Runway Presentation Patents (Class 340/972)
  • Patent number: 10247573
    Abstract: Systems and methods for navigation of a vehicle use a processing system. The systems and methods can allow an aircraft to take-off in low visibility conditions. The processing system includes a cross tracker, an error processor and an error estimator. The cross tracker is configured to determine a cross track deviation using a hybrid positon and runway heading data. The error processor is configured to determine the hybrid positon from inertial reference system data and corrected error data, and the error estimator is configured to provide the corrected error data using estimates derived from delta range data from a global navigation satellite system receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: Vladislav Gavrilets, Douglas A. Bell, Paul J. Ronan, Patrick Y. Hwang
  • Patent number: 10063847
    Abstract: The field of the invention is that of viewing systems comprising means for generating stereoscopic images, a viewing device comprising a projector and a semitransparent screen and a pair of stereoscopic glasses. The projector according to the invention comprises means arranged so as to project alternatively a first image emitted at a first wavelength and a second image emitted at a second wavelength different from the first wavelength. The pair of glasses comprises a first filter and a second filter, the first filter transmitting the entirety of the spectrum except a first narrow spectral band centered on the first wavelength and the second filter transmitting the entirety of the spectrum except a second narrow spectral band centered on the second wavelength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Philippe Coni, Laurent Laluque, Aude Gueguen
  • Patent number: 9725188
    Abstract: A display system of an aircraft, able to display a horizon line able to be deformed and related method are provided. The display system includes a display unit; and an assembly for generating a display on the display unit, able to dynamically display, on the display unit, at least one horizon line and a slope scale relative to the horizon line. Upon approaching a landing strip, the display generator is able to create, on the horizon line, a region that is deformed as a function of the topographical slope of the landing strip approached by the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: DASSAULT AVIATION
    Inventors: Sébastien Lepage, Olivier Baudson, Arnaud Turpin
  • Patent number: 9640081
    Abstract: A dynamic runway indicator is displayed overlying a conformal runway for assisting a pilot in completing an approach to landing on a runway. The dynamic runway indicator includes a polygon, that by changing position with respect to the conformal runway, provides advanced instrumentation cues to the pilot for adjusting the aircraft flight path to a normal, or recommended, path to the runway for landing, thereby assisting the pilot to improve the accuracy and safety of the approach and landing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Aaron Gannon, Ivan Sandy Wyatt, Troy Nichols, John G. Suddreth
  • Patent number: 9581465
    Abstract: A system and method displays a synthetic vision system (SVS) image combined with a primary flight display (PFD) including a compass indicating the aircraft heading. An arc on or near the outer edge of the compass indicates the viewing frustum of the SVS view.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Jason F. Harvey, Gang He
  • Patent number: 9566946
    Abstract: Systems, methods and computer readable media for protecting a pilot of an aircraft or an operator of a vehicle against glare from a luminous object. A system for attenuating glare experienced by an operator of a vehicle is provided with a transparent display unit or screen with adjustable pixels that is interposed between an operator of a vehicle and all or part of a windshield of the vehicle, and a device to control pixel intensity to attenuate glare from a luminous object. A system is provided with a positioning module for determining the position of the operator inside the vehicle, and for determining the position of at least one luminous object outside the vehicle that is a source of glare experienced by the operator. A system is provided with a computing device for computing a glare line between the operator and luminous object and the position of the display screen where the glare line intersects the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS (S.A.S.)
