Aircraft Alarm Or Indicating Systems Patents (Class 340/945)
  • Patent number: 11450219
    Abstract: Methods and systems for assisting a pilot during flight of an aircraft are disclosed. The method includes receiving data indicative of a current location of the aircraft during flight and data indicative of a flight boundary, and determining that the flight boundary is relevant to the aircraft. The method also includes causing a display device to display a surface representing the flight boundary relative to the current location of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2020
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2022
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Olivier Lebegue, Benoit Ouellette
  • Patent number: 11442445
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes monitoring systems and methods for data collection in an industrial environment. A system can include a data collector and a data acquisition circuit to interpret a plurality of detection values corresponding to input channels, wherein the data acquisition circuit acquires sensor data from a first route of input channels. A data storage stores sensor specifications for sensors and a data analysis circuit evaluates the sensor data with respect to the stored anticipated state information including an alarm threshold level. The data analysis circuit sets an alarm state when the alarm threshold level is exceeded for a first input channel and transmits the alarm state to a routing control facility. A response circuit changes the routing of the input channels to an alternate routing upon reception of a routing change indication from the routing control facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2022
    Assignee: Strong Force IoT Portfolio 2016, LLC
    Inventors: Charles Howard Cella, Gerald William Duffy, Jr., Jeffrey P. McGuckin, Mehul Desai
  • Patent number: 11422145
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides methods and systems for correcting a vertical speed of an aircraft. An instantaneous vertical speed of the aircraft is obtained, based on inertial data from an inertial reference unit on the aircraft. A first correction is applied to the instantaneous vertical speed to generate a baro-inertial vertical speed, and a second correction is applied to the baro-inertial vertical speed based on an error between a geometric vertical speed and the baro-inertial vertical speed to obtain a temperature-corrected baro-inertial vertical speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2022
    Inventors: Dimitri Cuesta, Guillaume Savoie-Chiasson
  • Patent number: 11417995
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for transmitting power and data together in a rotorcraft using a slip ring assembly is disclosed. According to one example, a computer-implemented method includes providing a slip ring assembly comprising a stationary element coupled to an airframe of a rotorcraft and a rotatable element rotatable relative to the stationary element and coupled to a rotor assembly of the rotorcraft. Power is transmitted from a power source associated with the airframe to an electronic device associated with the rotor assembly, the slip ring assembly being configured to complete an electrical circuit between the power source and the electronic device to provide power from the power source to the electronic device. Data is transmitted from a first data transceiver associated with the airframe to a second data transceiver associated with the rotor assembly via the electrical circuit completed by the slip ring assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2022
    Assignee: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron Kellner, William A. Welsh, Christopher M. Sutton
  • Patent number: 11410252
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for planning a multimodal itinerary. The systems and methods may include receiving a transportation request. The transportation request may include a starting location, a final destination, and an estimated payload data. During a first leg of the multimodal itinerary, an updated payload data may be received. An aerial vehicle may be assigned to a subsequent leg of the multimodal itinerary based on the updated payload data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2020
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2022
    Assignee: Joby Aero, Inc.
