Having Storage Container For Raft Patents (Class 441/42)
  • Patent number: 10814946
    Abstract: A water rescue system comprising at least a tubular element connectable to crafts, wherein the tubular element comprises a housing for an inflatable boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2020
    Inventor: Salvatore Ranieri
  • Patent number: 10577062
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a self-orienting raft system. The self-orienting raft system may comprise a base comprising a first side and a second side opposite the first side, a first tube wall coupled to the first side of the base, a charged cylinder coupled to a second side of the base, and an anchor coupled to a second side of the base. The charged cylinder and the anchor may be coupled to the second side of the base proximate to a geometric center of the base when the self-orienting raft system is in an inflated configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2020
    Inventors: Michael A. Luzader, Timothy C. Haynes
  • Patent number: 9944368
    Abstract: An inflatable life raft assembly is disclosed, including a deployable and inflatable life raft that a user can voluntarily and repeatedly deploy from a storage carrier, inflate for use, and fold back into the container after use. The carrier is integrally formed with or permanently attached to the inflatable life raft. A compressed gas cylinder and/or manual inflator or pump can assist the user in inflating the life raft. The storage carrier can automatically open when the life raft inflates, by pressure exerted from within the carrier by the expanding life raft. The inflatable life raft can include one or more gas impervious chambers, such as two or more communicated or isolated air chambers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Inventor: Troy Vincent Faletra
  • Patent number: 9758251
    Abstract: An emergency escape slide container includes a first portion having a first end wall and a first side wall, the first side wall and the first end wall defining a first storage space that is sized and shaped to receive an emergency escape slide. The first side wall also includes a first rolling mechanism. The emergency escape slide container also includes a second portion having a second end wall and a second side wall, the second side wall and the second end wall defining a second storage space sized and shaped to receive the emergency escape slide. The second side wall also includes a second rolling mechanism. The first portion and the second portion cooperate to define a third storage space therebetween, the third storage space being equal to a combination of the first storage space and the second storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2017
    Inventors: William J. Rushin, Edison Herrera
  • Publication number: 20140199901
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an inflatable floatable liferaft (1) for marine rescue which in its deflated state is capable of being stored in a container on board a ship, vessel or sea installation, and which is inflatable when deployed into the water, the fully inflatable floatable liferaft (1) extending in a longitudinal direction and comprising a non-rigid bottom element (2) having a water side (2a) and an air side (2b). The inflatable floatable liferaft (1) further comprises a plurality of non-rigid floatation tubes (3) arranged beneath the non-rigid bottom element (2), the non-rigid bottom element (2) extending in the longitudinal direction and being arranged with an intermediate distance (ID1) between neighbouring non-rigid floatation tubes (3). The present invention further more relates to improved propulsion through the water of such an inflatable liferaft (1).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Inventors: Christian Ibsen, Knudæ Søndertoft Pedersen
  • Publication number: 20140148070
    Abstract: A convertible emergency device for enabling a user to deploy a floatation device from a wearable structure in an emergency situation. The convertible emergency device comprises in one embodiment waist pack which can convert to an inflated life vest by actuation of a pull cord. Such actuation of the pull cord causes portions of the body of the waist pack to automatically inflate with air from a gas cylinder canister. The convertible emergency device comprises in another embodiment a backpack configured to convert into an inflatable life boat having a pair of oars. When in the backpack state, the uninflated life boat is releasably attached to the shoulder strap and the oars, with the pair of oars disposed on the either side of the uninflated life boat. When a pull cord is pulled, the life boat is inflated to enable it to provide a floating vessel for a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Paul Patrick Newmann
  • Publication number: 20130330988
    Abstract: From the beginning of mankinds encounters with the sea there have been great perils involved with oceanic voyages and so few ways to protect ones self from them. Over the years as population has increased and more and more people are navigating waterways the demand for life saving devices has grown enormously. The devices that do exist are just adequate and very costly because you can't simply buy one device that contains all the components required for survival at sea. There is clearly a market for a device that has multirole capabilities and contains all the necessary components for surviving at sea.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2012
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Inventor: Paul Oddo
  • Patent number: 8512089