    Inventor: Vincent Loubiere
  • Patent number: 9532013
    Abstract: A system, device, and method for determining the integrity of sensor-based image(s) are disclosed. The integrity determination system may include one or more sources of passive sensor-based image data, one or more sources of an active sensor-based image data, and an image processing unit (“IPU”). The IPU may receive passive sensor-based image data; receive active sensor-based image data; and (1) determine the integrity of at least the passive sensor-based image data by comparison of the passive sensor-based image data with the active sensor-based image data, and/or (2) combine the passive sensor-based image data with the active sensor-based image data to produce third image data from which a pilot may manually determine the integrity of the first image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Carlo L. Tiana, Michael A. Peterson
  • Patent number: 9472110
    Abstract: An aircraft taxi path guidance and display system is provided. The aircraft taxi path guidance and display system includes or cooperates with at least one source of aircraft status data, and a source of airport feature data associated with an airport field. The aircraft taxi path guidance and display system includes a processor operationally coupled to the source of aircraft status data and to the source of airport feature data. In response to aircraft status data and airport feature data, the processor predicts undesired deviations from an active surface area (e.g., an excursion). The processor generates corrective action associated with the excursion, and displays symbology that is graphically representative of the corrective action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Muthukumar Murthy, Alpana Priyamvada, Rocco DiVito
  • Patent number: 9251711
    Abstract: A method and a device for the filtering of alerts originating from a collision detection system of an aircraft makes it possible, by proposing a novel condition for alert disabling, to avoid an abnormal drop of an aircraft in the case of a CFIT (controlled flight into terrain) by authorizing the output of the alert when this novel condition is not complied with. This novel condition relies on a method for thresholding the angle of approach of the aircraft (FPA for flight path angle) as a function of the altitude of the aircraft with respect to the runway and of the angle of approach specified for each runway and which is recovered via the terrain database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Bertrand Baillon, Stéphane Fleury, Fabien Vittoz
  • Patent number: 9245452
    Abstract: Systems and methods to accurately display lateral deviation symbology in offset approaches to runways is provided. A system for on-aircraft display of lateral deviation symbology for use in offset approaches comprises means for generating a conformal video display representation of an aircraft's current position, means for notifying a flight crew of the existence of an offset approach, means for displaying an extended runway center line, and means for displaying an approach line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Gang He
  • 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: 9000952
    Abstract: Present novel and non-trivial methods for presenting taxi information to a pilot are disclosed. Each method may generate an image data set from taxi information data and navigation reference and object data. A first image data set may be representative of an image in which one or more first location highlighter(s) highlighting the location(s) of one or more raised surface feature(s) appears within an egocentric or exocentric three-dimensional representation of a scene located outside the aircraft. A second image data set may be representative of an image in which one or more unconventional surface feature(s) highlighting the location(s) of one or more raised surface feature(s) appears within an egocentric or exocentric three-dimensional representation of a scene located outside the aircraft. A third image data set may be representative of an image in which one or more unconventional surface feature(s) appears within an airport surface map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis S. Vanderkamp, Christopher A. Scherer, Victor E. Villagomez, Felix B. Turcios
  • Patent number: 8983760
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and system for controlling air traffic. The method and system utilizes aircraft performance data, provided either by an FMS of a capable aircraft or generated by a model based on knowledge of the aircraft, to provide an accurate prediction of aircraft intent so that an accurate estimated time of arrival can be generated. The estimated time of arrival is then used to provide a required time of arrival (RTA) for the aircraft. The RTAs for the aircraft are provided for the aircraft to arrive at a destination, such as an Outer Fix Point, in a desired sequence. The desired sequence is arranged to provide intervals between the aircraft such that they may be able to land at the destination airport without requiring holding and vectoring from top of descent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Airservices, Australia
    Inventor: Greg McDonald
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140354456
    Abstract: A dynamic runway indicator is displayed overlying a conformal runway for assisting a pilot in completing an approach to landing on a runway. The dynamic runway indicator includes a polygon, that by changing position with respect to the conformal runway, provides advanced instrumentation cues to the pilot for adjusting the aircraft flight path to a normal, or recommended, path to the runway for landing, thereby assisting the pilot to improve the accuracy and safety of the approach and landing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron Gannon, Ivan Sandy Wyatt, Troy Nichols, John G. Suddreth
  • Patent number: 8896466
