Nonalarm Flight Indicator Patents (Class 340/971)
  • Patent number: 10831355
    Abstract: Systems and methods for changing the orientation of information displayed on a display device mounted on a control pedestal at a position between two seats. One method involves changing the orientation of information displayed on a display device located on a control pedestal of an aircraft so that, instead of sub-optimal joint viewing of the displayed information by two pilots, an individual pilot may be able to read the displayed information more easily. The system enables either pilot to select a respective more optimal orientation for the displayed information for individual viewing. Each pilot may separately then quickly switch the display mode back to the “up is forward” orientation for joint viewing. Returning to the “up is forward” orientation may also be set to occur as a function of time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2020
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Thomas J. Staggs
  • Patent number: 10796588
    Abstract: Systems and methods for collecting weather information for selected airspace regions are provided. In one embodiment, a method for collecting weather information for selected airspace regions comprises: receiving aircraft position information for a plurality of aircraft; forming an aircraft weather group based on flight path attributes derived from the aircraft position information; selecting at least a first representative aircraft from the weather group; and receiving at a weather information ground station, weather data from one or more representative aircraft of the aircraft weather group, wherein only the one or more representative aircraft transmit weather information to the weather information ground station from the aircraft weather group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Haiming Wang, Leo Wang, Yi Zhong
  • Patent number: 10600328
    Abstract: An enhanced flight management system and flight management method directed to improved guidance in unstable approach scenarios. The method includes receiving and processing a published arrival procedure (PAP), a published glide path (PGP), landing parameters, and real-time aircraft sensor data to determine a an actual approach profile, and whether the aircraft is following the reference approach profile. Approach stabilization criterion are determined, including, (i) a wind corrected air mass flight path angle (WC FPA) at the IMC; (ii) a vertical speed at the wind corrected air mass flight path angle (VS IMC); (iii) a wind corrected air mass flight path (WC FPA) angle at the VMC; and (iv) a vertical speed at the wind corrected air mass flight path angle (VS VMC). The method also determines whether an IMC criterion profile and a VMC criterion profile stabilizes the actual approach.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Dorothee De Villele, Sharanabasappa Advani, Rajesh Chaubey
  • Patent number: 10566820
    Abstract: A control system including a control device, which is connected to a power storage device capable of supplying power to one or more electric apparatuses, and a server, by which reduction in a communication load and appropriate charge/discharge control are both achieved, is provided. When acquiring weather information from a server, a control device, on the basis of the weather information, charge to the power storage device and power supply from the power storage device to the electric apparatus. The control device decides a period from timing at which the weather information is acquired to timing at which weather information is next acquired. At second timing at which the period has elapsed from first timing at which the weather information has been acquired, the control device repeats an operation from acquisition of weather information to decision of a period after which weather information is next acquired from the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Koichi Takashita, Isao Kawachi, Yuhsuke Yamada, Ataru Okura
  • Patent number: 10515554
    Abstract: Systems and methods for time-based viewing of clearance requests are provided. The system generates a time scale of substantially a same width as a displayed lateral image and renders the time scale on a periphery of the lateral image. The system receives a recommended change to an active trajectory from one or more on-board avionics or external sources, and then time-tag processes the recommended change to predict a clearance request and its associated relevant time. The system is configured to receive a user selected future time for viewing clearance requests. Responsive to the user selected future time, the system determines that the predicted clearance request is relevant at the future time, formats the predicted clearance request as a downlink message (DM), and renders, on the time scale, the formatted predicted clearance request alongside a symbolic indicator at the future time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Raghu Shamasundar
  • Patent number: 10490089
    Abstract: Systems and methods directed to improvements in the presentation of CAVS procedures on an aircraft display system over what is conventionally available are provided. The provided systems and methods employ a vertical situation display (VSD), thereby presenting additional relevant visual approach information, such as a vertical distance between the ownship and the target aircraft, descent rates of the ownship and the target and an alerting function for the user-selected CAVS range. The provided systems and methods also capably receive and process user selections of target aircraft from both the lateral display and the VSD.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Ratan Khatwa, Melissa Ziarnick, Helena Trefilova, Pavel Klang, Stephen Whitlow
  • Patent number: 10473484
    Abstract: A system and method for mapping an aircraft position on segments that lie between waypoints on a non-linear map by converting real world geographic coordinates of an aircraft to image X, Y coordinates using an image X, Y length or scale of a respective segment as a basis for the conversion. The aircraft position may be mapped in real time and presented to a user via an aircraft device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Inventor: Hilton Goldstein
