arrangement including pairings of first and second laterally-adjacent seats, wherein the first and second seats are positioned at different angles relative to a longitudinal aircraft axis and the first and second seats recline to different vertical elevations such that a bed surface of the first seat in a lay flat configuration can overlap a portion of a bed surface of the second seat in a lay flat configuration to maximize seating density.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Inventor: Edward William Morgan
  • Patent number: 10525851
    Abstract: A seatback-seat linkage mechanism includes two connecting rod assemblies and a seat. The connecting rod assemblies are connected between the seat and the seatback. The seat is mounted on the seat pipes and includes two seat supports, two rear pin support assemblies and two front pin support assemblies. Each of seat supports is provided with a first slide slot and a second slide slot. The rear and front pin support assemblies are mounted on the seat pipes in such a manner that the first pin portion of each of the rear pin support assemblies is inserted in the first slide slot, the second pin portion of each of the front pin assemblies is inserted in the second slide slot, so that, when the connecting rod assemblies drive the seat to move, the seat is able to reciprocate stably along the extending directions of the first and second slide slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: AEROSPACE INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT CORP.
    Inventors: Chung-Li Huang, Chi-Heng Lai, Jinn-Biau Sheu
  • Patent number: 10518885
    Abstract: A vehicle seat includes a seat pan and a backrest. The seat pan and the backrest are positionable with respect to one another such that the seat is configurable into at least one of a taxi, takeoff and landing position, a napping position, and a sleeping position. A swivel is disposed beneath and supporting the seat, permitting the seat to rotate about a pivotal axis. Base tracking is disposed beneath and supporting the seat, permitting the seat to move in a lateral and a longitudinal direction. A first control is provided to lock and unlock movement of the seat in at least one of the lateral and the longitudinal directions. A second control is provided to lock and unlock the swivel. The swivel is permitted to be unlocked while movement of the seat in the lateral and the longitudinal direction is locked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventor: Philippe Erhel
  • Patent number: 10480908
    Abstract: There is disclosed an energy absorption device comprising a plurality of pillars mountable to a ceiling of a hull, each pillar having a fixed portion and a movable portion, the movable portion slidable relative to the fixed portion; a deformable material disposed between the fixed portion and movable portion such that the deformable material resist the sliding movement of the movable portion in one direction; the deformable material further adapted to permanently deform when a blast energy is directed towards the ceiling; and a seat assembly attached to the movable portion, the seat assembly adapted for an occupant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: ST ENGINEERING LAND SYSTEMS LTD
    Inventors: Junlin Huang, Chen Nam Sim
  • Patent number: 10479508
    Abstract: A jumpseat having a carrier structure comprising at least one seat pan. The jumpseat comprises a mounting structure provided with at least two arms having at least one degree of freedom to move in rotation about a stowage axis, said carrier structure being hinged to each arm by a pivot arrangement, said pivot arrangement being hinged to each arm about a folding axis, the folding and stowage axes being parallel to each other, said pivot arrangement giving the carrier structure at least one degree of freedom to move in rotation relative to the arms about an elevation axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventor: Jean-Francois Joffre
  • Patent number: 10450070
    Abstract: An aircraft passenger seat has a seat back including a lower portion pivotably mounted to a seat bottom and an upper portion rotatably coupled to the lower portion. The upper portion may rotate in a forward direction relative to the lower portion during articulation of the seat. An inner diaphragm may be positioned between a headrest and a set of side frame members of the upper portion and is rotatably coupled to the upper portion and lower portion to provide support for an upper back and shoulders of a seated passenger. An actuating assembly may coordinate articulation of the lower portion, the upper portion, and the inner diaphragm to permit articulation of the seat between an upright taxi takeoff and landing (TTOL) position and a reclined position and to enable the seated passenger to achieve more ergonomic postures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventor: Michael Beroth
