Of Aircraft On Its Landing Course Patents (Class 244/183)
  • Patent number: 10414511
    Abstract: A method and device for automatically powering off an aerial vehicle, and an aerial vehicle, are provided. The method comprises detecting an operating state of the aerial vehicle, and shutting down a propulsion output of the aerial vehicle if the operating state of the aerial vehicle is a landed state, to effect automatic powering off of the aerial vehicle after landing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: SZ DJI TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Renli Shi, Xuyang Pan, Jianyu Song, Canlong Lin
  • Patent number: 10392128
    Abstract: A rotorcraft and an automatic landing system and method thereof are provided in the present disclosure. The automatic landing system of the rotorcraft includes a controller, a laser emitter, a camera, an electronic governor and a motor configured to drive a propeller of the rotorcraft to rotate. The laser emitter and the camera are both locate in a bottom portion of an airframe of the rotorcraft. The laser emitter has two emission heads, laser beams emitted from the two emission heads respectively are symmetrical about a central axis, the central axis is perpendicular to a horizontal plane of a ground, and an angle between each laser beam and the central axis is an acute angle. Simply with an operation of the laser emitter, the camera and the controller, the flight speed and displacement of the rotorcraft can be controlled to realize automatic landing in the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: GUANGZHOU XAIRCRAFT TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Bin Peng, Yousheng Chen
  • Patent number: 10331952
    Abstract: A system includes a computation device having an input module adapted to receive data defining a single two dimensional image, an image analyzing module configured to receive the data and analyze the single two dimensional image to determine a two dimensional orientation representative of a three dimensional orientation and position, a position calculating module configured to receive the two dimensional orientation from the image analyzing module and determine the three dimensional orientation and position of the object, and an output module adapted to send information relating to the three dimensional orientation and position of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: Landing Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert S. Malecki, Lue Her, Ryan J. Thompson, Anthony H. Giang
  • Patent number: 10169666
    Abstract: Systems and methods for an image-assisted remote control vehicle are provided. An image-assisted remote control system may include a motion controlled device such as an image-assisted remote control vehicle and a remote control device. The motion controlled device may include one or more imaging modules, such as a thermal imaging module and/or a non-thermal imaging module. An infrared image of a part of a track may be captured using the infrared imaging module. A boundary of the track may be detected using the infrared image. The operation of the vehicle may be modified based on the boundary. Modifying the operation of the vehicle in this way may provide a remote controlled vehicle with the ease of use of a slot car track set, the flexibility of remote control cars and the ability for a user to design their own track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: FLIR Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Pierre Boulanger
  • Patent number: 10157264
    Abstract: A method and system for providing medical assistance onboard an aircraft is provided. A number of secure wireless connections are established between an onboard device located on the aircraft and a remote device located remotely with respect to the aircraft, to enable communications between a device operator using the onboard device and a medical professional using the remote device. Information about a medical event that occurs onboard the aircraft is sent from the onboard device to the remote device using the number of secure wireless connections. A medical assessment of the medical event by the medical professional is received at the onboard device from the remote device over the number of secure wireless connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Daniel Nguyen, Jason W. Shelton, Timothy McNally Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10121385
    Abstract: Method and device for estimating lateral speed and lateral position of an aircraft during a phase where the aircraft is traveling on the ground. The device includes a unit for determining an initial lateral position value, corresponding to lateral position with respect to axis of a runway when touching down on landing, a unit for repetitively determining, at least from runway touch down, current ground speed and a current lateral angular deviation, representing angular deviation between the current route and the heading of the runway, a unit for repetitively computing current lateral speed, from the current ground speed and current lateral angular deviation, a unit for computing a current lateral position, from current lateral speed and initial lateral position, and a link for transmitting the current lateral speed and/or the current lateral position to at least one user system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Fabien Guignard, Priteche Venilal
  • Patent number: 10054998
    Abstract: A portable power device including an enclosure, a plurality of power elements housed within the enclosure, and a controller housed within the enclosure and configured to control the power output of the plurality of power elements. The controller is configured to determine if the portable power device is located on an aircraft that is operating in a stationary, taxiing, or flight mode, and if the aircraft is in the stationary, taxiing, or flight mode, to prevent power to be supplied from the plurality of power elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: CARRIER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Stephen Varga, Craig Stephen Blumsack
