Aircraft Patents (Class 362/470)
  • Patent number: 10287031
    Abstract: An aircraft light unit includes a mounting portion, which is configured for mounting the light unit to an aircraft; and at least one light source, which is configured for emitting light. The light unit is configured to emit at least one first output of white light into a predefined first spatial sector and to emit at least one second output of white light into a predefined second spatial sector. The light of the at least one first output of white light comprises a first percentage of radiation having a wavelength that is shorter than a predefined threshold, and the light of the at least one second output of white light comprises a second percentage of radiation having a wavelength that is shorter than the predefined threshold, wherein the first percentage of radiation is smaller than the second percentage of radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Schoen, Andre Hessling-Von Heimendahl
  • Patent number: 10266281
    Abstract: A method of operating an aircraft headlight system of an aircraft, the aircraft headlight system having at least one headlight, includes the steps of operating the aircraft headlight system in a landing light mode during a descent of the aircraft, with the at least one headlight emitting a landing light output in the landing light mode; operating the aircraft headlight system in a taxi light mode during taxiing of the aircraft, with the at least one headlight emitting a taxi light output in the taxi light mode; and transforming the landing light output into the taxi light output after touch-down of the aircraft by operating the aircraft headlight system in at least one intermediate lighting mode between operating the aircraft headlight system in the landing light mode and operating the aircraft headlight system in the taxi light mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Andre Hessling-Von Heimendahl, Christian Schoen
  • Patent number: 10150575
    Abstract: A light source includes a circular light element having a light source diameter, and a reflector disposed at least partially within the circular light element, the reflector having a first end with a first diameter and a second end with a second diameter, wherein the first diameter is less than the light source diameter and the second diameter is larger than the light source diameter, the second end having a plurality of slits.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: David Franich
  • Patent number: 10091567
    Abstract: Embedded lighting, microphone, and speaker features for composite panels are described. An example composite panel includes a plurality of plies assembled in a stack-up, and a trace sheet with electrically conductive traces and a plurality of transducer discs positioned onto the electrically conductive traces at positions such that the electrically conductive traces form an electrical interconnection between selected ones of the electrically conductive traces and associated ones of the transducer discs. The trace sheet is included as an internal ply in the stack-up of the plurality of plies. The composite panel also includes a composite base upon which the stack-up of the plurality of plies is applied, and the plurality of plies are cured upon the composite base to integrate the trace sheet and the plurality of transducer discs into the composite base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James Schalla, Jeff Duce
  • Patent number: 10085323
    Abstract: A helicopter search light comprises a lighting arrangement comprising at least one light source and having an adjustable light output; a light detector, which is configured for detecting light reflected by the ground and/or at least one item on the ground and for providing a detection signal which is correlated to an amount of light detected; and a control unit, coupled to the light detector for receiving the detection signal and to the at least on light source for controlling the adjustable light output of the lighting arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventors: Christian Schoen, Bjoern Schallenberg, Juergen Rodenkirchen, Marion Depta
  • Patent number: 9919810
    Abstract: A dynamic aircraft headlight, includes an LED group, having a plurality of LEDs, and an optical system, comprising at least one optical element, for shaping an output light intensity distribution from the light emitted by the LED group. The LED group and the optical system are stationary within the dynamic aircraft light unit, with each LED of the LED group has a set position with respect to the optical system and with a light output of each LED being affected differently by the optical system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS GMBH
    Inventor: Andre Hessling von Heimendahl
  • Patent number: 9751638
    Abstract: A lighting arrangement for an aircraft includes a navigational lighting group disposed along at least a leading edge of a wing of the aircraft and a light bar for non-navigational purposes extending along at least a portion of the leading edge of the wing, adjacent to the navigational lighting group, the light bar being disposed outboard of the navigational lighting group, the light bar being configured to emit non-navigational light along a length thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Pierre Gagnon, Nicolas Letendre
  • Patent number: 9702509
    Abstract: A method for producing an escape route marking in a heatable and malleable support mold is described. The escape route marking has a transparent covering, a supporting element and a photoluminescent material. The method includes procuring the heatable and malleable support mold, inserting a supporting element into the support mold, arranging the photoluminescent material on the supporting element, arranging the transparent covering on the supporting element, heating and deforming the escape route marking in the support mold and solidifying the escape route marking in the support mold in a predetermined position. The resulting escape route marking is also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Lufthansa Technik AG
    Inventors: Torben Biehl, Hans-Christian Lierow
  • Patent number: 9669944
    Abstract: A lighting arrangement for an aircraft includes a navigational lighting group disposed at a leading edge of a wing of the aircraft. The navigational lighting group includes at least one right of way light. The lighting arrangement also includes a light bar extending along at least a portion of the leading edge of the wing, adjacent to the navigational lighting group. The light bar is configured to emit light along a length thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: BOMBARDIER INC.
