Phased Landing Guidance (e.g., Runway Approach, Landing, Touchdown) Patents (Class 340/951)
  • Patent number: 10410096
    Abstract: Context-based priors are utilized in machine learning networks (e.g., neural networks) for detecting objects in images. The likely locations of objects are estimated based on context labels. A machine learning network identifies a context label of an entire image. Based on the context label, the network selects a set of likely regions for detecting objects of interest in the image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Assignee: Qualcomm Incorporated
    Inventors: Daniel Hendricus Franciscus Dijkman, Regan Blythe Towal, Venkata Sreekanta Reddy Annapureddy
  • Patent number: 9666085
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for displaying a taxi clearance for an aircraft at an airport. One exemplary method involves receiving user input indicative of a constraining taxi path of a plurality of taxi paths at the airport, determining a first taxi portion between an initial location for the taxi clearance and the constraining taxi path, determining a second taxi portion between the constraining taxi path and a destination location for the taxi clearance, and displaying, on a display device associated with the aircraft, a taxi route comprising the first taxi portion, the second taxi portion, and the constraining taxi path between the first taxi portion and the second taxi portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Aaron Gannon, Thea L. Feyereisen, Troy Nichols, Jerry Ball, Sean Caufield, John G. Suddreth, Ivan Sandy Wyatt
  • Patent number: 8917191
    Abstract: A system for controlling an image displayed on a display unit of an aircraft is shown and described. The system includes an enhanced vision system that detects elements of an approach lighting system for display on the display unit. The system also includes a synthetic vision system that uses a database of navigation information and a determined aircraft location to generate synthetic display elements representing the approach lighting system. Display electronics of the system cause the detected elements from the enhanced vision system to be simultaneously displayed on the display unit within a same scene as the generated synthetic display elements from the synthetic vision system. Advantageously, the simultaneous display allows a pilot viewing the display unit to check for whether information provided by the enhanced vision system matches information provided by the synthetic vision system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Carlo L. Tiana, Kenneth A. Zimmerman, Robert B. Wood
  • Patent number: 8897935
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system for preventing collisions with a terrain. The system includes a detecting means for detecting risks of collision with the terrain after a predetermined forecasting delay. The system further includes a determining means for determining, based on a trajectory followed by the aircraft, a possible limit point for success of the vertical terrain avoidance maneuver. The system further includes indication means for giving indications on azimuth clearance sections, around the direction in which the aircraft is moving, suitable for success of the vertical terrain avoidance maneuver. The system further includes means for estimating a free-travel distance in each azimuth clearance sector on a straight distancing trajectory with constant gradient and over a distance correspond to more than one minute of flight, the free-travel distance being free of potential conflicts with the terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Hugues Meunier, Nicolas Marty, Julia Percier
  • Patent number: 8890718
    Abstract: An aircraft terrain awareness warning system is disclosed that includes an interface for entering flight plan details of an aircraft including at least one waypoint. The terrain awareness warning system is configured such that potential-terrain-collision alerts are suppressed in the aircraft during landing operations performed at waypoints associated with landing zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Sandel Avionics, Inc.
    Inventor: Gerald J. Block
  • Patent number: 8880339
    Abstract: A schematic display for presenting vertical navigation (VNAV) data is disclosed. A planned route such as a flight plan is divided into a series of VNAV legs, and only a VNAV schematic that corresponds to the active VNAV leg is displayed. The VNAV schematic in accordance with the present disclosure is a profile-view schematic for the active VNAV leg, providing a visual representation indicating the locations of the upcoming Top of Climb (TOC) or Top of Descent (TOD). Additional VNAV data may also be presented to provide content context. Since the schematic display in accordance with the present disclosure only displays VNAV data relevant to the active VNAV leg at a given time, the complexities associated with displaying the VNAV schematic is reduced, making the VNAV data easy to read and understand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins Inc.
