Flight Vehicle Patents (Class 434/30)
  • Patent number: 9760660
    Abstract: A method of developing a mathematical model of dynamics of a vehicle for use in a computer-controlled simulation, comprising: selecting a coefficient of a state-space model mathematically modelling the dynamics of the vehicle, the selected coefficient having a value for a predetermined state of the vehicle; and varying, a parameter of a physically-based computerized model mathematically modelling the dynamics of the vehicle, the parameter related to at least one of physical characteristics of the vehicle and phenomena influencing the dynamics of the vehicle, to improve the accuracy of the physically-based model via computer-implemented numerical optimization, the computer-implemented numerical optimization targeting the coefficient of the state-space model such that the difference between a value predicted by the physically-based model and the value of the coefficient of the state-space model for the predetermined vehicle state is within a predetermined range.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Assignee: CAE Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Spira, Vincent Myrand-Lapierre, Olivier Soucy
  • Patent number: 9587961
    Abstract: A display management system is provided for displaying a graphical representation of flight envelope information of an aircraft. Included in the display management system is a control module being coupled to the display management system and programmed to control the graphical representation including at least one flight envelope protection attribute. A signal detection module receives signals from a plurality of sensors of the aircraft, and the received signals include associated parameter values for the at least one flight envelope protection attribute. A protection selection module selects the at least one flight envelope protection attribute based on the received signals and parameter values. A display module displays the at least one flight envelope protection attribute on a display screen in relation to a flight control law state stored in a database using a display model of the aircraft from an elevational view based on the received signals and parameter values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus (SAS)
    Inventors: Jean-Jacques Toumazet, Mélanie Vadillo
  • Patent number: 9259657
    Abstract: A motion simulation system includes actuators having a planetary gearbox engaged with and driven by a servomotor engaged with a crank. A connector rod has a proximal end engaged with the crank of each actuator, and a distal end engaged with a top plate configured to attach to a platform assembly. A control system is operable with each electric servo motor of each actuator for delivering control for providing a simulated motion to the top plate. Control data is sent to the servomotors using a msec data send and receive rate, with internal processing within the nano-second range. Such update rates coupled with a real time, dynamically responsive motion controller results in a desirably smooth and accurate simulator motion. The control system includes a washout filter for transforming input forces and rotational movements. One to six degrees of freedom systems having smooth performance with high payload capability are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Dynamic Motion Group GmbH
    Inventors: David J. Vatcher, Simon A. James, Andrew J. Cox
  • Patent number: 9099009
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for training in an aircraft. An apparatus comprises an aircraft, a display system associated with the aircraft, a sensor system associated with the aircraft, and a training processor configured to be connected to the aircraft. The training processor is further configured to receive information about an operator, generate constructive data for simulated objects, generate simulation sensor data using the constructive data, and present the simulation sensor data with live sensor data generated by the sensor system on the display system. The training processor is further configured to identify a performance of the operator based on a policy and modify a simulation based on the performance of the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Clifford Bradley Sowadski, Brandt Wilson Dargue, Robert James Lechner
  • Patent number: 9070299
    Abstract: An arrangement including a supporting structure and a reproduction of an aircraft passenger cabin, arranged inside the supporting structure. The aircraft passenger cabin is on a 1:1 scale for receiving components of cabin systems. The supporting structure is composed of standardized elements, for receiving components of the cabin system. The cabin fittings including standardized supports and connections so that the components of the cabin system can be tested under operating conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Gleine
  • Patent number: 9063800
