Aircraft Alarm Or Indicating Systems Patents (Class 340/945)
  • 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
    Assignee: SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION
    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: 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: 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
    Assignee: AIRCRAFT OWNERS AND PILOTS ASSOCIATION
    Inventors: Douglas Nolen Shorter, Jr., John Dennis Hamilton, Kimberly Lynn Ocasek, Eric John Rush, Brian Michael Tenberg, John Vance Whitehouse, Sergey Krilov
  • 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
    Assignee: ISRAEL AEROSPACE INDUSTRIES LTD.
    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
    Assignee: INVISIBLE INTELLIGENCE, LLC
    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
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    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: 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: 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
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Narayanan Srinivasan, Gobinathan Baladhandapani, Hariharan Saptharishi
  • 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
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    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
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    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
    Assignee: DASSAULT AVIATION
    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
    Assignee: KOITO MANUFACTURING CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Masaru Ishikiriyama
  • Patent number: 10840972
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and apparatus for maintenance over an auxiliary power line are disclosed. In one or more embodiments, a disclosed method for generating and transmitting maintenance data from a unit on a vehicle comprises powering the unit by an auxiliary power line connected to the unit or a primary power line connected to the unit. The method further comprises modulating, by the unit, at least a portion of the maintenance data to generate at least one modulated signal. Further, the method comprises transmitting, from the unit, at least one modulated signal on the auxiliary power line. In one or more embodiments, the maintenance data comprises health management (HM) data, built in test (BIT) data, built in test equipment (BITE) data, and/or configuration data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: Gregory L. Sheffield
  • Patent number: 10803128
    Abstract: System, methods, and computer program products providing an information asset management system including an information asset registry that stores metadata of information assets and having a logical structure that lineally links information assets. The logical structure includes data structures having a logical element comprising an identifier identifying an information asset, logical elements including metadata of the information asset, and logical elements including lineage information that relates the information asset to other information assets. The program instructions cause the information asset management to perform operations including receiving a query for information describing a first information asset. The operations also include determining lineal links between the first information asset and other information assets. The operations further include retrieving the metadata of the first in formation asset and the information assets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark H. Boyd, Jeffery M. Bearce, Richard A. Eith, Leah T. Chatkeonopadol
  • Patent number: 10796589
    Abstract: A method for providing circling approach data onboard an aircraft is disclosed. For a current, circling approach of the aircraft to a destination airport, the method identifies a circling approach procedure applicable to an optimal runway, by a processor communicatively coupled to a system memory element configured to store a database of circling approach procedures and a source for temporary restrictions; determines a circling boundary to the optimal runway, based on the circling approach procedure; determines temporary circling restrictions for the aircraft, based on conflicting traffic from at least a second airport; constructs a lateral path and a vertical path to guide the aircraft to the optimal runway of the destination airport, based on the circling approach procedure, the circling boundary, and the temporary circling restrictions; and presents graphical elements and text associated with the circling approach procedure, the circling boundary, and the temporary restrictions, by a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Sriram PR, Steve Cirino, Nathan Shaughn Turner, Jayasenthilnathan B, Satish Narayan Hedge, Sanju Kuriakose, Sreenath Sukumar
  • Patent number: 10775793
    Abstract: A robot system is provided that is configured for use on-board a vehicle during a trip of the vehicle. The vehicle includes a cabin. The robot system includes a body, a transportation system, a communication link, an interaction system, and a control system. The transportation system is coupled to the body and configured to move the body through at least a portion of the cabin. The communication link is configured to receive trip information. The interaction system is configured to interact with at least one of a passenger or a crew member disposed within the cabin during trip. The control system is configured to operate the robot system to perform a crew assistance task during the use of the vehicle responsive to at least one of the trip information or information received from the at least one of the passenger or crew member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Cynthia Anne Vandewall, Ming Tang, Bradley Young, Zea Zhou Qyang Zhan, Adriana G. Navarro-Sainz, Tiaoling Wang, Blake Lane
  • Patent number: 10771558
    Abstract: Systems and methods for modifying multiple element request datalink messages in avionics system are provided. A method includes generating a plurality of downlink message element information at a verify screen displayed by a display. The method further allows for the changing of at least one downlink message element information of the plurality of downlink message element information within the verify screen. Moreover, the method concatenates the plurality of downlink message element information after the changing of the at least one element information in preparation of generating a concatenating downlink message element information message to be downlinked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Raghu Shamasundar, Thomas D. Judd, Soumitri Swain
  • Patent number: 10766634
    Abstract: The ground proximity warning system is an instrument. The ground proximity warning system is configured for use with a private aviation aircraft. The private aviation aircraft further comprises landing gear and a cockpit. The ground proximity warning system measures the altitude of the private aviation aircraft from a landing strip when the private aviation aircraft is within 3 meters of the landing strip. The ground proximity warning system generates an audible series of clicks within the cockpit to indicate the altitude to a pilot. A higher click frequency indicates a lower altitude. The ground proximity warning system comprises a trigger circuit, a selection circuit, a pulse generator, a detector circuit, a dividing circuit, a buffer, and a cockpit speaker. The trigger circuit, the selection circuit, the pulse generator, the detector circuit, the dividing circuit, the buffer, and the cockpit speaker are electrically interconnected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2020
    Inventor: Luther Lonidier
