Compensation For Environmental Conditions Patents (Class 701/10)
  • Patent number: 10345824
    Abstract: A method of optimizing a cruise climb of an aircraft. The method includes using vertical navigation and lateral navigation to track the cruise climb; and using tracking of the cruise climb to adjust a climb rate of the aircraft to match an optimal climb rate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Geun Il Kim, Jose Alexandre Tavares Guerreiro Fregnani, Timothy Charles Rohr
  • Patent number: 10318903
    Abstract: A method of providing a first set of computer systems with access to a recommendation pertaining to operation of one or more assets based on the one or more assets being in revenue service or in repair is disclosed. Operations data and inspection data is collected at the first set of computer systems. The operations data and inspection data pertains to operating asset states of one or more fleets of aircraft over a time period. The operations data and the inspection data is stored in one or more databases of a second set of computer systems. Assumptions of control input values are derived for use by the first set of computer systems based on the operations data and the inspection data. A financial objective and constraints analysis is performed with a simulation system for one or more assets of the one or more fleets of aircraft. The cost savings analysis includes identifying a modification of at least one of a set of the control input values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christopher Donald Johnson, David S. Toledano, Victor Manuel Perez, Garry Marchment, Reejo Mathew, Nitish Umang, Adam Rasheed, Aristotelis E. Thanos
  • Patent number: 10318904
    Abstract: A method of generating a recommendation of terms of an aircraft services contract is disclosed. Operations data pertaining to a planned usage of each aircraft of a fleet of aircraft is received. The operations data pertains to the fleet of aircraft for which an aircraft services customer seeks to enter into a services contract with an aircraft services provider. The operations data includes flight schedule data and flight policy data specific to each of the aircraft. Historical data pertaining to actual usage of other fleets of aircraft with respect to the flight schedule data and the flight policy data is analyzed. The analyzing includes generating an estimation of a risk associated with the services contract from the perspective of the aircraft services provider. An acceptable price for the services contract is generated such that the risk is mitigated from the perspective of the services provider. The terms pertaining to the service contract are communicated for presentation in a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Christopher Donald Johnson, Ilkin Onur Dulgeroglu, David S. Toledano, Adam Rasheed, Aristotelis E. Thanos
  • Patent number: 10297160
    Abstract: A system and method operating on a computer system connected to one or more internal and external databases for statistical analysis of externally collected data of aircraft movements (AM Data) to develop business intelligence to understand, forecast and/or confirm aircraft transactions, market activity, usage patterns, industry trends, development of new business, products and procedures as well as verify the accuracy of invoices, flight records, flight/duty logs, flight time invoiced, airport enplanements/usage, geographic/in-state usage, regulatory/operational compliance and aircraft records when compared with AM Data combined with computed flight times.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Jet Advisors, LLC
    Inventor: Kevin O'Leary
  • Patent number: 10269254
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and associated aircraft system and computer program product are disclosed. The method comprises receiving a first tradeoff preference representing a tradeoff between a first flight plan characteristic and a second flight plan characteristic; receiving a first flight plan corresponding to a first value of the first flight plan characteristic; and displaying a graphical representation of the first flight plan on a display of the aircraft. Displaying the graphical representation of the first flight plan comprises displaying a chart; displaying one or more predefined values on the chart that are referenced to the first flight plan characteristic, wherein a visual arrangement of the one or more predefined values is based in part on the first tradeoff preference; and displaying a first geometric overlay representing the first flight plan on the chart, wherein the first value of the first flight plan characteristic is displayed relative to the visual arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: James R. Hamilton, Kenneth Sain
  • Patent number: 10266279
    Abstract: A system and method for identifying a slung load for an aircraft with one or more sensors includes receiving, with a processor via one or more sensors, sensor information related to flight dynamics data for the aircraft; determining, with the processor, control input commands for the aircraft in response to the receiving of the flight dynamics data; determining, with the processor, signals indicative of an estimated pendulum frequency; and determining, with the processor, parameters associated with the slung load in response to the determining of the estimated pendulum frequencies.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Harshad S. Sane, Michael Aaron Connor, Igor Cherepinsky
  • Patent number: 10239366
    Abstract: A wheel position detecting device can suppress an erroneous detection of a wheel position even if a moving direction of a vehicle cannot be determined by wheel speed sensors whether in a forward direction or in a rearward direction. When an edge number (or a tooth number) is incremented based on detection signals of the wheel speed sensors of one, two or three wheels while the vehicle is at a halt, the edge number (or the tooth number) is not used as learning data. Thus, it is less likely that the wheel position is erroneously detected based on erroneous learning data. Therefore, even if the moving direction of the vehicle cannot be determined whether in the forward direction or the rearward direction by the wheel speed sensors, the wheel position detecting device can suppress the erroneous wheel position detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Takatoshi Sekizawa, Masashi Mori, Nobuya Watabe
  • Patent number: 10244027
    Abstract: A voice over internet protocol (VoIP) system for an aircraft includes a ground gateway, an aircraft gateway disposed on the aircraft, and a service provider network disposed on the aircraft. The ground gateway is in communication with the aircraft gateway via the service provider network. The aircraft gateway includes a first proxy agent, and the ground gateway includes a second proxy agent. The first proxy agent and the second proxy agent communicate a network packet for a number streams. The network packet includes a header and voice payloads for the streams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2019
    Assignee: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventor: George F. Elmasry
  • Patent number: 10217370
    Abstract: A method of establishing a runway approach procedure for an aircraft at a selected runway, comprises, for obstacles in the final approach segment of the flightpath and having obstacle range values greater than the datum range, calculating a missed approach surface height at a projected intersection of a missed approach surface with a descending vertical error budget surface and a corresponding Distance to Height of Missed Approach Surface from the runway (DHMAS). For obstacles in the final approach segment and having obstacle range values less than the datum range, a missed approach surface height and a corresponding DHMAS are calculated using ascending climb gradient requirements. All DHMAS values are compared, and a controlling obstacle is determined as the obstacle having a greatest DHMAS. A decision altitude for the controlling obstacle is calculated, and the runway approach procedure is updated with the decision altitude. Relativistic metadata other obstacles can also be calculated and stored.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: Alaska Airlines, Inc.