    Inventors: Pierre Gagnon, Nicolas Letendre
  • Patent number: 9487306
    Abstract: A dual-color aviation Anti Collision Light (ACL) has a first set of LEDs that emit a substantially white beam of light and a second set of LEDs that emit a substantially red beam of light. The ACL can be operated in a first mode in which the red LEDs are excited by themselves so that the ACL produces a red beam of light In a second mode, the white LEDs and the red LEDs are excited simultaneously to produce a white beam of light having a chromaticity within the definition of Aviation White. Operating the red LEDs in the white mode has two synergistic effects. First, the red LEDs augment the luminous output of the white LEDs so that fewer white LEDs are required, thus saving cost and space. Second, the red LEDs shift the chromaticity of total light output toward the red region. This has the effect of compensating for the tendency of the white LEDs to become greener with age.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS, INC
    Inventor: Philippe Lapujade
  • Patent number: 9261259
    Abstract: A headlamp (1) that utilizes a laser beam includes a scattered-light emitting unit (21) that emits scattered light upon receipt of a laser beam deviated from a predetermined path through which the laser beam is to pass or a predetermined irradiation region that is to be irradiated by the laser beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: SHARP KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Takeshi Shiomi, Masaru Nomura, Yoshiji Ohta, Hiroshi Iwata, Koji Takahashi, Katsuhiko Kishimoto
  • Patent number: 9243763
    Abstract: A beacon light optic, comprising a reflective surface having an optical axis wherein the reflective surface is composed of surface parts of at least two at least partly overlapping at least segments of rotation symmetrical surfaces, an entrance area comprising an entrance surface for allowing light to enter the beacon light optic, an exit area through which light exits the beacon light optic, a light emitting element disposed in front of the entrance surface such that light emitting from the light emitting element enters the beacon light optic through the entrance area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Orga Holding B.V.
    Inventor: Thomas Leeuwangh
  • Patent number: 9090341
    Abstract: A wing tip device has a lighting device arranged to project from a spanwise portion onto a substantially vertical portion of the wing tip device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: George Edmond, Thomas Monaghan
  • Patent number: 9047794
    Abstract: A wingtip fin of an aircraft comprising an upstanding fin body, the fin body having an inboard face and an outboard face, a sign assembly in the fin body, the assembly comprising a translucent, graphic bearing face, substantially flush with and forming at least part of the inboard face or the outboard face of the fin body, a recess in the fin body behind the graphic-bearing face, and a light source arranged in the recess to illuminate the graphic-bearing face from inside the fin body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED
    Inventors: George Edmond, Robert R L Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150146443
    Abstract: A lighting arrangement for an aircraft includes a navigational lighting group disposed at a leading edge of a wing of the aircraft. The navigational lighting group includes at least one right of way light. The lighting arrangement also includes a light bar extending along at least a portion of the leading edge of the wing, adjacent to the navigational lighting group. The light bar is configured to emit light along a length thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventors: Pierre Gagnon, Nicolas Letendre
  • Patent number: 9035786
    Abstract: A strobe light includes a base, a mounting post, a plurality of light emitting diode (LED) lights, a control system, and a lens. The mounting post extends vertically from the base. The plurality of LED lights are mounted around a periphery of the mounting post. The control system is coupled to the plurality of LED lights and operable to independently control each LED light to produce at least one of a 360° strobe light pattern and a rotating beacon light pattern. The lens is connected to the base and covers the plurality of LED lights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: CHECKERS INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTS, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Clifford, Steven N. D. Brundula
  • Publication number: 20150117040
    Abstract: The invention relates to a reading lamp for installation in a cabin trim element (4) of a vehicle, in particular of an aircraft, comprising an installation frame (1) having a ring element (2), a lamp housing (7) having a mating support surface (8), and a clamping ring (9) wherein the clamping ring (9) is connected to the installation frame (1) by means of tension spring elements (10), such that the lamp housing (7) is forced against the support surface (6) of the inner surface of the ring element (2) by means of the clamping ring (9) and may be moved with respect to the installation frame (1) in the manner of a ball and socket joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: DIEHL AEROSPACE GMBH
    Inventors: Matthias HARTMANN, Thomas WENINGER
  • Patent number: 8985819
