Aircraft Alarm Or Indicating Systems Patents (Class 340/945)
  • Patent number: 10735938
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes discovering, by a client device, an available host computing device implementing a radio receiver, wherein the host computing device is discovered from a decentralized shared database and the radio receiver receives radio signals from multiple different transmitters; establishing, by the client device, a relationship with the host computing device based on discovering the host computing device from the decentralized shared database; receiving, by the client device, application data from the host computing device based on establishing the relationship, wherein the application data is associated with radio signals received by the radio receiver from the multiple different transmitters; and storing, outputting, or displaying, by the client device, the application data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2020
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brad J. Clawsie, Glen C. Darling, Isaac F. Leonard, Dmitry A. Rekesh
  • Patent number: 10718848
    Abstract: A direction finding system is provided. It serves the purpose of finding a direction of an electromagnetic signal. The direction finding system comprises an antenna system for receiving the electromagnetic signal and a direction finder for determining the direction of the electromagnetic signal. The direction finder comprises a direction determiner, adapted to determine a number of possible directions, and a direction evaluator, adapted to evaluate the possible directions and determine the direction of the electromagnetic signal therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: ROHDE & SCHWARZ GMBH & CO. KG
    Inventor: Philipp Schellens
  • Patent number: 10713959
    Abstract: Example implementations associated with the aspects of the present invention include a low altitude aircraft identification system composed by three components: a small aircraft electronic identification box with an embedded logger, a ground identification equipment to automatically identify the aircraft just pointing at it, and an identification code database. The identification code can be transmitted by a visible light color sequence or by a radio frequency signal. The ground identification device is capable of recognizing both kinds of code.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: Airspace Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Aislan Gomide Foina, Guy Bar-Nahum, Jasminder Singh Banga
  • Patent number: 10707951
    Abstract: A method of transferring aircraft data from an aircraft to a portable electronic device entails receiving at the portable electronic device the aircraft data from a data connection with an aircraft data source without writing data back to the aircraft or from a user interface while being capable of receiving aircraft data via the data connection and executing an application on the portable electronic device using the aircraft data to present new information about the aircraft or its operating environment that is not available for display on a cockpit display but which is displayable on the portable electronic device based on the aircraft data received by the portable electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Assignee: WestJet Airlines Ltd.
    Inventor: David Hathaway
  • Patent number: 10690520
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an apparatus for determining a position of a first part relative to a second part. The first part is movable relative to the second part. The apparatus comprises a magnetic position indicator and a magnetic field sensor. The magnetic position indicator is non-movably fixed to the first part and comprises a plurality of magnetic field sources positioned along a length of the magnetic position indicator. Each magnetic field source of the plurality of magnetic field sources generates a magnetic field having a unique magnetic signature. The magnetic field sensor is non-movably fixed to the second part and configured to detect the unique magnetic signatures of the magnetic fields generated by the plurality of magnetic field sources of the magnetic position indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Devin E. Knowles
  • Patent number: 10684538
    Abstract: A miniature optical design of an interior projection lighting system is suitable for automotive applications. The design provides an image, such as a logo, with suitable image quality on a desired vehicle surface. The design accounts for tilt between the projector and a target vehicle surface and includes minimal constituent parts, for example as few as two lenses, so as to minimize track length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Inventors: Ron Chatterjee, Jinwon Sung
  • Patent number: 10679509