  • Patent number: 10450073
    Abstract: A seat track cover for a passenger seat of an aircraft is positionable on a seat track. The seat track cover is mechanically coupled at a first end to a seat leg structure of the passenger seat via a pivot joint. The seat track cover is arranged substantially parallel to the seat track and takes up a covering position which covers a seat track located therebeneath when the passenger seat is in its working position. The seat track cover takes up a stowed position in a second state, wherein, in the stowed position, the seat track cover is pivotable out of the parallel plane with respect to the seat track via a pivoting movement about the pivot of the pivot joint. The transition from the covering position to the stowed position takes place via the pivoting movement about the first end of the seat track cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Alexander Schulz, Lars Schomacker
  • Patent number: 10365482
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a system for controlling light. The system may include a display. The display may include a light source configured to emit light having a specified spectral output. The system may also include a light filter applied to a substrate separate from the display. The light filter is configured to block light within the specified spectral output. The light filter is further configured to allow light outside of the specified spectral output to pass through the light filter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Albert N. Stuppi, Brian W. Walker, Tracy J. Barnidge, Joseph L. Tchon
  • Patent number: 10301027
    Abstract: Described are commercial aircraft cabin arrangement comprising a plurality of seat units (14), each seat unit including a primary seat (16) and a secondary seat (18) arranged facing one another. The primary seat (16) and the secondary seat (18) are configured to combine into a single bed position for the seat unit. The plurality of seat units (14) are arranged in two columns separated by a wide central aisle (72).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: Safran Seats GB Limited
    Inventors: Alison Gill, Rachel Lisa West, Claude Martin, Paul Willis
  • Patent number: 10301026
    Abstract: A plurality of personal units for aircraft passengers is provided. Each personal unit is arranged to define a longitudinal axis. The personal units are arranged to form first and second columns along a floor to define respective first and second column axes, the personal units in each column being arranged side-by-side in a longitudinally offset relationship at an acute angle to the respective column axis. Each personal unit is arranged to define a personal space for accommodating a person in a seated position and accommodating the person in a recumbent position. At least some of the personal units are arranged such that a portion of the personal space of the respective personal unit is arranged in a stacked relationship, in a direction perpendicular to the floor, with respect to a portion of the personal space of a personal unit in the respective other column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2019
    Assignee: James Park Associates Limited
    Inventors: John Tighe, Ben Orson, James Park
  • Patent number: 10287018
    Abstract: A seat arrangement includes a first group of seats having first and second passenger seats, a second group of seats having third and fourth passenger seats, a first aisle parallel to a longitudinal axis, and a second aisle parallel to the longitudinal axis. The first passenger seat is situated next to the first aisle with a seat direction parallel thereto, and the fourth passenger seat is situated next to the second aisle with a seat direction parallel thereto. The seat direction of the second passenger seat is angled by at least 2° relative to the seat direction of the first passenger seat. The seat direction of the third passenger seat is angled by at least 2° relative to the seat direction of the fourth passenger seat. The first and second groups are next to each other, and have a longitudinal offset relative to each other along the longitudinal axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Jörg Weifenbach
  • Patent number: 10179651
    Abstract: To provide a simple seat fastening device with enhanced flexibility and the possibility of an easy movement of vehicle seats, a seat fastening device for fastening vehicle seats in a vehicle is provided comprising a seat track and a slider in a sliding engagement with the seat track. The slider includes a seat fixation element to fix a foot of a vehicle seat, wherein the seat track includes a C-shaped profile and the slider includes a base inserted in the C-shaped profile and wherein the slider includes a clamp to clamp the slider against an inner surface of the C-shaped profile. At least one linear roller contact bearing is located between the C-shaped profile and the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus Defence and Space GmbH