    Abstract: An aircraft light for emitting light in a desired spatial angular region and with a desired light distribution, comprises a reflector having an upper reflector portion and a lower reflector portion both being symmetrical to a plane. A first row of LEDs are face away from the reflector. A second row of LEDs face towards the reflector. Each of the upper and lower portions of the reflector comprises first, second, and third reflective surfaces with the first reflective surface being convexly shaped, the second reflective surface being substantially flat, and the third reflective surface being partially parabolically shaped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Goodrich Lighting Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Andre Hessling
  • Publication number: 20150078018
    Abstract: An exterior aircraft light unit for emitting light of a first wavelength and light of a second wavelength, different from the first wavelength is disclosed. The exterior aircraft light unit has an integrated optical structure, which in turn has a first light source configured to emit the light of the first wavelength, a second light source configured to emit the light of the second wavelength, the second light source being positioned adjacent to the first light source, and an optical element for shaping a light emission distribution of the integrated optical structure. The optical element is arranged with respect to the first light source and the second light source in such a way that it affects both the light of the first wavelength and the light of the second wavelength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Philippe G. LAPUJADE, Andre HESSLING VON HEIMENDAHL, Christian SCHOEN, Anil Kumar JHA
  • Patent number: 8974097
    Abstract: A method for controlling an aircraft having a plurality of LEDs, light so as to emit a desired light intensity includes the steps of providing a reference LED located within or outside of the aircraft light, providing thermal conditions resulting in a thermal stress for the reference LED similar to the maximum thermal stress, and observing the reference LED by means of an optical sensor for monitoring the optical aging behavior of the reference LED throughout its lifetime. The desired light intensity of the aircraft light is achieved by controlling the plurality of LEDs in accordance with the monitored aging behavior of the reference LED.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Goodrich Lighting Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Andre Hessling, Robert Trinscheck, Siegfried Schmees, Mike Herberhold, Stefan Thomassin
  • Patent number: 8956021
    Abstract: An aircraft light consists of a housing containing a light source, a heat sink element forming at least part of the exterior surface of the housing and an auxiliary thermal capacitor that is thermally decoupled from the heat sink element. A thermally expandable medium is coupled to the heat sink element and operates to thermally decouple the light source from the heat sink element and thermally couple the light source to the auxiliary thermal capacitor and vice versa, depending on the actual temperature of the heat sink element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Goodrich Lighting Systems GmbH
    Inventor: Andre Hessling
  • Patent number: 8956022
    Abstract: A laser light reflection device for an aircraft-installed laser apparatus with which, when a function check is performed on the aircraft-installed laser apparatus by emitting laser light from a parked aircraft to a body exterior, the emitted laser light can be reflected in a desired direction safely and efficiently. A reflection mirror is capable of autorotation about at least an in-plane horizontal axis thereof, and a support ring is attached to the reflection mirror to be capable of rotating about an in-plane vertical axis and the in-plane horizontal axis of the reflection mirror. A laser pointer unit formed by inserting a laser pointer into a sleeve pipe is attached to the support ring so as to be oriented toward an in-plane of the reflection mirror. A guide scope is attached to the support ring such that an optical axis thereof matches an optical axis of the laser pointer unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
    Inventor: Hamaki Inokuchi
  • Patent number: 8956023
    Abstract: A combined wing scan and winglet illumination light unit is disclosed. The light unit has at least one LED and at least one optical structure for shaping a light emission distribution of the combined wing scan and winglet illumination light unit. The wherein the light emission distribution has a first illumination region for illuminating a wing and a wing engine of an aircraft and a second illumination region for illuminating a wing tip winglet of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Goodrich Lighting Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Andre Hessling Von Heimendahl, Frank Klein, Sascha Lueder
  • Publication number: 20150036366
    Abstract: An exterior aircraft light unit for emitting light of a first wavelength and light of a second wavelength, different from the first wavelength, with corresponding emission characteristics is disclosed. The exterior aircraft light unit has at least one first light source configured to emit the light of the first wavelength, at least one second light source configured to emit the light of the second wavelength, and a wavelength selective optical element, which wavelength selective optical element is reflective for the light of the first wavelength and transparent for the light of the second wavelength.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventor: Christian SCHOEN
  • Publication number: 20150036367