    Abstract: A machine learning engine may correlate characteristics of obstacles identified during remotely piloted UAV flights with manual course deviations performed for obstacle avoidance. An obstacle detection application may access computer vision footage to determine notable characteristics (e.g. a direction of travel and/or velocity) of obstacles identified during the piloted UAV flights. A deviation characteristics application may access flight path information identify course deviations performed by a pilot in response to the obstacles. A machine learning engine may use the obstacle characteristic data and the deviation characteristics data as training data to generate an optimal course deviation model to use by an autopilot module to autonomously avoid obstacles during autonomous UAV flights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Pradeep Krishna Yarlagadda
  • Patent number: 10671848
    Abstract: Provided are methods and systems for automated location and identification of multiple objects in an aircraft cabin. A method utilizes a wireless client, RFID reader, and camera, which together form a set. Each set is associated with a specific inspection zone in the cabin. The RFID reader determines the presence of a RFID tag in only one zone. Further, the camera captures an image of that zone. A data feedback is generated based on both the image and the RFID reader response. The data feedback is transmitted by the wireless client to a router and is analyzed to determine the presence of the object in the inspection zone and, if present, the identity of the object. The data feedback is associated with the location of the zone in the aircraft cabin, which is known or may be determined using a set of wireless routers positioned throughout the cabin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Anil Kumar, Guangyu Pei
  • Patent number: 10672279
    Abstract: A method for providing air traffic control (ATC) message data onboard an aircraft is provided. The method establishes communication connections to one or more aircraft onboard communication devices, wherein each of the one or more aircraft onboard communication devices is configured to provide the ATC message data using a particular format; obtains the ATC message data via the communication connections; aggregates the ATC message data, to create an aggregate set of ATC message data; presents a menu of user-selectable options based on an aircraft state, by a display device, wherein each of the user-selectable options is associated with a category of the aggregate set of ATC message data; receives a user input selection of one of the user-selectable options; and presents graphical elements and text associated with the category of the aggregate set of ATC message data, in response to the user input selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Raghu Shamasundar, Mahesh Sivaratri
  • Patent number: 10650785
    Abstract: MicroLED arrays offer a small form factor solution for the HMD image sources since they do not need a separate illumination optics. Features of the present disclosure implement a MicroLED display system that incorporate a plurality of monochrome projectors (e.g., three MicroLED projectors) to generate three monochrome images (e.g., red, blue, and green images) that are separately input into a single waveguide of the HMD and combined to form an image that is displayed to the user. By utilizing a single waveguide that includes a plurality of spatially separated input regions (e.g., a region for inputting blue light, a region for inputting red light, a region for inputting green light), the MicroLED display system of the present disclosure may reduce the form factor of the HMD device because of the reduced number of plates that may be required to combine the three monochrome images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Pietari Tuomisto, William J. Cummings, Dmitry Reshidko, Tuomas Vallius, David Douglas Bohn
  • Patent number: 10650685
    Abstract: A method for autonomous controlling of a remote controlled aerial vehicle, wherein a flight operator commands the aerial vehicle, comprising the steps of: initializing a data link between the aerial vehicle and a ground segment; determining an operation condition of the data link during use of the data link; and issuing at least one autonomous controlling command, if, as a result of the determining, a loss of the data link is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Thiele, Winfried Lohmiller, Lars Schoepfer, Hugo Heusinger, Werner Kleih
  • Patent number: 10643480
    Abstract: Traditional approaches to predicting aircraft trajectories using kinematic models cannot work due to the complexity of the approach maneuver including flaps/slats, landing gear, ATC vectors, winds, and other traffic. The methods and systems disclosed can utilize Big Data Analytics (e.g., massive amounts of data of flights on each approach) to nowcast the approach stability given the state of the flight prior to the 1000?/500? check points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
    Inventors: Lance Sherry, John Shortle, Zhenming Wang
  • Patent number: 10621876
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and methods for determining, by a processor, an unmanned aerial system (UAS) position relative to at least one flight boundary; and effecting, by the processor, at least one flight limitation of a UAS if the determined UAS position crosses the at least one flight boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2020
    Assignee: AEROVIRONMENT, INC.