    Inventors: Seth A. Cooper, David A. Gribble, David L. Leedom, Geoffrey A. Shapiro, Daniel E. Russell, James E. Winfield
  • Patent number: 8836542
    Abstract: Systems and methods for alerting a flight crew when the vertical situation display may be providing incomplete information due to the presence of a non-computed trajectory segment in the flight plan. A processing device in signal communication with a flight management system, a position measuring system, and a velocity measuring system receives a flight plan from the flight management system and determines if the flight plan includes any non-computed trajectory segments. If at least one of time or distance to the beginning of a next non-computed trajectory segment is less than a threshold value, the processing device generates an alert that information displayed on a vertical situation display may be incomplete. An output device outputs the generated alert.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Scott R. Gremmert, Timothy Crawford
  • Patent number: 8773289
    Abstract: A method and apparatus are present for monitoring a runway. Data is received about the runway from a number of sensors associated with an aircraft while the aircraft performs an operation on the runway. A number of conditions are identified for the runway using the data received from the number of sensors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeanne C. Maggiore, Wayne R. Majkowski, Kevin L. Swearingen
  • Patent number: 8712609
    Abstract: A method is provided for displaying information on a display device of an aircraft. The method comprises determining graphics data for visual aids that represent missed approach data; incorporating the graphics data into a user interface that is in perspective view; and generating the user interface for display on the display device of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Navin Kadavil, Anil Kumar Songa, Prashant Prabhu, Ravindra Jayaprakash, Sadguni Venkataswamy
  • Patent number: 8711007
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product for displaying information about runways. A runway for an aircraft is identified when the aircraft is within a selected distance of the runway. A number of graphical indicators are displayed on a display in a flight deck. The number of graphical indicators corresponds to a number of features of the runway present in a field of view for an eye reference point in the flight deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Sherwin S. Chen, Jean M. Crane, Steven L. Fleiger-Holmes, Wayne R. Jones, Bruce P. Samuels, Bechara J. Mallouk
  • Patent number: 8698669
    Abstract: Another embodiment of the disclosure relates to an altitude system for an aircraft. The aircraft radar system includes a processor configured to determine an altitude of the aircraft using runway position information, and an angle to the runway associated with a radar beam to the runway. The angle to the runway is being determined using a pointing angle of the antenna adjusted with an angular offset. The angular offset is determined from phase processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Woodell, Richard D. Jinkins, Richard M. Rademaker, Patrick D. McCusker
  • Patent number: 8682580
    Abstract: A method, computer system, and computer program product for displaying flight information. A number of elements for a number of phases of flight for a route of an aircraft are identified. The number of elements in association with the number of phases of flight is displayed on a strip on a display. The number of elements is displayed on the strip in a sequence in which the number of elements is encountered by the aircraft on the route during the number of phases of flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jason W. Clark, Cindy Dorfmann, Milan Guenther
  • Patent number: 8630790
    Abstract: Systems and methods for receiving flight messages relating to a particular flight from multiple sources and processing information in those flight messages to create a single representation of an updated current and intended trajectory of such flight. Preferably, the system comprises one or more processors for performing the following operations: determining which flight message is the most recent; determining which flight messages are relevant; authenticating and processing proposed updates; and merging information contained in the flight messages to create a single representation of one or both of current or intended flight information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Louis J. Bailey, Ryan D. Hale
  • Patent number: 8624757
    Abstract: A method of visually indicating an advisory from a traffic collision avoidance system (TCAS) on a flight display of an aircraft, the method comprising receiving a TCAS advisory, determining a severity of the received TCAS advisory, displaying a geometric body on the flight display in response to the TCAS advisory, and altering a shape of the displayed geometric body in response to the determined severity wherein the shape of the displayed geometric body may be altered by altering at least one of an angle and an arc of the geometric body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Andrew Thomas Schrauben
  • Patent number: 8494693
