Accessories Patents (Class 244/155R)
  • Patent number: 6145789
    Abstract: A remotely controlled aircraft has a center member and a steering assembly. The steering assembly comprises a carriage, a remote control motor, a center member and a connecting arm. The carriage pivotably is attached to the center member. The remote control motor has a control arm and is disposed within the carriage. The center member arm has a first end and a second end. The first end of the center member arm is fixedly attached to the center member. The center member and the center member arm is arranged in a non-parallel manner. The connecting arm has a first end and a second end. The first end of the connecting arm is pivotably attached to the second end of the center member arm. The second end of the connecting arm is pivotably attached to the control arm of the remote control motor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Assignee: Gray Matter Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Tai Hoon Kim Matlin, James Ashley Waring
  • Patent number: 6129635
    Abstract: A canopy for a parachute game includes a plurality of flexible sheets of a sectoral shape. Each flexible sheet has two radial side portions and an arcuate portion between the radial side portions. The radial side portions are attached to two adjacent radial side portions of two other flexible sheets respectively so as to form a circular canopy body with a center portion. The arcuate portion has an outer arcuate edge which is disposed distal to the center portion and which defines a cutout portion extending radially towards the center portion. An endless band member is made of a flexible material, and is disposed along the outer arcuate edges of the arcuate portions of the flexible sheets to confine the cutout portions at a side distal to the center portion so as to form hand gripping portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2000
    Inventor: Eva Kuo
  • Patent number: 6085682
    Abstract: A parasailing assembly to suspend a rider from a parachute which is being towed by a boat, with the rider supported by one of various rider support structures, such as a body harness or a seat assembly. The parasailing assembly includes an improved connecting assembly that is structured to removably interconnect a rider support structure to the canopy of a parachute and preferably, includes two elongated straps, each having an interconnecting link disposed intermediate opposite ends thereof. Preferably, each strap of the connecting assembly has at least one end is connected to rider support structure, on opposite sides of the rider. In addition, either fixedly or removably attached to the interconnecting link is a base portion having a plurality of strap segments, each of which is connected, preferably but not necessarily in a fixed manner, to a separate grouping of riser line sets which extend up to the canopy of the parachute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Controlled Parasailing Corporation of America, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mark McCulloh
  • Patent number: 6056243
    Abstract: A variable-length, adjustable strap for use with a kite line is provided which comprises a strip of material forming a looped portion and adjustment means allowing the length of the strap to be adjusted. Affixing means mounted upon the strip of material are provided to which a kite line can be detachably attached.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Inventor: Daniel Prentice
  • Patent number: 5947420
    Abstract: A kite accessory release system for dropping toy projectiles and related items from a kite during flight is disclosed. The system includes a kite accessory release device comprised of a generally rectangular sheet of a deformable rubber material having at least one expandable slot formed therein to receive a release tab formed on each of the toy projectiles. The release device is deformable when stretched linearly so as to open the slot retaining the toy projectile and to allow it to fall by gravity from the device during flight of the kite. The release device is adaptable for use with various toy projectiles of different configurations such as toy bombs, airplanes, missiles, gyrocoptors, and parachutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 7, 1999
    Inventor: Thomas J. Backman
  • Patent number: 5938150
    Abstract: A kite having an adjustable airfoil to maintain a multisided surface material in a flying position has a surface material or sheet requiring no modifications and may be easily removed. The surface material may also be modified for more permanent assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Inventor: Randy J. King
  • Patent number: 5893537
    Abstract: A kite includes a main frame including a longitudinal beam, two peripheral beams, and at least two transverse beams interconnected between the peripheral beams. Each peripheral beam includes a number of positioning rings for respectively receiving two ends of the transverse beams. A number of vertical posts are provided, and each vertical post has a lower end securely attached to an associated transverse beam. Each vertical post includes a number of vertically spaced engaging members thereon. The kite further includes a number of vertically spaced sail devices each including two horizontal rods with a sail mounted therebetween. Each horizontal rod includes an engaging piece securely engaged with one of the engaging members of the associated vertical post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Inventor: Zen An Lee
  • Patent number: 5816184
    Abstract: A parasailing assembly designed to suspend a rider from a parachute being towed by a boat, the assembly including a rider support structure formed of a rigid yet lightweight and buoyant material and having a front end, a rear end, a pair of oppositely disposed sides, a top side, a bottom side, and a hollow interior, accessible from one of the sides. A reclining seat structure is disposed within the hollow interior and is structured to support at least one rider in a generally reclined position. A pair of straps are further provided and formed of a flexible yet high strength material, with each one of the straps securely yet removably connected to one of the opposite sides of the rider support structure such that when the assembly is disposed in a launched orientation each of the straps is disposed in spaced parallel relation to the other and provides for balance and stable movement of the rider support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Controlled Parasailing Corporation of America, Ltd.