    Abstract: A method to decouple software in an integrated modular system that employs message-based data exchange is provided. The method includes generating at least one configuration table for use by core software in at least one module in the integrated modular system. The at least one module hosts at least one of a consuming application. The method also includes gathering parameter data from producer messages at the core software in the at least one module based on the generated configuration table, and creating target messages at the core software based on the gathered parameter data. The target messages have a format specific to the consuming application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Arthur Kirk McCready
  • Patent number: 9022786
    Abstract: A method is present for flight crew training. Flight crew interactions are recorded during a lesson to form recorded flight crew interactions. Flight deck displays occurring during the lesson are recorded to form recorded flight deck displays. A flight training video is formed from the recorded flight crew interactions and the recorded flight deck displays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Haywood Keith Fabling
  • Publication number: 20150111180
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and computer readable media are disclosed for simulating user interactions with a simulated aircraft cockpit, for example and without limitation, for aircraft simulation and training uses. In some aspects, a system for simulating user interactions with a simulated aircraft cockpit includes a simulation server including a hardware processor and configured to receive user interaction data from an interactive device and compute an output data based on the received user interaction data. In addition, the system also includes an application module configured to render the output data on a simulated aircraft cockpit screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 23, 2015
    Inventors: Katharyn WHELLER, Wilfrid RUBIO ORTIZ, Stephane METIVET, Jacques-Andre DUPUY
  • Publication number: 20150104757
    Abstract: A system for driver assessment and training comprising a simulator which can be operated by a driver or pilot under test or in training, the simulator displaying scenarios the driver or pilot must drive through or fly through. The inputs of the driver or pilot in reaction to the displayed scenario are fed to a free body model which calculates the resulting movement of the simulated vehicle in the displayed world. Scoring can be by analysis of calculated Fonda curves comparing the driver performance to performances by one or more normative drivers plotted by standard deviation from norm on the vertical axis and sample point on the horizontal axis. Simulator sickness can be mitigated by calculation and display of a mitigation object which partially obscures the virtual scene being displayed. Signature curves give the driver or pilots' performance at a glance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Applicant: MBFARR, LLC
    Inventors: RICK L. MONCRIEF, Max Larkin Behensky, Tomas G. Harkins, Brad Allen Fuller
  • Patent number: 9004921
    Abstract: A motion and vibration cuing system for use with a motion simulator provides vibratory, impulse, onset and sustained motion cuing, independently or simultaneously, by operation of a frame assembly capable of producing vibration and six degrees-of-freedom of motion in coordination with one or more motion seats, mounted to the frame assembly, which produce surge, sway, heave and roll motions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Industrial Smoke & Mirrors, Inc.
    Inventors: Andrew W. Garvis, Dennis P. Wilhelm, Richard E. Johnson, Steven G. Lansrud
  • Publication number: 20150079545
    Abstract: A system and method for providing certification of a pilot's use of a flight simulator is presented. The method includes recording flight data from a flight simulator while a pilot performs flight tasks of a flight syllabus, receiving a photo of the pilot, and generating a forensic record of the performance of flight tasks on the simulator by the pilot. The method further includes authenticating the identity of the pilot and evaluating the performance of the flight tasks by the pilot against an expected flight path and range of acceptable instrument outputs. The method further includes providing a written record to the pilot certifying successful completion of the flight syllabus on the flight simulator. The method optionally provides real-time flight guidance during performance of the flight tasks by the pilot. The system includes a virtual flight data recorder and virtual flight instructor system for performing the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 20, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventor: Thomas R. Kurtz
  • Publication number: 20150072316
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a software architecture for simulation of physical entities. The invention provides an object-oriented container based framework architecture for simulator software implementations, methods, and objects in a time domain on a distributed computer network. The invention further provides an interface system and a plug-in definition which allows compartmentalization of participants in the container and easy extensibility of the system. The invention further provides a system and method for streaming video in a container-based architecture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Applicant: ZEDASOFT, INC.