  • Patent number: 10433362
    Abstract: A computer system to continuously maintain a user session when a display device is mechanically connected and disconnected with a base processing device is described. The computer system allows the user to run applications during the user session on the base processing device and use the display device as a monitor. The display device can be detached from the base processing device, and the base processing device can continue running the applications for the user session. In this mode, the separated display device can be used as a tablet form factor computing device which can accept user input and send the user input to the base processing device. Among other functions, the base processing device can operate with the display device disconnected by generating session content for the display device, including, for example, sending application content, video streams, and other content to the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Tom Fisher, Derek Lukasik, III
  • Patent number: 10431100
    Abstract: A flight planning system is disclosed for providing an interactive and customizable flight planning tool. The flight planning system may include a memory device for storing flight information and one or more hardware processors. The processors may receive, from a client device associated with the flight planning system, a first flight information request and provide, in response to the first flight information request, an interactive user interface having a graphical representation of a flight plan that includes at least a flight route. The processors may provide a plurality of selectable overlays that modify the appearance of the graphical representation and display additional information related to the flight information. The processors may receive a second request related to the flight information and provide a modified user interface comprising at least a feature related to the second request and the flight information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    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: 10354163
    Abstract: Systems and methods for an enhanced computer vision module are presented. The system receives host locating information, and determines a position and a location of the host based on the host locating information. The system determines a field of view (FOV) of the host based on the host locating information, and controls a camera associated with the host that is configured to record a video stream comprising the FOV. The system and method provide an improvement over conventional computer vision (CV) systems by utilizing object locating information that is transmitted, and also by keeping a storage table of learned and fixed objects. The provided system and method improve the efficiency of object recognition and computer aided maintenance (CAM).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Michal Kosik, Ondrej Pokorny, Marketa Szydlowska, Patrik Moravek
  • Patent number: 10332413
    Abstract: Methods are provided for adjusting any correlation between a visual display perspective and a default display view of an aircraft. The method comprises determining the default display view for an inflight aircraft and determining the orientation of the visual display for the crew of the aircraft. The default display view is compared with the orientation of the visual display to determine if the visual display's perspective needs to be transitioned to reflect the default display view. If the display does need to be changed, the rate of transition of the visual display's perspective is selected based on current aircraft performance parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Gang He
  • Patent number: 10324231
    Abstract: Provided are methods, devices, and non-transitory computer-readable storage mediums to generate an itinerary with a weather forecast. The itinerary may comprise a departure location, a destination location and a first time. Based on the itinerary, an intermediary location and an intermediary time associated with the intermediary location may be identified. A weather forecast associated with the identified intermediary location and the intermediary time may be predicted. A weather risk associated with the identified route may be assessed and. based on the assessed risk, an alternative route may be additionally identified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: SKY MOTION RESEARCH, ULC
    Inventor: André LeBlanc
  • Patent number: 10162514
    Abstract: A system and method for an interactive avionics display system integrates a large-format primary avionics display, a secondary avionics display capable of mirroring the display of electronic flight bag mobile devices, a format selector panel, and a keyboard panel. Background displays and foreground multifunction windows generated by the display system house applications and display relevant avionics data. The multifunction windows can be resized or repositioned on the display surface using finger contacts and gestures. Format selector panels include control selectors corresponding to the multifunction windows, the control selectors responsive to finger contact with the format selector panels or the corresponding multifunction windows. Keyboard panels provide touch-sensitive radio and communications controls as well as an alphanumeric keyboard responsive to finger contact with text fields generated by the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey A. Shapiro, David L. Leedom, Matthew M. Lorch
  • Patent number: 10126756