  • Patent number: 10041792
    Abstract: Various embodiments include a structure configured to at least partially expose a barometric altimeter of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to air pressure at a location on the UAV where there is reduced pressure perturbations caused by downwash of propellers. The structure may include a proximal portion configured to encompass a barometric altimeter of a circuit board of the UAV. The proximal portion may form at least a partial barrier between the barometric altimeter and a first ambient air pressure that is disturbed by a downwash from propellers of the UAV during flight of the UAV. The structure may also include a distal portion extending away from the barometric altimeter, with the distal portion configured to channel to the barometric altimeter a second ambient air pressure that is disturbed less than the first ambient air pressure by the downwash from propellers of the UAV during flight of the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Travis Van Schoyck, Jonathan Paul Davis, Daniel Warren Mellinger, III
  • Patent number: 10042456
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for controlling an aircraft. The systems and methods utilize a touch screen instrument panel to display information to pilots or other users, and to receive input from the user for controlling the aircraft and its components. The systems and methods include synoptic user interface panels that provide graphical or symbolic representations of the aircraft, its components, and subsystems, and display information regarding their configuration, condition, and status. The users may interact with the synoptic user interface panels through the touch screen instrument panel to control the various components of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Joseph Kneuper, Jason Michael Decker, Isaac Wayne Stanfield
  • Patent number: 10026327
    Abstract: A method for managing the trajectory of an aircraft implemented by computer comprises the steps consisting of: receiving the aeroplane performance levels, receiving a flight plan, receiving ground relief data, receiving weather data, determining the coordinates of a safety point according to the aeroplane performance levels, the relief data and the weather data, the safety point making it possible to continue the flight according to a predefined SID landing trajectory in case of outage of one or more engines of the aircraft. Developments are described, notably in computation of the spatial coordinates of the safety point, the management of several safety points and/or of EOSID trajectories, the insertion or the activation of an EOSID trajectory including in the absence of engine outage, the management of the Disarm Point flight plan point. System and software aspects are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Franck Prenot, Sonia Vautier, Philippe Chaix
  • Patent number: 10019905
    Abstract: A holding pattern analysis system and method include a holding pattern detection unit that is configured to detect when an aircraft is flying in a holding pattern proximate to a destination airport, and a holding time prediction unit that is configured to predict a total time of the holding pattern in response to the holding pattern detection unit detecting that the aircraft is flying in the holding pattern.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nils Kneuper, Garoe Gonzalez Parra
  • Patent number: 9936191
    Abstract: Cockpit display systems and methods are provided for generating cockpit displays including symbology useful in assessing whether enhanced flight visibility requirements are satisfied during approach and landing. In one embodiment, the cockpit display system includes an Enhanced Flight Vision System (EFVS) sensor configured to monitor a region forward of the aircraft for runway reference features, a cockpit display device on which an EFVS image is generated utilizing EFVS sensor data, and a controller coupled to the EFVS sensor and to the display device. The controller determines an enhanced flight visibility requirement for a runway approached by the aircraft, and then visually indicates on the EFVS image whether the enhanced flight visibility requirement is currently satisfied by, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Ivan Sandy Wyatt, David Allen Tunheim, Gang He
  • Patent number: 9915726
    Abstract: A lightweight, low volume, inexpensive LADAR sensor incorporating 3-D focal plane arrays is adapted specifically for personal electronic appliances. The present invention generates, at high speed, 3-D image maps and object data at short to medium ranges. The techniques and structures described may be used to extend the range of long range systems as well, though the focus is on compact, short to medium range ladar sensors suitable for use in personal electronic devices. 3-D focal plane arrays are used in a variety of physical configurations to provide useful new capabilities to a variety of personal electronic appliances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC
    Inventors: Howard Bailey, Patrick Gilliland, Barton Goldstein, Laurent Heughebaert, Brad Short, Joseph Spagnolia, Roger Stettner
  • Patent number: 9880281
    Abstract: A system for landing or docking a mobile platform is enabled by a flash LADAR sensor having an adaptive controller with Automatic Gain Control (AGC). Range gating in the LADAR sensor penetrates through diffuse reflectors. The LADAR sensor adapted for landing/approach comprises a system controller, pulsed laser transmitter, transmit optics, receive optics, a focal plane array of detectors, a readout integrated circuit, camera support electronics and image processor, an image analysis and bias calculation processor, and a detector array bias control circuit. The system is capable of developing a complete 3-D scene from a single point of view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: Continental Advanced Lidar Solutions US, LLC.