    Inventors: Ian Andreas Villa, Philipp Haban
  • Patent number: 11390214
    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: October 10, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2022
    Assignee: Freedman Seating Company
    Inventor: Michael Douglas Moffa
  • Patent number: 11315433
    Abstract: Provided are technologically improved systems and methods for providing terrain and runway feedback for an aircraft over a secured datalink. The method utilizes a controller onboard the aircraft and one on the ground. The controller onboard the aircraft performs the operations of: formatting a data package of mobile platform data; confirming the aircraft has a valid subscription service; securing the data package using a security protocol; and transmitting the data package via a secured datalink. The ground controller performs the operations of: confirming the subscription service of the aircraft; validating the security protocol used on the data package; decoding and processing the data with map extraction, threat detection, and image generation to generate raw terrain and runway feedback data; and transmitting the raw data using the secured datalink. An alert controller is used to generate alert commands for various alert devices based on the raw terrain and runway feedback data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2022
    Inventors: Scott Richard Gremmert, Kevin Hess
  • Patent number: 11307581
    Abstract: A system and method for augmenting synthetic vision system (SVS) databases with spectrum diverse features that are matched to the observations of natural scenes derived from non-visible band sensors. The system correlates sensor output with a-priori information in databases to enhance system precision and robustness. Multiple diverse sensors image naturally occurring, or artificial features (towers buildings etc.) and store the multi-spectral attributes of those features within the enhanced multi-spectral database and share the information with other systems. The system, upon “live” observation of those features and attributes, correlates current observations with expected fiducial observations in the multi-spectral database and confirms operation, navigation, precise position, and sensor fidelity to enable autonomous operation of an aircraft employing the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2022
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Carlo L. Tiana
  • Patent number: 11299271
    Abstract: An announcement device or a passenger aircraft contains a memory or announcements with assigned potential flight phases and a control and evaluation unit with inputs for input signals with information relating to flight phases of the passenger aircraft, an output for the announcements, wherein the control and evaluation unit is configured to determine a current flight phase on the basis of the input signals, to check whether an announcement for the current flight phase is present in the memory, and to output this announcement as the current announcement at the output. A passenger aircraft contains the announcement device. In a method for outputting an announcement, announcements and input signals are provided, a current flight phase is automatically determined from the said input signals and a possibly present associated current announcement is output. A cabin management system of a passenger aircraft is used as an announcement device and/or to carry out the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Diehl Aerospace GmbH
    Inventor: Lothar Trunk
  • Patent number: 11302099
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a method and device for recognizing a state of an electrical device. The method includes obtaining an image of the electrical device in a field, wherein the electrical device is disposed on a plane of a predefined polygon in the field; obtaining an original appearance image of the electrical device in the field by recovering the predefined polygon in the image to an original appearance of the predefined polygon; and determining the state of the electrical device based on the original appearance image of the electrical device in the field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2022
    Assignee: Schneider Electric Industries SAS
    Inventors: Weihe Fei, Emmanuel Dreina, Frederic Pillou, Pierre Raulin
  • Patent number: 11281235
    Abstract: Methods and systems according to one or more examples are provided for avoiding foreign object strikes on rotorcraft vehicles. In one example, a vehicle comprises a rotor comprising a rotor blade, a first sensor configured to provide first sensor information associated with an object proximate the vehicle, and a second sensor configured to provide second sensor information associated with the rotor. The vehicle further comprises a processor coupled to the first sensor and the second sensor configured to selectively control the rotor to minimize damage to the vehicle by the object based on the first and second sensor information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Brian J. Tillotson
  • Patent number: 11283905
    Abstract: An avionics mounting unit includes a housing with a first mounting interface to couple the housing to a structure of an aircraft and a second mounting interface to couple an avionics device to the housing. The second mounting interface includes slots oriented orthogonal to each other and extending to sides of the housing such that the avionics device can be installed via the slots from any of four sides of the housing. The avionics mounting unit also includes communication circuitry, power supply circuitry, one or more avionics device interface ports, and one or more aircraft interface ports. The avionics device interface port(s) are configured to provide power to the avionics device and configured to enable data communications with the avionics device. The aircraft interface port(s) are configured to receive power from the aircraft and to enable data communications between other aircraft systems and the avionics device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2022