    Abstract: A method for adapting an aircraft constant-gradient descent segment comprises: an acquisition step in which state variables characterizing the aircraft, environment variables characterizing the environment thereof and path variables characterizing the predicted path thereof at one of the initial and final points of the segment are acquired; a calculation step whereby a limit ground gradient for at least one performance criterion is calculated from the state variables, environment variables and path variables; a validity verification step checking the validity of the path initially predicted against the most restrictive limit ground gradient; and when the path initially predicted is not valid: a feasibility verification step checking the feasibility of a command to modify at least one state variable; if feasibility is verified, a prediction of executing the command; otherwise, a prediction of modifying one of the initial and final points of the segment with respect to constraints of the flight plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Johan Boyer, Rémy Auletto, Norbert Baloche
  • Patent number: 10086855
    Abstract: A driving assistance device including means for determining a target speed, means for comparing an instantaneous speed of the railway vehicle with the target speed or with an interval around the target speed, and means for displaying driving instructions intended for a conductor of the railway vehicle, the driving instructions including instructions for modifying the instantaneous speed in order to bring it closer to the target speed, the display means being configured to: display a speed increase instruction icon when the instantaneous speed is below a first predetermined value, and to display a speed decrease instruction icon when the instantaneous speed is above a second predefined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: Alstom Transport Technologies
    Inventors: Denis Miglianico, Simon Enjalbert, Mathieu Mouchel, Rudy Dahyot, Luc Moyart, Frédéric Vanderhaegen
  • Patent number: 10013900
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to an automated aerial vehicle (“AAV”) and systems, devices, and techniques pertaining to canceling noise, generating audible communications, and/or generating visible communications. The AAV may include one or more propellers utilized, in part, to produce sound that cancels noise generated by one or more other propellers. Additionally or alternatively, the AAV may utilize one or more propellers to generate audible and/or visible communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian C. Beckman
  • Patent number: 9925874
    Abstract: An in-vehicle information display device has a first display and a second display disposed in a vehicle interior, a display content determination unit configured to determine whether a first content displayed on the first display and a second content displayed on the second display are identical to each other, and a display content change unit. When the display content determination unit determines that the first and second contents are identical to each other, the display content change unit changes the first content displayed on the first display or the second content displayed on the second display to a third content associated beforehand with one of the first and second contents that have been determined to be identical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignees: NISSAN MOTOR CO., LTD., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Tomoyuki Oku, Naoki Satou
  • Patent number: 9805058
    Abstract: Architecture having an algorithm that computes visible structures for a user within a distance defined by one or more environmental conditions. An environmental condition such as reduced visibility due to a weather condition such as rain, fog, etc., can be used to define a radius about the user in which possible points of interest (POIs) can be identified as viewable based on current weather visibility data. The altitude of the user is considered when identifying the possible POIs. The user is more likely capable of viewing other structures as POIs when the user is at a higher altitude. If the user is known to be standing on a ridge overlooking a city, this information can be processed by the algorithm to then show more POIs relative to this elevated user location than if the user was at approximately zero altitude. A sight map is generated based on these considerations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventors: Zhiqing Hong, Siddhartha Arora, Vasily Kiritsev
  • Patent number: 9727825
    Abstract: A method includes receiving meteorological forecast data at an electronic device. The method includes predicting multiple risk levels associated with an aircraft using one or more runways of an airport during a forecast time interval based on the meteorological forecast data. The method further includes generating a graphical user interface (GUI) that includes multiple risk indicators based on the multiple risk levels. The multiple risk indicators may correspond to multiple time sub-intervals during the forecast time interval.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Michael R. Cetinich, Piero A. Chessa, Giulio Todini, Anna J. Nilsson, Ray W. Stovall, Daniele Pettenuzzo
  • Patent number: 9697736
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for tracking suspect aircraft. One embodiment is related to a method including receiving location data and current flight data of an aircraft, analyzing the location data and current flight data using flight behavior algorithms, detecting route deviation of the aircraft, and providing a report of flight pattern analysis and the detected route deviation to at least one device on a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: PASSUR Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventor: Ron Dunsky
  • Patent number: 9652888
    Abstract: A system and method for providing visual depictions of a predictive weather forecast for in-route vehicle trajectory planning. The method includes displaying weather information on a graphical display, displaying vehicle position information on the graphical display, selecting a predictive interval, displaying predictive weather information for the predictive interval on the graphical display, and displaying predictive vehicle position information for the predictive interval on the graphical display, such that the predictive vehicle position information is displayed relative to the predictive weather information, for in-route trajectory planning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Walter W. Johnson, Dominic G. Wong, Shu-Chieh Wu, Robert W. Koteskey