    Inventors: Patrick Gilliland, Robert W. Koseluk, Steve Penniman, Brad Short, Joseph Spagnolia, Roger Stettner
  • Patent number: 9836064
    Abstract: A method for controlling an aircraft includes storing data aboard the aircraft. The data include the relative positions of radar targets disposed within a region adjacent to the runway. The region is scanned with a radar aboard the aircraft to obtain data corresponding to the relative positions of radar reflections from the region, including reflections from the radar targets. The data corresponding to the radar targets is distinguished from the data corresponding to the radar reflections from the region using correlation techniques. The position and attitude of the aircraft relative to the runway is then assessed using the stored data and the data corresponding to the radar targets. The position and attitude of the aircraft relative to the runway is also evaluated using an independent navigation system. The difference between the assessed position and attitude and the evaluated position and attitude is then used to control the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Thomas E. Yochum
  • Patent number: 9778659
    Abstract: Agricultural autopilot steering compensation provides improved steering control when steerable wheels lose traction and/or in tight turns.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Trimble Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Karl Wilson, John W. Peake, Stephan Pleines
  • Patent number: 9746562
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of generating navigation information for an aircraft. Satellite signals are received at a group of reference receivers at a group of locations. A level of accuracy is identified for the group of reference receivers based on satellite data formed from the satellite signals. It is indicated when the group of locations of the group of reference receivers does not meet a desired level of accuracy. Messages are generated using the navigation information from the satellite data when the group of reference receivers has the desired level of accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2017
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Roger E. Friedman, Janet Suzanne Booth
  • Patent number: 9615251
    Abstract: A radio device is provided with a first radio unit and a second radio unit, wherein the first radio unit provides a certified functionality which is certified by an authorized certification authority. The second radio unit provides a certified functionality, wherein the functionality of the second radio unit is different from the functionality of the first radio unit, and the functionality of the second radio unit is similarly certified by an authorized certification authority. Furthermore, a method is provided for the transmission of information via the radio device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Torsten Langguth, Michael Ebersberger, Rainer St Orn
  • Patent number: 9612312
    Abstract: The invention relates to a flight guidance system for the flight support of a aircraft (1), said system comprising a plurality of fixed ground stations (4a to 4e) respectively comprising a transmitting and/or receiving unit (5a to 5e), and at least one transmitting and/or receiving unit (6) that is arranged on the aircraft (1), the transmitting units being act up to send position signals (7) and the receiving units being set up to receive said position signals (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignees: Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt e. V., Frau Ute Marita Meissner
    Inventors: Ute Marita Meissner, Klaus-Uwe Hahn
  • Patent number: 9595200
    Abstract: A system and method for providing guidance during a flare maneuver of an aircraft may include the steps of: (1) generating a primary flare command from a primary flare control law based on an altitude of the aircraft, (2) generating the secondary flare command from a secondary flare control law based on inertial vertical speed of the aircraft, and (3) generating an ultimate flare command by selecting one of the primary flare command when the aircraft is over regular terrain or the secondary flare command when the aircraft is over irregular terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Steven B. Krogh, Brian K. Rupnik
  • Patent number: 9552728
    Abstract: A method and system of operating a multimodal vehicle includes determining a vehicle route between a starting point and an ending point, establishing one or more waypoints along the determined vehicle route based on one or more factors such as topography or road classification, and changing the propulsion mode of the vehicle at each of the established waypoints. This can be used, for example, to help optimize the use of different propulsion modes such as gasoline and battery power to thereby increase energy utilization efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: General Motors LLC
    Inventor: Daryl L. Carr
  • Patent number: 9494945
    Abstract: A device and method for flight management of an aircraft along a flight plan comprises a plurality of waypoints comprising a computation of the temporal predictions determining the temporal situation of the aircraft for each waypoint of the flight plan, a temporal situation of the aircraft being defined by at least one set of information from among the group comprising the target time of transit at each waypoint the estimated minimum and maximum times of arrival at each waypoint, the estimated time of transit at the waypoint, and a formatting and display simultaneously presenting the temporal situations of the said plurality of waypoints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Francois Coulmeau, Guy Deker, Xavier Blanchon, Patrick Mazoyer
  • Patent number: 9477229