    Inventors: Gregory L. Sheffield, Fernando Dones
  • Patent number: 11275373
    Abstract: A method for providing adaptive control to a fly-by-wire aircraft includes measuring via at least one first sensor a characteristic of at least one component of the aircraft and measuring via at least one second sensor a state of the aircraft. Using the characteristic of at least one component and the state of the aircraft, a determination of at least one of an actual damage and remaining life of the at least one component is made. The operational envelope of the aircraft is adapted based on the at least one of actual damage and remaining life of the at least one component. Adapting the operational envelope includes adjusting an outer boundary thereof to prohibit operation exceeding a safe operation threshold and generating an intermediate boundary of the operational envelope. Operation of the aircraft within the intermediate boundaries minimizes further damage accrual of the at least one component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2022
    Assignee: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventors: Christopher A. Thornberg, Glen A. Knaust, Derek H. Geiger
  • Patent number: 11262747
    Abstract: Identification and guidance systems configured to facilitate vehicle management in logistics yards or the like are described. The systems can include an identification and guidance (I/G) unit attached to each transport vehicle within the logistics yard. The I/G unit transmits information (e.g., location and guidance information) over a wireless network to a remote controller. The remote controller can transmit relevant information received from the I/G unit to a portable communications device associated with the transport vehicle to which the I/G unit is mounted. For example, the portable communications device may be located in a tractor being used to maneuver the transport vehicle about the logistics yard so that the driver can use the information displayed on the portable communications device to assist with maneuvering the transport vehicle. Related methods are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2022
    Assignee: ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems AB
    Inventors: Richard K. Hoofard, Daryl Day
  • Patent number: 11254442
    Abstract: A control system and method of controlling access to storage bins in a vehicle. The system includes a lock configured to be selectively movable between a locked position to prevent access to an interior of the storage bins and an unlocked position to allow access to the interior of the storage bins. A switch is positioned in a cabin of the vehicle. A control circuit is configured to determine an operational status of the vehicle and selectively position the locks. The control circuit can also receive an override signal from the switch and unlock the locks in certain situations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventor: Mahesh Chengalva
  • Patent number: 11257354
    Abstract: Provided are embodiments for a system for validating a smoke detection layout, where the system includes a memory and a processor. The processor is configured to receive one or more inputs, model transport and dispersion of smoke to a smoke detector of an environment based on the one or more inputs, wherein the model is based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD) function, and select a subset of input parameters from the one or more inputs to test. The processor is also configured to test the smoke detection system layout using the selected subset of input parameters, determine an alarm time probability using uncertainty quantifications for the selected subset of input parameters, and provide the alarm time probability and confidence level for the selected subset parameters. Also provided are embodiments for a method to validate a smoke detection system layout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2022
    Inventors: Amanda J. Daly, Kenneth Bell, Terry Simpson, May L. Corn, Vaidyanathan Sankaran, Changmin Cao, Kalyana Gottiparthi, Ke Wang
  • Patent number: 11238833
    Abstract: A graphical user interface (GUI) of a display screen connected to a machine and, more particularly, to GUIs of one or more display screens that have a relative coordinate system to display parameter information from one or more connected machines. The GUI may include one or more display screens associated with a data bus for a machine, one or more data storage devices for storing processor readable instructions, and at least one processor configured to perform operations stored on the one or more data storage devices. The at least one processor may be configured to receive operations data from the data bus for the machine, extract parameter information from the operations data, and generate the GUI. The GUI may depict a plurality of parameter elements, wherein the plurality of parameter elements are arranged and scaled according to the extracted parameter information, arrangement rules, and display screen resolution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2020
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2022
    Assignee: Caterpillar Inc.
