Simulated Bearing Or Position Or Vehicle Relative To Radio Transmitter Or Directional Beam Indicated To Trainee By Instrument Patents (Class 434/243)
  • Patent number: 7229288
    Abstract: Provided are a method, system, and program for providing information on a promoted product to a user. A virtual environment is rendered and a virtual customer is rendered within the virtual environment, wherein the virtual customer utilizes the promoted product by receiving input control signals from the user indicating movement of the virtual customer through the virtual environment. Interactions are rendered between the virtual customer and the virtual environment in response to the input control signals to enable the user to virtually experience how the promoted product is capable of impacting daily activities of the user and to promote the product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Medtronic Minimed, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven Stuart, Terry Zierenberg, Fabio Gratton
  • Patent number: 5833467
    Abstract: A VOR flight instructional aid and methods for its use are described herein. Said instructional aid comprises a base, a course indicator arm pivotably connected to said base, and a physical representation of an aircraft connected to the end of the course indicator arm. Said instructional aid may further comprise an OBS/CDI indicator disk pivotably connected to the base for illustrating the approximate appearance of a CDI display resulting from various combinations of aircraft position and OBS setting. Said instructional aid may be used by: 1) placing the base on a flight navigation chart; 2) substantially aligning the pivot point of the course indicator arm above the position of the desired VOR station on the chart; and 3) rotating the course indicator arm to an OBS-selected radial, thereby physically representing the aircraft position relative to the VOR station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Inventor: Donald K. Dodd
  • Patent number: 5033967
    Abstract: An aviation training aid to facilitate the learning of instrument flying techniques. Primarily designed for the application of wind drift problems associated with tracking a straight course over the ground which making an NDB (non-directional beacon) instrument landing approach. This device includes a model airplane that rotates freely through 360 degrees with a compass azimuth card pointer and ADF (automatic direction finding) card rotating on the same axis. The compass azimuth card is controlled by a vertical shaft or handle placed through the center axis, enabling the user to keep the pointer oriented to designated north while reading the airplane's heading in the cutout provided in the airplane's nose (this is the simulated magnetic heading of the aircraft). The wingtip and reciprocal bearings are also provided through cutouts string, simulating the direct bearing to the NDB radio station is also connected from the center post to the designated NDB radio station (push pin).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: July 23, 1991
    Inventor: Joseph J. Galcik
  • Patent number: 4886458
    Abstract: This invention provides an inexpensive but accurate mechanical analog computer device for providing information based on the relative positions of two or more indicia bearing members at least one of which is mounted to another of said members for non-rotational orbital movement. More particularly a preferred embodiment of the invention is directed to a visual-mechanical device which simulates ADF and/or VOR navigation such that students and experienced pilots can develop skills at home, and also use the device as a reference tool in actual flight. The device incorporates a disc assembly which revolves or orbits non-rotationally about a beacon representation, driven by a lever which also rotates about the Beacon. The discs and lever have representations of the dials, pointers and windows necessary for unambiguous simulation of ADF and/or VOR navigation without interchange of parts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1989
    Inventor: Robert J. Roman
  • Patent number: 4790758
    Abstract: A hand-held movable airplane model is equipped on an outer face with an outer rotatable donut shaped disc and an inner stationary black circular disc. The outer disc, having compass markings, is rotated by turning a simulated OBS knob to simulate a course card. Indicator needles and flags on the stationary inner disc simulate V.O.R. and Gliode Slope indicators as they would actually appear on an airplane in similar positions and orientations to those of the model as the model is moved over a vertical surface simulating a flight pattern. All needles and flags on the model rotate on pivot pins through the inner disc. Tabs on the underside of each needle and flag are positioned beneath an elasticised band with a high friction surface. The band stretched around the periphery of the inner disc hold all of the needles and flags in place as they are oriented by hand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1988
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1988
    Inventor: Richard C. Bellofatto
  • Patent number: 4608022
    Abstract: A hand-held movable airplane or boat model is equipped on an outer face with gravity actuated simulations of actual navigational instruments. Two interchangeable compass rose discs are mounted each on a separate split shaft spindle protruding from the model. One disc is asymmetrically weighted to maintain the disc in one orientation while the model, held in a vertical plane, moves and rotates to simulate routes of travel. When used with an indicator on the front center of the model, the weighted disc simulates an azimuth directional gyro. One of the spindles is bored axially to admit an indicator shaft rotatably therethrough. An indicator arrow mounted orthogonally on the outer end of the shaft aligns with an orthogonal extension on the inner end of the shaft below the model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1986
    Assignee: Richard C. Bellofatto
    Inventor: Richard C. Bellofatto
  • Patent number: 4490117
    Abstract: An inflight IFR procedures simulator for generating signals and commands to conventional instruments provided in an airplane. The simulator includes a signal synthesizer which generates predetermined simulated signals corresponding to signals normally received from remote sources upon being activated. A computer is connected to the signal synthesizer and causes the signal synthesizer to produce simulated signals responsive to programs fed into the computer. A switching network is connected to the signal synthesizer, the antenna of the aircraft, and navigational instruments and communication devices for selectively connecting instruments and devices to the synthesizer and disconnecting the antenna from the navigational instruments and communication device. Pressure transducers are connected to the altimeter and speed indicator for supplying electrical signals to the computer indicating the altitude and speed of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 1982
    Date of Patent: December 25, 1984
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventor: Loyd C. Parker
  • Patent number: 4419079
    Abstract: A piloting aid system for displaying symbols representative of determined characteristics of the flight of an aircraft and representative of its environment is disclosed. The symbols are displayed on the screen of a display unit which displays a symbol representing the aircraft near a predetermined point on the display screen and a rectangular window for guiding the flight path of the aircraft. The sides of the guidance window are parallel to mutually perpendicular axes provided on the screen. The abscissa and ordinate of the predetermined point are respectively proportional to the drift and to the slope relative to the ground of the aircraft flight path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 6, 1983
    Assignees: Avions Marcel Dassault-Breguet Aviation, Thomson-CSF
    Inventors: Jean-Francois M. Georges, Roger Parus
  • Patent number: 4311466
    Abstract: Aircraft navigation testing apparatus includes circuitry which produces digital signals on an output bus corresponding to a desired simulation of aircraft glideslope, localizer and very high frequency, omnidirectional (VOR) positions. Localizer and glideslope circuitry respond to the signal on the bus to produce the desired final value signal at the dictated rate. VOR circuitry responds by activating selected switches in a switchbank, thereby programing a conventional VOR generator to produce the VOR signal at the desired rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1982
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Dennis O. Carpenter, Robert E. Ceola