    Abstract: A monitor on-board an aircraft which uses radio altitude measurements as the basic observable altitude during runway approach. The basic concept utilizes the aircraft's navigation system, which includes means to store and retrieve radio altitude thresholds as a function of the distance along the desired path from the runway thresholds. These threshold functions are determined in advance based on a radio altitude reference which is defined as the expected radio altimeter measurement that would be made if the airplane were exactly on the desired reference path. Vertical containment monitoring is achieved by comparing the radio altitude measurement to computed thresholds for both too high and too low. During the approach, an annunciation message can be generated if the radio altitude measurement is above or below the threshold limits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Timothy Allen Murphy
  • Patent number: 8493240
    Abstract: An operational flight phase determination, indication and configuration system for an aircraft includes input/output circuitry for receiving an operational flight phase selector output signal, aircraft sensor signals, and on-board automation system output signals including configuration status information. A processor is coupled to the input/output circuitry. A flight phase data table is coupled to the processor. The flight phase data table includes a list of the defined operational flight phases for the aircraft. A flight phase transition rules set is coupled to the processor. The flight phase transition rules set includes flight rules for defining flight phase transitions. An aircraft system configuration data table is coupled to the processor. The aircraft system configuration data table includes a list of the defined configurations for each operational flight phase and the aircraft system configuration settings for each configuration. Program memory and working memory are coupled to the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Carrico
  • Patent number: 8489261
    Abstract: A device for aiding the piloting of an aircraft during a final approach phase includes a flight management system and an approach selecting device for automatically selecting an approach to be used during landing of the aircraft. A method for aiding the piloting of an aircraft includes automatically selecting an approach to be used during landing of an aircraft by selecting an approach with the smallest decision height that can also be technically implemented by the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventors: Nicolas Albert, Diane Tambach, Laurent Azoulai, Patrice Rouquette
  • Patent number: 8442706
    Abstract: A system and method to facilitate approach of a VTOL aircraft to an offshore facility includes inputting a waypoint for a landing platform of an offshore facility into an aircraft module, inputting an offset distance from the landing platform into the aircraft module, inputting a minimum descent height into an aircraft module, and inputting a final approach inbound course toward the landing platform into the aircraft module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2013
    Assignee: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald S. Doeppner, Donald W. Fowler, Stephen P. Lee, Lan Hoang, Anil Mehra
  • Patent number: 8436750
    Abstract: The invention is a method making it possible to calculate and monitor the provisional landing distance and the configuration of the aircraft and flight parameters during the changes in the landing phase manoeuvre. The method consists in determining the landing runway then in analyzing the configuration and the dynamic parameters of the aeroplane, the meteorological and airport data in order to assess, from a performance database, whether the planned braking is suitable and will stop the aeroplane before the end of the runway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Bernard Fabre, Pascal Gayraud, Nicolas Marty
  • Patent number: 8428795
    Abstract: Method and system for predicting the possibility of complete stoppage of an aircraft on a landing runway. According to the invention: a) the altitude (H) of the aircraft (2) is measured and the horizontal distance (D) separating said aircraft (2) from the proximal end threshold (4) of the landing runway (1) is calculated; b) an estimated finishing position (21) of said aircraft on said landing runway (1) is calculated on the basis of the altitude (H) and of the horizontal distance (D) determined in a), as well as on the basis of the angle of approach (?); and c) said estimated finishing position (21) calculated in b) is utilized to determine said possibility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventor: Nicolas Caule
  • Patent number: 8384730
    Abstract: A present novel and non-trivial system, apparatus, and method for generating HUD image data from synthetic image data is disclosed. Based on a multi-channel pixel intensity data set generated by a synthetic vision system, a single-channel pixel intensity data set representative of a lighted solid image of terrain comprised of a plurality of intensities of one color may be generated. The single-channel pixel intensity image data set may be determined as a function of multi-channel pixel intensity data set and channel weighting, where channel weighting may be based on sky and/or terrain colors employed by an SVS. Based on the multi-channel pixel intensity data set, a three-dimensional perspective scene outside the aircraft may be presented to the pilot on a HUD combiner. Also, the multi-channel pixel intensity data set may be modified by using at least one chroma key, where such chroma key may be assigned to a specific multi-channel pixel intensity value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis S. VanDerKamp, Daniel Y. Chiew, Jeffrey D. Russell
  • Patent number: 8350726