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a floatable unit for evacuation purposes, which in a storage situation comprises at least two shells made of rigid or semi-rigid material, said shells being adapted to accommodate a deflated structure. Said deflated structure of the unit, during an evacuation situation, is inflated and the shells are attached to the inflated structure whereby the shells operate as hull parts for the floatable unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Viking Life-Saving Equipment A/S
    Inventor: Ole Andersen
  • Patent number: 8220742
    Abstract: An assembly for stowing away and removing a survival kit in a passenger cabin of an aircraft, includes a first stowage compartment configured to be put in place in a floor of the passenger cabin. The first stowage compartment is equipped for completely accommodating the survival kit and for leading out a hook that is connected to the survival kit by way of a strap. The hook is used for hooking the survival kit to an attachment device of a rescue device with the first stowage compartment remaining closed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations GmbH
    Inventors: Paul Bolder, Reinhard Becker, Evgenij Habermehl
  • Patent number: 8171873
    Abstract: A submarine (1) has an assembly (3) for deploying a life raft (5), the assembly (3) being located in a well (7) formed outside the submarine's pressure hull (11). The assembly includes a pressure vessel (4) for storing the life raft (5) in a pressurized state. To deploy underwater, a lid (71) covering an opening to the well (7) is released to permit the assembly (3), which is buoyant, to ascend towards the water surface. A sensor (43) determines proximity to the water surface, whereby a pneumatic ram (42) in the pressure vessel is activated to eject the life raft (5) from the pressure vessel (4).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: Babcock Integrated Technology Limited
    Inventors: Michael Woolwright, Chris Murphy, James Dobbin
  • Publication number: 20120009832
    Abstract: An inflatable life raft has a platform or platform portion formed by two flexible panels joined together by each of a plurality of threads to limit the distance apart that the panels can be moved, the panels being sealed to each other at their edges to form a chamber. A sensor can detect when the life raft is in the water, and an inflation system is operable in response to such detection to inflate the chamber with a gas. Preferably, the threads have similar lengths so that, when the chamber is inflated, the panels are substantially parallel. Accordingly, it is possible to fabricate an inflatable life raft which does not balloon out and which can provide a substantially flat platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2009
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Conrad Michael Rawlings-Lloyd
  • Patent number: 8092267
    Abstract: A submarine escape suit assembly comprises a submarine escape suit (10) and a liferaft pack (11). The pack (11) is formed by an outer casing (20) that can be pulled open to access a sealed inner casing (21) containing a liferaft. A cord (27) on the inner pack (11) is pulled to commence inflation of the liferaft (10).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Survitec Group Limited
    Inventors: Richard Taylor, Steve Littler, Robert J Prendergast
  • Publication number: 20110177732
    Abstract: Apparatus for helping a person survive on a cold body of water includes a suit capable of covering at least a substantial portion of the user's body while allowing the user to move and work out of water. An inflatable raft is provided to hold and support the person on water when the raft has been inflated. The raft in a deflated state is foldable into a compact configuration and is sufficiently light in weight to be carried on a back of the person out of water. There is a raft holder adapted to hold the raft in its compact state and adapted for carrying on the suit. The raft can be tethered to the suit or the raft holder.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: Graham Scott Clifford
  • Publication number: 20100173544
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a floatable unit for evacuation purposes, which in a storage situation comprises at least two shells made of rigid or semi-rigid material, said shells being adapted to accommodate a deflated structure. Said deflated structure of the unit, during an evacuation situation, is inflated and the shells are attached to the inflated structure whereby the shells operate as hull parts for the floatable unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2008
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventor: Ole Andersen
  • Patent number: 7681515
    Abstract: A life raft canister is launched from a below deck doorway. A launcher is activated and pneumatically opens a below deck door, exposing the doorway. The same inflation tank inflates an elongated bladder that forces the life boat canister out of the doorway. The canister drops to the sea where the life boat is deployed from the canister. The life raft auto-inflates. As a result, a life raft is deployed from below-deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventor: Thomas A. Apple
  • Patent number: 7530871
    Abstract: A liferaft system has a container (10) which contains an inflatable liferaft (24) in a hermetically sealed bag (23) and an emergency pack (29) outside the bag (23). The emergency pack (29) is connected to the liferaft so that, upon inflation of the liferaft (24), the emergency pack (29) is automatically drawn into the liferaft (24). The container (10) is separable into two parts (11, 12) to allow deployment of the liferaft (24) and includes also a hatch (33) through which the emergency pack (29) can be removed and replaced without disturbing the liferaft (24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Survitec Group Limited
