With "softener" Circuit Patents (Class 244/193)
  • Patent number: 8108186
    Abstract: Flight management systems can behave erratically when the distance measurements on which they are based are subject to value jumps because they liken these value jumps to movements of the aircraft performed at speeds exceeding the performance levels of the aircraft for which they were designed. To avoid this, the proposed flight management system uses a filter to spread the distance value jumps in time, over periods of the order of those needed for the aircraft to come through the distance differences that they represent. This filter replaces a value jump with a ramp making up the difference and corresponding to a movement that remains within the performance scope of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Christophe Caillaud, Guy Deker, Fran├žois Hoofd
  • Patent number: 7857262
    Abstract: The present invention relates to helicopter automatic piloting equipment. The automatic piloting device for helicopter acts on flight controls of the helicopter that are affected by mechanical play by means of a group of mechanically irreversible rams termed series rams with fast response and short stroke, placed in series on the flight controls. According to the invention, the device comprises at least one detector for detecting direction of variation of the displacement instructions of the series rams and a play compensator adding to the instruction, as a function of the latter's direction of variation, a corrective term dependent on the mechanical play affecting the flight control equipped with the series ram concerned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventor: Jean-Claude Le Bastard
  • Patent number: 6619592
    Abstract: A self-actuating firearm comprising a frame, a breechblock, a barrel provided with a bore, a cylinder which is associated with the barrel and forms an internal chamber which is connected to the bore of the barrel, by means of a gas tap, and a piston which is at least partially accommodated in the chamber and can be actuated by the gases that arrive from the bore upon firing. The piston floats with respect to the cylinder and the frame and comprises a portion which is external to the cylinder and is adapted to act with an impulsive action on the breechblock in order to recock the firearm upon firing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Benelli Armi S.p.A.
    Inventors: Marco Vignaroli, Sergio Scaramucci, Maurizio Boccarossa
  • Patent number: 6366835
    Abstract: Apparatus for estimating a first height (1) of a vehicle (2) above a first reference surface (3), including a system (4) for determining position, velocity and attitude incorporating at least one sensing means (4b) operable to provide an output signal (5) indicative of a vertical specific force of the vehicle, error-estimating means (6) for receiving as input signals a horizontal reference velocity and position (4a) of the vehicle (2), and a radar altimeter measurement (7) of a second height (1b) of the vehicle (2) above a second reference surface (8) and for providing as an output signal (9) estimates of errors associated with the sensing means output signal (5), and integrating means (10) for receiving said sensing means and error-estimating means output signals (5, 9), and for subtracting the estimates of errors from the signal (5) indicative of vertical specific force while performing a double integration of the results of the subtraction, to provide an output indicative of the required estimated first he
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Assignee: BAE Systems p1c
    Inventor: Geoffrey T Henderson
  • Patent number: 5646854
    Abstract: An apparatus for providing lateral guidance through a plurality of waypoints utilizing curved path transitions. When the curved path transitions overlap due to a short leg there is a discontinuity in the desired path of the aircraft, causing the aircraft to experience excessive and oscillatory bank angles to maneuver through the turn. The invention adjusts the transition parameters so that there are no discontinuities in the flight path by computing a new turn radius, turn center, or turn center coordinates, in accordance with the course through the waypoints. The invention determines which flight plan legs are short and calculates the parameters so that the path will not violate air space boundaries and bank angles will be minimized. A circular path is generated tangential to course changes in the same or opposite direction, irrespective of the value of the flight plan leg length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: Honeywell Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Thane Bevan