    Inventors: Andrew Joseph Thurling, Joseph Frank Mohos
  • Patent number: 10607496
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided determining airport operations based on radio communications, the method includes: configuring a receiver of an aircraft to scan communication channels of different radio frequencies related to transmissions between air traffic control (ATC) and a set of aircrafts to determine one or more communication channels associated with the set of aircrafts in a coverage area to enable the receiver to monitor and receive air traffic control (ATC) communications of the set of aircraft; and processing, by a conversation extractor unit, the ATC communications to extract clearance information in the ATC communications, and to associate the clearance information with an identifier with each aircraft to create a table of timings of the clearance information to a particular aircraft with the identifier providing a view of airport operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Narayanan Srinivasan, Hariharan Saptharishi, Gobinathan Baladhandapani, Syed Hakkim
  • Patent number: 10600259
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for operating flight control systems of aircrafts are disclosed. An example apparatus includes a flight control system including a processor to: based on data from first and second sensors, determine first and second values; based on the first and second values, determine a location of a jam in the flight control system, the location of the jam being determined based on a summation of the first and second values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Neal V. Huynh, Robert S. Eick, Thomas G. Heineman, Michael D. Bills, Patrick M. Fahey, John C. Nicholas
  • Patent number: 10587558
    Abstract: Publishing social presence data associated with users in flight to other users associated with messaging services is described. Technologies described herein include determining messaging services offered by a telecommunications service provider are enabled to facilitate an exchange of communication data between a first user device associated with a first user that is physically located in an aircraft and associated with a connectivity services service provider and at least one second user device associated with a second user. The technologies described herein can include, based at least partly on determining that the messaging services are enabled, receiving communication data from the first user device, accessing presence data from the first user device, sending the communication data to the at least one second user device, and causing the presence data to be presented on the at least one second user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: T-Mobile USA, Inc.
    Inventors: Yasmin Karimli, Karthik Iyer, Gunjan Nimbavikar
  • Patent number: 10569900
    Abstract: A method of and a system for presenting an operating status of an aircraft engine. The method comprises accessing a first indication indicative of a position of an aircraft engine start switch and accessing a second indication indicative of an aircraft engine start operating mode, the second indication having been generated based on an analysis of a parameter associated with an operating condition of the aircraft engine. The method, upon determining that the position of the aircraft engine start switch is an “on” position and the aircraft engine start operating mode is a healthy start causes the display of a visual indication indicative of the healthy start. The method upon determining that the position of the aircraft engine start switch is an “on” position and the aircraft engine start operating mode is an abnormal start causes the display of a visual indication indicative of the abnormal start.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignees: BOMBARDIER INC., C SERIES AIRCRAFT LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
    Inventors: Michael Dwight Danielson, Mathieu Gallea
  • Patent number: 10540902
    Abstract: The invention described herein provides a flight crew with an easier, more intuitive, system and method to create a flight plan. A flight planning system is presented for navigation of an aircraft utilizing a touch screen display device mounted in an aircraft cockpit spanning the width and height of the instrument panel. The system provides navigational views, an interactive map, charts, a radio frequency component, a weather component, and a virtual flight plan. A flight planning method is presented that uses an interactive map on a touch screen device in an aircraft cockpit. The method accepts user inputs and displays a desired flight plan on the map. A method for providing a chart on a touch screen device is presented that includes presenting a list of menu options on a touch screen mounted in an aircraft cockpit. The method provides the flight crew with heads-up operation, providing greater situational awareness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Textron Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Joseph Kneuper, John Robert Lanier, Jason Michael Decker
  • Patent number: 10537264
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a method for preventing gravity-induced loss of consciousness (G-LOC), which arises from increased acceleration during flight, and more particularly, to a G-LOC warning method and system using a G-LOC warning algorithm, which detects, in advance, risk factors that cause a G-LOC state by monitoring a change in the electromyogram (EMG) signal in real time. According to the G-LOC warning method and system using the G-LOC warning algorithm of the present invention, because information about the EMG signal is measured and collected in real time, changes in the EMG signal of a pilot who is exposed to high levels of acceleration during a flight maneuver are measured and checked on the spot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: REPUBLIC OF KOREA (ROK AIR FORCE CHIEF OF STAFF)