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for selecting a touchdown point for a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The eye movements of a user are tracked relative to an image being rendered on a display screen. An updated touchdown point location is determined from the tracked eye movements, and an updated touchdown point is rendered at the updated touchdown point location on the display screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Santosh Mathan, Patricia May Ververs
  • Patent number: 8346412
    Abstract: The inventive flight control assisting device comprises first means (4) for determining the actual aircraft flight conditions, second means (5) for determining, with the aid of said actual flight conditions and a predetermined pattern, a minimum approaching distance corresponding to a minimum distance between projections on the horizontal plane of the aircraft actual position and a touch-down point when said aircraft moves downwards and decelerates according to an optimised approach in such a way that stabilised approaching conditions are attained, and display means (7) for displaying at least said minimum approaching distance on a navigation screen (9) in the form of a first circular arc focused on a position relative to the aircraft which displays the touch-down position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Isabelle Lacaze, Vincent Foucart, Jean-Louis De Menorval, Didier Zadrozynski, Frédéric Lemoult, Joëlle Barthe, Sébastien Lhote, Irène Hoste Ventos
  • Patent number: 8301319
    Abstract: There is provided a personal navigation system, including a head-mounted orientation sensor, a coordinate position sensor, a head-mounted display, and a processor receiving an input from the head-mounted orientation sensor and an input from the coordinate position sensor and providing a visually sensible output for displaying on the head-mounted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: Lumus Ltd.
    Inventors: Zvi Lapidot, Abraham Aharoni
  • Patent number: 8234021
    Abstract: Systems and methods for generating approach information for a first vehicle approaching a second dynamic vehicle. An example method determines motion information of the second vehicle and generates approach information based on the determined motion information and the approach centerline. The method generates at least one of an approach path or a plurality of approach path reference points based on at least one of a center of motion of the second vehicle or a touchdown point on the second vehicle and generates at least one of a synthetic path or a plurality of synthetic path reference points by filtering the generated at least one approach path or plurality of approach path reference points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: John C. Colclough
  • Patent number: 8217807
    Abstract: An operational flight phase determination and indication system for an aircraft includes input/output circuitry for receiving an operational flight phase selector output signal and aircraft sensor signals. A processor is coupled to the input/output circuitry. A flight phase data table is coupled to the processor. The flight phase data table includes a list of the defined operational flight phases for the aircraft. A flight phase transition rules set is coupled to the processor. The flight phase transition rules set includes flight rules for defining flight phase transitions. Program memory and working memory are coupled to the processor. The processor uses input from the input/output circuitry, the flight phase data table, the flight phase transition rules set, the program memory and the working memory to provide an operational mode signal indicating the operational mode of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew J. Carrico
  • Patent number: 8209072
    Abstract: A method and device to assist in the piloting of an aircraft in a landing phase may apply a maximum braking of the aircraft if there is a risk of longitudinal departure from a runway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignees: Airbus Operations SAS, Airbus
    Inventors: Fabrice Villaume, Armand Jacob, Robert Lignee
  • Patent number: 8193948
    Abstract: A present novel and non-trivial system, module, and method for presenting runway advisory information are disclosed. A runway reference may be established using data received from a source of navigation reference data, where such data could represent runway information, runway awareness zone information, landing awareness zone information, and/or runway threshold line information. Navigation data representative of at least aircraft location and input factor data may be received from a source. Phase of flight may be determined using input factor data, and a runway advisory data set may be generated as a function of phase of flight and the positional relationship between aircraft location and the runway reference. Runway advisory data set may be representative of advisory information comprised of visual runway advisory information, aural runway advisory information, tactile advisory information, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey A. Shapiro, Alena L. Benson, Matthew J. Carrico, Randy H. Jacobson
  • Patent number: 8175760
    Abstract: A device comprises means for computing the air-craft (A) current position, means for determining at least one maximum permitted deviation (E1) around a set position of the flight path of the flight plan according to accuracy and integrity performances of said current position computation and to the restriction of a flight range authorized in a flight corridor (6A, 6B), and a display system (7) for displaying at least one a distance scale (9) on a viewing screen (8), at least one a fixed symbol (10) displaying the current position and two movable pointers (13, 14) displaying the limits of said maximum permitted deviation (E1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Patrice Rouquette, Nolween Laveant, Didier Have, Arnaud Le Tellier