    Inventors: Fu P. Yuet, Meghna Prasad, Keith R. Folken, Merritt P. Callaghan
  • Patent number: 11230366
    Abstract: Aviation method comprising performing a single-pilot flight of inter-continental duration T>tp=predetermined single-pilot maximal single pilot flight duration; including using pilot-in-command logic empower a single airborne pilot to pilot via an airborne man-machine interface (MMI), only for a time window W<tp, where W includes at least an initial climbing phase of duration t1 and a final descent phase of duration t3; and using pilot-in-command logic to pilot the aircraft during an intermediate cruising phase occurring between the initial climbing and final descent phases, without recourse to the airborne pilot except during an emergency, thereby to accomplish a single-pilot inter-continental flight of duration T>tp, while utilizing the human airborne pilot only for a time period W<tp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2022
    Inventor: David Shavit
  • Patent number: 11223417
    Abstract: A network for providing high speed data communications may include multiple terrestrial transmission stations that are located within overlapping communications range and a mobile receiver station. The terrestrial transmission stations provide a continuous and uninterrupted high speed data communications link with the mobile receiver station employing a wireless radio access network protocol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2021
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2022
    Assignee: SmartSky Networks, LLC
    Inventor: Donald Alcorn
  • Patent number: 11217015
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for rendering a game image are disclosed. The method includes: acquiring a control meeting a preset transparency; generating a mesh model according to the control; synchronously loading the mesh model corresponding to the control in the process of displaying the control on a game image; and respectively rendering pixels of an area which is not covered by the mesh model and pixels corresponding to the control on the game image. The present disclosure solves the problem that pixel culling and rendering cannot be performed on a game image covered by a UI control under the architecture of game engine in the related art.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2022
    Inventor: Bing Li
  • Patent number: 11155361
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods, systems, and non-transitory computer-readable medium for updating a graphic user interface (GUI) of a vehicle. For instance, the method may include generating and displaying a checklist GUI with a plurality of tasks on a display; determining whether information indicating that a task of the plurality of tasks has been completed has been received; in response to determining that the information indicating that the task has been completed has been received, determining whether a user or a system indicated that the task is complete; in response to determining that the user indicated that the task is complete, updating the checklist GUI to change a status indicator of the task to a first type of status indicator; and in response to determining that the system indicated that the task is complete, updating the checklist GUI to change the status indicator of the task to a second type of status indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2020
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2021
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Cody Ryan Conaway
  • Patent number: 11127309
    Abstract: A method of performing a flight simulation is provided. The method includes retrieving a flight action; mapping the flight action to an instruction, the instruction being configured to bring about a desired state of a flight simulator; identifying a command based on the desired state of the flight simulator and a first state of the flight simulator; and determining if a second state of the flight simulator after executing the command matches the desired state of the flight simulator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2021
    Assignee: The MITRE Corporation
    Inventor: Robin Kirkman
  • Patent number: 11115705
    Abstract: A method includes communicating first data to users for real time consumption by the users using a first portion of a system capacity of a system during a first time using a broadcast mode. The system capacity comprises the first portion of a broadcast transmission used for communicating the first data for real time consumption by the users and remnant capacity separate from the first portion of the broadcast transmission for non-real time consumption. The consumption occurs at a same time as when a user requests to consume the first data. The method includes communicating the first data through the communication system to a first device comprising an intermediate data storage device using the remnant capacity of the broadcast transmission during the first time. The first data is communicated using the remnant capacity of the broadcast transmission for non-real time consumption with a user application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2021
    Assignee: Siden, Inc.
    Inventors: Boris Bogatin, Gary M. Parsons, Rajendra Singh, James A. Nelson
  • Patent number: 11097425
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a releasable actuation system includes a support member, a carriage movable relative to the support member, a releasable mount configured to couple the support member to a frame, the support member being rotatable relative to the releasable mount by a rotatable joint, an image capturing sensor connected to the carriage, an actuator connected to the carriage and operable to adjust a position of a switch, a memory having computer readable instructions, and one or more processors for executing the computer readable instructions, the computer readable instructions controlling the one or more processors to perform operations comprising directing the actuator to adjust the position of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Inventors: Robert S. Takacs, Michael A. Connor
  • Patent number: 11099219
    Abstract: During a surveillance mode, the system receives present time-series signals gathered from sensors in the power transformer. Next, the system uses an inferential model to generate estimated values for the present time-series signals, and performs a pairwise differencing operation between actual values and the estimated values for the present time-series signals to produce residuals. The system then performs a sequential probability ratio test on the residuals to produce alarms having associated tripping frequencies (TFs). Next, the system uses a logistic-regression model to compute a risk index for the power transformer based on the TFs. If the risk index exceeds a threshold, the system generates a notification that the power transformer needs to be replaced. The system also periodically updates the logistic-regression model based on the results of periodic dissolved gas analyses for the transformer to more accurately compute the index for the power transformer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2021