    Inventors: Paul Olulana, Patrick Rollfink
  • Patent number: 10144514
    Abstract: Occupant support for enhanced comfort safety and utility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Inventor: Arjuna Indraeswaran Rajasingham
  • Patent number: 10076973
    Abstract: Described are seat units with a plurality of passenger seats. In these seat units, each seat has a seat back and a seat pan, and each seat back has an upper portion and a lower portion. The lower portions of the seat backs are integrally formed together as a single lower panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats France
    Inventors: Nathalie Castaing, Charles Ehrmann
  • Patent number: 9993376
    Abstract: A deployable gurney ramp assembly with a retractable ramp deployment apparatus having two deployment tracks extending parallel, parallel first and second base tracks terminating in stops, the deployment tracks slidably engage the base tracks, with ramp guides slidably pivotally engaging a ramp at the end permitting the ramp to pivot when raised or lowered. Extension devices are utilized to advance the deployment ramps and the ramp guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Austin Lulit Lift Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Uriah S. Akers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9981613
    Abstract: To prevent a person from experiencing discomfort when touching portions of a headrest having built-in speakers; to enable the headrest to be formed compactly by arranging the speakers close to the body of the person; and to prevent any decrease in the acoustic pressure and/or acoustic quality of sound from the speakers. Provided are: a plurality of speakers 25a, 25b; fiber pads 15 provided to the front surfaces of the speakers 25a, 25b; a sound-insulating pad 16 provided between the fiber pads 15; and a surface skin 9 for covering the speakers 25a, 25b, the fiber pads 15, and the sound-insulating pad 16, the fiber pads 15 being formed from an elastic material that has a three-dimensional-mesh structure therein, and the sound-insulating pad 16 being formed from an elastic material for minimizing the transmission of sound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: TACHI-S CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yasuyuki Ito, Takahiko Nagasawa, Naoki Takada, Fumiaki Nakashima, Takao Ishikawa
  • Patent number: 9963235
    Abstract: An aircraft bench having passenger-receiving locations each defined by two seating plates for receiving a respective buttock of a passenger. Each of the seating plates is individually mounted to pivot on a front spar of the bench and each is individually supported in suspension via its rear edge by a respective energy absorber. The bench is fitted with a plurality of adjacent sets of straps that are lockable together in pairs by a buckle, with locking points that are selectively usable for belting in a passenger depending on the passenger-receiving location selected by the passenger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS HELICOPTERS
    Inventors: Jean-Francois Joffre, Ernesto Almeida-Gonzalez
  • Patent number: 9950794
    Abstract: A passenger cabin for a means of transport is provided, which comprises an upper passenger deck and a lower passenger deck. The floor of the upper passenger deck comprises a lower and an upper region arranged therebeside, which are interconnected via a step or a ramp. There is an aisle in the lower region. The floor of the lower passenger deck likewise comprises a lower and an upper region arranged therebeside, between which there is a lowered aisle which is arranged so as to be laterally offset from the aisle of the upper passenger deck. The available surfaces of the upper and the lower passenger deck are mirror-symmetrically arranged. In this way, the space available can be used very effectively in order to accommodate more passengers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Ingo Wuggetzer, Christian Bruns, Tobias Mayer
  • Patent number: 9938015
    Abstract: An aircraft lounge assembly that includes an enclosure having a rear wall, first and second side walls and a forward wall that cooperate to define a seating area. The lounge assembly also includes first and second seats positioned in the seating area, and a first dividing wall positioned between the first and second seats. The first dividing wall divides the seating area into a first seat section and a second seat section. The front wall includes a shared entrance space defined therein. A first seat path is defined between the shared entrance space and the first seat section and a second seat path is defined between the shared entrance space and the second seat section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: C&D ZODIAC, INC.