    Inventors: Robert Allen Hatcherson, Stephen Edward Tarter, Jeremiah Jay Johnson, Frederick Bryan Fleury, George William Estep, II, Richard Keith Holt
  • Publication number: 20150066342
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for scheduling, dispatching and checking-in a flight event. A method may include receiving a request from a user to schedule a block of time for a first flight event, whereupon the block of time and an associated flight resource can be reserved for the block of time. The first flight event can be dispatched and a master flight record can be created for the first flight event. When the first flight event is checked-in, the master flight record can be updated with check-in data for the first flight event. When checking-in a first flight event, a second flight event can be checked-in and a master flight record can be created for the second flight event. Check-in data can be received for the second flight event and the master flight record associated with the second flight event can be updated with the check-in data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Jack M. Garzella
  • Publication number: 20150064657
    Abstract: A method of simulating a launch of an unmanned air vehicle may include providing an interface for a user selectable launch option for a plurality of simulation modes, and responsive to a user input at the interface, simulating a launch of an unmanned air vehicle into an orbit using a predefined launch model and orbit parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Simon Anthony Hales, Theodore Terris Trowbridge
  • Publication number: 20150064658
    Abstract: A system for simulating a vehicle may include a designing tool for configured for a vehicle simulation and a simulation tool for controlling simulation characteristics of the vehicle. A method for simulating an object may include displaying a map of a region, displaying a plurality of actions operative on a simulated object, and performing a selected action.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Simon Anthony Hales, Theodore Terris Trowbridge
  • Publication number: 20150064656
    Abstract: Systems and methods are described for sharing flight resources between a plurality of flight entities. A method may include identifying a flight resource that is to be shared between flight entities where the flight resource has a profile having a definition of the flight resource and attributes that identifies the flight resource. A shared schedule that is associated with the flight resource can be generated and the shared schedule can be provided to the flight entities that have been identified as being authorized to schedule and use the flight resource. An authorized flight entity can schedule the flight resource by providing a request to schedule the flight resource during a block of time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Jack M. Garzella
  • Publication number: 20150050623
    Abstract: A system and method for training a student employ a simulation station that displays output to the student and receives input. The computer system has a rules engine operating on it and computer accessible data storage storing (i) learning object data including learning objects configured to provide interaction with the student at the simulation system and (ii) rule data defining a plurality of rules accessed by the rules engine. The rules data includes, for each rule, respective (a) if-portion data defining a condition of data and (o) then-portion data defining an action to be performed at the simulation station. The rules engine causes the computer system to perform the action when the condition of data is present in the data storage. For at least some of the rules, the action comprises output of one of the learning objects so as to interact with the student. The system may be networked with middleware and adapters that map data received over the network to rules engine memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: L-3 COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Mark Falash, Eytan Pollak, Michael Barnoske, George Rovny, Coy Stewart, Robert Ducharme
  • Publication number: 20150017609
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for generating or updating (e g , tuning) an aviation simulation scenario. One method for generating an aviation simulation scenario includes receiving user input corresponding to the aviation simulation scenario at a processing device. The method also includes accessing one or more input data sources collectively having multiple data sets using the processing device. The method includes transforming data sets into the aviation simulation scenario using the processing device based on the user input. The method also includes storing the aviation simulation scenario. The aviation simulation scenario is configured to be provided to an aviation simulator software for executing an aviation simulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventors: Bruno Paes Leao, Joel Kenneth Klooster, Gabriel de Albuquerque Gleizer
  • Patent number: 8911236
    Abstract: Training method for the simulation of an operation performed by at least one device which is part of a real apparatus, wherein the method comprises providing to display means overlaid images under controlled depth order of a virtual apparatus, and real images of said device, and providing a simulated response to control means, based on data of the position and behavior of said device and on data of the position and behavior of said virtual apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: EADS Construcciones Aeronauticas, S.A.