  • Patent number: 8164487
    Abstract: A present novel and non-trivial system, module, and method for presenting messages to a pilot of an aircraft are disclosed. The system comprises a source for providing message data, a message generating (“MG”) processor, and a presentation system. Message data received from a message data source includes data fields for providing message location on a flight plan and one or more modes of presentation. After receiving the message data, an MG processor generates a message presentation data set corresponding to the message data; the message presentation data set represents a message object shown at the message location on a flight plan and at least one presentation mode. Then, a presentation system receives the message presentation data set and presents the information contained in such data set to one or more units of the presentation system including a visual display unit and/or an aural alert unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Hung-i B. Tsai
  • Patent number: 8160759
    Abstract: A computer-implemented system and method for the processing and optimization of flight plans is disclosed. Information regarding a plurality of previous flight plans is received over a digital network and is stored in at least a database. The database preferably includes aviation fuel price information, aircraft performance information, and aviation weather information as well. Upon receiving a request, a server generates at least an optimized portion of a flight plan. In one form, historical flight plan data of others is automatically used to aid in the determination of the optimized route offered to the user for review, with the resulting final flight plan being electronically filed with the FAA upon approval. In a further form, the user may arrange fuel transactions at intermediate destinations with the service provider receiving a fee in exchange for facilitating the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: FlightAware, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Baker, Karl Lehenbauer, David Cameron McNett, Mark L. Duell, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8140197
    Abstract: There is provided a personal navigation system, including a head-mounted orientation sensor, a coordinate position sensor, a head-mounted display, and a processor receiving an input from the head-mounted orientation sensor and an input from the coordinate position sensor and providing a visually sensible output for displaying on the head-mounted display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Lumus Ltd.
    Inventors: Zvi Lapidot, Abraham Aharoni
  • Patent number: 8112188
    Abstract: Disclosed is a device for aiding the piloting of an aircraft in an approach phase during landing. The device includes a guidance system for aiding guidance of the aircraft. Controllers can be actuated by the system during an initial phase in accordance with a first guidance mode and during a terminal phase in accordance with a second guidance mode. The transition between the first and second guidance modes can be achieved automatically by the guidance system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operation SAS
    Inventors: Patrice Rouquette, Jean-Philippe Huynh
  • Publication number: 20110304479
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product for displaying information about runways. A runway for an aircraft is identified when the aircraft is within a selected distance of the runway. A number of graphical indicators are displayed on a display in a flight deck. The number of graphical indicators corresponds to a number of features of the runway present in a field of view for an eye reference point in the flight deck.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Sherwin S. Chen, Jean M. Crane, Steven L. Fleiger-Holmes, Wayne R. Jones, Bruce P. Samuels, Bechara J. Mallouk
  • Patent number: 8077078
    Abstract: A method of and system for determining the altitude of an aircraft can use a relative altitude estimate using information from an onboard radar. The altitude can be referenced to a runway for landing operations. The radar can produce relative altitude information from the range to the landing point and a precision estimation of the vertical angle to the landing point. The vertical angle estimate can be made with a phase processing antenna/radar system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel L. Woodell, Richard D. Jinkins, Richard M. Rademaker, Patrick D. McCusker
  • Patent number: 8078395
    Abstract: A flight control system for an aircraft is configured for receiving command signals representing commanded values of a location of a geospatial point and a radius about the geospatial point for defining a circular groundtrack. A sensor determines a geospatial location of the aircraft and provides a location signal representing the location of the aircraft. A controller for commanding flight control devices on the aircraft controls the flight of the aircraft and is configured to receive the command signals and the location signal. The controller uses the command signals and location signal to operate the flight control devices to control the flight of the aircraft for directing the aircraft generally toward a tangent point of the circular groundtrack and then maintaining a flight path along the circular groundtrack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth E. Builta, James E. Harris, Billy K. Gore
  • Patent number: 8078344