    Inventor: Mark McCulloh
  • Patent number: 5762293
    Abstract: A two-piece inflatable kite is made from configured, mirror imaged top and bottom polyester films which are heat sealed about their peripheral edge. Integrally extending from the edges forwardly and rearwardly are string connecting tabs formed from the top and bottom films. The tabs support reinforced apertures for attaching the kite string bridle. The top and bottom film portions also form a valve for adding air into and out of an air tight compartment within the kite. The air tight compartment also forms the wings of the kite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1998
    Inventor: Scott C. Crosbie
  • Patent number: 5727756
    Abstract: A modular kite system using flexible attachment means to join a variety of flat wings to a three-dimensional center section or fuselage, which itself can be of various configurations. Hook and loop fasteners are used to position movable cross spar sleeves along the wings which adjust the flexibility of the cross spar(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 17, 1998
    Inventor: David E. Rowe
  • Patent number: 5718399
    Abstract: A shock absorbing frame structure including a frame rod having one end inserted into one pocket of the cover sheet of a kite, a sleeve sleeved onto one end of the frame rod, an end cap fixedly fastened to one end of the sleeve outside the frame rod and disposed within the pocket of the cover sheet of the kite, and spring means mounted within the sleeve and stopped between the end cap and the frame rod and adapted for absorbing shocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 17, 1998
    Inventor: Chen-Nan Cheng
  • Patent number: 5598988
    Abstract: A rotating flying device of the type having an airfoil and a stabilizer disk is disclosed. The flying device uses novel three-hole bearings to allow for flight with streamers. Further, the flying device may be folded for ease in transportation or storage. Stabilizing elements are used to hold the disk in a flying position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 4, 1997
    Inventor: Thomas J. Bukur
  • Patent number: 5573208
    Abstract: A kite of the type that comprises a main frame with longitudinal rods (10, 12, 13) and transverse rods (11, 11'), has a secondary frame comprising rods known as "whiskers" (2). These rods (2) are extended to meet at a junction point (22) located in the median plane of symmetry. According to a first embodiment, straps (23, 24), either elastic or not elastic, stretch these rods (2). According to a second embodiment, an additional sail forms a keel, this sail being stretched between the median longitudinal rod (10) and the point of junction (22).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1996
    Assignee: Paimpol Voiles, S.A.