  • Patent number: 9574891
    Abstract: A navigation device is provided that includes a processor configured to track a path of the navigation device based on a first signal received by the navigation device, and calculate a calculated position of the navigation device based on a second signal different from the first signal. The navigation device may further include a graphical user interface configured to display a calculated position graphical element representing the calculated position determined based on the second signal and display a tracked position graphical element representing the path of the navigation device determined based on the first signal, the tracked position graphical element and the calculated position graphical element being distinguishable in appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph Figueroa
  • Patent number: 9567098
    Abstract: The system includes additional display means including at least one additional screen and additional graphic interface handling means of the additional screen (able to display on the additional screen, a summary window depending on the operational state of the aircraft. The summary window comprises at least one first pictogram able to be displayed on a first display window of main display means of the aircraft without being displayed on the second window of the main display means, and at least one second pictogram intended to be displayed on the second display window of the main display means without being displayed on the first window of the main display means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: DASSAULT AVIATION
    Inventors: Paul Kou, Jerome Barral, Cyril Saint-Requier, Eric Boulle
  • Patent number: 9569973
    Abstract: The present disclosure is generally directed to a method of generating and displaying a parachute flare drift vector symbol on a navigation display of the aircraft capable of deploying a flare relative to a real-time navigation map. The flare drift vector symbol includes a flare ignition forward/aft distance relative to the aircraft deploying the flare, a flare ignition left/right distance relative to the aircraft deploying the flare, a flare burn vector distance, and a flare burn vector direction. The flare drift vector symbol is generating based on the flare parameters, the wind parameters, the flare drift distance, the flare drift direction and the aircraft parameters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Douglas J. Eaton, Jr., Scott T. Dubeck
  • Patent number: 9436784
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems of rapidly validating accuracy in particle cloud forecast transport and dispersion models. An example method can comprise accessing a forecast model of a volcanic ash cloud. An example method can comprise generating first data based at least on the forecast model. The first data can have at least one fewer spatial dimension than second data associated with the forecast model. An example method can comprise determining accuracy of the forecast model based at least on measurements of at least a portion of the volcanic ash cloud. An example method can comprise refining the forecast model based at least on the determined accuracy, thereby improving a representation of the volcanic ash cloud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: University of Alaska Fairbanks
    Inventors: Keith W. Cunningham, Peter Webley
  • Patent number: 9424756
    Abstract: A method includes receiving visual flight rules (VFR) data and determining a suggested path of approach for an aircraft based on the VFR data. The suggested path of approach may correspond to a flight path of the aircraft to a runway of an airport. The method includes highlighting a representation of the suggested path of approach at a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Marco Gaertner, Andre Lutz
  • Patent number: 9418562
    Abstract: This disclosure is directed to devices, systems, and methods for enabling and operating an onboard weather display system with managed bandwidth. In one example, a method includes receiving, by a hub system, initial sets of data from one or more aircraft. The method further includes receiving secondary sets of data from the aircraft, wherein the secondary sets of data are related to a significant weather condition. The method further includes transmitting an initial data stream to a particular aircraft, wherein the initial data stream is based at least in part on the initial sets of data from the one or more aircraft. The method further includes transmitting, in response to a request from the particular aircraft, a secondary data stream based at least in part on the secondary sets of data related to the significant weather condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Honeywell International Sàrl
    Inventors: Petr Frolik, Michal Knotek
  • Patent number: 9399523
    Abstract: A method of operating an aircraft comprising a cockpit with a flight deck having at least one flight display, a pilot's seat facing the flight deck, and a synthetic vision system producing a synthetic image for displaying on the at least one flight display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 26, 2016
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Timothy Donal Paul Burns, Dashiell Matthews Kolbe, Norman Leonard Ovens
  • Patent number: 9378645
    Abstract: This relates to a method and device for constructing a vertical profile for an aircraft descent and/or approach. The construction device comprises a data-capture unit configured to provide, for at least one of a plurality of parameters, a value relating to a user strategy. A construction unit is configured to automatically construct a vertical profile for an aircraft descent and/or approach, using the value thus provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
    Inventors: Jaouad Berrajaa, Virginie Le Gall, Alexandre Buisson
  • Patent number: 9306416