    Inventors: Dongsoo Kim, Booyong Choi
  • Patent number: 10540900
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method comprising receiving a flight plan request for a drone. The flight plan request comprises a drone identity, departure information, and arrival information. The method further comprises constructing a modified flight plan for the drone based on the flight plan request, wherein the modified flight plan represents an approved, congestion reducing, and executable flight plan for the drone, and the modified flight plan comprises a sequence of four-dimensional (4D) cells representing a planned flight path for the drone. For each 4D cell of the modified flight plan, the method further comprises attempting to place an exclusive lock on behalf of the drone on the 4D cell, and in response to a failure to place the exclusive lock on behalf of the drone on the 4D cell, rerouting the modified flight plan around the 4D cell to a random neighboring 4D cell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric K. Butler, Anca A. Chandra, Pawan R. Chowdhary, Susanne M. Glissmann-Hochstein, Thomas D. Griffin, Divyesh Jadav, Sunhwan Lee, Hovey R. Strong, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10540903
    Abstract: The invention described herein provides a flight crew with an easier, more intuitive, system and method to create a flight plan. A flight planning system is presented for navigation of an aircraft utilizing a touch screen display device mounted in an aircraft cockpit spanning the width and height of the instrument panel. The system provides navigational views, an interactive map, charts, a radio frequency component, a weather component, and a virtual flight plan. A flight planning method is presented that uses an interactive map on a touch screen device in an aircraft cockpit. The method accepts user inputs and displays a desired flight plan on the map. A method for providing a chart on a touch screen device is presented that includes presenting a list of menu options on a touch screen mounted in an aircraft cockpit. The method provides the flight crew with heads-up operation, providing greater situational awareness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Textron Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeremy Joseph Kneuper, John Robert Lanier, Jason Michael Decker
  • Patent number: 10534979
    Abstract: Systems and methods of distinguishing between feature depicted in an image are presented herein. Information defining an image may be obtained. The image may include visual content comprising an array of pixels. The array may include pixel rows. An identification of a pixel row in an image may be obtained. Distances of individual pixels and/or groups of pixels from the identified row of pixels may be determined. Parameter values for a set of pixel parameters of individual pixels of the image may be determined. Based on one or more of the distances from the identified row of pixels, parameter values of one or more pixel parameters, and/or other information, individual pixels and/or groups of pixels may be classified as one of a plurality of image features.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2020
    Assignee: GoPro, Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Garcia, Maxime Schwab, Francois Lagunas
  • Patent number: 10528242
    Abstract: Described herein are techniques for automatically forming groups of application windows. The techniques may be performed with a computing device executing a windowing system, the windowing system having a user interface element that can be interacted with by a user to manage applications executing on the computing device. Each application may correspond to a separate process and application window. It may be determined that an operation has occurred that will evict the application windows of target applications from the display, and in response an application group may be automatically formed. The application group may have indicia of the evicted target applications. The application group may be provided to the user interface element, and when the user interface element is interacted with by the user the user interface element displays user-selectable graphic application indicators for both the application group and applications other than the target applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Miron Vranjes, Matthew Worley, Richard Fang, Nils Sundelin, Robert Jarrett, Jesse Satterfield, Alice Steinglass, Chaitanya Sareen, Bret Anderson
  • Patent number: 10522045
    Abstract: A flight schedule disruption awareness system and method is configured to provide situational awareness of flight disruptions that affect a flight schedule for a plurality of flights. The flight schedule disruption awareness system includes a disruption determination control unit that is configured to receive a plurality of flight schedule update inputs related to flight schedule updates to the flight schedule. The disruption determination control unit determines a root cause flight disruption from the plurality of flight schedule update inputs. The root cause flight disruption affects flights of a plurality of aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gregory John Small, Goran Stojkovic, Frank R. Morales, Peter Douglas Cornett
  • Patent number: 10514707
    Abstract: A flight phase stability indicator system and method for generating and presenting stability indicator(s) are disclosed. A processor receives flight phase data representative of an identification of a current operational flight phase; receives navigation data comprised of aircraft position, a planned flight trajectory, and runway data if runway data is needed for the current operational flight phase; determines stability data representative of a stability of the current operational flight phase based upon at least the navigation data; generates presentation data responsive to the determination and representative of the flight phase stability indicator and/or presentation(s) of flight phase stability; and presents the indicator represented in the presentation data on or through a presentation unit comprised of a visual display, aural advisory unit, and/or tactile advisory unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew J. Carrico, Lori J. Sipper, Madhu S. Niraula, Kimm M. Epperson, Curtis W. Talbott, Douglas A. Bell