    Inventors: Tommy Scott, Peter Gordon
  • Patent number: 7329164
    Abstract: A pressure activated latch includes a latch housing, a fluid inlet, a fluid outlet, an internal biasing member and a sliding latch pin that is configured to engage a latch tab that is substantially adjacent to the latch housing. The latch pin is slidable between a first position in which the latch pin prevents fluid communication between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet and engages the latch tab and a second position in which the latch pin is disengaged from the latch tab and fluid communication is permitted between the fluid inlet and the fluid outlet. The internal biasing member is configured to apply a force upon the latch pin to bias it into the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2008
    Assignee: Apical Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Jay Velitario Bermal
  • Patent number: 6869326
    Abstract: A rigid container having a generally horizontal elongated and non-parallelepiped shape, for containing a pneumatic inflatable life raft in deflated and folded state, is detailed. The container may be formed by two respectively upper and lower mutually assembled half-shells. The lower half-shell has, on its outer convex face, a zone with generally planar axial surface whereby the container can rest in stable position on a subjacent substantially planar support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Zodiac International
    Inventor: Alain Richard
  • Publication number: 20030171045
    Abstract: The invention concerns a rigid container having a generally horizontal elongated and non-parallelepiped shape, for containing a pneumatic inflatable life raft in deflated and folded state, said container (1) being formed by two respectively upper and lower mutually assembled half-shells (2, 3). The invention is characterised in that at least the lower half-shell (2) has, on its outer convex face, a zone with generally planar axial surface (6) whereby the container can rest in stable position on a subjacent substantially planar support surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 16, 2002
    Publication date: September 11, 2003
    Inventor: Alain Richard
  • Patent number: 6494756
    Abstract: A floating inflatable device which is to be able to be inflated on the surface of liquid and which for this purpose comprises inflation means including an on-board source of pressurized gas, wherein said inflation means comprise a venturi supplied by said source of pressurized gas and capable of entraining ambient air which contributes to the inflating of the device, and wherein said venturi inflation means, being mounted on a wall of said device, are protected by protective means covering them in such a way as to allow ambient air to pass freely while at the same time preventing liquid from being able to gain entry to the device to any appreciable extent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Zodiac International S.A.
    Inventors: Pascal Michaud, Alain Richard, Marc Lavorata
  • Patent number: 6409561
    Abstract: The present invention regards personal rescue devices for use by individuals separated from watercraft in open water. Provided are an inflation valve and rescue device having high reliability and insensitivity to environmental conditions. The inflation valve includes a fusible element, such as a stainless steel wire, which is fused or broken by application of an electrical current. Prior to use, the fusible element retains a trigger in a position to prevent a penetrator from releasing compressed gas from a gas canister. Upon activation and breaking of the fusible element, the penetrator is forced into the gas canister releasing gas to inflate the rescue device. The rescue device is retained within a deployment canister having a cover that is easily sealed and resealed to ease maintenance and operation. The rescue device is incorporated into a remotely activated rescue system including a miniature radio frequency transmitter which may be worn on a user's body such as on a wrist strap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Inventor: John C. Ibasfalean
  • Patent number: 6394867
    Abstract: A vehicle seat comprising a seating substrate, an outer seat covering, and a housing containing an integrated self-inflating floatation device. The self-inflating flotation device includes one or more inflatable flotation bladders and an inflator that is activated to automatically inflate the one or more inflatable flotation bladders when the seat or a vehicle to which it is attached is immersed in water. The one or more inflatable flotation bladders are releasably received and secured within the housing when the bladders are deflated. The housing is received within the vehicle seat such that upon activation of the inflator the one more inflatable flotation bladders inflate and are completely released and detached from the housing and from the vehicle seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2002
    Inventor: Neil Del Bianco
  • Patent number: 6186847