    Abstract: Systems, apparatus, and methods for controlling power modes in electronic devices are provided. A system may include an electronic device and an input device that sends power mode selection information via a network to a power mode selection receiving component in the electronic device. The electronic device includes a first power component that powers a first component, and a switching component that controls the first power component. The electronic device may include a second power component that powers a second component. The switching component may control the second power component. The power mode selection receiving component and the switching component may be powered independently of the first and the second component. If the power mode selection information indicates an off mode, the electronic device may provide power to the power mode selection receiving component and the switching component and not to the first and the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2016
    Assignee: D&R Tech LLC
    Inventors: Deepak Massand, Rajan Jetley
  • Patent number: 9175978
    Abstract: An aircraft cockpit display arrangement having a primary instrument display region for positioning in front of at least one pilot. The primary instrument display region has a wide screen format panel display and duplicated redundant display drive electronics configured to present both primary flight information and navigational display information on the same screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems Limited
    Inventor: Andrew Hall
  • Patent number: 9096319
    Abstract: A computing unit allocates boarding paths, available for boarding a transport unit, in particular an aircraft, to passengers of the transport unit. An associated method allocates boarding paths, available for boarding the transport unit to passengers of the transport unit. A computer program carries out the method, and a directing system directs passengers of the transport unit along boarding paths available for boarding the transport unit. The computing unit is configured to form two or more changeable seat groups from a plurality of seats provided in the transport unit and to allocate the boarding paths, available for boarding the transport unit, to the two or more seat groups formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Marcus Klettke
  • Publication number: 20150145704
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for displaying multiple aircrafts positions in a display system for real-time monitoring flights. The method will enables the trainer in the ground station, to select and to switch between aircrafts to monitor the flight at real time as if he were next to the selected trainee and to see the instruments panel and also the three dimensional positions of the respective aircraft as seen from the cockpit and to conduct a conversation with the pilot. The method enable to give to the trainee the needed instructions to overcome problem he might face during flight and to displays a warning mark when a distance between two aircraft is shorter than a threshold value and. The method enables data transmission based on a cellular internet communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Pinchas Dahan
  • Patent number: 9041560
    Abstract: A system and method are described for receiving a NOTAM and storing information relating to the distance of a temporarily displaced threshold for a runway. When that runway is selected for approach and landing, the temporarily displaced threshold and new aiming point are automatically displayed. The change made to the display using NOTAM data can be indicated to the pilot by distinct symbology or particular color, or by using an icon or an annunciation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Sadguni Venkataswamy, Prashant Prabhu, Ravindra Jayaprakash, Anil Kumar Songa, Mallikarjuna Narala
  • Patent number: 9035803
    Abstract: Gaze based systems and methods are used to aid traffic controllers and/or pilots. A gaze line of an eye of the user viewing the display is tracked using an eyetracker. An intersection of the gaze line of the eye with the display is calculated to provide continuous feedback as to where on the display the user is looking. A trace of the gaze line of the eye is correlated with elements of a situation. The user's awareness of the situation is inferred by verifying that the user has looked at the elements of the situation. In an embodiment, the user is notified of the situation when it is determined that the user has not looked at the elements of the situation for a predetermined period of time. The notification is automatically removed once it is determined that the user has looked at the elements of the situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: LC Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dixon Cleveland
  • Patent number: 9037410
    Abstract: A method of creating at least one flight plan of an aircraft includes entering a creation objective which illustrates a type and general characteristics of the flight plan to be created, automatically generating a flight plan outline, automatically generating a targeted request for information relating to missing parameters, entering the requested information relating to the missing parameters, and supplementing automatically the flight plan outline and automatically deleting any discontinuities to create, in a definitive manner, the flight plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
    Inventors: Daniel Ferro, Veronique Roan, Philippe Haas, Fulgence Rollet
  • Patent number: 9035802
    Abstract: A power safety system is configured to provide power information in an aircraft. The power safety system includes a power safety instrument having a power required indicator and a power available indicator, each being located on a display. A position of the power required indicator and the power available indicator represent the power available and power required to perform a hover flight maneuver. The power safety system may be operated in a flight planning mode or in a current flight mode. The power safety system uses at least one sensor to measure variables having an effect on the power required and the power available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Textron Innovations Inc.