    Inventor: Scott Savian
  • Patent number: 9919800
    Abstract: Arrangements of at least one column of seats for passengers of a vehicle, the column including a next-front seat unit positioned in front of a next-back seat unit. Each seat unit includes a seat having a chair position and a bed position, and a bed extension coupled to the next-front seat unit. The bed extension has a stowed position within the next-front seat unit and a deployed position that is located within a space between the next-front seat unit and the next-back seat unit that is not occupied by the seat in the next-back seat unit when the seat in the next-back seat unit is positioned in the bed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats France
    Inventors: Jeremy Cailleteau, Philippe Roy
  • Patent number: 9878639
    Abstract: A seat support for use with a vehicle seat and configured to engage a track on the floor of the vehicle. The track including two inwardly-directed lips on opposed sides of a slot, the lips providing first alternating protrusions, a spacing distance apart, and recesses along the length of the track. The seat support having an elongate main body and including an interface portion having second alternating protrusions and recesses. The second protrusions are spaced apart by the same spacing distance as the first protrusions. The seat support includes first and second bracing members and a locking arrangement. The locking arrangement configured to restrain the longitudinal movement of the seat support when engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: NMI SAFETY SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventor: Michael Barry Sawdy
  • Patent number: 9868531
    Abstract: A passenger seat arrangement comprises at least one first seat arranged at a first lower level, and at least one second seat arranged at a second elevated level. Each of the first and the second seats comprises a supporting surface for supporting a passenger which is movable between an upright seating position and a reclined lying position. At least one of the first and the second seats is constructed in such a manner that a movement of its supporting surface from the upright seating position into the reclined lying position results in an increase of a distance between the supporting surface of the first seat and the supporting surface of the second seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Benedikt Kircher, Paul Edwards, Stephan Sontag
  • Patent number: 9796296
    Abstract: Described are base frame assemblies (10) for a passenger seat including a main frame (12) with a seat support structure (16) and a lateral support structure (18), wherein the lateral support structure (18) includes two seat fittings (28), and the seat support structure includes one seat fitting (30), and a secondary frame (14) pivotally coupled to the main frame (16), wherein the secondary frame (14) includes one seat fitting (50). A passenger seat (20) and a surrounding monument (26) are mounted to the base frame assembly (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Zodiac Seats France
    Inventor: Jeremy Cailleteau
  • Patent number: 9796300
    Abstract: Seat devices, apparatus, systems and methods for converting vertical single jump seats into bench seats and vice versa, without removing and replacing the seats inside of vehicles, such as in trucks, vans, station wagons, sport utility vans (SUVs), and automobiles. The mechanisms allow for converting the vehicle seats from vertical to bench seats and vice versa without having to physically remove and install different seat arrangements within the vehicles. The conversion between the jump seats with vertical backs and bench seats uses the same seat components and parts. The conversion can take place in seconds and at most a few minutes without using tools.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2017
    Assignee: Alpine Armoring, Inc.
    Inventor: Fred Khoroushi
  • Patent number: 9783280
    Abstract: A double-deck airplane that facilitates passenger embarking/disembarking and cargo loading/unloading operations in order to maximize the number of flight missions carried out in a given time. The floors of its upper and lower decks are planar surfaces extending continuously inside the fuselage in at least the inner space of the fuselage intended for the payload; the lower deck is located at a height from the ground that allows carrying out passenger embarking/disembarking via equipment incorporated in the airplane without any external airport ground equipment; passenger and/or cargo compartments are distributed on the upper and/or lower decks; and the lifting structure is disposed in the airplane in a manner that none of its components crosses the upper and lower decks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignees: Airbus Operations (SAS), Airbus Operations GmbH, Airbus Operations Limited, Airbus Operations S.L.
    Inventors: Raúl Llamas Sandin, Lars Vollers, Philip John Templeton Bradshaw, Thierry Salmon
  • Patent number: 9783300
    Abstract: A method and apparatus comprising a plurality of seating systems and a frame for use in a passenger aircraft. A first seating system in the plurality of seating systems may have different dimensions from a second seating system in the plurality of seating systems. A frame may be configured to be connected to the plurality of seating systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Kelly L. Boren, Mithra M. K. V. Sankrithi, Rush F. Green, Gregory J. Oakes, Sergey Barmichev
  • Patent number: 9756946
    Abstract: A portable armrest divider is disclosed that is mounted on a vehicle armrest and expands the surface area of the original armrest, while providing a vertical separation barrier between the two individuals seated on either side of the armrest. The armrest is portable, in that it folds in half for easy travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: Arthur Chang, Grace Chang
  • Patent number: 9630720
    Abstract: An armrest for arrangement between two seats, especially two passenger seats of a vehicle such as an aircraft is provided, having at least one first support portion for an arm of a first person and at least one second support portion for an arm of a second person wherein the first and second support portions provide different height levels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Inventor: Bruno Saint-Jalmes