    Abstract: In one aspect of the method for displaying an image on a screen of a cockpit of an aircraft, control means: control a first display on the screen of an image comprising a background; and then control a second display so that, in at least one zone of the image that is determined independently of the background, the background presents a non-zero second mean luminance that is less than a first mean luminance that it presented during the first display. In another aspect, the control means control the display on the screen of an image comprising a background in such a manner, that at least in a zone of the image that is determined independently of the background, the background presents non-zero mean luminance that is less than mean luminance of the remainder of the background.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignees: Airbus Operations (S.A.S.), Airbus (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Laurent Georges, Remi Cabaret De Alberti, Laetitia Lambinet, Laurent Brunet
  • 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: 8847793
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to avionics systems, and more particularly, to collision avoidance systems. In one embodiment, a system is delineated comprising a plurality of detection zones for a plurality of aircraft and means for issuing a report based on one or more of the plurality of detection zones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Aviation Communication & Surveillance Systems LLC
    Inventors: Richard D. Ridenour, Robert G. Brewer, Christopher W. Lowe
  • Patent number: 8843255
    Abstract: Methods are provided for presenting procedure information for an airport on a display device onboard an aircraft. A method comprises displaying a map on a display device and displaying a briefing panel overlying a portion the map. The briefing panel includes a plurality of segments, wherein each segment is associated with a type of procedure information for the airport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Blake Wilson, Jary Engels, Ivan Sandy Wyatt, Roger W. Burgin
  • Patent number: 8825238
    Abstract: A system is provided for monitoring an energy height of an aircraft during landing. The system includes a database including landing distance data; a processing unit configured to receive the landing distance data from the database and to calculate a landing distance of the aircraft based on a velocity and a height of the aircraft, the processing unit further configured to provide display signals based on the landing distance; and a visual display coupled to the processing unit and configured to provide a visual image based on the display signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Dave Peptione, Blake Wilson, Roger W. Burgin
  • Patent number: 8816881
    Abstract: A runway digital wind indicator system senses wind conditions at multiple locations, aggregates this data, and communicates up-to-date, usable information to pilots. Meteorological information, including wind speed, direction, and change (i.e., gustiness) plus temperature, humidity, barometer, wind shear, etc., can be sensed by three or more sensor pods placed along a runway (at least one at each end and another in the middle of a given runway). Data from these pods is then transferred to a computer receiver that processes the information into a real-time, concise, readable format that can be displayed to air traffic control, sent to runway digital display signs placed in proximity to runways for direct pilot reference, and/or posted to websites/internet locations that can then be used to wirelessly relay the information to any of a plethora of digital devices that can be accessed directly by a pilot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Inventors: Roger L. Nakata, Daniel G. Sprinkle
  • Publication number: 20140225753
    Abstract: Methods of illustrating aircraft situational information on a flight display in a cockpit of an aircraft, include determining a location of the aircraft, displaying on the flight display a forward looking graphical representation of the runway from the determined location of the aircraft, displaying situational awareness information on the graphical representation, and updating the location determination, graphical representation and the situational awareness information as the aircraft moves.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: Peter Jacob Conrardy, Christian Drake Meigs
  • Patent number: 8797191
    Abstract: A display system and method for an aircraft are provided. The display device includes a processing unit configured to receive arrestor bed information associated with a runway and to generate display commands based on the arrestor bed information; and a display device coupled the processing unit and configured to receive the display commands and to display symbology representing the arrestor bed information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Subash Samuthirapandian, Fazurudheen A, Chandru Sekaran, Narayanan S
  • Patent number: 8786467
    Abstract: A method and a system for displaying an airport or runway moving map with traffic information on a display screen in the cockpit or flight deck of an aircraft. Symbology representing surface and near-surface aircraft and surface vehicle traffic and associated traffic data are filtered to prevent or limit clutter on the display screen. Traffic symbology is automatically and manually filtered to display only relevant traffic. Traffic data is selectively displayed and displayed as/when relevant or needed. The displayed traffic information may be derived from automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast, traffic information system-broadcast, automatic dependent surveillance-rebroadcast, traffic collision avoidance system or other source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Samuel T. Clark, Roglenda R. Bowe, Stephen Bernard Ortman, Jean Marie Crane