    Abstract: A bung plug assembly (30), of a type including a tubularly-shaped housing (32) having a grommet cap (34) at one end thereof, also includes a hard-material bulkhead adapter assembly (37). The bulkhead adapter assembly includes a bulkhead adapter (69) with a smooth-surface bulkhead-adapter bore (41) therethrough and a separate bulkhead-adapter nut (80). The bulkhead adapter has a tube portion (70) with left-hand male threads thereon and a radially-outwardly extending flange portion (74). The tube portion is extended through a grommet cap bore (40), until the flange portion abuts on a surface of the grommet cap, for also being extended through an opening (88) in a wall (39) of a life raft canister. The separate bulkhead-adapter nut is for being screwed onto the tube portion for clamping the wall of the life raft canister between the bulkhead-adapter nut and the grommet cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: Hampton Rubber Co.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Ketterman, Raymond M. Kinne
  • Patent number: 6080027
    Abstract: Compact and light weight deployable flotation devices with improved elasticity, tensile strength, shear strength, and puncture resistance using higher quality materials and sequencing of layers of polymer coating with greater mechanical strength in outer layers, and improved impermeability to gas leakage from within. The flotation devices are folded in containers with the containers having an integral gas supply cannister for use in a vehicle or vessel and for portability. The flotation devices are deployed by inflation by means of mechanical pull cord, automatically by float switches, hydrostatic release, electronic panic buttons, or switches used with a pyrotechnic release valve mechanism, or by pyrotechnic inflators. Restraining mechanisms form part of inflatable bag construction for permanent mounting in a vehicle or vessel. A protective cover enshrouds the inflatable bag and its integral restraining mechanism, the shroud being able to expand at the end of bag inflation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventor: Will Rodemann
  • Patent number: 5630740
    Abstract: A device (1) for survival at sea, comprising a pneumatic raft (2) or the like in the uninflated and folded state, together with at least one reservoir (3) of inflation fluid, which raft and reservoir are enclosed in a rigid container (4), the device being characterized in that the container (4) includes a hatch (9), and in that the reservoir of inflation fluid (3) is provided with at least one sensor (10) for detecting at least one magnitude characteristic of the state of the fluid contained in the reservoir, in particular its pressure and/or its temperature, and is organized in such a manner that said detected magnitude can be measured through the open hatch of the container, thereby enabling the state of the survival device to be inspected without opening the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: Zodiac International
    Inventor: Marc Lavorata
  • Patent number: 5474481
    Abstract: A flotation system for supporting a person on a body of water for a variety of activities comprises an endless inflatable tube for supporting a person on a body of water, the tube having a circumference that defines an interior space extending from a stern end of the tube to a bow end of the tube. At least a portion of the interior space is open at the stern end. A seat platform is secured to the tube within the interior space at a location whereby a person sitting on the seat platform may face the stern end and extend his feet and legs through the open portion of the interior space into the body of water. The flotation system comprises a storage pack adapted to fit between the seat platform and the bow end. The storage pack is designed to hold the water vehicle in its uninflated condition for stowage and may be designed to be carried (much like a suitcase) or worn (much like a backpack) or both.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1994
    Date of Patent: December 12, 1995
    Inventor: James W. Ramsey
  • Patent number: 5342230
    Abstract: A water survival device has an inflatable liferaft and a pressurized gas bottle packed in a container. The container has a first waterproof compartment containing the liferaft and a second waterproof compartment containing the pressurized gas bottle. The first and second waterproof compartments are separated by a substantially planar rigid watertight partition. The second waterproof compartment can be opened without opening the first waterproof compartment so that it is possible to inspect the pressurized gas bottle without opening the first waterproof compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 30, 1994
    Assignee: Unitor A/S
    Inventor: Olivier Louis
  • Patent number: 5334064
    Abstract: A life raft storage and inflation assembly, or system (12) of a type having a deflated life raft (22) stored in a separable canister (14) includes a hose assembly (34, 34') which can be broken down for coupling a selectively activated nozzle of a compressed-gas cylinder (24, 24') to an inlet cock (32, 32') of the deflated life raft. The hose assembly is comprised of a thermo-plastic hose (36); two brass sockets (38) which thread onto an outer surface of the hose; and two coupling fittings, a male life raft coupling fitting and a female cylinder coupling fitting. Each of these coupling fittings has a threaded nipple (52) on one end. These nipples are screwed through ends (48) of the sockets into the interior of the hose. Couplings at the other ends of these coupling fittings are designed differently. A female, or cylinder, coupling (60) of the female coupling fitting has female threads (82) that mate with a male nipple on the gas cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 2, 1994
    Assignee: Hampton Rubber Company
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Ketterman, Raymond M. Kinne
  • Patent number: 5297978