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Kenny C. Gross, Edward R. Wetherbee
  • Patent number: 11091274
    Abstract: A flight guidance panel includes a housing, a first flight guidance display, a second flight guidance display, a standby display, and a controller. The housing defines a first longitudinal side and a second longitudinal side. The first flight guidance display is disposed in the first longitudinal side of the housing and the second flight guidance display is disposed in the second longitudinal side of the housing. The standby display is disposed between the first flight guidance display and the second flight guidance display. The controller is configured for generating at least one functional panel indicating flight parameters on the first flight guidance display and on the second flight guidance display. The controller is further configured for generating standby flight information for presentation on the standby display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2021
    Assignee: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation
    Inventors: Scott Bohanan, Jeffrey Good, Jim Jordan, Ozan Ates, Kristin Medin
  • Patent number: 11083041
    Abstract: A method for integration of a portable electronic device (PED) with a flight deck display in some embodiments includes providing an onboard network coupled to a flight-deck-installed, multi-function display and coupling the PED to the onboard network. The method may also include receiving information from a PED hosted application in the PED, routing information through a gateway and/or a plurality of firewalls, and displaying information on the flight-deck-installed, multi-function display. In some embodiments, a pilot control interface is coupled to the PED through the onboard network, and a plurality of functions on the PED is controlled via the pilot control interface. An airplane in some embodiments includes a fuselage portion, a wing portion, and a system that carries out the method, possibly through use of computer readable storage medium with stored instructions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Peter James Batsakes, David E. Stulken, Paul Burkhead
  • Patent number: 11069248
    Abstract: A dynamic determination method for determining the position of a stopping point of an aircraft on a landing strip and related system includes determining a first table of average time from touchdown of the aircraft as a function of the ground speed, based on an average deceleration profile of the aircraft; determining a first deceleration profile adapted to the current conditions, based on an engine thrust computed for each ground speed from the average time determined in the first table; determining a second table of time adapted to the current conditions based on the first deceleration profile; determining a second deceleration profile adapted to the current conditions, based on an engine thrust computed for each ground speed from the time determined in the second table; and computing the position of the stopping point from the second adapted deceleration profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2019
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Inventor: Stéphane Picaut
  • Patent number: 11054504
    Abstract: An avian detection system for determining risks of collision between a collision object and bird objects includes avian radar system(s) providing a first type of information data relating to objects detected, and a transponder receiver receiving transponder data transmitted or broadcasted by transponders provided at the collision objects. Processors are configured to receive first type of information data corresponding to the detected objects and provide radar plots. The processors are further configured to receive the transponder data and provide transponder plots, to create and store a number of object tracks based on the provided radar plots and transponder plots, with each track holding object data corresponding to or determined from data of matching plots, and to determine one or more risks of collision or collision risk levels for the collision object based on object data of a plurality of the obtained object tracks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2021
    Assignee: Robin Radar Facilities BV
    Inventors: Siete Hamminga, Anthonie van Lieburg
  • Patent number: 11040697
    Abstract: In an apparatus for controlling a vehicle that includes seats each having a seat belt, a seat-belt detector configured to detect a wearing state of each of the seat belt, and a notifying unit that notifies various items of information, a controller determines whether to notify prompt information that prompts wearing of at least one of the seat belts in accordance with a wearing-obligatory number representing the number of one or more occupants who ride on the vehicle and have an obligation to wear the corresponding one or more seat belts and a seat-belt fastened seat number representing the number of one or more seats whose seat belts are fastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2020
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2021
    Inventor: Akira Akita
  • Patent number: 11037319
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described, including a system (100) for automatically ascertaining a height characteristic of a contaminant (104) on a travel surface (102). The system (100) comprises an illumination and imaging device (106). At a first time, when the travel surface (102) is generally free of contaminant, the illumination and imaging device (106) illuminates the travel surface (102) with at least one light beam (119), and images at least one impingement of the at least one light beam (119). At a second time, when the travel surface (102) is covered by a layer of contaminant (104), the illumination and imaging device (106) illuminates the travel surface with a light beam (132), and images an impingement of the light beam on an impingement surface (107). In response to the imaging, a computer (130) calculates the height characteristic of the contaminant. Other embodiments are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: X - Sight Systems Ltd.