  • Patent number: 8788187
    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: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Reagan Doose, Richard W. Ellerbrock, Glade L. Hulet, John M. Jauglias, Matthew T. Majka
  • 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: 8736633
    Abstract: A method and system is described for enhancing ground situational awareness to an aircrew via the display of an airport moving map within an own-ship, including determining the position of the own-ship and an aircraft on one of a taxiway, a runway, or an apron, displaying each of the own-ship and the aircraft on an airport moving map by displaying for each a first symbol that indicates the location on the airport moving map; and displaying a second symbol that changes in transparency in proportion to the range of the airport moving map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Saravanakumar Gurusamy
  • Patent number: 8718911
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for presenting a taxi route for an aircraft at an airport. The method, for example, includes, but is not limited to receiving, by a processor, the taxi route, translating, by the processor, the taxi route into a graphical representation, displaying, on an aircraft display, a map of the airport and the graphical representation, and displaying, a location of a hold short instruction on the aircraft display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Tom McGuffin
  • Patent number: 8706388
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and computer program product for graphically identifying operational restrictions for an airport area. The aircraft type is identified to form an identified aircraft type. A number of restrictions are identified for the airport area using the identified aircraft type to form a number of associated restrictions. The number of associated restrictions is presented as a number of graphical indicators on a display of the airport area in locations for the number of associated restrictions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Karl Christian Pschierer, André Marco Lutz
  • Patent number: 8698654
    Abstract: A vehicle display system diminishes specified display features when in a taxi mode. EV images, SV images, and avionics symbology are displayed, with certain of the images and symbology being diminished when in a taxi mode. Additionally, guidance to the runway centerline is displayed in the taxi mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Gang He
  • Patent number: 8698655
    Abstract: A system and method of providing aerial navigation for an aircraft comprises presenting an enlarged virtual runway for an identified runway on a display, where the virtual area of the virtual runway remains substantially constant as the aircraft approaches the runway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Keegan Flanigan, Jay R. Flatland, Merlin R. James, Eric D. Schlef
  • Publication number: 20140097973
    Abstract: The system according to the invention comprises an assembly for managing the graphic interface of a display, capable of controlling the display, on at least a first region of the display, of a peripheral area formed by a synthetic image comprising at least one synthetic surface representation of the terrain, and capable of maintaining at least one area representative of the position of a landing runway, centered on the landing runway, and at least one front area, adjacent to the center area, substantially free of any synthetic surface representation of the terrain. The management assembly includes means for dynamically defining the length (L) of the front area on the display as a function of a vertical decision position (DP) associated with a selected approach for said landing runway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2013
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Applicant: DASSAULT AVIATION
    Inventors: Olivier BAUDSON, Arnaud TURPIN
  • Publication number: 20140077975
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing runway entry awareness and alerting. An exemplary system includes a processing device that determines pilot intent based on one of a manual runway selection, automatic runway selection, aircraft information received from one or more sensors or received clearance information; receives at least one of aircraft position or motion information; determines if a no access condition exists based on the received information, the stored airport information and the determined pilot intent; and generates at least one of a hold-short gate still image or animation, if the no access condition exists.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Ratan Khatwa, Chris Hamblin
  • Publication number: 20140062729
    Abstract: An apparatus, method and computer program product for generating and annunciating to a flight crew if they are on or approaching a closed runway. The present invention alerts the pilot to operations on closed runways with appropriate and non-misleading information, thus allowing the pilot to make better decisions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: March 6, 2014
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Kevin J. Conner, Courtney Ashford, Steve C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8638240
    Abstract: Systems and methods for alerting a flight crew if a taxiing collision condition exists. An exemplary system on a host vehicle determines one or more first protection zones around other vehicles on the ground based on the received information about the other vehicles, determines a second protection zone around the host vehicle based on the stored information about the host vehicle and the sensor information and generates an alert, if any of the first protection zones occupies at least a portion of the same geographic area as the second protection zone. The received information includes position, ground speed, vehicle type information and heading or track information. The protection zones include a width dimension that is based on vehicle size information, a base length dimension that is based on the size information, and a variable component of the length dimension that is based on the ground speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: John Howard Glover, Kevin J Conner