    Inventor: Andre Cassagnes
  • Patent number: 5556057
    Abstract: A controllable kite, which changes its geometry and aerodynamic form in flight, in response to control inputs from control handles and control lines, enabling smooth stable high-speed flight as well as extreme low-speed agility and the ability to fly in any direction or hover, consists of a flexible leading-edge spar, stressed by the curve of the sail and providing tension in the sail. Control longerons, at a predetermined angle on either side of the centerline act on the leading-edge spar in such a way as to provide variable geometry that controls the form, stability and flying characteristics of the kite and sustains the shape required for both high and low-speed flight. Precise control is achieved by attaching equal-length control lines from control handles directly to the control longerons without the need for bridling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Inventor: David V. Davies
  • Patent number: 5528476
    Abstract: The apparatus is made up of a battery pack, two two-wire conductors, a plurality of light emitting diodes, a plurality of clips and a terminal board. The battery pack is made up of (1) a battery holder, including conductors to connect the batteries in series and deliver power to two terminals on the end of the holder, (2) a heat shrunk tube enclosing the connections of the two wires in each conductor to resistors which limit the power delivered to the diodes and connections of the resistors to two conductors connected to the terminals on the terminal board. Some of the plurality of LED's are attached at points along one two-wire conductor to the wires in the conductor; the remainder is similarly attached to the other two-wire conductor. There is a Velcro (T.M.) fitted strap attached to the holder and used to fasten the pack to kite structure. An elastromeric tube is also attached to the holder to provide friction to keep the battery pack from inadvertently sliding on the structure to which it is strapped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Inventor: Barry E. Fenton
  • Patent number: 5511746
    Abstract: A convertible wrist to finger kite handle constructed in the manner of a wrist kite handle of flexible material having a wrist loop and kite string attachment ring, the invention incorporating a conversion ring adjacent to the attachment ring to permit the flexible material of the wrist loop to be introduced therein to convert the single wrist loop into a two finger kite handle. The invention also contemplates the incorporation of additional conversion rings adjacent to each other to provide for a three and four finger kite handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1996
    Assignee: Kathy Goodwind
    Inventor: Todd Hostetter
  • Patent number: 5492288
    Abstract: A kite framing-member connector for forming a connection between at least two elongated kite framing-members. The kite framing-member connector comprises: a first framing-member connection fitting attached to a second framing-member connecting mechanism. The first framing-member connection fitting is adapted to receive and hold the end of a framing-member such as a spreader. The second framing-member connecting mechanism includes a flap portion having a flexible, flap-end portion that is securable to a kite framing-member, such as a leading edge spar, by surrounding and gripping a section of the kite framing-member. It is preferred to include an attachment structure carried on the flap-end portion that is connectable with a harness line in a manner such that tensional force on the harness line causes the second framing-member connecting mechanism to increase the gripping force applied to the section of the second kite framing-member about which the flap portion is secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1996
    Inventor: Raymond J. Bordelon
  • Patent number: 5449135
    Abstract: A collapsible and foldable kite including frame members, a keel member, spreader supports and a sail. The frame members being fixed to the sail with the aa keel member and spreader supports either fixed to the sail and/or frame members, to brace the sail while flying. At least one of the frame members being hinged to allow the frame members and sail to be folded or rolled into a small package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Inventor: Anthony A. Henderson
  • Patent number: 5417390
    Abstract: A ram-air inflated kite has double contoured surfaces separated by dividers that form a series of air-catching cells between the surfaces. The contour of the surfaces produces lift in the kite similar to the airfoil of an airplane wing. The kite may be flown as a single airfoil or have other kite airfoils stacked one above the other for flight as a multiple in an attached stacked formation. Special X-bracing in lines between the stacked airfoils provide stability and the kite sections can be controllable by a bridle on the kite connected by control lines. For additional control and stabilization, the operator is provided with a body harness having attachments that can be connected directly to the kite control lines. For operator safety, the body harness is secured by a swivel tee anchored by two ground stakes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1995