    Inventors: Miguel Gasco Nunez, Javier Alvarez Ortiz
  • Patent number: 8899986
    Abstract: An air rescue simulator, wherein the simulator comprises a helicopter passenger cabin, which is attached to a crane system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Bergwacht Bayern
    Inventor: Alois Glück
  • Patent number: 8876534
    Abstract: A method for pilot situational awareness comprises calculating a location; providing terrain data for the calculated location; processing the terrain data and positioning a light source generally proximal to a view point of a pilot data to generate a synthetic image, the synthetic image representing an appearance of the terrain data illuminated by an appearance of the light source positioned generally proximal to the view point of the pilot; and displaying the synthetic image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: David A. Frank, Radu E. Denghel
  • Publication number: 20140322675
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system for training a subject to recognise the onset of hypoxia, the system including (i) a flight simulation system, and (ii) a hypoxia induction system, wherein the flight simulation system is operably linked to the hypoxia induction system. The system provides a tool for pilot training to a pilot, allowing for the delivery of standardised training programs where the tasks required for the operation of an aircraft are able to be coordinated with an induction of hypoxia in the subject. Such a system is also able to provide an assessment tool to demonstrate when a pilot has had sufficient training in recognising the effects of hypoxia.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Oleg Bassovitch
  • Publication number: 20140322674
    Abstract: A method for managing a training arena for training an operator of a host vehicle includes the procedures of generating a training arena model, updating the training arena model according to gathered real time training arena data, and managing the selected virtual entity for simulating a real entity. The training arena model is updated according to the selected virtual entity data, deriving from the training arena model an operator arena model, producing a representation of the operator arena model. The representation of the operator arena model is presented to the operator and the selected virtual entity is managed according to the training arena model as would have been detected and as could have been perceived by the selected virtual entity were the virtual entities real.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Ofer LIVNEH
  • Patent number: 8838294
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for providing procedure information associated with an aircraft procedure onboard an aircraft. An exemplary method involves obtaining a briefing sequence for the aircraft procedure and providing the procedure information via the output device, wherein the procedure information is provided in accordance with the briefing sequence. When the output device is realized as an audio output device, the procedure information is sequentially provided auditorily via the audio output device. In one or more embodiments, the procedure information is sequentially indicated on a display device onboard the aircraft in concert with the auditorily provided procedure information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Amit Srivastav, Roger W. Burgin, Dave Pepitone
  • Patent number: 8794970
    Abstract: This disclosure describes novel aircraft control systems for propeller-driven training aircraft, and methods for their use. In an aspect of some embodiments, a control system might comprise an integrated power control that takes a single power input from the pilot and translates that input into controls for a throttle, a propeller pitch setting, and a fuel/air mixture. In another aspect of some embodiments, a glass cockpit may be provided, with computer displays emulating the instruments of the aircraft for which the pilot is training. Advantageously, this allows a pilot in training to learn, from the beginning, the power controls and/or instrumentation for the aircraft for which the pilot is training, instead of having to learn one power control and instrumentation system, only to later have to learn another system. In a specific embodiment, the instrumentation displays may be reconfigurable, allowing the displays to emulate those of a variety of jet aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Steven G. Testrake
  • Patent number: 8794969
    Abstract: A vehicle pneumatic system training aid comprises simulated controls and indicators and a pneumatic circuit. The simulated controls and indicators correspond to at least a portion of controls and indicators on an actual vehicle. The pneumatic circuit comprises a connection to a source of pressurized fluid, and at least one fluid flow control device. The fluid flow control device is positionable in at least two different positions corresponding to different actual vehicle conditions that are simulatable. The simulated controls are actuatable to change a condition of the pneumatic circuit and the simulated indicators are operable to display an indication of the condition of the pneumatic circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Alaska Airlines, Inc.
    Inventors: Philip M. Tenning, Greg Cass
  • Patent number: 8784107
    Abstract: This disclosure describes novel systems, methods and software for providing flight training. In an aspect of some embodiments, flight data is collected during a training flight. That flight data then can be used to provide a review and/or simulation of the training flight. The student may be allowed to participate in the simulation by providing input from a set of controls. In some cases, an instructor (or another) might provide modified flight data, which can be used to modify the simulation. Advantageously, this allows for the analysis and simulation of a variety of hypothetical, “what-if” scenarios.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cubic Corporation
    Inventors: Steven G. Testrake, Keith Shean, Robert Jeffrey Herbert, Gordon Ritchie
  • Patent number: 8753122
    Abstract: A smoke simulator system (1) for an aircraft simulator cockpit said system (1) comprising a water tank (2), an ultrasonic generator (3), said ultrasonic generator (3) being inside said water tank (2), supply means (7) to said water tank (2) and outlet means (8) from said water tank (2) for smoke. The invention relates as well to a method to operate such a smoke simulator system (1) for an aircraft simulator cockpit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Helicopter Deutscland GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Bohlender