  • Patent number: 10514709
    Abstract: An Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) comprises a situational awareness system coupled to at least one onboard sensor and senses the location of other UAVs. A cooperative Radio Access Network (RAN)-signal processor is configured to process RAN signals cooperatively with at least one other UAV to produce RAN performance criteria. A flight controller provides autonomous navigation control of the UAV's flight based on the relative spatial locations of other UAVs and the RAN performance criteria, which operates within predetermined boundaries of navigation criteria. The UAV can employ mitigation tactics against one or more radio devices identified as a threat and may coordinate other UAVs to conduct such mitigations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: Genghiscomm Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Steve Shattil
  • Patent number: 10499481
    Abstract: The lighting device includes a LED board that supports an LED. A communication interface is provided with the LED board. At least one of a dimming control command and a color control command is received at the communication interface on then LED board. The communication interface sends the received control signals to the LED board controller. If the control signal is a dimming control command the LED board controller transmits a driver control signal to the LED driver. The driver adjusts the current delivered to the LED board based on the driver control signal. If a color control command is received the LED board controller adjusts the color of the emitted light by selectively operating different color LEDs as programmed in the LED board controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: IDEAL Industries Lighting LLC
    Inventor: Everett Bradford
  • Patent number: 10498749
    Abstract: A system for in-vehicle network intrusion detection includes: (i) an anomaly detection module configured to obtain one or more network messages from one or more communication buses of a vehicle describing one or more events associated with the vehicle and detect whether at least some of the one or more events constitute an anomaly based on predefined rules to provide detected anomaly event data; (ii) a resident log generation module configured to generate one or more resident incident logs based on the detected anomaly event data, wherein the one or more resident incident logs comprise metadata associated with one or more detected anomalous events; and (iii) a transmitted log generation module configured to generate one or more transmitted incident logs based on the one or more resident incident logs, wherein each of the one or more transmitted incident logs corresponds to a resident incident log.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Samuel B. Kupfer, Joseph E. Ploucha, Abigail C. Shockley
  • Patent number: 10472089
    Abstract: A dual mode light includes a housing, at least one first light emitter disposed in the housing, a plurality of second light emitters each disposed in the housing an emitter distance from the at least one first light emitter, a first shield disposed in the housing a first shield distance from the at least one first light emitter, wherein the first shield distance is less than the emitter distance, and a second shield disposed in the housing a second shield distance around the plurality of second light emitters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: David Franich
  • Patent number: 10466949
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a cockpit display system includes display tiles that together form a single, continuous display screen, a content generation unit configured to generate content instructions that instruct the display screen to display content comprising a plurality of information portions, a display feedback unit, and a content prioritization unit. Each information portion of the plurality of information portions is to be displayed on one or more display tiles of the plurality of display tiles. The display feedback unit is configured to detect a malfunction of one or more malfunctioning display tiles of the plurality of display tiles. The content prioritization unit is configured to instruct the content generation unit to generate updated content instructions. The updated content instructions move at least some of the information portions associated with the one or more malfunctioning display tiles to one or more display tiles that are not experiencing the malfunction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventor: Jeremy R. Chavez
  • Patent number: 10467911
    Abstract: A method includes accessing historical data including timestamped meteorological data and flight path data. The timestamped meteorological data indicates meteorological conditions detected in each of a plurality of geographic regions. The flight path data indicates air traffic volume in each of the plurality of geographic regions during particular time periods. The method also includes, based on the historical data, identifying at least one meteorological condition and at least one time period corresponding to higher than threshold air traffic volume in a particular geographic region of the plurality of geographic regions. The method further includes generating a filter criterion based on the particular geographic region, the at least one meteorological condition, and the at least one time period. The method also includes generating a flight plan based on a portion of the historical data that satisfies the filter criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Nils Kneuper, Ralf René Shu-Zhong Cabos