    Abstract: A control method for an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is provided. The UAV includes an accelerometer, a gyroscope, at least one drive unit and at least one rotor. The method includes: detecting current motion data from the accelerometer, wherein the motion data includes displacement of the UAV; determining whether the UAV is thrown up based on the motion data; detecting current ascending velocity of the UAV; determining whether the current ascending velocity of the UAV is substantially equal to zero; detecting current pitch angle and current angular velocity from the gyroscope if the current ascending velocity of the UAV is substantially equal to zero; calculating drive data based on the current pitch angle and current angular velocity; and enabling the at least one drive unit to drive at least one rotor to rotate so as to cause the UAV to hover evenly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Assignee: HON HAI PRECISION INDUSTRY CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Hou-Hsien Lee, Chang-Jung Lee, Chih-Ping Lo
  • Patent number: 9472107
    Abstract: A method and device for determining a control set point of an aircraft, an associated computer program and an aircraft are disclosed. In one aspect, the method includes calculating a performance scale in the form of slope values of the aircraft, the performance scale including a slope characteristic value, the slope characteristic value being associated with a corresponding performance characteristic value. The method also includes acquiring a guidance set point and displaying the acquired guidance set point, in the form of a slope value with respect to the performance scale. The method further includes determining a slope characteristic value associated with a guidance set point displayed in the form of a slope value, and calculating an aircraft control set point, the control set point being calculated relative to the performance characteristic value corresponding to the determined slope characteristic value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Sylvain Lissajoux, Bruno Aymeric, Thibaut Debard
  • Patent number: 9469414
    Abstract: This monitoring device for monitoring the stabilization of the final approach phase of an aircraft to a landing runway includes: an acquisiter for acquiring an instantaneous position of the aircraft, a calculator for calculating an instantaneous distance between the instantaneous position of the aircraft, and a characteristic point of the landing runway, a determinater for determining one or more variables relating to the aircraft, when said instantaneous distance is comprised between first and second predetermined distances, and a generator for generating an alert signal, when at least one of said one or more variables is outside the boundary of a respective domain of values. Each boundary depends on the instantaneous distance between the instantaneous position of the aircraft and the characteristic point of the landing runway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventor: Hugues Meunier
  • Patent number: 9424754
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for providing procedure information associated with an aircraft procedure onboard an aircraft. An exemplary method involves obtaining a briefing sequence for the aircraft procedure and providing the procedure information via the output device, wherein the procedure information is provided in accordance with the briefing sequence. When the output device is realized as an audio output device, the procedure information is sequentially provided auditorily via the audio output device. In one or more embodiments, the procedure information is sequentially indicated on a display device onboard the aircraft in concert with the auditorily provided procedure information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Amit Srivastav, Roger W. Burgin, Dave Pepitone
  • Patent number: 9377782
    Abstract: A method for assisting in the piloting of an aircraft during a landing on a landing area on the ground. The method includes the following steps: (1) during a landing phase, while the landing area on the ground is visible from the aircraft: displaying, on a screen of the cockpit of the aircraft, a target corresponding to this landing, overlaid on a view outside the aircraft; receiving from a pilot a command to modify this target and displaying the duly modified target; and receiving a command to validate a value of the target by a pilot; (2) automatically determining an aircraft flight trajectory as a function of the aircraft's current position and of the value of the target validated by the pilot and storing this trajectory; and (3) guiding the aircraft along the stored trajectory. Also a piloting assistance system suitable for implementing this method is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS (SAS)
    Inventors: Guilhem Puyou, Fabien Perrin, Matthias Eberle, Matthieu Barba
  • Patent number: 9378646
    Abstract: A ground-based system for determining a stopping point of an aircraft on a runway includes a plurality of transceivers located along the runway for gathering data regarding incremental positions of the aircraft along to the runway, a calculating means for dynamically computing the projected stopping point of the aircraft based on the data gathered by the plurality of transceivers, and a display means located on the ground along the runway for communicating information representing the projected stopping point of the aircraft to a flight crew.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventors: Louis Degagne, Derek Campbell
  • Patent number: 9327824
    Abstract: An aircraft wing system for differentially adjusting a first deployable lift device and a second deployable lift device on a wing during take-off and landing, the system having a controller, which is programmed to determine desired positions for the first and second deployable lift devices, based on a desired position signal, and to activate high and low horsepower motors to move the first deployable lift devices to desired positions. The system has a controller which determines an adjustment amount for each motor, based on the system architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Mark Good, Paul Johnson