    Inventor: Jeffrey M. Southwick
  • Patent number: 5366182
    Abstract: A wind powered system utilizes a free-flying airfoil tethered to a conveyance device such as a water ski, a skegged hull slab or a wheeled land vehicle which either defines or inherently has tracking means defining a preferred traverse vector across an underlying surface. The tractive force of the airfoil is applied at the center of lateral resistance of the conveyance device such that there is no destabilizing moment caused by the airfoil, thereby removing an artificial limit on the sail area that is imposed upon fixed mast sailing craft. A control bar provides a mount for a tether reel which enables the conveyance device, when same is a kite, to be launched from the water without requiring the assistance of a boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 22, 1994
    Inventors: William G. Roeseler, Cory Roeseler
  • Patent number: 5213289
    Abstract: An inflatable airfoil-shaped kite, which is framed by a front spar extending along the leading edge of the airfoil envelope, a rear spar extending along the envelope trailing edge, and two side spars extending along the side edges of the envelope. Upper and lower control lines are attached to end portions of the front and rear spars. Two control handles are attached to the opposite ends of the control lines, such that a person can manipulate the handles to move the kite through different maneuvers, e.g., reverse flight, power turning or pinwheeling. Each spar has end portions that can flex to generate localized drag forces which cause the kite to execute different maneuvers, as dictated by signals transmitted from the control handles through the control lines to end areas of the individual front, rear, and side spars.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1992
    Date of Patent: May 25, 1993
    Inventor: David P. Barresi
  • Patent number: 5183224
    Abstract: A swivel on a string is attached to the windward face of a pinwheel turbine. The other end of the string is attached to the aft portion of a kite thus creating a kite tail. Wind against its veins and leeward parts stabilize the pinwheel's orientation and cause it to spin. The pinwheel is light but tends to produce drag proportional to the velocity of the wind, thereby, stabilizing the kite in both low winds and high winds. A multiplicity of pinwheels can be attached in series on one kite tail, and one or more such kite tails can be attached to a kite to provide directional stability. This self-regulating tail can be used to help keep a kite airborne in an extremely wide range of wind speeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1993
    Inventor: Rudy W. Harburg
  • Patent number: 5152481
    Abstract: A kite frame connector adapted to receive an elongated frame of a kite is provided. The connector has a main body with a surface defining a channel adapted to receive the kite frame member. A retention element extends from that surface into the channel for exerting a force on the frame member to retain the frame in the channel and for defining a chamber for receiving adhesive which acts to permanently secure the connector to the frame member. A passage through the side wall of the connector provides access to the chamber after the frame member is positioned in the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1992
    Inventors: Andy Cote, Jerry Greene
  • Patent number: 5149021
    Abstract: A kite tailpiece connector includes a piece of flexible sheet material forming a pocket for receiving the rear end of the keel strut and also forming a transverse sleeve for receiving the kite's cross strut. The cross strut includes a connector member and cross strut elements. The connector member is located in the transverse sleeve, and it connects the cross strut members together. Replaceable spacer member on the connector member determine the overall length of the cross strut, and thus determine the draft of the kite.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1990
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1992
    Inventor: Jonathan J. Prouty
  • Patent number: 5127612
    Abstract: An apparatus used for securing sets of flexible strap handles of various sizes and shapes, and for retrieving, deploying, and storing the kite line attached to each flexible strap handle used when flying dual line kites. The invention includes an elongated tube with a rod extending perpendicular through the tube on both the upper and lower portion, each rod protruding equal distance on each side of the tube. A compression spring allows the upper rod to move closer to the lower rod, allowing flexible strap handles of various sizes and shapes to be secured onto the invention. The method of use of this invention allows sets of two flexible strap handles to be secured onto perpendicular rods, each handle attaching around an upper and lower rod on each side of the invention, then the kite line, which is secured to each handle, can be manually deployed or taken up onto this invention simultaneously by turning the tube on its axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: Brent O. Onstott
    Inventor: Brent O. Onstott
  • Patent number: 5098039