    Abstract: A water vehicle comprising in combination an ovoid, inflatable tube with an open bottom, rigid seat platform suspended above the water line, a dry duffel compartment, a removable, dry, duffel day-pack and detachable wet and dry stowage compartments which allow the user easy access to stowage areas during operation and ease of portage of the entire water vehicle as a lightweight tote when stowed in a removable, dry, duffel day-pack or a backpack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 29, 1994
    Inventor: James W. Ramsey
  • Patent number: 5292273
    Abstract: An inflatable cushion including a watertight container adapted thereto, the container being provided with an eye for threading a carrying strap therethrough. The container includes an upper and a lower hollow part, each of which is open at the front face, and an intermediate piece whereby the container is provided with separated upper and lower cavities. The upper and lower parts are attachable directly to one another without said intermediate piece to form a cavity of about double size. The cushion is adjusted in its dimensions to the container so that it will fit into one of the separated cavities only when in a non-inflated condition. The watertightness of each one of the cavities is maintained when the other part (forming the respective other cavity) is separated from the intermediate piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Inventor: Klaus-Dieter Giessl
  • Patent number: 5284453
    Abstract: A normally deflated and folded life raft in combination with a canister of pressurized materials connected to the life raft in fluid flow relation so that the contents may be released to inflate the life raft at an emergency scene at which a normally closed inflation inlet structure on the raft is opened and a normally closed valve of the canister is opened by an exteriorly accessible operator. As seen from above, the life raft is oval in shape to support a person in a prone attitude; and a net is provided spanning the oval-shaped life raft to support the person. Exterior handles at the forward and aft portions of the life raft are provided for towing the life raft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 8, 1994
    Inventor: Steve I. Kun
  • Patent number: 5049102
    Abstract: A recreational raft apparatus which comprises an inflatable, floatable body portion, and at least one closable pocket in association with the body portion of the raft. The raft may further comprise an inflatable pillow which is attached to the body portion, as well as handles attached to the body portion of the raft for carrying the raft. A towel may be attached to the top side of the raft by clips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1991
    Inventor: Michael Hull
  • Patent number: 4861298
    Abstract: An actuation system for a two-section encapsulating life raft system is pided which includes a manually releasable spring-biased linkage assembly that normally serves to link a cable from the pressurized source for the encapsulating raft section and a cable for automatically actuating both the main raft section and the encapsulating section. Furthermore, by a simple manual operation, the linkage assembly undergoes rapid disassembly, and the cable for the pressurized source is disconnected from the actuating cable. A spring in the spring-biased assembly is compressed to store energy during connection of the assembly to the pressurized source cable, and the spring is retained in a compressed state as long as the linkage function is maintained. A manually removable retention pin is provided that normally retains the spring in the compressed state to retain the linkage function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 29, 1989
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Gary R. Whitman, Daniel S. McCauley
  • Patent number: 4799907
    Abstract: Survival apparatus for an aircraft or the like. The survival apparatus includes a survival canister 12 in which survival gear is stowed. The canister assembly is buoyant and water tight. It is stowed prior to use in a cylindrical member 16 which is closed at one end. A maintaining structure 74 is provided to normally maintain the canister assembly 12 within the cylindrical member 16. A handle assembly 90 is provided to provide for the manual withdrawal of the assembly 12 from the cylindrical member 16, the handle assembly also engaging the maintaining structure and causing it to release the canister assembly upon application of force in one direction. A condition responsive gas discharge apparatus 14 is disposed in the closed end of the cylindrical member 16 and, in the event of an accident, it can forceably eject the canister assembly from the cylindrical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1987
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Assignee: Conax Florida Corporation
    Inventors: Roman Jankowiak, John A. Lutocka, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4731037
    Abstract: A portable water survival kit includes a small life raft apparatus which may be attached to and carried by a user. When needed, the small life raft may be quickly removed from a carrying case and inflated through the use of a permanently attached compressed gas cartridge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1988
    Inventor: Mark A. Rhodes
  • Patent number: 4717096
    Abstract: An inflatable system for opening a door of a container in which is located an inflatable shoot includes a retaining member connecting a door for the container to a portion of the wall structure of the container with the retaining portion including a breakable section which houses an explosive device which is exploded upon supplying of fluid under pressure to the container system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 5, 1988
    Assignee: Aerazur EFA S.A.