    Abstract: An aircraft LED light unit is disclosed that includes a flat electric circuit device having a first main surface, a second main surface and at least one side surface extending between the first main surface and the second main surface, power supply circuitry, disposed in the electric circuit device, at least one heat transport element, disposed in the electric circuit device, and at least one LED. The at least one LED is arranged on the at least one side surface of the electric circuit device, is electrically coupled to the power supply circuitry, and is in heat exchange relationship with the at least one heat transport element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Norbert MENNE, Elmar SCHREWE, Klaus GIERSE-PLOGMEIER
  • Publication number: 20150036365
    Abstract: An exterior helicopter light unit is disclosed that comprises a movable light head comprising a light source, a first motor and a second motor for actuating the movable light head, and an inverse differential gear assembly coupling the first and second motors to the movable light head in such a way that the first and second motors can tilt and rotate the movable light head in operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2014
    Publication date: February 5, 2015
    Inventors: Christian SCHOEN, Andre HESSLING VON HEIMENDAHL
  • Publication number: 20140367517
    Abstract: An aircraft galley, according to one implementation, includes a lighting system having a DC, linear LED task light that is positioned in a groove along the edge of an overhang above the galley's work surface. The task light is oriented downward orthogonally to the cabin floor so as to illuminate a work surface of the galley. In some implementations, the task light is angled so that it illuminates the work surface of the galley in which it is installed, the forward, aft, or cross-aisle opposing galley, if applicable, and the floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 18, 2014
    Inventors: David P. Eckel, William H. Valentine, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8905605
    Abstract: The present invention is concerned with a modular lighting system having a casing containing a lamp, as well as its power and control circuits fitted within a wing and a flush fitting glazing unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations Limited
    Inventors: George Edmond, Derek Paul Baron, Philip Dickinson, Stephen Wyatt
  • Patent number: 8907587
    Abstract: A method of providing synchronous control for a number of light-emitting diode (LED) units within a LED fixture is described herein. The method can include receiving an input signal. The method can also include sending, in response to receiving the input signal and for a period of time, a power-on delay signal to the LED units, wherein each LED unit includes a counter, a toggle, and a LED driver, where the power-on delay signal resets the counter, initializes the toggle, and disables the LED driver. The method can also include terminating, after the period of time, the power-on delay signal. A LED fixture and a LED unit within a fixture, having one or more components performing the aforementioned method, is also described herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Mark E. Guckin, Durairaj Kumar
  • Patent number: 8905606
    Abstract: A flat light for aircraft cabins is provided. The flat light has a light box and a light source, the light of which is coupled into the light box. A rear wall of the light box is formed to be reflective and the front wall of the light box has optical elements for directional emission of light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Diehl Aerospace GmbH
    Inventors: Jan Petersohn, Catharina Sauer, Matthias Brinkmann, Steffen Bachmaier
  • Publication number: 20140355281
    Abstract: A dual-color aviation Anti Collision Light (ACL) has a first set of LEDs that emit a substantially white beam of light and a second set of LEDs that emit a substantially red beam of light. The ACL can be operated in a first mode in which the red LEDs are excited by themselves so that the ACL produces a red beam of light In a second mode, the white LEDs and the red LEDs are excited simultaneously to produce a white beam of light having a chromaticity within the definition of Aviation White. Operating the red LEDs in the white mode has two synergistic effects. First, the red LEDs augment the luminous output of the white LEDs so that fewer white LEDs are required, thus saving cost and space. Second, the red LEDs shift the chromaticity of total light output toward the red region. This has the effect of compensating for the tendency of the white LEDs to become greener with age.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: GOODRICH LIGHTING SYSTEMS, INC
    Inventor: Philippe Lapujade
  • Patent number: 8899801
    Abstract: A PSU pod assembly that is configured to be positioned in the interior of an aircraft. The PSU pod assembly includes a PSU pod that includes a housing that includes a top, a bottom and first, second, third and fourth sides that cooperate to define a pod interior and a panel positioned above and connected to the PSU pod. The PSU pod includes at least first and second reading lights positioned within the pod interior that are configured to shine light below the housing and cabin lights positioned on or in the housing that are configured to shine light above the housing. The panel includes connectors that are configured to secure the PSU pod assembly to a component within the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: C&D Zodiac, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Savian
  • Patent number: 8894255