  • Publication number: 20140015695
    Abstract: A display system and method for an aircraft are provided. The display device includes a processing unit configured to receive arrestor bed information associated with a runway and to generate display commands based on the arrestor bed information; and a display device coupled the processing unit and configured to receive the display commands and to display symbology representing the arrestor bed information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 16, 2014
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Subash Samuthirapandian, Fazurudheen A, Chandru Sekaran, Narayanan S
  • Patent number: 8594916
    Abstract: A graphical display system includes one or more sensors for obtaining data, wherein the data obtained includes position and trajectory data for a craft and airport data; a display element for displaying graphics and data; and at least one processor coupled to the one or more sensors. Based on data received from the one or more sensors regarding craft position and trajectory relative to an airport, the at least one processor determines if a runway is being targeted, selects which runway guides and alerts to display based on data obtained and runway targeted, and sends signals to the display element to display the targeted runway with the selected runway guides and alerts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Gang He
  • Patent number: 8589071
    Abstract: A runway indicator is displayed overlying a target runway for providing supplementary guidance to support the pilot's ability to fly a stabilized approach. The highlighted runway position indicator provides cues to verify that the aircraft is continuously in a position to complete a normal landing using normal maneuvering during the instrument segment of an approach and includes a landing threshold, a landing zone on the runway, an approach line leading to the runway, an outline highlighting the sides and ends of the runway, a rectangle larger than and surrounding the runway, and a visual precision path approach indicator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Thea L. Feyereisen, Ivan Sandy Wyatt, Gang He, Glenn Connor
  • Publication number: 20130300587
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for displaying images to an aircrew member of an aircraft during approach to a runway. Synthetic approach texture objects for the runway are modified and displayed in accordance with current coordinates, altitude, and speed of the aircraft. The approach texture objects are identical, regularly spaced objects each having a surface forming a plane parallel to the runway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Ivan Sandy Wyatt, Thea L. Feyereisen, Gang He
  • Patent number: 8576094
    Abstract: Methods and systems for operating a display device associated with a vehicle are provided. A first image is caused to be displayed on the display device. The first image is at least representative of an actual terrain over which the vehicle is navigating. A second image is rendered over the first image on the display device. The second image includes a digital navigation corridor boundary corresponding to an actual navigation corridor boundary of an actual navigation corridor in which the vehicle is navigating. A luminance of at least a portion the digital navigation boundary on the display device is increased based on a proximity of a trajectory of the vehicle to the actual navigation corridor boundary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: John G. Suddreth, Sergio Cecutta, Frank Cupero
  • Publication number: 20130278444
    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: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Sadguni Venkataswamy, Prashant Prabhu, Ravindra Jayaprakash, Anil Kumar Songa, Mallikarjuna Narala
  • Publication number: 20130271300
    Abstract: Systems and methods for using flight management system (FMS) takeoff and landing (TOLD) data to determine when an alert (advisory and caution) is present. Short-runway alerts are provided on runway line-up on the ground or during approach based on FMS TOLD data. The present invention also integrates FMS TOLD data with a two(or three)-dimensional airport moving map (AMM) display to allow the AMM to display which runways can safely accommodate the aircraft given the aircraft's gross weight and takeoff performance data. Indications are provided when suitable runway length exists for an intersection departure or when suitable runway length exists for landing for any given selected runway or a runway with a land and hold short (LAHSO) clearance in affect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: David Pepitone, Ratan Khatwa
  • Patent number: 8531308
    Abstract: The disclosed technology, in certain embodiments, includes a method and system for displaying messages in a wide-spectrum display includes a visible element comprising a first portion of a message and an invisible element comprising a second portion of the message. In one aspect, the method includes the step of displaying, in the visible element, e.g. an image from a film, a captured photograph or a first part of an advertisement. In certain embodiments, content may be displayed in the invisible element including, for example, subtitles, metadata or a second part of an advertisement. An individual may choose to view the invisible element by viewing the wide spectrum display through a wavelength conversion device. Also disclosed are the use of the display in games, and of its integration in wearable material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Kameraflage, Inc.