  • Patent number: 8714980
    Abstract: One of the challenges for airports is to provide effective emergency response training in the event of aircraft emergency scenarios. For airports there is the additional expense to provide that training that is typically performed at a remote facility. A portable inflatable training aircraft will provide this training and reduces the cost to the airport management so that the training can be ongoing and effective without interfering with the normal operation of the airport.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventors: Robert L. Shaub, Sr., Mark Nick, Allen Craig, Ross Riddell
  • Patent number: 8714979
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for simulating a missile. A simulation program for a weapon using a processor unit is executed in a simulation unit. A number of input signals is received from a control station in a vehicle through an interface system connected to a weapons interface on the vehicle. The interface system is in communications with the processor unit. The control station is capable of operating the weapon connected to the weapons interface. A number of output signals is generated using a simulation of the weapon. The number of output signals is sent through the weapons interface to the control station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: James Victor Leonard, Robert Kastner Menzel, Richard E. Meyer, Aaron L. Eggemeyer, Joshua Ryan Pollema, William J. Ebert, III
  • Patent number: 8660710
    Abstract: The channel assignment data is generated by assigning a channel of the radio control transmitter for the trainee 1B associated with the same controlled object to a channel of the radio control transmitter for the trainer 1A, and stored in the radio control transmitter for the trainer 1A. The radio control transmitter for the trainer 1A converts the channel of the received trainer signal into the steering signal according to the channel assignment data, and transmits the steering signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Futaba Corporation
    Inventor: Masahiro Tanaka
  • Patent number: 8616883
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing a simulation. Information about the simulation is received over a wireless communications link with a computer system in an aircraft. The information is received during running of the simulation and identifies a performance of the computer system running the simulation. The running of the simulation is controlled based on the performance of the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: John Wokurka
  • Publication number: 20130302755
    Abstract: A system automatically generates a training lesson from a plurality of frames located within the storage. Each frame has a component of training. After operator-related data is collected from one or more vehicles, details of the operator-related data are saved. In some examples, the operator-related data correlates to a single operator (e.g. the driver, pilot, etc. that operated a known vehicle) while in other examples, the operator-related data correlates to several operators. Software selects at least one frame from the plurality of frames based upon the operator-related data and creates a lesson. The lesson, which includes the selected frame(s) from the plurality of frames, is provided to the operator or operators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: James W. Voorhees, Nathan P. Stahlman, Aaron M. Purvis, Chad E. Schwendiman
  • Publication number: 20130260343
    Abstract: A flight simulator rests on a plurality of air cushions as a hovercraft and assumes spatial attitudes depending upon the relative heights of the air cushions. Flight controls determine the volume of air supplied to each air cushion and thereby control the pitch and roll attitudes of the flight simulator. The simulator may be connected to an external support frame and may thereby be subjected to longitudinal, lateral, and rotational movements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 3, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Lance Toland
  • Patent number: 8506300
    Abstract: The invention is embodied in the form of a flight simulator in the conditions of vortex danger and in conditions when a pilot is informed about the possibility to penetrate into said dangerous area of vortex sheddings produced by a vortex generator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignees: Spetstekhnika, FSBI Falpiar
    Inventors: Nikolai Alekseevich Baranov, Andrei Sergeevich Belotserkovski, Mikhail Igorevich Kanevski, Igor Vladimirovich Pasekunov
  • Patent number: 8487785
    Abstract: A system and device is provided for formulating alerts of the items of equipment of an aircraft. The device includes a database of virtual objects representing the items of equipment for constructing a virtual model representative on the one hand of the topological configuration of the network of items of equipment and on the other hand of the configuration of the chain of functional applications implemented by the items of equipment, means for each virtual object to formulate a request for consulting the status of the functional application carried out by the item of equipment associated with the object and means for detecting alerts for formulating requests for consulting the status of each of the objects of the virtual model so as to detect anomalies of configuration of the topology of the network of items of equipment and of the chain of functional applications of the virtual model and to transmit the alerts associated with the anomalies. The device detects and manages the alerts of an aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: François Fournier, Christian Sannino, Stéphanie Gaudan, Laurent Robert
  • Publication number: 20130157227
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a motion platform and aircraft simulator comprising the same. According to the invention, a motion platform is provided using at least three uprights and a sub-frame connected to the uprights by connecting members. A cabin in which a person can be accommodated is connected to the sub-frame. By restricting the way the various components are capable of moving relative to each other a motion platform is obtained which is able to offer the desired simulation of motion such as translational movement, pitch, roll, and yaw of the cabin.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2011
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Melomania B.V.