    Abstract: A kite designed for night flying, the kite having a facial ornamental design, comprising a frame means for providing the structural support of the kite, the frame means including a plurality of frame members being in mechanical association with one another. A body means provides the aerodynamic flight characteristics of the kite, the body means being supported by the frame means. The body means inlcudes an interchangeable face means, the interchangeable face means allowing the selective substitution of a variety of ornamental designs for the kite. The kite includes an illumination means for illuminating the ornamental designs of the kite, the illumination means also being supported by the frame means. The illumination means renders the kite readily visible while in night flight, whereby a kite is provided which exhibits striking nocturnal features when viewed by the human eye.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: March 24, 1992
    Inventor: Kenneth M. Linden, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5072899
    Abstract: Release device tied to underside of kite has rubber band-biased, cooperating jaws which releasably hold toy "paratrooper". Liquid-filled gelatin capsule serves as pin to hold jaws in closed position. Salt-water solution in capsule dissolves capsule, which causes jaws to open and "paratrooper" to be released from mechanism. Varying the concentration of the salt-water solution controls the amount of time delay before which the capsule dissolves and the "paratrooper" is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1991
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1991
    Inventor: Steven L. Nickle
  • Patent number: 5068837
    Abstract: A combined racing gate for kites and quick draw device comprising a vertical pipe, a vertical wand pivotally attached adjacent its lower end to the upper end of the vertical pipe, a weight slidably mounted within the pipe, a cord connected from the lower end of the wand to the weight for maintaining the wand in a normally vertical condition, an electrical switch mounted on the pipe, an electrical timer connected to the electrical switch, a cam mounted on the wand for actuating the electrical switch when the wand pivots to start and stop the timer, a horizontal pipe connected to the upper end of the vertical pipe, a target plate attached to the wand, a plurality of individual targets connected at right angles to the horizontal pipe, each individual target comprising a tube connected to the horizontal pipe, a vertical rod extending upwardly from the outer end of each tube, a target plate mounted at the upper end of each vertical rod in parallel relation to the target plate on the wand, a spring connected to the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 26, 1991
    Inventor: Arlen J. Lowrance
  • Patent number: 5064149
    Abstract: Sheet material is used for forming connectors for a kite. The leading end of a keel strut is connected to the sail by a nosepiece which is formed of first and second panels having their forward edges connected together and provided with spaced holes that are mutually aligned so that a string looped through the holes and around the keel strut will retain the keel strut in position between these panels. The tailpiece connector is formed of two panels of sheet material having two longitudinal seams connecting them to the sail and to each other to prevent lateral movement of the aft end of the keel strut. The tailpiece connector panels are connected together aft of the keel strut to obstruct rearward movement of the keel strut, and one of these panels has a seam which forms a transverse sleeve for receiving the cross strut and a bridle string.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 12, 1991
    Inventor: Jonathan J. Prouty
  • Patent number: 5058832
    Abstract: A trigger mechanism for an aerial device including a unitary housing having three longitudinal bores extending therethrough and a spring biased rod or wire-like mechanism which includes a plurality of bends forming various portions which can be inserted into such bores after such rod has been bent and a spring has been attached to such rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 22, 1991
    Inventors: Kevin J. Buckman, Thomas P. Buckman
  • Patent number: 5054718
    Abstract: A kite apparatus which may be attached to the center spar of a stunt kite which allows the common string of the two yokes to pass through a pulley and when one of the kite control strings is pulled, the common string rides over the pulley causing un-equal lengths of the common string on each side of the pulley, thus changing the attack of the surface of the kite to the wind which provides a new and unusual control resulting in better maneuverability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1991
    Inventors: Harold L. Hull, Anthony R. Cocucci
  • Patent number: 5027539