    Inventors: Connor Dickie, Jeffrey Shell
  • Patent number: 8531315
    Abstract: A method and system for displaying three dimensional images of runways and terrain, as well as additional information, on one or more screens of an avionics display system is provided. The system merges elevation information for terrain points and elevation information for runway points by grouping runways together that are within a threshold distance of each other. For each group, a plane is calculated. The calculated plane is then projected onto all of the runways within the group. The plane may also be projected onto a subset of neighboring terrain points. The adjusted elevation created by the projection of the plane are then used in creating the images for display on the synthetic vision display. The result is that all of the runways within a group, along with their neighboring terrain, are displayed as being coplanar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: L-3 Communications Avionics Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Brett A. Painter, Joshua C. Seabloom
  • Patent number: 8532844
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for presenting content on a display device onboard an aircraft. A method comprises displaying, on the display device, information corresponding to a first procedure and displaying an annotation associated with the first procedure on the display device. The first procedure is associated with an airport and prescribes operation of the aircraft in a vicinity of the airport, and the annotation comprises user-defined information pertaining to the first procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Blake Wilson, Dave Pepitone, Roger W. Burgin
  • Patent number: 8527190
    Abstract: A method and system for aiding the taxiing of an aircraft on an airport domain enables automatic planning and execution of taxiing. The system includes a trajectory generating device for generating a taxiing trajectory of the aircraft on the airport domain, with the aid of a navigation data base, and piloting aiding devices that use the trajectory for aiding the taxiing of the aircraft. For example, the piloting aiding devices may include an automatic piloting/taxiing device and a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventors: Jean-Claude Mere, Lucille Revertegat
  • Patent number: 8502701
    Abstract: Technologies are described herein for displaying runway status information to a pilot in an aircraft. In one aspect of the present disclosure, a runway status display module displays a runway status indicator indicating the runway status information at a fixed scale independent of a scale of the map on a map display. In another aspect, the runway status indicator is displayed on a non-map display indicating the runway status of the runway. In another aspect, the runway status indicator is displayed at a position independent from a depiction of the runway on the aircraft display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Juliana Joo-Hong Goh, Samuel T. Clark, Jill M. Martins, Roglenda R. Bowe
  • Patent number: 8494766
    Abstract: A flight management system for use in automatically generating a flight path trajectory for an aircraft. The flight path trajectory includes a plurality of waypoints and a plurality of vectors that extend between each waypoint of the plurality of waypoints. The flight management system includes a processor that is configured to calculate a first flight path trajectory including an origin waypoint and a destination waypoint. A tactical command that indicates a change in flight trajectory is received. A second flight path trajectory based at least in part on the tactical command is calculated. The calculated second flight path trajectory includes a departure waypoint along the first flight path trajectory, an intercept waypoint along the first flight path trajectory, and a departure vector from the departure waypoint to the intercept waypoint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Randy Lynn Walter
  • Patent number: 8487787
    Abstract: A near-to-eye display allows an operator of a vehicle, such as a pilot of an aircraft, to see an obstacle on a conformal pathway, such as a runway or taxiway. The obstacle may be boundaries of the pathway or an object captured by an optional Infrared camera.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Carl A. Best, Frank Cupero
  • Patent number: 8462019
    Abstract: A present novel and non-trivial system, apparatus, and method for generating runway visual aids on an aircraft display unit, where such visual aids could be comprised of surface markings corresponding to the runway. Navigation data and runway data may be provided to an image generating processor which, in turn, generates an image data set representative of at least one visual aid corresponding to one runway located in the scene outside the aircraft. The intensity or brightness of a visual aid could vary when the aircraft is operating on the approach phase of flight. The variation of such intensity could be defined as a function of the navigation data and the data representative of one or more waypoints. The image data set may be provided to a Head-Down Display unit, a Head-Up Display unit, or both, each visual aid is presented on the screen of the display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis S. VanDerKamp, Tiffany D. Williamson, Daniel Y. Chiew