  • Patent number: 9221553
    Abstract: An on-board aircraft computer is configured to receive flight relevant data from another aircraft through a satellite data link configured to route data between aircraft. The on-board aircraft computer then incorporates such flight relevant data into one or more on-board systems such as a flight management system. The on-board aircraft computer may include two receivers such that a second receiver establishes communication with a second satellite signal during transition between two discrete regions of satellite communication. Furthermore, a satellite routes flight relevant data from one aircraft to another without communication with a ground station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: James P. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 9213334
    Abstract: A runway traction estimation and reporting method and computer readable medium is provided. Upon detection of a landing event, a runway traction estimation and reporting method provides for various measurements and calculations to estimate the traction of the runway and create a traction map of the runway. A computer readable medium may contain instructions for a runway traction estimation and reporting processor directing the processor to perform various measurements and calculations to estimate the traction of the runway. The processor may communicate with a ground station or with other aircraft to produce collaborative results.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2015
    Assignee: Goodrich Corporation
    Inventors: William A. Veronesi, Enrico Manes, Michael Anthony Lynch, Stephen E. Tongue, Richard Kolk, Richard Paul Metzger, Paul Martin Franz, Robert Rudd, III
  • Patent number: 9180962
    Abstract: A system for varying a wing camber of an aircraft wing may include a leading edge device coupled to the wing. The leading edge device may be configured to be actuated in an upward direction and a downward direction relative to a retracted position of the leading edge device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Matthew A. Moser, Mark J. Gardner, Michael R. Finn, Mark S. Good, Adam P. Malachowski, Monica E. Thommen, Stephen R. Amorosi, Dan Onu
  • Patent number: 9153139
    Abstract: A flight control system can achieve a relatively steep descent (using drag devices such as flight spoilers) at relatively low speeds while retaining good airplane handling qualities from the pilot's point of view. The system and method optimize the drag device's positioning used to perform steep approach to improve performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: EMBRAER S.A.
    Inventors: Daniel Paulo De Tarso Ferreira, Mauricio Faustino Oliveira, Fabricio Reis Caldeira
  • Patent number: 8880247
    Abstract: A method and computer program product for planning a landing approach of an aircraft based on an actual position or first nominal position of the aircraft during its approach for landing on a runway, including providing a stabilization flight path section and stabilization region and/or stabilization point defined by an altitude profile by at least one configuration change point in the stabilization flight path section with a change of the overall profile configuration of the airfoils and with a predetermined final approach flight status of the aircraft, and checking or changing position of the at least one configuration change measure in a change and/or the addition of an additional configuration change measure to the stabilization flight path section and by changing a speed profile along the stabilization flight path section so that the aircraft reaches the predetermined final approach flight status in the stabilization region or at the stabilization point.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Robert Luckner, Matthias Lauterbach, Björn Dorr
  • Patent number: 8864081
    Abstract: A method is described for optimized energy management of an aircraft upon a flight along a trajectory. The method allows the aircraft to join a given point of the trajectory in a given energy state, with a given position of the slats and flaps, and with a given position of the landing gear. The method includes determining current parameter values of the aircraft. The method also includes determining optimized command orders based on the current parameter values by performing a sequence of operations in an iterative way. The method further includes applying the optimized command orders to an automatic slats and flaps command device and an automatic landing gear command device for automatic control of the slats and flaps and the landing gear, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventors: Florian Constans, Mickaël Lefebvre
  • Patent number: 8843255
    Abstract: Methods are provided for presenting procedure information for an airport on a display device onboard an aircraft. A method comprises displaying a map on a display device and displaying a briefing panel overlying a portion the map. The briefing panel includes a plurality of segments, wherein each segment is associated with a type of procedure information for the airport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Blake Wilson, Jary Engels, Ivan Sandy Wyatt, Roger W. Burgin
  • Patent number: 8831799
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media are described herein for providing flight director guidance throughout a flare maneuver during landing operations. A pre-flare flight path to a runway may be received, and a flare engage altitude calculated. A flare command path may be calculated having a slope associated with a desired descent rate at a desired touchdown location on a runway. An aircraft flare trajectory may be calculated that transitions the aircraft from the flare engage altitude on the pre-flare flight path to the flare command path at the desired touchdown location. A flight director command may be provided during the flare maneuver that aligns a current flight path with the aircraft flare trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Benjamin David Levine, Steven Barry Krogh