    Inventors: Michel Labarre, Gilles Debray, Jean Cantelaube
  • Patent number: 4690650
    Abstract: A sea rescue kit deployable from a helicopter includes a first self-inflating life raft, a second self-inflating life raft, a line connecting the first and second life rafts, and a device associated with the line to retard the line in the water relative to the life rafts to cause the life rafts and line to assume a substantially horseshoe-shaped configuration around a predetermined position in the sea after deployment from a helicopter upwind of the predetermined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1987
    Inventor: Larry Bell
  • Patent number: 4639229
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for airplane deployment over water of survival kit apparatus is provided. A pair of deflated, inflatable rafts are contained in a rigid container shell having a removable tail cone. A stabilizer drogue may be used to longitudinally stabilize the container prior to tail cone release and assist with the tail cone removal after release. The tail cone is mechanically released and removed from the container shell at a predetermined time after deployment from an aircraft, thereby pemitting the container shell contents to be removed. The life rafts are contained in the container shell so that one life raft having associated with it an aerodynamic brake is released after the tail cone has been removed, with the container and second life raft continuing their trajectory downwards. The rope joining the two life rafts is continuously payed out as the first left raft falls to the water and the container with the second life raft therein continues its trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1985
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1987
    Assignee: Her Majesty the Queen in right of Canada
    Inventors: David A. Wright, David B. Webb
  • Patent number: 4577816
    Abstract: A vacuum-packed assembly for the compact storage of compressible survival equipment is provided. The assembly includes a compressed article of survival equipment, such as a sleeping bag, life raft, or parachute within a flexible, evacuated, heat-sealed envelope of gas-impermeable material. An outer envelope of thicker, more durable material is preferably employed for protecting the inner envelope. The outer envelope is also evacuated. If a parachute is stored within the assembly, an actuation neck is provided for allowing the envelopes to be ruptured upon deployment of a drogue or pilot parachute. Both the drogue parachute and an aircrewman can be connected to the parachute externally of the vacuum envelopes without risking vacuum integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1986
    Assignee: Gulf & Western Manufacturing Company
    Inventor: Gordon T. Foster
  • Patent number: 4551106
    Abstract: Life preserving equipment in the form of an elongated housing having an open side and a cover for said housing hinged at one end thereto, an inflatable member having a compressed gas cartridge including a diaphragm within the member including a cartridge puncturing pin and cooperating lever and levers carried by the housing and cover and operable upon opening of the cover to actuate the cooperating lever and force the pin into the diaphragm to permit the discharge of gas into the member for inflation thereof and a cord tethering the member to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 1984
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1985
    Inventor: Irwin D. Prager
  • Patent number: 4460343
    Abstract: The container (12) has an inflation opening (46) which is closed by a valve (56) with seals (66) compressed by spring (90) pressure during the packing process. Air is removed from the container (12) for deflation by a vacuum pump (20) and excessive vacuum necessary for deflating the container (12) in a reasonable time but which is too high for the packing process and may damage the valve (56) or seals (66) is limited by a vacuum control unit (20) adjusted to maintain the vacuum below a predetermined vacuum and then admit atmospheric air over that level. The vacuum control unit (20) may have a screw adjustment (34) engageable with a spring (36) for increasing or decreasing pressure on an inlet valve member (32).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1982
    Date of Patent: July 17, 1984
    Assignee: The B. F. Goodrich Company
    Inventors: John F. Heimovics, Jr., Paul G. Tritt
  • Patent number: 4457730
    Abstract: A vacuum packaged flotation device is provided comprising the combination of an inflatable flotation device, equipment for inflating the flotation device which comprises a valve, a container for holding an inflating medium and the inflating medium, and a sealed vacuum package containing the inflatable flotation device and the equipment for inflating same, which is provided with at least one device for automatically or manually, actuating the inflation of the flotation device; wherein the inflation of the flotation device is triggered by a pull force which acts either automatically or manually on one or more connecting lanyards which are attached at one end to the actuation device, which lanyards extend through the vacuum package in such a manner as to preserve the integrity of the vacuum seal, while at the same time allowing the manual triggering of the actuation device with the exertion of a pull force of no more than about 7-15 Kg from any of a plurality of angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: July 3, 1984
    Assignee: Gulf & Western Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Gordon T. Foster, Joseph A. Muklevicz
  • Patent number: 4362517
    Abstract: An inflatable liferaft comprising a pressurized air or gas inflation unit, an elongate flexible support connected between a point of attachment on the liferaft and the inflation unit for supporting the inflation unit at a position remote from the point of attachment and carrying an air or gas flexible supply line or lines from the inflation unit to the liferaft, whereby during inflation of the liferaft the point of attachment has freedom to move relative to the inflation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1982
    Assignee: RFD Inflatables Limited
    Inventor: Michael D. Martin
  • Patent number: 4355987
    Abstract: An actuating system for inflating a dual compartment life raft includes a spaced pair of inflation tanks, each mounted on a different one of the two compartments for relative movement when inflation of the raft is initiated. One end of each of a pair of pullout cables is operatively connected to a different one of the tank valves, with the free end of each cable being anchored to the other tank valve. A pull lanyard is secured to the cables for movement along their lengths. A short pull stroke on the lanyard in any direction opens both tank valves. In the event that only one tank valve is manually opened in this manner, the resulting partial inflation of the raft moves the tanks further apart, pulling the still connected cable from its valve and automatically completing the inflation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1982
    Assignee: The Garrett Corporation
    Inventor: David D. Miller