    Abstract: Kites and airfoils designed in such fashion that the possibilities to observe the process by which the kite or airfoil is made airborne are maximized.Each time a gust of wind appears, the kite or airfoil rises automatically up a fixed pole which passes through it, without further direct intervention. When the airflow or wind abates, the kite or airfoil descends the pole, and rests on a restraining device located on the pole at a level higher than its lower-most level until the next gust of wind or an increase in the airflow lifts the kite or airfoil up again, and so on. The restriction of the pole also keeps the kite or airfoil within a short distance of the observer who can have a closer and better view of the process of ascension of the kite or airfoil up the pole.The applications of this invention include scientific instruments, childrens's toys and advertising devices. One embodiment of the invention is a kite which is designed to use the radio antenna of an automobile as its pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1991
    Inventor: Jean F. Orsini
  • Patent number: 5024401
    Abstract: An apparatus for controlling quad-line stunt kites of a type having a pair of handles with lines connected to each end of each handle. This is essentially all the control that is used during the normal kite flying procedure, but when it is desired to bring the kite line in or to let the line out, pick-up and/or pay-out structures are used in conjunction with the control handles. Specifically this pick-up and pay-out structure includes a first rod which extends through a pair of openings in the top of each of the control handles respectively and has a crank portion on one end thereof. A second rod extends through a pair of aligned openings in the lower portion of each of the control handles respectively. An axle, which is adapted to be rotated about an axis, is attached to one end of the first and the second rod and a tubular member is adapted to slide over the axle so that a person can grasp the tubular member in one hand and the crank in the other hand to rotate both rods and both handles about the axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1991
    Inventor: Hiroshi Nakashima
  • Patent number: 5018117
    Abstract: A combined racing gate for kites and quick draw device comprising a vertical pipe, a vertical wand pivotally attached adjacent its lower end to the upper end of the vertical pipe, a weight slidably mounted within the pipe, a cord connected from the lower end of the wand to the weight for maintaining the wand in a normally vertical condition, an electrical switch mounted on the pipe, an electrical timer connected to the electrical switch, a cam mounted on the wand for actuating the electrical switch when the wand pivots to start and stop the timer, a horizontal pipe connected to the upper end of the vertical pipe, a target plate attached to the wand, a plurality of individual targets connected at right angles to the horizontal pipe, each individual target comprising a tube connected to the horizontal pipe, a vertical rod extending upwardly from the outer end of each tube, a target plate mounted at the upper end of each vertical rod in parallel relation to the target plate on the wand, a spring connected to the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 21, 1991
    Inventor: Arlen J. Lowrance
  • Patent number: 5012458
    Abstract: A racing gate for a kite comprising an essentially vertical pipe supported at the lower end on the ground. An elongated wand is pivotally mounted adjacent to the upper end of the pipe and has an upper end which projects into the path of a moving kite, or more accurately into the path of the moving strings of a kite. The lower end of the wand below the pivot point is resiliently attached to the pipe so that, when the wand is pivoted by the horizontal movement of a kite string against the upper end of the wand, the wand will return to its upright position after the kite string passes by. An electrically operated timer, such as a stopwatch, is connected to the pipe. The electrical leads for the timer pass upwardly through the pipe and one of the leads is electrically connected to a conductive sleeve mounted on the wand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Inventor: Arlen J. Lowrance
  • Patent number: 5011099
    Abstract: A versatile kite having three unique features: a dihedral and double parabolic camber provided entirely by the geometry and interaction between its two spars and its flight skin, a keel that may be adjusted from zero to several inches using a simple wing nut to create a fold in the kites flight skin, and the use of light weight wind responsive sail turbines attached to the wing tips of the kite to create excellent balance and control, provide an aerial display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 30, 1991
    Inventor: Rudolph W. Harburg
  • Patent number: 5007367
    Abstract: A helium balloon is attached to, and in communication with a helium bottle and has attached thereto four guide lines so that selected lines can be pulled as needed to guide the balloon through clearings in overhead foliage. When not in use the lines are wound on a spindle to be packed with the deflated balloon. The spindle carries an arrowhead to be extended from one end thereof and driven into the ground to anchor the guide lines.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Inventors: Lawrence A. Matteucci, Shirley J. Rager, Ambrose P. Maher
  • Patent number: 5000402