    Inventor: Cornelis Maria Jansen
  • Patent number: 8454366
    Abstract: An actuated support frame for transmitting motion to a seat with respect to a ground as a function of motion signals associated with video output, comprises a frame. The frame is expandable/retractable along translational degrees of freedom. Support surfaces are provided on the frame. The support surfaces are displaceable with respect to one another by expansion/retraction of the frame so as to be sized to support a seat. Actuators are provided between the frame and the ground. The actuators receive signals and selectively displace the frame with respect to the ground in synchronization with a video output, whereby a seat supported on the frame is displaceable within the frame. A method for installing a seating system of a motion simulator system is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: D-Box Technologies Inc.
    Inventors: Gauthier Orban, Michel Bérubé, Philippe Roy
  • Publication number: 20130115576
    Abstract: Systems and methods for use in training crewmembers in the cargo compartment in detecting and identifying visual cues related to potential threats to aircraft and to ground based search and rescue circumstances. A visual display displays a scene generated by a visual scene generator apparatus. A vision limiting device, such as an actual door from an aircraft, equipped with a window is placed between the trainee and the visual display and the trainee can only see a limited amount of the visual display through the door's window. The limited view of the scene afforded the trainee will force the trainee to move around at various angles to see more of the scene and will also provide a frame of reference for making spatiotemporal judgments regarding the relationships between the trainee, the trainee's aircraft, and objects external to the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2012
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventors: Stuart GRANT, Tony GHOMAN, Don TURNER
  • Patent number: 8414299
    Abstract: A vehicle simulation system equipped to display information on the rear side of a driver (rider). The simulation system includes a dummy bicycle operated by the rider, a monitor on the front side for displaying a scene based on the operations of the dummy bicycle, and a lamp unit connected to the dummy bicycle and provided on the rear side relative to the seated position of the rider. The lamp unit has a red lamp, a yellow lamp and a green lamp, and is controlledly turned ON under the action of a main control unit. An input device is provided on a steering handle of the dummy bicycle. The input device has a switch for red, a switch for yellow, and a switch for green. The rider checks behind, and operates the input device according to the ON/OFF conditions of the lamp unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Sadanao Ichimi, Yukio Miyamaru
  • Patent number: 8408910
    Abstract: An activity device including an activity sensor for generating an activity interaction signal responsive to a sustained large-muscle physical activity of a user operating the activity device; a controller, coupled to the activity monitor, generating a virtual environment supporting a virtual user frame-of-reference in the virtual environment, the controller generating a set of virtual education elements in the environment and a goal for the set virtual representation with respect to the virtual education elements wherein the controller is responsive to the activity interaction signal to produce an affected interaction of the virtual representation with the virtual education elements with the controller measuring a conformation of the goal by the affected interaction; and a feedback system, coupled to the controller, for presenting the virtual environment with the frame-of-reference in relation to the virtual education elements for providing the user with feedback.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: H. Christian Hölljes
  • Patent number: 8393902
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method to control the movements of a flight simulator involving linear and angular accelerations perceived at a pilot's seat and involving mathematical transformations of a lateral position y and a roll angle ? for said accelerations, wherein mathematical transformations are used with at least one of the following corrections: —Feed-forward of a specific force error due to the y-position wash-out into a roll angle transformation function; —Decomposition of specific force at pilot's position and addition of complementary filters to reproduce suitable side forces in the pilot's seat due to lateral accelerations; —Mathematical transformations linking a pilot's position in an aircraft and flight simulator to a motion base centroid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: W.ING.S. sprl
    Inventor: Filip VanBiervliet
  • Patent number: 8393901
    Abstract: A system includes a plurality of flight simulators provided with a plurality of control posts and at least one display, wherein at least one control post is movable from a first fixed station to a mobile station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Philippe Bocquet, Brice Miquel
  • Patent number: 8392045