    Inventors: Alon Nitzan, Aviv Goner, Kfir Gedalyahu, Lonia Kanelovitch, Uri Hadar, Yaniv Leitner, Gaby Bar-Haim, Oded Hanson
  • Patent number: 11037452
    Abstract: A device, system and method is provided for obtaining and processing turbulence data via communication devices located on-board airplanes. Turbulence data obtained by a plurality of communication devices may be received during flights on-board respective ones of a plurality of airplanes. Turbulence map data may be generated by super-positioning the turbulence data received from the plurality of communication devices onto a single tempo-spatial frame of reference. The turbulence map data may be distributed to one or more of the communication devices. A device, system and method is also provided for generating turbulence map data that may reduce or eliminate “false positive” turbulence events. A device, system and method is also provided for communicating with on-board communication devices operating in a “flight crew mode” or a “passenger mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2021
    Assignee: YAMASEE LTD.
    Inventors: Oran Hampel, Zivi Nedivi, Moshe Shitrit
  • Patent number: 11029352
    Abstract: Methods, systems and apparatus, for an unmanned aerial vehicle electromagnetic avoidance and utilization system. One of the methods includes obtaining a flight package indicating a flight pattern associated with inspecting a structure, the flight pattern causing the UAV to remain at a standoff distance from the structure, wherein the standoff distance is based on an electromagnetic field associated with the structure, and wherein the flight pattern is laterally constrained according to a property geofence associated with a right of way of the structure. The UAV is navigated according to the flight pattern, and the UAV captures images of the structure. For an initial portion of the flight pattern, the UAV navigates at an altitude based on the standoff distance and the property geofence towards the structure. The UAV determines a location at which to capture images of the structure, and the UAV provides the captured images to a user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2021
    Assignee: Skydio, Inc.
    Inventors: Fabien Blanc-Paques, Bernard J. Michini, Mark Patrick Bauer
  • Patent number: 10984203
    Abstract: A system for programming aircraft galley inserts via tags disposed around the galley includes a tag reader. Such tags may include RFID tags, QR codes, etc., or some combination thereof, and the tag reader comprises an optical sensor, near field communication device, or other RFID reader. The system utilizes the tags to identify the insert's location in the galley, available communications infrastructure and other properties of the galley, and other configurable aspects of the galley insert, and sets internal configurations accordingly. The system may be in data communication with an external processor. The system utilizes the tag, and communicates with the processor to determine a system configuration based on the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2021
    Inventor: Hans Huijsing
  • Patent number: 10971021
    Abstract: A flight planning system for providing a flight planning tool on a client device includes a flight planning module, a weather module, and an airport module. A flight planning API is configured to communicate with the modules and client device, and receive, via client device hardware, a request for information associated with a selection of one of a plurality of tools corresponding to one of the modules. Accessing the flight planning system includes identifying a user and authorizing access to the flight planning system. The flight planning module is configured to: retrieve, based on the tool selection, information responsive to the request from at least one of a third-party device or another of the plurality of modules; generate an aviation flight plan based on the information responsive to the request; and transmit the flight plan to the client device for display via the client device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2020
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Inventors: Douglas Nolen Shorter, Jr., John Dennis Hamilton, Kimberly Lynn Ocasek, Eric John Rush, Brian Michael Tenberg, John Vance Whitehouse, Sergey Krilov
  • Patent number: 10969459
    Abstract: A method for detecting the presence of an object in a zone by means of a wireless detector located proximal to the zone, the wireless detector comprising an orientation sensor for sensing the spatial attitude of the detector, the method comprising: defining a solid angle relative to a first spatial reference plane, the solid angle being defined such that at least part of the zone is within that solid angle when the solid angle is projected from the location of the detector; detecting by means of the detector a wireless signal from the object, and thereby estimating the direction of the object from the detector with reference to a second spatial reference plane fixed relative to the detector; sensing by means of the orientation sensor the spatial attitude of the detector; and comparing the solid angle and the estimated direction in dependence on the sensed spatial attitude so as to determine whether the object is present in the zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2021
    Assignee: Ubisense Limited
    Inventor: Peter Joseph Steggles
  • Patent number: 10965769