  • Patent number: 8797512
    Abstract: A three dimensional imaging camera comprises a system controller, pulsed laser transmitter, receiving optics, an infrared focal plane array light detector, and an image processor. The described invention is capable of developing a complete 3-D scene from a single point of view. The 3-D imaging camera utilizes a pulsed laser transmitter capable of illuminating an entire scene with a single high power flash of light. The 3-D imaging camera employs a system controller to trigger a pulse of high intensity light from the pulsed laser transmitter, and counts the time from the start of the transmitter light pulse. The light reflected from the illuminated scene impinges on a receiving optics and is detected by a focal plane array optical detector. An image processor applies image enhancing algorithms to improve the image quality and develop object data for subjects in the field of view of the flash ladar imaging camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Advanced Scientific Concepts, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Stettner, Howard Bailey, Brad Short, Laurent Heughebaert, Patrick Gilliland
  • Patent number: 8781653
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method of modifying the pitch attitude of an aircraft during landing, comprising: commanding the flaps to move to a landing setting; providing a current value for a flight condition parameter; providing a current flaps setting; comparing said current value to at least one threshold value; if said current value exceeds said threshold, determining a new flaps setting capable of producing an improvement in at least one of a selected aft body contact margin and a selected nose gear contact margin for the aircraft; and adjusting the flaps to said new flaps setting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert E. Buchholz, Monte R. Evans, Jonathan P. Lee, Timothy G. Overton, Adam M. Thoreen
  • Patent number: 8746623
    Abstract: A process and device for the automatic flight optimization of the aerodynamic configuration of an aircraft. The device (1) includes means (7, 8, 10) for determining and applying to the spoilers (6) of the aircraft commands for providing the aircraft with an optimum aerodynamic configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventor: Frédéric Sauvinet
  • Patent number: 8742927
    Abstract: The invention relates to the automatic detection of the presence of non-authorized persons in the vicinity of an apparatus of the aircraft type. To this end, the invention comprises equipping persons with radio transmitters for identifying them as authorized personnel. The aircraft are also fitted, such as at the existing PODs, with a transceiver device of a radio identification system of the RFID type for recognition of the persons wearing the radio transmitters. Only the persons who are not authorized in the vicinity of the aircraft initiate an alarm procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventor: Pujol Olivier
  • Patent number: 8702033
    Abstract: An aircraft control system is described having an Automatic Monitoring System (“AMS”), an Aircraft Parameter Management Computer (“APC”), and a Flight Management Computer (“FMC”) to monitor the parameters of the aircraft automatically and to fly the aircraft without requiring a pilot to fly. The system respond to data within the systems and with data provided by a communication/navigation aid of the airport. The built-in systems of the aircraft process the data to allow pilotless operation of the aircraft along a predetermined route while maintaining proper spacing from prior art and other automated aircraft. An aircraft in accordance with the invention utilizes programmed software, electronics circuit and feedback system to fly the aircraft within the designated/destined routes and airports automatically while providing increased security by preventing accidents caused by incorrect or unauthorized human influence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Inventor: Ruchit Kumar Regmi
  • Patent number: 8626392
    Abstract: A vehicle driving control apparatus is provided at least with: a rudder angle varying device capable of changing a relation between a steering angle, which is a rotation angle of a steering input shaft, and a rudder angle, which is a rotation angle of steered wheels; and a trajectory controlling device for controlling the rudder angle varying device such that a trajectory of a vehicle approaches a target driving route of the vehicle. The vehicle driving control apparatus is further provided with a changing device for changing responsiveness of control by the trajectory controlling device when there is a steering input given to the steering input shaft through a steering wheel by a driver of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Toyota Jidosha Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takahiro Kojo
  • Patent number: 8606437
    Abstract: A longitudinal control law is designed to optimize the flying qualities when aircraft is set to approach configuration, i.e. when the flap lever is set to the landing position and landing gears are locked down. Under such circumstances, the effort of trimming the aircraft speed can be extremely reduced by the usage of a momentary on-off switch or other control in the sidestick, instead of or in addition to a conventional trim up-down switch, making easier the task of airspeed selection by the pilot. This control law provides excellent handling qualities during approach and landing, with the benefit of not needing or using radio altimeter information in safety-critical applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Embraer S.A.