    Abstract: A display system and method for an aircraft displays, in real-time, the protected airspace associated with a CTL maneuver. The system processes aircraft approach category data and determines the protected airspace based at least in part on the processed aircraft approach category. An image representative of the determined protected airspace is displayed on the aircraft flight deck display system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: David B. Dwyer, Aaron J. Gannon
  • Patent number: 8019490
    Abstract: An imaging and display system provides helicopter pilots with an unobstructed display of a landing area in a brownout or whiteout condition by capturing a high resolution image of the landing area prior to obscuration. Using inertial navigation information from the aircraft or an independent system, the system transforms the image to a desired viewpoint and overlays a representation of the helicopter's current position relative to the landing area. The system thus greatly improves orientation and situational awareness, permitting safe and effective operation under zero visibility brownout conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Applied Minds, LLC
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, W. Daniel Hillis, Michael Harvey Peterson
  • Patent number: 8004427
    Abstract: In a method of dynamically guiding an aircraft the intended path of the aircraft may be broadcast along at least one of a runway and a taxiway. The broadcasted intended path of the aircraft along the at least one runway and taxiway may be received. The lighting characteristics of an airport lighting device along the at least one runway and taxiway may be dynamically changed to dynamically guide the aircraft along the broadcasted and received intended path of the at least one runway and taxiway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William L. Goodman, Syed Taji Shafaat
  • Patent number: 7986249
    Abstract: A method of visually presenting aviation obstacles to an operator of an aircraft is disclosed. The method comprises receiving departure information associated with a runway having a departure end, parsing the departure information to determine a presence of an obstacle associated with the runway, determining a location of the obstacle relative to the departure end of the runway, and displaying a graphical representation of the runway and a graphical representation of the obstacle in the location relative to the departure end of the runway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Blake Wilson, Roger W. Burgin, Aaron Gannon, Dave Pepitone
  • Patent number: 7974773
    Abstract: A system for providing taxi navigation information to a pilot of an aircraft is comprised of a navigation system; a taxi navigation module consisting of, in part, a processor and database; and an indicating system consisting of, in part, a tactical display unit system (e.g., a primary flight director (“PFD”), and head-up display (“HUD”) of an aircraft. A navigation system may provide aircraft position data of the aircraft while it is on the ground. A processor receives the aircraft position data, retrieves taxi navigation symbology based upon the aircraft position data from a taxi navigation database, and provides this data to the indicating system. The indicating system generates the display of taxi navigation information on a display unit which, in turn, provides the pilot with an egocentric view of airport signage using colored aviation signage symbology.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael J. Krenz, Pamela K. Hahn, Bryan C. Schultz
  • Patent number: 7898435
    Abstract: A system and method uses light signals to detect and display the position of an airborne vehicle, such as a helicopter, during takeoff or landing or low speed, low altitude operation. A transmitter on the vehicle emits light signals while an optical receiver retrieves reflected light signals. Using light detection and ranging techniques, various parameters, such as altitude, ground speed and relative wind, are calculated based on the Doppler shift within the reflected light signals. The signals are transmitted in three different directions to facilitate the measurements of different Doppler shifts. The parameters are also displayed on a screen or other visual device within the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Optical Air Data Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Philip L. Rogers, Priyavadan Mamidipudi, Peter A. Gatchell
  • Patent number: 7852236
    Abstract: An aircraft synthetic vision system (100) is provided for increasing data input to a pilot (109) during approach and landing flight operations, and includes a runway assistance landing system (114) and a plurality of databases (106, 108, 110, 112) which may include, for example, a terrain database (106), an obstacle database (112); and a validated runway database (110). The processor (104) detects the likelihood of an error in determining the altitude from at least one of the runway assistance landing system (114), the plurality of databases (106, 108, 110, 112), and identifies the error. The processor (104) further determines augmented coordinates, and a processor (104) generates symbology commands to a first display (116) for displaying a runway environment in response to data provided to the processor (104) from each of the runway assistance landing system (114), the plurality of databases (106, 108, 110, 112), and the processor (104).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Thea L. Feyereisen, Ivan Sandy Wyatt, Gang He
  • Publication number: 20100295706