  • Patent number: 10762797
    Abstract: This disclosure describes an automated aerial vehicle that includes one or more object detection elements configured to detect the presence of objects and an avoidance determining element configured to cause the automated aerial vehicle to automatically determine and execute an avoidance maneuver to avoid the objects. For example, an object may be detected and an avoidance maneuver determined based on a position of the object and an object vector representative of a direction and a magnitude of velocity of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Amir Navot, Gur Kimchi, Brian C. Beckman, Frederik Schaffalitzky, Daniel Buchmueller, Robert John Anderson
  • Patent number: 10762786
    Abstract: An impairment analysis (“IA”) computer system for alerting a first driver of a first vehicle to a driving hazard posed by a second vehicle operated by a second driver is provided. The IA computer system is associated with the first vehicle, and includes at least one processor in communication with at least one memory device. The at least one processor is programmed to: (i) receive second vehicle data including second driver data and second vehicle condition data, where the second vehicle data is collected by a plurality of sensors included on the first vehicle; (ii) analyze the second vehicle data by applying a baseline model to the second vehicle data; (iii) determine that the second vehicle poses a driving hazard to the first vehicle based upon the analysis; and/or (iv) generate an alert signal based upon the determination that the second vehicle poses a driving hazard to the first vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Douglas L. Dewey, Jon Hodel, Steve F. Roberson
  • Patent number: 10762785
    Abstract: An impairment analysis (“IA”) computer system for detecting an impairment is provided. The IA computer system is associated with a host vehicle, and includes at least one processor in communication with at least one memory device. The at least one processor is programmed to: (i) interrogate or otherwise scan a target vehicle by using a plurality of sensors included on a host vehicle to scan the target vehicle and a target driver; (ii) receive sensor data including target driver data and target vehicle condition data; (iii) analyze the sensor data by applying a baseline model to the sensor data; (iv) detect an impairment of the target driver or target vehicle based upon the analysis; and/or (v) output an alert signal to a host vehicle controller, or direct collision preventing actions (such as automatically engage vehicle safety systems), based upon the determination that the target driver or target vehicle is impaired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2020
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Douglas L. Dewey, Jon Hodel, Steve F. Roberson
  • Patent number: 10755583
    Abstract: A method is provided for monitoring compliance with air traffic control (ATC) instructions by an air crew of an aircraft. First, voice and text ATC commands are received by an ATC instruction moderator support system (AIMSS) located on board the aircraft. The voice and text ATC commands are converted into a data format by the AIMSS. The ATC commands are used to determine an expected aircraft state while a current aircraft state is determined by the aircraft sensors. The current aircraft state is compared with the expected state and determined if it is in compliance. If the current state is in non-compliance, it is determined if the non-compliance is allowable and it is then classified as either no action or incorrect action by the aircrew. Finally, an alert of the noncompliance is generated with the AIMSS.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Abneesh Singla, Sreenivasan Govindillam K, Srinivas D. Gonabal, Pradeep Huncha, Vedavyas Rallabandi, Jaibir Singh, Sunil Kumar KS
  • Patent number: 10756734
    Abstract: A touch key of an interface for an aircraft avionics system. The touch key includes a button, a mechanical switch, and a sensor. The mechanical switch is configured to be actuated when the button is pressed. Actuation of the mechanical switch sends a switch signal to the aircraft avionics system. The sensor is configured to detect when the button is being touched independent of whether the button is being pressed. The sensor sends a touch signal indicating that the button is being touched to the aircraft avionics system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2020
    Assignee: SPECTRALUX CORPORATION
    Inventors: Douglas W. Daman, David E. Hiney, James A. Reynolds
  • Patent number: 10747860
    Abstract: One embodiment provides a method, including: obtaining, using one or more sensors disposed in a seat, user posture data; and identifying, using a processor, a user based on the user posture data. Other aspects are described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Timothy Winthrop Kingsbury, Joseph Michael Pennisi, Igor Stolbikov
  • Patent number: 10745146
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described herein for automatically monitoring a status or position of a vehicle component. Both powered and non-powered (or passive) systems are contemplated. The systems and methods utilize a sensor that signals when a vehicle component, such as an arm rest, a tray table, a seat back, or a window shade is in a predetermined position. The signal can be received by a processor and transmitted to a central server that can provide a report of the status of the various vehicle components to an attendant or crew member to quickly apprise them of the status of the various components without requiring manually checking each component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Inventor: Victor Arino Perez
  • Patent number: 10748433
    Abstract: Systems and methods for autonomous distress tracking (ADT) of aerial vehicles are provided. An autonomous distress tracking (ADT) system for an aerial vehicle is provided that includes one or more ADT devices. Each device includes at least one transmitter configured to transmit messages over one or more predetermined frequency bands. And ADT control system is configured to control a transmission rate of the one or more ADT devices based on flight plan data associated with an on-going flight of the aerial vehicle and performance data associated with the aerial vehicle during the on-going flight. The ADT control system can compare the flight plan data with the performance data to determine one or more deviations associated with the flight plan data and control a transmission rate of the one or more ADT devices based on the deviations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2020
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventor: Stefan Alexander Schwindt
  • Patent number: 10742907
    Abstract: A camera device for detecting a surrounding area of a subject vehicle has optoelectronics including a high-resolution image capturing sensor and a wide-angle optical system. The optoelectronics are designed to output an image sequence of the surrounding area with a periodic variation of high-resolution images and resolution-reduced images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Assignee: Conti Temic microelectronic GmbH
    Inventors: Florian Dreier, Dieter Kroekel, Karsten Breuer, Boris Werthessen
  • Patent number: 10741061
    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: September 19, 2019
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2020
    Inventor: Ari Krupnik
  • 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: 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: 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: 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