    Abstract: The disclosed subject matter includes, an airborne data library onboard an airborne platform, configured for automatic management of situation awareness data (SAD), the airborne data library comprising an onboard data management system; the on-board data management system comprises a data management unit and an onboard data-repository; the data management unit being operatively connectible to at least one computer processor and configured to: establish a communication link with at least one situation awareness data (SAD) source; obtain situation awareness data from the at least one SAD source; process the SAD based on data management logic being accessible to the data management unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2021
    Inventor: Moshe Sabato
  • Patent number: 10948601
    Abstract: A system and apparatus for recording and archiving diverse communications over radio transmissions. The system and apparatus enables unattended airports within a geofenced area to generate a useful archive of all radio communications made by Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) equipped aircraft and ground personnel. A combination of hardware and software components are provided to record and store radio transmissions in computer files. Once stored, the computer files may then be replayed for training and investigation purposes. Likewise, users may generate custom reports based upon the data embodied in the computer files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2019
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2021
    Inventors: Ronald Paul Cote, John Guimond
  • Patent number: 10933980
    Abstract: An aircraft having an electric motor coupled to a rotor and an instrument electronically connected to the electric motor and configured to communicate a time available value before a motor condition reaches a motor condition limit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2021
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Eric Albert Sinusas, Edward Lambert, Yann Lavallee, Aaron Alexander Acee, Albert G. Brand
  • Patent number: 10922985
    Abstract: Systems and methods directed to evaluating and enabling enhanced glide slope angles are provided. The method includes, in a control module, identifying a designated glide slope angle (D_GSA) based on a designated approach procedure; receiving and processing sensor data and navigation data; and, generating an adaptive glide slope angle (A_GSA) and an associated final capture altitude (FCA) based thereon. The method includes determining whether (a) an altitude constraint applies at the FCA, and determining whether (b) a level segment exists at the FCA. When (a) and (b) are concurrent, the method enables modification of the designated approach procedure with the A_GSA; and, the method prevents modification of the designated approach procedure with the A_GSA when there is no concurrence of (a) and (b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Inventors: Dorothee De Villele, Daniel Corbel, Rajesh Chaubey, Marek Batelka, Pavel Ptacek
  • Patent number: 10919446
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatuses are disclosed for conditioning or blending light for increasing the uniformity of light distribution and light wavelength customization, and light arrays integrated into structural and non-structural assemblies and sub-assemblies in cabin interiors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2021
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Randy C. Camp
  • Patent number: 10911722
    Abstract: An image transmission apparatus is connected to a plurality of cameras that image the interior of a moving body, and includes a receiver, a processor, and a transmitter. The receiver receives, from an external device of the moving body, an image transmission request and imaging subject information that identifies a passenger to be imaged. The processor selects, based on the imaging subject information, an image captured by at least one camera of the plurality of cameras, and executes processing to remove, from the selected image, other image regions aside from the image region that covers the passenger to be imaged. The transmitter transmits the image that has been processed to the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: Panasonic Intellectual Property Management Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Ryota Miyanaka, Masahiko Yamamoto, Kou Watanabe, Tsutomu Uenoyama
  • Patent number: 10902732
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for monitoring execution of air traffic control (ATC) conditional clearances for a user aircraft. The method monitors ATC clearances transmitted to all other aircraft across each communication channel from an airport. Every other aircraft is identified and the relevant data each ATC clearance is transcribed. A dependency table is generated for the user aircraft with the relevant data from every other aircraft. The dependency table identifies each relevant clearance that must be completed by all other aircraft before the user aircraft executes a conditional ATC clearance. The status of all relevant dependent ATC clearances is monitored and the user aircraft is informed of its conditional ATC clearance upon completion of the relevant dependent ATC clearances.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Inventors: Narayanan Srinivasan, Gobinathan Baladhandapani, Hariharan Saptharishi
  • Patent number: 10899471