    Abstract: Kite illuminators for night use each have an electric lamp, battery, and mercury switch to control the lamp. The switches respond to both gravity and kite acceleration (or to wind). The lamps light in response to kite motions or tilts. This conserves batteries and also conveys information to the user about the attitude and motions of the kite. Illuminators are mounted on the kite frame or clipped to rings permanently fastened to the kite string, and may be unclipped for day use. Phosphorescent materials are used, as on the rings, to augment and retain the light from the lamps. One illuminator is string-mounted to shine on the kite surface, and flashes upon jerking of the kite string. A two-bulb kite-mounted illuminator lights on one side or the other depending upon the attitude of the kite to the vertical. A tail illuminator responds to motions of the tail to flash. Additional string-mounted units shine on phosphorescent streamers. The four types together form a kite illumination system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: March 19, 1991
    Inventor: Thomas E. Blackburn
  • Patent number: 4981271
    Abstract: A stunt kite string winder includes a pair of bracket members which hold a pair of string handles substantially spaced apart and in generally parallel relationship to each other. A crank handle extends from each bracket member so that the winder can be rotated about axis which is located between the string handles. A resilient member biases the brackets towards each other to releasably hold the string handles therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 1, 1991
    Inventor: Joel S. Carter
  • Patent number: 4942506
    Abstract: A kite equipped with lights powered by a power source such as a battery carried by the kite. The lights may be mounted along outline framing of the kite or in a field of lights controlled by a program unit carried by the kite settable for different programmed collective light designs in various desired configurations. Kite lighting systems are to be made up as kits mountable on kites of most any kite design to provide an interesting light display from a kite flown in the dark of night.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1990
    Inventor: Mark T. Flory
  • Patent number: 4911383
    Abstract: The invention provides a kite, particularly an article dropping kite, consisting of a kite body, which usually is provided with a downwardly-extending kite keel to which is connected the kite string. The kite is provided with an article holding and releasing means consisting of a flexible-walled pocket, usually forwardly-opening, which is closed by the tension on the kite string to hold the article in the pocket during launch and flying. Upon release of the tension the pocket tends to open, assisted by entry of air into the pocket by the kite's forward motion, and the kite stalls and tips forward under the forward location of the article until the article is released. Alternatively, or in addition the holding and release means are flexible parallel straps cooperating with the keel, or a separate pocket. A weight is provided at the point of attachment of the kite string to the body and cooperates with the pocket to produce a swooping, gliding decending motion of the kite upon release of the tension.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1990
    Inventor: Lloyd C. Elson
  • Patent number: 4892272
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of the present invention includes a kite having a sail with a left and right wing, each being connected to a supporting frame, with the frame having a leading edge support member associated with a left wing strut member and with a right wing strut member. It also includes bridle associated with the frame, the bridle having a horizontal line member connected to the leading edge support member, a left wing vertical line member connected to the left wing vertical support member, and a right wing vertical line member connected to the right wing strut member. The horizontal line member is connected to the left and right wing vertical line members at upper left and upper right control line contact points. The set of control lines includes an upper left line and an upper right line connected to the upper left and upper right control line contact points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1990
    Inventor: Joseph R. Hadzicki
  • Patent number: 4842222
    Abstract: A load carrying and releasing pendular device for attachment to a kite string and release the load on jerking on the kite string. The device is fixedly attached to the kite string at an upper location. The device is also releasably coupled to the kite string at a second lower location. The kite string is releasable from coupling to the device at the second location by jerking on the string of the kite. The device assumes a first raised position when it is coupled to the kite string both at the first upper location and at the second lower location. On jerking the kite string, the string becomes released at the second lower position and the device pivots from the first raised position to a second lower position. This pivoting of the device, providing movement of portions of the device, relative to the kite string causes the release of the load releasably carried by the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 27, 1989