    Abstract: A model airplane illumination system is disclosed. The system includes a plurality of carbon fiber wingtip rods, a wingtip mount configured to secure at least one of the wingtip rods substantially perpendicular to each wingtip of a model airplane, and a plurality of light emitting diodes (“LED”), where at least one LED of the plurality of LEDs is secured to each end of the wingtip rods and configured to illuminate surfaces of the model airplane. In addition, the system includes a carbon fiber tail rod, a tail mount configured to secure the tail rod to a tail of the airplane and configured to illuminate the surfaces of the airplane, and at least one LED of the plurality of LEDs is secured to each end of the tail rod and configured to illuminate the tail and fuselage surfaces of the model airplane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: RK and K Marketing, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger Kimball, Alexander Stephens, Jennifer Kimball
  • Publication number: 20140340916
    Abstract: Described are lighting devices of passenger aircraft. Also described are methods of operating the devices as well as lighting systems and passenger service units.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 20, 2014
    Inventor: Wolfgang Riitner
  • Publication number: 20140328074
    Abstract: A strobe light unit, particularly wing anti-collision strobe light unit for an aircraft, comprises at least one light source, particularly at least one LED; a reflector element, the at least one light source and the reflector element being configured for projecting light into a desired range of directions; and a stray light blocking element for blocking stray light from being projected into undesired directions, the stray light blocking element attached to the reflector element or to a base portion of the strobe light unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: Goodrich Lighting Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Anil Kumar Jha, Christian Schoen, Andre Hessling
  • Publication number: 20140328073
    Abstract: A method of selecting a lighting pattern of an aircraft is disclosed herein. The method comprises exposing a photoluminescent element to electromagnetic radiation emitted from a light source of the aircraft. The light source has (a) a spectral power distribution and (b) an illumination level. The method also comprises calculating a total energy absorbed by the photoluminescent element based on (a) the spectral power distribution, (b) the illumination level, and (c) an exposure duration. The method comprises correlating the total energy absorbed to a discharge duration based on a normalized photoluminescent response function of the photoluminescent element. And the method also comprises verifying that the (a) spectral power distribution, (b) illumination level, and (c) exposure duration of the light source are in compliance with operational guidelines for the light source and the photoluminescent element based on the discharge duration.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Melanie L. Kimsey-Lin, Taylor A. Chaintreuil
  • Publication number: 20140301095
    Abstract: An exterior structure component for an aircraft with an illuminating device includes a structure with an interior side and an exterior surface with at least one illuminated region and a multitude of optical fibers that extend from the interior side to the at least one illuminated region of the exterior surface. The optical fibers end on the interior side of the exterior structure component in a common interface area that is couplable to an illuminating device. The structure is made from a fiber composite material in which the optical fibers are integrated. In this manner a particularly weight-saving illuminating device that is capable of withstanding external influences may be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Publication date: October 9, 2014
    Applicant: AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventor: Matthias Lengers
  • Patent number: 8851718
    Abstract: An integrated aircraft landing and taxi light includes upper and lower reflector regions in the shape of substantially circular segments and a central longitudinal third reflector region extending between the upper and lower reflector regions. Landing light LEDs are arranged within the upper and lower reflector regions and the outer portions of the central longitudinal reflector region with the diagonals of the LED dies oriented substantially along radial lines extending outward from the center of the light. Taxi light LEDs are arranged within the central and outer portions of the central longitudinal reflector region such that the sides of the LED dies are oriented substantially horizontally and vertically with respect to the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Goodrich Lighting Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Anil Kumar Jha, Andre Hessling, Christian Schön
  • Patent number: 8851723
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to an automotive headlight. In one embodiment, the automotive headlight includes one or more first light emitting diodes (LEDs) and one or more second LEDs, wherein the one or more second LEDs are positioned at about 180 degrees with respect to the one or more first LEDs, wherein the headlight optical axis is about ?90 degrees with respect to a LED optical axis of the one or more first LEDs, at least one first reflector, wherein the at least one first reflector redirects light from the one or more first LEDs to an angle of about ?90 degrees with respect to a LED optical axis of the one or more first LEDs and at least one second reflector, wherein the at least one second reflector redirects light from the one or more second LEDs to an angle of about ?90 degrees with respect to the LED optical axis of the one or more first LEDs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Dialight Corporation