    Inventors: James M. McCollough, Erik Oltheten, Nicholas Lappos
  • Patent number: 9031719
    Abstract: Local wind fields can be predicted if both the airspeed and the ground speed of the helicopter are known. An aircraft that uses an inertial navigation unit, autopilot and estimator allows a measure of ground speed to be known with good certainty. The embodiments herein extends this system to allow an estimate of the local wind field to be found without actively using an airspeed sensor, but instead combining the measurements of an accelerometer and a drag force model and a model of controlled aerodynamics of the aircraft to estimate the airspeed, which again can be used to estimate the local wind speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Prox Dynamics AS
    Inventors: Alexander Philip Hall, Trygve Frederik Marton, Petter Muren
  • Patent number: 9019128
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for providing assistance to a flight crew during flight. An image of a group of instruments on a flight deck of an aircraft is generated with an image sensor in a data processing system. Assistance information configured to assist the flight crew from flight information displayed by the group of instruments in the image is generated. The assistance information is displayed on a display device in the data processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Guen Il Kim
  • Publication number: 20150097706
    Abstract: A micro-computer based aircraft system that creates aural messages based upon system-detected threats (e.g., low oil pressure). The messages are unique to the make and model of aircraft. Speech recognition allows the pilot to request aircraft-specific, customized aurally-delivered checklists and to respond via a challenge and response protocol. This permits a hands-free, timely, complete and prudent response to the threat or hazardous situation, while allowing the pilot the relative freedom to do what is paramount: first, fly the airplane (with minimum distraction).
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: CMX Avionics, LLC
    Inventors: Warren F. Perger, William G. Abbatt
  • Patent number: 8994561
    Abstract: The general field of the invention is that of helicopter cockpit display systems. The system according to the invention comprises at least a first mobile display screen. Depending on the mission and in order to optimize the vision of the external landscape, the mobile screen or screens are moved so that they are either in the field of vision of the pilot, or out of his field of vision. The symbologies displayed are adapted according to the mission and to the position of the screen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Jean-Paul Berger, Laurent Laluque, Denis Bonnet
  • Patent number: 8996309
    Abstract: An apparatus and method to maintain traditional information presentation in a manner that is consistent with existing training and safety methodology, but eliminates confusion generated when a display symbol is placed in a fully pegged position by positively indicating that the symbol is off-scale and not representing actual accurate information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventor: Peter Lyons
  • Patent number: 8981968
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying aircraft information. A selection of a piece of dynamic information is detected about an aircraft on a first display on a user interface. The piece of dynamic information is used to operate the aircraft and changes during operation of the aircraft. The piece of dynamic information selected from the first display is added to a custom display on the user interface. The custom display is displayed on the user interface on a display system for the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Cindy Chi-Lan Huang, Eduardo Raul Cajavilca
  • Patent number: 8976042
    Abstract: Present novel and non-trivial system, device, and method for combining image data received from two or more vision systems are disclosed. A system may be comprised of a first vision source, a second vision source, and an image generator (“IG”). The first vision source may be could configured to generate a first image data set and a depth buffer data set, and the second vision data source could configured to generate a second image data set. The IG could be configured to receive both the first and second image data sets; the depth buffer data set; and generate a third image data set as a function of both image data sets, the depth buffer data set, and a pixel cutoff distance that may be fixed or variable. In addition, the pixel cutoff distance may be determined as a function of input variable data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Y. Chiew, Roger L. Yum, Travis S. Vanderkamp, Alexander D. Reid, Carlo L. Tiana, Weston J. Lahr
  • Patent number: 8963742