    Abstract: A method of inspecting an aircraft. A plurality of heterogeneous unmanned vehicles are used to perform an inspection of the aircraft, each unmanned vehicle having one or more sensors. A plurality of portions of the aircraft are assigned to the vehicles for inspection based on functional capability of each vehicle. The unmanned vehicles are configured to cooperatively use the sensors to perform the inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: John L. Vian, Emad W. Saad
  • Publication number: 20130040269
    Abstract: A method of performing a flight simulation is provided. The method includes retrieving a flight action, mapping the flight action to an instruction, the instruction being is configured to bring about a desired state of a flight simulator, identifying a command based on the desired state of the flight simulator and a first state of the flight simulator, and determining if a second state of the flight simulator after executing the command matches the desired state of the flight simulator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Applicant: The MITRE Corporation
    Inventor: Robin KIRKMAN
  • Patent number: 8360777
    Abstract: Systems and methods for use in training observers and search and rescue personnel in detecting and identifying visual cues related to potential threats to aircraft and to ground based search and rescue circumstances. A visual display displays a scene generated by a visual scene generator apparatus. A vision limiting device is placed between the trainee and the visual display and the trainee can only see a limited amount of the visual display through a window on the vision limiting device. The limited view of the scene afforded the trainee will force the trainee to move around at various angles to see more of the scene as he normally would in real life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2013
    Assignee: Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada as Represented by the Minister of the Department of National Defence
    Inventors: Stuart Grant, Tony Ghoman, Don Turner
  • Patent number: 8337206
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tool (10) for assisting in the design of an aircraft flight deck compatible with a night vision system, comprising a closed chamber (12) functioning as a dark room and containing: a mockup (14) that reproduces the interior of a flight deck and is representative of the visual characteristics of the station, the mockup integrating equipment items that are representative of a flight deck and that are capable of reproducing a plurality of possible illumination configurations of the flight deck on command, a light source (22) capable of reproducing at least one level of darkness in the chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventor: Bruno Taffet
  • Publication number: 20120315602
    Abstract: A vehicle pneumatic system training aid comprises simulated controls and indicators and a pneumatic circuit. The simulated controls and indicators correspond to at least a portion of controls and indicators on an actual vehicle. The pneumatic circuit comprises a connection to a source of pressurized fluid, and at least one fluid flow control device. The fluid flow control device is positionable in at least two different positions corresponding to different actual vehicle conditions that are simulatable. The simulated controls are actuatable to change a condition of the pneumatic circuit and the simulated indicators are operable to display an indication of the condition of the pneumatic circuit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2011
    Publication date: December 13, 2012
    Inventors: Philip M. Tenning, Greg Cass
  • Publication number: 20120308965
    Abstract: Disclosed is an aircraft maintenance training system to permit a student to simulate testing, repairing and maintaining components of an aircraft, the system comprising a database of components of the aircraft, an aircraft maintenance display to display a three-dimensional representation of the aircraft, a virtual cockpit display to display a representation of the controls of the aircraft and a processor to simulate operations of the components of the aircraft and allow the student to attach and remove components from the aircraft, and interface support equipment with the aircraft to read or modify characteristics of the components of the aircraft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Applicant: THE DISTI CORPORATION
    Inventors: William Andrews, Joe Swinski, Darren Humphrey, Chris Van Duyne
  • Patent number: 8323024
    Abstract: A system for controlling signals coming from or going to an aircraft simulator has a first slave circuit and a second slave circuit. The second slave circuit is used to monitor signals coming from the aircraft simulator. A multiplexer circuit is coupled to the first slave circuit. The first slave circuit sends control signals to the multiplexer circuit for controlling digital output signals being sent to the aircraft simulator. A master controller is coupled to the first slave circuit and the second slave circuit. The master controller is used for controlling operation of the first and second slave circuit. A computer system is coupled to the master controller. The computer system will display a listing of the aircraft simulator signals to be controlled. Selection of a desired aircraft simulator signal by an input device of the computer system will allow one to control the selected aircraft simulator signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Tracy R. Davidson