  • Patent number: 9610919
    Abstract: A passenger bench seat comprises a backrest, a seat element, a fastening rail which extends substantially parallel to a longitudinal axis of the seat element in the region of an edge of the seat element that faces towards the backrest, and a seatbelt system. In a first configuration of the passenger bench seat, the seatbelt system includes a first number of seatbelts which are detachably fastened to the fastening rail in first positions which are adapted to the first configuration of the passenger bench seat. In a second configuration of the passenger bench seat, on the other hand, the seatbelt system includes a second number of seatbelts which are detachably fastened to the fastening rail in second positions which are adapted to the second configuration of the passenger bench seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Sven Taubert, Florian Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9598174
    Abstract: A vehicle lavatory, in particular an aircraft lavatory, is described. The lavatory includes a cabin space with a centrally located vertical axis around which a washstand and a urinal unit are located. The washstand and urinal unit are arranged to each have an approximately horizontal surface at their top, such that a person using the lavatory has a location to place personal items during use. The horizontal surfaces of the washstand and the urinal are arranged to exist in the same plane and may be a continuous surface that may additionally cross the entirety of the width of the cabin. The urinal is arranged such that a plane defining the opening of the urinal is at an angle relative to a plane defining a front surface of the washstand such that a person using the lavatory only has to turn slightly to access the urinal and the washstand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Schliwa, Maria Theresia Strasdas, Florian Schüphaus, Christian Seibt
  • Patent number: 9592903
    Abstract: A seat rail cover for a seat rail includes a first longitudinal section and a second longitudinal section. The first longitudinal section includes a first cover element and a first support element. The first support element extends in a longitudinal direction of the seat rail cover and protrudes from the first cover element transversely to the longitudinal direction. The second longitudinal section includes a second cover element and a second support element. The second support element extends in longitudinal direction and protrudes from the second cover element transversely to the longitudinal direction. The first longitudinal section is movable in longitudinal direction of the seat rail cover with respect to the second longitudinal direction from a non extended state to an extended state. Such a seat rail cover provides a variable length and may improve the dispersion of loads applied to the cover elements of the seat rail cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: David Wottke, Felix Lohan
  • Patent number: 9573689
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a cabin attendant seat in a cabin of a vehicle includes a base body attachable to a wall surface in the cabin, at least one holding mechanism for holding a cabin attendant seat, at least one linear movement mechanism, and at least one arresting mechanism. The at least one linear movement mechanism is attached to the base body and supports the at least one holding mechanism. The at least one linear movement mechanism is configured for laterally moving the at least one holding mechanism between at least two laterally distanced discrete positions. The at least one arresting mechanism is coupled with the at least one linear movement mechanism and is configured for arresting the at least one linear movement mechanism in the at least two discrete positions. By this apparatus a very space effective provision of a cabin attendant seat especially on a monument is given.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Ralf Schliwa, Roland Lange
  • Patent number: 9545345
    Abstract: A deployable gurney ramp assembly with a retractable ramp deployment apparatus having two deployment tracks extending parallel, parallel first and second base tracks terminating in stops, the deployment tracks slidably engage the base tracks, with ramp guides slidably pivotally engaging a ramp at the end permitting the ramp to pivot when raised or lowered. Extension devices are utilized to advance the deployment ramps and the ramp guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Inventor: Uriah S. Akers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9493229
    Abstract: A system for retractable equipment including movable protection flaps in which a flap drive device serves to drive the flaps in optimized movement, providing a mechanical coupling between the flaps and the retractable equipment such that a common motor member can be used for driving both the equipment and the flaps between respective retracted and deployed positions. The flap drive device includes a cam in the form of a sliding channel secured to a frame of the system and a cam follower in the form of a translating pivot mechanically coupled to both the retractable equipment and a flap drive member. The path followed by the retractable equipment is accordingly optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Michel L'Heritier, Eric Doustens, Philippe Bosc, Philippe Castagne
  • Patent number: RE47872
    Abstract: An aircraft seat set is provided that allows for providing extra room for passengers and/or allow for selectively increasing the width of an aircraft aisle during enplaning and deplaning and/or increasing the width of some seats during flight. In one embodiment, the aisle seat of the seat set is movably connected to the seat frame of the seat set to allow the aisle seat to be disposed above and in front of the middle seat of the seat set for enplaning and deplaning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventors: Frank Matthew Scott, Kevin Lee Van Liere