    Inventor: Eric A. Baird
  • Patent number: 4805853
    Abstract: Improvements to the design of the Kite-String Flyer described in my previous U.S. Pat. No. 3,752,424 include:attachments providing means for setting the elevator angles on the wing for better flight control;an improved launching mechanism for parachutes, etc., aloft;the use of ribbons attached to the rear surface of the wing to provide additional air resistance as they flutter in the breeze during flyer's dive down the kite string, thus slowing the descent rate and adding visual appeal to the flight of the flyer;the use of a 3/4 inch cube of a resilient foam cushion material attached to the front of the fuselage to protect against sting or injury to hands or body in case of contact at bottom of flight of flyer down the kite string;an improved mounting method of elastic holding hook to wing and of wing to fuselage to facilitate quick assembly of the flyer from a kit where the parts are packaged flat to provide a more convenient shipping package.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: February 21, 1989
    Inventor: Willis R. Battles
  • Patent number: 4799634
    Abstract: A hook to be fixed to the lower end of the frame of a kite. The hook has an arm curved upwardly towards the top of the kite for supporting an object such as a parachute when the kite is in a vertical position and for dropping the parachute when the kite has reached a predetermined tilted position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Inventor: Nelson K. Beaulieu
  • Patent number: 4787575
    Abstract: A signal balloon (2, 2') has an inflated configuration that is horizontally elongated with opposite tapered ends (4, 6, 4', 6'). The balloon (2, 2') is shaped and dimensioned to cause it to ascend in response to an increase in wind speed. The sidewalls of the balloon (2, 2') have light transmitting portions (10, 10') and reflective portions (12, 12'). A light (40, 40') is positioned inside the balloon (2, 2'). The light may be an electric lamp (40) connected to a power source (64) on the ground via an electrically conductive tether (34). The light (40') may also be the upper end of a fiber optic conductor tether (34') which has a lower end connected to a light source (92') on the ground. The balloon (2') is provided with pivotable lower and upper lift members (22', 24') which are connected to the tether (34') and pivot in response to changes in orientation of the tether (34') to increase the lift of the balloon (2') when the tether (34') inclines away from a vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1988
    Assignee: David L. Huskey
    Inventor: Ronald R. Stewart
  • Patent number: 4781345
    Abstract: A kite strut is presented. More particularly, a kite strut comprising an elongate rod having two end portions and further having at least one shrink fit stop ring disposed thereabout, said stop ring comprising an annular segment of heat shrinkable material which is shrunk into a shrink fit relationship with the elongate rod, is presented. Also presented is a method of making such kite struts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1988
    Inventor: Robert J. Mileti
  • Patent number: 4778132
    Abstract: The present invention includes a dragon style kite having a pinwheel removably mounted on a center strut. A channel member receives a framing strut and includes a recess. The recess receives a first end of the center strut. A bracket has an upper chamber and a lower chamber. The pinwheel is assembled and rotatably mounted on a spindle. The spindle is slidably inserted into the upper chamber of the bracket. The center strut is slidably inserted into the lower chamber of the bracket and secured. A snap-on-grommet is provided for assembling and aligning tabs of a pinwheel on the spindle. The snap-on-grommet is retained on the spindle by barbs. During flight, the pinwheel freely rotates on the spindle and does not engage the body of sheet material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1988
    Assignees: Carl E. Stoecklin, John F. Stoecklin
    Inventors: Carl E. Stoecklin, John F. Stoecklin, Robert E. Polewski
  • Patent number: 4752051
    Abstract: A device which can be tied onto the string of the kite of any kind for producing sound. The windsail of the device rotates to produce a sound imitating the frog's crow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1988
    Inventor: Wen-Ping Chang
  • Patent number: 4738414
    Abstract: A parasailing assembly structured for the safe support of a rider in a depending and supported relation from an air suspended or ascending parachute wherein the rider support and ascending parachute are launched from a launching platform on a tow boat. The parasailing assembly includes a rider support including a float structure thereon for the safety of the rider in the event of coming into contact with the water. The launch assembly on the tow boat is capable of launching and retrieving the parasailing assembly and rider in at least a partially mechanically automated manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 1986
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1988
    Assignee: Controlled Parasailing Corporation of America
    Inventor: Mark McCulloh