    Inventor: Matthew B. King
  • Patent number: 10170920
    Abstract: Each charging member in a group identifies a docking connection. Each charging member, responsive to identifying the docking connection, transmits information to other charging members in the group and receives information transmitted from another charging member in the group. Each charging member generates a list using the information transmitted to the group and received from the group. Each charging member also includes a ranking component for filtering, sorting, and ranking entries in the list according to a predefined selection filter and/or ranking filter. Each entry in the list is associated with a charging member with a docking connection and in the group. Each charging member determines based on a predefined indication filter that an entry in the list that is associated with the charging member is ranked at a predefined position in the list and provides an indication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Symbol Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael E. Robustelli, Kenneth J. Rivalsi
  • Patent number: 10124632
    Abstract: A tire condition detecting apparatus includes a condition detecting section, a transmission section, and a transmission-side control section. The transmission section is configured to transmit a signal that contains information related to the condition of the tire to a receiver, which includes a reception-side control section. The reception-side control section identifies the position of the wheel assembly in which the tire condition detecting apparatus is provided based on the received signal strength indication (RSSI) of the signal. The transmission-side control section is configured to cause a position detecting signal and an instruction signal to be transmitted from the transmission section to the receiver. The position detecting signal is configured to cause the reception-side control section to identify the position of the tire condition detecting apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: PACIFIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhisa Tsujita
  • Patent number: 10101834
    Abstract: An array substrate, a touch display device, and a driving method are provided. The array substrate includes a data line layer which includes a plurality of first touch electrodes; a common electrode layer which includes a plurality of second touch electrodes; and a first switch signal line. Each first touch electrode includes a plurality of data lines and a plurality of first switch elements, a control terminal (a) of the first switch element is connected to the first switch signal line, a first terminal (b) of the first switch element is connected one of the data lines in the first touch electrode, and a second terminal (c) of the first switch element is connected another of data lines in the first touch electrode, so that all of the data lines in the first touch electrode are electrically connected to each other upon the first touch electrode being turned on.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignees: BOE Technology Group Co., Ltd., Beijing BOE Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Dan Zheng
  • Patent number: 10026325
    Abstract: An aircraft system, computer-implemented method, and computer program product for optimizing a flight plan for schedule, ride quality, and efficiency is provided. Tradeoff preferences between on-schedule operations, ride quality, and efficiency are received. A multi-axis chart that includes axes for on-schedule operations, ride quality, and efficiency is displayed. Values are arranged along the respective axes based on the tradeoff preferences. When a flight plan is received, values for on-schedule operations, ride quality, and efficiency are extracted. A triangle is overlaid on the multi-axis chart such that apexes of the triangle intersect the respective axes at locations corresponding to the extracted values. When multiple optional flight plans are received, multiple triangles corresponding to the respective flight plans can be overlaid on the multi-axis chart. The pilot can identify a most-preferable flight plan based on visual differences between the triangles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: James R. Hamilton, Kenneth Sain
  • Patent number: 10008123
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for generating a digital flight path within complex mission boundaries. In particular, in one or more embodiments, systems and methods generate flight legs that traverse a target site within mission boundaries. Moreover, one or more embodiments include systems and methods that utilize linking algorithms to connect the generated flight legs into a flight path. Moreover, one or more embodiments include systems and methods that generate a mission plan based on the flight path. In one or more embodiments, the generated mission plan enables a UAV to traverse a flight area within mission boundaries and capture aerial images with regard to the target site. Furthermore, in one or more embodiments, systems and methods capture digital aerial images of vertical surfaces of a structure by generating a reference surface and flight legs corresponding to the reference surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: SKYCATCH, INC.