  • Patent number: 10470114
    Abstract: Systems and methods for recording and communicating engine data are provided. One example aspect of the present disclosure is directed to a wireless communication unit. The wireless communication unit includes one or more memory devices. The wireless communication unit includes one or more processors. The one or more processors are configured to access data indicative of one or more transmission parameters, each of the one or more transmission parameters being associated with an aerial vehicle. The one or more processors are configured to select one wireless network of a plurality of wireless networks based on the accessed data. The one or more processors are configured to connect with the selected wireless network. The one or more processors are configured to transmit engine data from the wireless communication unit to a ground system via the selected wireless network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Kyeongtae Kent Lee, Michael Clay Scholten, Richard Joseph Schliem, Kevin Michael James Furlong-Petsch
  • Patent number: 10467910
    Abstract: A flight schedule disruption awareness system is configured to provide situational awareness of flight disruptions that affect a flight schedule for one or more flights. The flight schedule disruption awareness system includes a disruption determination control unit that is configured to receive a plurality of flight schedule update inputs related to flight schedule updates to the flight schedule. The disruption determination control unit determines one or more flight disruptions from the plurality of flight schedule update inputs. A display is operatively coupled to the disruption determination control unit. The disruption determination control unit shows delays caused by the flight disruption(s) on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gregory John Small, Goran Stojkovic, Frank R. Morales, Peter Douglas Cornett
  • Patent number: 10457415
    Abstract: A method for assisting the braking of an aircraft on a runway comprises the steps implemented automatically, including: before the landing of the aircraft on the runway, receiving the input, by a crew member of the aircraft, of a target braking distance by a man-machine interface associated with a processing unit, the target braking distance corresponding to a distance between a threshold of the runway and a selected exit of the runway; engaging an automatic optimized braking mode of the aircraft making it possible for the aircraft to attain the target speed when it reaches the selected runway exit; and—controlling a braking system of the aircraft, while the aircraft is running on the runway, according to this automatic optimized braking mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Olivier Brardo, Antoine Casta, Benoît Couturier
  • Patent number: 10461842
    Abstract: This invention relates to an Open Wireless Architecture (OWA) unified airborne and terrestrial communications architecture providing optimal high-speed connections with open radio transmission technologies (RTTs) between aircrafts and ground cells, and between different aircrafts in Ad-Hoc or Mesh network group, to construct the multi-dimensional unified information delivery platform across the airborne networks and the terrestrial networks wherein the same OWA mobile device or OWA mobile computer can be used seamlessly and continuously both in the aircrafts and on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Inventors: Wei Lu, Michael Lu
  • Patent number: 10457208
    Abstract: An example embodiment of a system and methods for detecting and reporting whether passengers are seated and secured in their seats within a vehicle may include a passenger sensor configured to provide an output indicative of a presence of a passenger in a seat in a vehicle, a restraint sensor configured to provide an output indicative of a status of a passenger safety restraint associated with the seat, a transmitter configured to be in electronic communication with the passenger sensor and the restraint sensor and to wirelessly transmit data indicative of the presence of a passenger in the seat and the status of the restrain, and a reporting module configured to be disposed proximate a driver of the vehicle. The reporting module may be configured to receive the data from the transmitter, and output a respective status for each of a plurality of seats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: FREEDMAN SEATING COMPANY
    Inventor: Michael Douglas Moffa
  • Patent number: 10450082
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a method that comprises acquiring one or more images of an off-board signal source using a camera onboard a rotorcraft. The off-board signal source comprises a beacon array, which comprises at least two beacons. The method also comprises processing, using an image processor, the one or more images of the beacon array to identify one or more coded signals that are propagated from the off-board signal sour. The method further comprises decoding the one or more coded signals to identify information for providing guidance to an operator of the rotorcraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Brendan Blanton, Katherine Gresko, Deanna Dibernardi, Timothy Paul, Joseph Kenney, Robert Allen
  • Patent number: 10453234
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a system (14) for displaying avionic data on at least one display space of an aircraft cockpit, comprising a processing module (23) configured to receive a message to be displayed indicating an event and to associate the content of this message with one of the display formats, a display module (25) configured to display the received message superimposed on at least one current display format, displayed in a respective display space and an acquisition module (27) configured to acquire a display control command relative to the received message. The display module (25) is further configured to display the display format associated with said message on at least one display space in case of acquisition of the display control command relative to said message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Luc Baron, Christophe Garnavault, Bruno Aymeric, Yannick Le Roux