    Inventors: Fabricio Reis Caldeira, Marcos Vinicius Campos, Reneu Luiz Andrioli, Jr., Wagner de Oliveira Carvalho, Dagfinn Gangsaas, Eduardo Camelier, Daniel Siqueira, Lucas Rubiano
  • Patent number: 8584989
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of managing movement of an aircraft on the ground, the aircraft including at least one left main undercarriage and at least one right main undercarriage, each comprising wheels associated with torque application members for applying torque to the wheels in response to a general setpoint, the general setpoint comprising a longitudinal acceleration setpoint and an angular speed setpoint, the method including the successive steps of braking down the general setpoint into general torque setpoints for generating by the torque application members associated with each of the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Messier-Bugatti-Dowty
    Inventors: David Lemay, David Frank, Michel Basset, Yann Chamaillard
  • Patent number: 8532848
    Abstract: Systems and methods for alerting for potential tailstrike during landing. A processing device located onboard an aircraft determines whether the aircraft is in a landing operational mode. If the aircraft is determined within the landing operational mode, the processing device determines whether aircraft speed is less than a previously defined threshold speed and generates an alert signal if it is determined that the aircraft's speed is less than the previously defined threshold speed. An output device located onboard the aircraft, outputs an alert based on the generated alert signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Yasuo Ishihara, Steve Johnson
  • Patent number: 8489261
    Abstract: A device for aiding the piloting of an aircraft during a final approach phase includes a flight management system and an approach selecting device for automatically selecting an approach to be used during landing of the aircraft. A method for aiding the piloting of an aircraft includes automatically selecting an approach to be used during landing of an aircraft by selecting an approach with the smallest decision height that can also be technically implemented by the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventors: Nicolas Albert, Diane Tambach, Laurent Azoulai, Patrice Rouquette
  • Patent number: 8474761
    Abstract: This method implements a transition from i) moving state in which the drone is flying at speed and tilt angle that are not zero to ii) hovering state in which the drone has speed and tilt angle that are both zero. The method comprises: a) measuring horizontal linear speed, tilt angles, and angular speeds at the initial instant; b) setting stopping time value; c) on the basis of initial measurements and set stopping time, parameterizing a predetermined predictive function that models optimum continuous decreasing variation of horizontal linear speed as a function of time; d) applying setpoint values to a loop for controlling motors of the drone, which values correspond to target horizontal linear speed precalculated from said parameterized predictive function; and e) once hovering state has been reached, activating a hovering flight control loop for maintaining drone at speed and tilt angle that are zero relative to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Parrot
    Inventor: Francois Callou
  • Patent number: 8424808
    Abstract: Technology is described for enabling a reusable launch vehicle to compensate for wind prior to engaging propulsion during approach to landing. The technology can cause the reusable launch vehicle to begin un-powered descent; determine a first rotation angle of the reusable launch vehicle about a specified vertical descent path, the first rotation angle corresponding to a first attitude of the reusable launch vehicle selected to stabilize the reusable launch vehicle on the vertical descent path based on a wind speed and angle; and prior to engaging a propulsion device, command a second rotation angle for the reusable launch vehicle, the second rotation angle corresponding to a second attitude that, when the propulsion device is engaged, will cause the reusable launch vehicle to remain at least approximately at the vertical descent path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Blue Origin, LLC
    Inventor: Frederick W. Boelitz
  • Patent number: 8370005
    Abstract: Methods are provided for presenting procedure information for an airport on a display device onboard an aircraft. A method comprises displaying a map on a display device and displaying a briefing panel overlying a portion the map. The briefing panel includes a plurality of segments, wherein each segment is associated with a type of procedure information for the airport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Blake Wilson, Jary Engels, Ivan Sandy Wyatt, Roger W. Burgin