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for selecting a touchdown point for a vertical takeoff and landing aircraft. The eye movements of a user are tracked relative to an image being rendered on a display screen. An updated touchdown point location is determined from the tracked eye movements, and an updated touchdown point is rendered at the updated touchdown point location on the display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Santosh Mathan, Patricia May Ververs
  • Patent number: 7813845
    Abstract: A method and system for providing taxiway navigational information to a crewmember of an airplane taxiing at an airport. An airport taxiway navigation system (“ATNS”) that executes on an onboard computer system that displays a map of the taxiways of an airport, receives the name of each taxiway of the taxi route specified by the taxi clearance, and highlights the taxiways on a displayed map to provide a visual indication of the cleared taxi route for the crewmembers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Reagan Doose, Richard W. Ellerbrock, Glade L. Hulet, John M. Jaugilas, Matthew T. Majka
  • Patent number: 7796055
    Abstract: Systems and methods for runway status indication and related traffic information displays and filtering are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method for displaying runway status includes defining a monitored volume for each of one or more runways, determining a runway status for each of the one or more runways based on at least one of a state of at least one traffic vehicle and a monitoring vehicle state with respect to each monitored volume. The method continues with selecting at least one runway status for display based on the state of the monitoring vehicle. The method then presents the at least one runway status within the monitoring vehicle. In an additional embodiment, each monitored volume is based on a length of a corresponding runway, a width of the corresponding runway, and a predetermined altitude above the corresponding runway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Samuel T. Clark, Michael P. Snow, Roglenda R. Bowe, Howard F. Au
  • Patent number: 7737867
    Abstract: A system for multi-modal cockpit interface during surface operation of an aircraft comprises a head tracking device, a processing element, and a full-color head worn display. The processing element is configured to receive head position information from the head tracking device, to receive current location information of the aircraft, and to render a virtual airport scene corresponding to the head position information and the current aircraft location. The full-color head worn display is configured to receive the virtual airport scene from the processing element and to display the virtual airport scene. The current location information may be received from one of a global positioning system or an inertial navigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the United States National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Jarvis J. Arthur, Randall E. Bailey, Lawrence J. Prinzel, III, Lynda J. Kramer, Steven P. Williams
  • Patent number: 7693621
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present disclosure are used to determine and display arrival, approach, and departure information on a display device in an aircraft, such as a moving map on a multi-function display. An arrival, approach, and/or departure may be received by a flight computer such that the arrival, approach, and/or departure information may be determined based on related approach procedures. Adjustments to navigational instruments may also be made. A pilot may then use the arrival, approach, and/or departure information to safely fly the arrival, approach and/or departure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.
    Inventor: Bassam H. Chamas
  • Publication number: 20100079308
    Abstract: The invention relates to the field of monitoring the landing phase of an aircraft. The invention is a method making it possible to calculate and monitor the provisional landing distance and the configuration of the aircraft and flight parameters during the changes in the landing phase manoeuvre. The method consists in determining the landing runway then in analyzing the configuration and the dynamic parameters of the aeroplane, the meteorological and airport data in order to assess, from a performance database, whether the planned braking is suitable and will stop the aeroplane before the end of the runway. The result of the analysis gives rise, if the situation demands it, to appropriate visual and oral alarms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Applicant: Thales
    Inventors: Bernard Fabre, Pascal Gayraud, Nicolas Marty
  • Patent number: 7679528
    Abstract: An aircraft landing and/or taxiing system has a plurality of landing zone, runway, and/or taxiway lights capable of receiving information signals and transmitting optically signals representative of the information signals. A processing system for providing the information signals to the plurality of lights is also used. The system also comprises a sensor tuned to receive light of a specific range of wavelengths, the light being emitted from the lights. Also, a processing system coupled to the sensor and configured with software to interpret signals received by the sensor is used. Program code runs on the processing system. The program code is configured to determine the location of an aircraft on the taxiway based on the light signal received from one or more of the taxiway lights. Also, the aircraft landing and/or taxiing system utilizes modulated lights to provide information pertinent to aircraft landing and/or taxiing operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy J. Etherington, Arlen E. Breiholz