  • Patent number: 10453225
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for drawing an image of a procedure route. The method comprises retrieving a source data file containing flight path data formatted in accordance with an industry standard wherein the flight path data comprises a plurality of path data items and a plurality of terminator data items, the path data items and the terminator data items are arranged in pairs as a plurality of path and terminator data item pairs, and the path and terminator data item pairs have a specific order. The method further comprises converting each path and terminator data item pair in the source data file to one or more drawing commands comprising one or more of a point command, a line command, or a curve command. The method further comprises storing the drawing commands converted from the path and terminator data item pairs in a database file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Ramesh Sabbani, Nisaruddin Khaja, Kiran Perikala, Don Nicholas, Savithri Panidepu
  • Patent number: 10453333
    Abstract: Methods and systems for utilizing a mobile computing device (e.g., such as a mobile phone) for use in controlling a model vehicle are described. Consistent with some embodiments, a mobile computing device provides various user controls for generating signals that are communicated to a radio transmitter device coupled with the mobile computing device, and ultimately broadcast to a receiver residing at a model vehicle. With some embodiments, the mobile computing device may be integrated with a controller housing which provides separate user controls, such that a combination of user controls present on the mobile computing device and the controller housing can be used to control a model vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2019
    Inventor: Ari Krupnik
  • Patent number: 10446039
    Abstract: The present disclosure generally relates to display systems in the flight deck of an aircraft, and also to methods for providing such displays. More particularly, the displays and methods of the present disclosure are configured to integrate airport surface lighting information with information received from multiple air traffic control (ATC) communication channels, for purposes of increasing aircrew situational awareness and preventing runway incursions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Raghu Shamasundar, Umesh Hosamani, Mohan Gowda Chandrashekarappa, Hariharan Saptharishi, Narayanan S, Kiran Mancheiah Venkataramana, Kumar Kiran
  • Patent number: 10446040
    Abstract: Technologically improved Flight Deck Interval Management Paired Approach (FIMPA) system and methods are provided that provide safe speed guidance to a trail aircraft. The FIMPA system comprises a processor operatively coupled to a memory and a database of aircraft-specific parameters. The processor is configured to: receive instantaneous target traffic state data; receive instantaneous state data of a trail aircraft; process the state data, target traffic state data, and aircraft-specific parameters to determine a safe speed zone to perform paired approach, and a recommended speed; render, on a cockpit display, a paired approach bar (PAB) with indicators for (i) a current location of the target traffic, (ii) a current trail aircraft speed, and (iii) the recommended speed; and wherein the indicators are separate and visually distinguishable from each other; determine a wake risk area; and render the wake risk area in a visually distinguishable manner on the PAB.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Umesh Hosamani, Prashanth Thirumalaivenjamur, Abdur Rab, Raghu Shamasundar
  • Patent number: 10417915
    Abstract: A system for dynamic flight tracking of an aircraft comprises a ground center configured to communicate with a flight tracking application onboard an aircraft, wherein the flight tracking application is preloaded with default flight tracking preferences comprising a normal time rate interval for sending normal condition position reports to the ground center when a flight condition is normal; abnormal time rate intervals for sending abnormal condition position reports to the ground center when abnormal flight conditions are detected, with the abnormal time rate intervals less than the normal time rate interval; and abnormal flight condition criteria to determine which aircraft conditions to monitor for detecting abnormal flight conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Thomas D. Judd, Bradley Fessler, Kathryn Bates Hill, Keith Hamilton Redner, III, Scott Madaras, Sarah Baird Weinhardt
  • Patent number: 10409398
    Abstract: A system, device, and method for rapidly accessing a display of aircraft information are disclosed. The aircraft rapid access display system could include a input device for controlling a cursor; at least one aircraft system owning a user application (UA); and a display system including one or more definition files defining layer(s) and rapid access layer(s), a system configuration file, a display unit, and a processing module (PU) configured to communicate with the input device, each UA, and the display unit. The PU may be configured to acquire the definition file(s); acquire the system configuration file; monitor the movement of the cursor; generate an image data set representative of the cursor and one or more layer(s) and rapid access layer(s) as a function of the definition file(s), the system configuration file, and the movement of the cursor; and present the image on the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Andrew Richard Armas
  • Patent number: 10410426