    Inventors: John Patrick Peck, Cecil D. Thomas, Francisco J. Natividad
  • Publication number: 20140268838
    Abstract: A model airplane illumination system is disclosed. The system includes a plurality of carbon fiber wingtip conduits, a wingtip mount configured to secure at least one of the wingtip conduits substantially perpendicular to each wingtip of a model airplane, and a plurality of light emitting diodes (“LED”), where at least one LED of the plurality of LEDs is secured to each end of the wingtip conduit and configured to illuminate surfaces of the model airplane. In addition, the system includes a carbon fiber tail rod, a tail mount configured to secure the tail rod to a tail of the airplane and configured to illuminate the surfaces of the airplane, and at least one LED of the plurality of LEDs is secured to each end of the tail rod and configured to illuminate the tail and fuselage surfaces of the model airplane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: Roger Kimball, Alexander Stephens, Jennifer Kimball
  • Publication number: 20140268865
    Abstract: Side emitting optical apparatuses and methods having an optical grade silicone component. Optionally, the optical grade silicone includes a plurality of diffusive side areas that are configured to disrupt the travel path of a light ray traversing along a longitudinal axis of the optical element to re-direct the light ray out of the side of the optical element. The optical apparatus is configured such that the light is emitted more uniformly along a length of the optical apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: IDD Aerospace Corporation
    Inventor: Mary Ann Matthew
  • Patent number: 8807803
    Abstract: AN LED lighting device of an aircraft for maneuvers of landing, and/or take-off, and/or taxiing, and/or searching comprising: one or more light-emitting modules including a light-emitting semiconductor device configured for emitting a light radiation; a supporting substrate carrying the light-emitting semiconductor device; a curved reflector having a concave reflecting surface and defining a plane of emission, wherein the concave reflecting surface has a semiparabolic shape obtained by sectioning a semiparaboloid along two mutually parallel cutting planes, and is arranged facing the light-emitting semiconductor device in such a way as to collect the light radiation and generate a radiation reflected through the plane of emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Sirio Panel S.p.A.
    Inventors: Francesco Fabbri, Paolo Vanni, David La Paola
  • Patent number: 8801241
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a high intensity light module for warning aircraft of obstructions. In one embodiment, the high intensity light module for warning aircraft of obstructions includes a first plate, at least one reflector coupled to the first plate along a length of the first plate, a plurality of light emitting diodes (LEDs) coupled to the first plate, wherein the at least one reflector redirects light emitted by the plurality of LEDs substantially along a single side of the high intensity light module, a lens coupled around a perimeter of the first plate and a second plate coupled to the lens around a perimeter of the second plate and coupled to the first plate via one or more standoffs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Dialight Corporation
    Inventors: John Patrick Peck, Sam Acacia
  • Patent number: 8801240
    Abstract: An aircraft light, particularly for emitting light onto a runway during takeoff or landing and/or onto the ground during taxi, comprises a light source (30), a reflector (12), a support frame (18) for the reflector (12), and an adjustable bearing arrangement (20) including at least two joints (22) pivotably supporting the reflector (12). The adjustable bearing arrangement (20) comprises at least one extendable and retractable adjustment element (24) guided at the support frame (18) along a movement axis (26). At least one of the two joints (22) is formed as a ball-type joint. The ball-type joint (22), to compensate for a change of the distance (A,A?) between the at least two joints (22) of the bearing arrangement (20) upon movement of the adjustment elements (24) for tilting the reflector (12), slidably engages the reflector substantially orthogonal to the movement axis (26) of the adjustment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Goodrich Lighting Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Aravind Edupalli, Peter Sterghos
  • Publication number: 20140192544
    Abstract: A lighting assembly that includes an outer housing defining an outer housing axis, an inner housing defining an inner housing axis and a light member positioned in the inner housing. The outer housing includes a front surface having a front opening and an inner surface that defines an adjustment cavity having a truncated spherical shape. The inner housing has a truncated spherical shape and is at least partially received within the adjustment cavity. The inner housing defines a light recess therein and includes a front cover having an aperture defined therein. The front cover at least partially defines the light recess. The light member defines a light axis. The light axis and the inner housing axis are not co-axial and not parallel and form an angle therebetween. The inner housing is adjustable between a home position and a plurality of adjustment positions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2014
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Applicant: C&D Zodiac, Inc.