    Abstract: Systems, apparatuses and methods for indicating a moveable device such as an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) are disclosed herein. The present technology provides an illumination system having a light source and an illuminating component. In a representative embodiment, the light source is carried by a UAV and positioned to emit a light ray in a first direction. The illuminating component is carried by a propeller of the UAV. The illuminating component can include a light entrance portion, a light transmission portion, and a light exit portion. The light entrance portion is positioned to receive the light ray from the light source, the light transmission portion is positioned to transmit the light ray to the light exit portion, and the light exit portion is positioned to direct the light ray in a second direction so as to form a visual indication corresponding to the UAV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2021
    Assignee: SZ DJI Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Wanqi Liu, Huai Huang, Changxing Zhou, Qiu Lan
  • Patent number: 10896538
    Abstract: The present disclosure describes an image rendering technique that provides a simulated light source positioned within a three dimensional (3D) data set for rendering two dimensional projection images of the 3D data set. The simulated light source may be positioned anywhere inside or outside the 3D data set, including within a region of interest. The simulated light source may be a multidirectional light source. A user may select a position of the simulated light source via a user interface. A user may select an in-plane position of the simulated light source and an image processor and/or volume renderer may automatically calculate a depth position to maintain a distance between the simulated light source and a surface of a region of interest in the 3D data set.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 19, 2021
    Inventors: Benoit Jean-Dominique Bertrand Maurice Mory, Emmanuel Mocé Serge Attia, Jean-Michel Rouet
  • Patent number: 10891867
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to providing pilots with timely information to allow for better decision making and improved safety during the piloting of a flight. The systems and methods described herein can employ a collection of algorithms that can take disparate information, process it, and synthesize it into meaningful information for a pilot, flight crew, other flight systems, and/or other algorithms to consume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: The MITRE Corporation
    Inventors: Steven L. Estes, John R. Helleberg, Kevin M. Long, Matthew E. Pollack, Marco Quezada, Jeffrey Stein
  • Patent number: 10877952
    Abstract: An improved system for updating a flight management system of an aircraft is described. A flight management system is configured to execute an operation. The flight management system can comprise a storage device storing thereon a database. The database is configured to store data usable by the flight management system to execute the operation and receive updates to the database that pertain to the operation executed by the flight management system. The updated database enables updating of the operation without updating the operational software of the flight management system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Inventors: Geun Il Kim, Kevin Patrick Corbett, Frank DiGiovanni
  • Patent number: 10868612
    Abstract: A method for sending environmental data to a vehicle in transit is disclosed. The method is performed by a ground system. The method includes receiving new environmental data from a plurality of environmental data providers. The method also includes synthesizing an update template that identifies recommended portions of relevant data that are available to be uploaded for at least one of a plurality of environmental data services. The method also includes sending the update template to the vehicle using a low-bandwidth connection, wherein the update template is sent by the ground system without first receiving a request for the update template. The method also includes receiving, from the vehicle, a request for the recommended portions of relevant data. The method also includes sending the recommended portions of relevant data to the vehicle in an update package using a high-bandwidth connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Mohammed Ibrahim Mohideen, Jan Bilek
  • Patent number: 10861342
    Abstract: A system for displaying information related to a flight of an aircraft and an associated method are provided. The display system comprises a dynamic synthesis image generating module, configured to generate at least two successive transition synthesis images between an image according to a first type of perspective and an image according to a second type of perspective, or between an image according to a second type of perspective and an image according to a first type of perspective, respectively, and to command the display thereof at successive transition moments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2020
    Inventors: Arnaud Branthomme, Igor Fain, Patrick Darses
  • Patent number: 10843813
    Abstract: A lamp unit is attached to an exterior panel of an aircraft and configured by accommodating a light source into a lamp chamber formed by a metallic housing and a cover attached to the housing. The cover includes a cover body having a light transmissive region that transmits light emitted from the light source and a metallic body support that supports an outer peripheral portion of the cover body. A holding cable that electrically and mechanically connects the housing and the body support is arranged in the lamp chamber. A grounding terminal that electrically connects the holding cable to a fuselage side structural member of the aircraft is provided in the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Inventor: Masaru Ishikiriyama