    Abstract: A system and method of operating a vehicle using virtual vehicle controls, wherein the method includes: capturing image or video data from an area within an interior of the vehicle; sending a virtual vehicle control graphics request to a vehicle; receiving virtual vehicle control graphics response from the vehicle, wherein the virtual vehicle control graphics response includes virtual vehicle control graphics; and presenting the captured image or video data and the virtual vehicle control graphics on a display of the AR/VR device such that the virtual vehicle control graphics are presented over the captured image or video data, wherein the virtual vehicle control graphics includes one or more vehicle-user interface components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS LLC
    Inventors: Aditya S. Kamini, Nathaniel H. Williams, Richard Elswick
  • Patent number: 10404949
    Abstract: Secure aircraft camera monitoring includes capturing images of an area of interest proximate to an aircraft, and securely transmitting the images as data files over an encrypted communication network associated with the aircraft. In one example, a system includes an image capture device configured to be secured to an aircraft to capture a plurality of images of a field of view of an area of interest proximate to the aircraft. The system also includes a processor configured to receive the plurality of captured images and convert the captured images to a plurality of data files. The system further includes a memory configured to store the data files, and a communication interface configured to connect to an encrypted communication network associated with the aircraft, wherein the communication interface is configured to securely transmit the data files over the encrypted communication network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Donald B. Lee, John M. Hood
  • Patent number: 10395448
    Abstract: A computer implemented method for managing data of a remote system includes receiving, at a processor on the remote system, fundamental data from a monitored subsystem of the remote system and/or at least one associated subsystem of the remote system as specified by a diagnostic protocol for the monitored subsystem and wirelessly transmitting the fundamental data to a remote support center that is separate from the remote system. The remote system applies additional, non-certified, logic to determine if augmented diagnostic data is desired. The method also includes wirelessly receiving a signal from the remote support center including at least one of a request for augmented data or a diagnostic protocol change command. The method also includes receiving the augmented data from the monitored subsystem and/or the at least one associated subsystem and/or at least one other subsystem of the remote system, and transmitting the augmented data to the remote support center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Krenz, Kurt L. Kittleson
  • Patent number: 10373507
    Abstract: A system and method for dividing a flight path into flight segments, wherein the flight path comprises a route between an aircraft takeoff and a runway landing; receiving a historic transit time and real-time transit time of a target aircraft class, for each flight segment of a current flight; determining a differential time for each flight segment by comparing the real-time transit time and the historic transit time; applying the differential time to each flight segment to adjust an estimated transit time for each flight segment; determining an estimated ON time for the aircraft by adding together all of the estimated transit times from each flight segment of the flight path; and determining an estimated IN time for the aircraft based on the estimated ON time and an estimated ON to IN time. The system includes a calculation engine for performing the steps of the calculation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: PASSUR Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Marcella, Thomas White
  • Patent number: 10375561
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes discovering, by a client device, an available host computing device implementing a radio receiver, wherein the host computing device is discovered from a decentralized shared database and the radio receiver receives radio signals from multiple different transmitters; establishing, by the client device, a relationship with the host computing device based on discovering the host computing device from the decentralized shared database; receiving, by the client device, application data from the host computing device based on establishing the relationship, wherein the application data is associated with radio signals received by the radio receiver from the multiple different transmitters; and storing, outputting, or displaying, by the client device, the application data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Brad J. Clawsie, Glen C. Darling, Isaac F. Leonard, Dmitry A. Rekesh
  • Patent number: 10360803
    Abstract: A drone traffic management system comprising a computer comprising memory means for storing origin coordinates indicating an origin location of a drone, destination coordinates indicating a destination of the drone, and traffic management factors located between the origin location of the drone and the destination of the drone; and processing means for controlling the flight of a drone. This is accomplished by calculating a flight path for the drone to fly automatically from the origin location to the destination location without manual intervention, sending the flight path to the drone, receiving location data of the drone as it travels from the origin location to the destination, re-calculating the flight path of the drone as a function of the traffic management factors and the location data of the drone, and sending the re-calculated flight path to the drone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2019
    Inventor: Richard Postrel