    Inventors: Ben Orson, Zhao Jin, Christian Mecke
  • Patent number: 8773044
    Abstract: An anti-collision aircraft light comprises at least one LED and a control unit for operating the at least one LED in a pulsed manner. In this anti-collision aircraft light, the control unit comprises an ambient temperature sensor for sensing the ambient temperature and an adjustable current control for setting an LED operating current depending on the sensed ambient temperature. The control unit further includes a light intensity sensor for sensing the intensity of the light emitted from the at least one LED, an integrator connected to the light sensor for integrating the sensed light intensity, and a comparator for comparing the integrated light intensity to a threshold value. The operating current for the at least one LED is interrupted as soon as the integrated light intensity is equal to the threshold value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignees: Goodrich Lighting Systems GmbH, Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Andre Hessling
  • Publication number: 20140169012
    Abstract: A service module for supplying passengers in a passenger space of a means of transport, in particular of an aircraft, and to a service system having a service channel and a plurality of such service modules. The service module comprises at least one service component arrangement having one or more service components for individually supplying one or more passengers, and a cabin lighting unit for illuminating the passenger space of the means of transport, in particular of the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 7, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Bernd Ehlers, Mark Herzog
  • Publication number: 20140160774
    Abstract: A dual-color aviation Anti Collision Light (ACL) has a first set of LEDs that emit a substantially white beam of light and a second set of LEDs that emit a substantially red beam of light. The ACL can be operated in a first mode in which the red LEDs are excited by themselves so that the ACL produces a red beam of light In a second mode, the white LEDs and the red LEDs are excited simultaneously to produce a white beam of light having a chromaticity within the definition of Aviation White. Operating the red LEDs in the white mode has two synergistic effects. First, the red LEDs augment the luminous output of the white LEDs so that fewer white LEDs are required, thus saving cost and space. Second, the red LEDs shift the chromaticity of total light output toward the red region. This has the effect of compensating for the tendency of the white LEDs to become greener with age.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: Goodrich Lighting Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Philippe LAPUJADE
  • Publication number: 20140160775
    Abstract: A graphics display module that includes a frame with a front portion and a rear portion that cooperate to secure a hated panel having a front surface and a rear surface therebetween. The front portion defines a central opening through which the front surface of the lighted panel can be viewed, The front portion and rear portion cooperate to define a channel that includes lighting disposed therein that is configured to back light the lighted panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 10, 2013
    Publication date: June 12, 2014
    Applicant: C&D Zodiac, Inc.
    Inventors: William Wai-Loong Young, Glen A. Noda, Ian Geoffrey Scoley, Nicholas Lee
  • Patent number: 8740424
    Abstract: A light for an aircraft comprises a holder for carrying a plurality of light emitting diodes arranged along a curvilinear line and a first optical unit comprising an elliptic reflective partial surface defining a plurality of focal points forming a first curvilinear focal line extending along the light emitting sites of the light emitting diodes, and a plurality of second focal points. The light further includes a second optical unit comprising a single further focal point or a plurality of further focal points forming a further curvilinear focal line. The plurality of the second focal points of the first optical unit coincide and are identical to the single further focal point of the second optical unit or are located along the further curvilinear focal line of the second optical unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Goodrich Lighting Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Andre Hessling, Enrico Beier