    Abstract: A head-up display system includes an aircraft, a predicted flight path generation component that calculates a predicted flight path over a period of time, and a graphic generation component configured to generate a graphical display and project it onto a combiner configured to combine the graphical display with a visual exterior view. A synthetic vision system includes an aircraft, a predicted flight path generation component that receives one or more state parameters and calculates a predicted flight path over a period of time, and a synthetic terrain generation component configured to generate a synthetic view which is displayed on a display. The graphical display and/or the synthetic view includes a three-dimensional depiction of the predicted flight path over the period of time generated utilizing one or more three-dimensional transforms, one or more graphical images based on flight data, and a three-dimensional graphical depiction of a flight plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Kirschen A. Seah
  • Patent number: 8957791
    Abstract: An aircraft interface apparatus for providing communication between an aircraft system and a device for use on an aircraft comprises a first communication means for providing communication with the aircraft system, and a second communication means for providing communication with the device, wherein the aircraft system uses a first data format and the device uses a second data format, and the apparatus further comprises: —an interface processing resource that is configured to receive data in a first format from the device and, in response, to output data in the second format to the aircraft system and/or to receive data in the second format from the device and, in response, to output data in the first format to the aircraft system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Bluebox Avionics Limited
    Inventors: James Macrae, Murray Skelton
  • Patent number: 8952831
    Abstract: A cockpit display system for a cockpit of an aircraft includes a primary flight display moveably located in the cockpit and viewable from a pilot position and/or a copilot position in the cockpit. The primary flight display is movable from a first position utilized for a first operating condition of the aircraft to a second position to increase external visibility during a second operating condition of the aircraft. A cockpit system includes a pilot operating position and a first flight display moveably located in the cockpit and viewable from the pilot operating position. The first flight display is movable from a first position utilized during a first operating condition of the aircraft to a second position to increase external visibility from the pilot operating position during a second operating condition of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation
    Inventor: Michael G. Van Staagen
  • Patent number: 8952798
    Abstract: The invention provides an instrument control panel that is easily customized and reconfigured, and yet provides the familiar tactile sensation of physical knobs, sliders, and buttons. The instrument control panel comprises one or more interface components that are removably coupled to an interface display wherein the interface components communicate with one or more control components disposed behind the interface display. The present invention lends itself particularly well to an instrument panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Applied Minds, LLC
    Inventors: Bran Ferren, W. Daniel Hillis, Randall Adam Yates, Ira M. Lichtman, Clinton Blake Hope
  • Publication number: 20150035688
    Abstract: Navigation aid instrument for an aircraft pilot including: a first display device (R3) extending horizontally, wherein the centre of the display device embodies the longitudinal axis (X) of the aircraft, a mobile marker can move on either side of the centre of the first display device (R3) indicating the aircraft flight direction relative to the ground, and the mobile marker is further away from the centre of the display device (R3) the further the aircraft drifts from the rectilinear flight path, and/or two left (R2) and right (R1) display devices that extend vertically at a distance from each other and have the function of indicating the angle of inclination of the aircraft wings relative to the horizontal respectively on the left side or right side of the aircraft, wherein a mobile marker can move either along the left display device (R2), or along the right display device (R1) to indicate to the pilot which way his aeroplane is inclined and the value of the inclination is higher the further the mobile
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Claude Nicollier, Emmanuel Fleury, Reto Galli
  • Patent number: 8947268
    Abstract: An instrument panel for a rotorcraft having two pilot seats, said instrument panel being arranged under an anti-glare shield (4) and including display means (2), at least some of the display means (2) being suitable for acting as communications means, said display means (2) comprising a first set (5) of display means (2) arranged on the instrument panel, and a second set (6) of display means (2) arranged on the instrument panel, wherein the instrument panel includes, symmetrically relative to a longitudinal axis, a central dashboard (3), and at least two lateral dashboards arranged on either side of the central dashboard (3), the dashboards being mutually parallel and presenting a forward longitudinal offset from one dashboard to the next starting from the central dashboard (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Helicopters
    Inventor: André Barbieri