    Inventor: David Chen
  • Patent number: 9989672
    Abstract: A method, apparatus and computer program product are provided for weather station data usage based on weather data confidence. In the context of a method, the method includes receiving historical weather data associated with a candidate weather station and plurality of weather stations, determining distances between a candidate weather station and respective ones of the plurality of weather stations, and generating a station to station location based model of weather attribute errors associated with the distances between the candidate weather station and the respective weather stations of the plurality of weather stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Leon Oliver Stenneth, Alex Averbuch
  • Patent number: 9959772
    Abstract: A flying lane management method implemented in an air traffic control system communicatively coupled to one or more Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) via one or more wireless networks includes initiating communication to the one or more UAVs at a preflight stage for each, wherein the communication is via one or more cell towers associated with the one or more wireless networks, wherein the plurality of UAVs each comprise hardware and antennas adapted to communicate to the plurality of cell towers; determining a flying lane for the one or more UAVs based on a destination, current air traffic in a region under management of the air traffic control system, and based on detected obstructions in the region; and providing the flying lane to the one or more UAVs are an approval to takeoff and fly along the flying lane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: ETAK Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Lee Priest
  • Patent number: 9911338
    Abstract: A system for providing a flight planning tool is disclosed. The system may include at least one memory device for storing flight information and one or more hardware processors. The one or more hardware processors may be configured to provide an Application Program Interface (API) for facilitating communication between the system and at least one of a client device and one or more third-party devices, receive, via the API, a request including first information related to a flight, collect, via the API and based on the first information, second information from one or more third-party devices, generate flight trip data based on the first and second information, wherein the flight trip data includes information and graphics associated with the flight, and provide, via the API, one or more user interfaces to the client device for communicating the flight trip data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association
    Inventors: Douglas Nolen Shorter, Jr., John Dennis Hamilton, Kimberly Lynn Ocasek, Eric John Rush, Brian Michael Tenberg, John Vance Whitehouse, Sergey Krilov
  • Patent number: 9913005
    Abstract: A wheel assembly position identifying apparatus includes transmitters, each of which is provided in one of wheel assemblies, and a receiver, which is provided in a body of a vehicle. Each transmitter includes a transmission section, an acceleration sensor, and a transmission-side control section. The receiver includes a reception section, which is configured to receive the signals, and a reception-side control section, which is configured to execute a first identifying process and a second identifying process. In the first identifying process, the positions of the wheel assemblies, in which the corresponding transmitters are provided, are identified based on variations of the rotational positions of the wheel assemblies at the time when the constant position signals are received. In the second identifying process, the positions of the wheel assemblies, in which the corresponding transmitters are provided, are identified based on the received signal strength indications (RSSIs).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: PACIFIC INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Yasuhisa Tsujita
  • Patent number: 9852639
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for generating a digital flight path within complex mission boundaries. In particular, in one or more embodiments, systems and methods generate flight legs that traverse a target site within mission boundaries. Moreover, one or more embodiments include systems and methods that utilize linking algorithms to connect the generated flight legs into a flight path. Moreover, one or more embodiments include systems and methods that generate a mission plan based on the flight path. In one or more embodiments, the generated mission plan enables a UAV to traverse a flight area within mission boundaries and capture aerial images with regard to the target site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: SKYCATCH, INC.
    Inventors: Yifei Teng, David Chen, Patrick Stuart
  • Patent number: 9719785
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for presenting forecast information pertaining to a planned route of travel, such as a flight plan. One exemplary method involves obtaining a plurality of forecast data sets associated with a plurality of different forecast time periods and subdividing a route into a plurality of forecast regions encompassing respective portions of the route based on the times associated with the navigational reference points defining the route. Each forecast region of the plurality of forecast regions is associated with a respective forecast time period. For each forecast region, a graphical representation of a subset of the forecast data set associated with that forecast region's associated forecast time period that corresponds to the geographic area of that forecast region is displayed on a display device concurrently to displaying a graphical representation of the route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Jiri Vasek, Zdenek Eichler, Petr Tieftrunk, David Bajger
  • Patent number: 9704406
    Abstract: A flight management system device and method. The method includes determining a ground track for a flight leg based on a spherical earth model. The flight leg includes two waypoints that are specified with an ellipsoidal earth model. The method includes determining that a parameter associated with the ground track exceeds a threshold. The method includes inserting an anchor point between the two waypoints on a geodesic to effect a course change to the ground track between the two waypoints such that an intended flight path is within specified thresholds. The geodesic is associated with the ellipsoidal earth model. The method includes modifying the ground track to include two spherical earth model path segments spanning from the first waypoint through the anchor point to the second waypoint. The two spherical earth model path segments are computed based on the spherical earth model. The method includes storing modified ground track data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Shih-Yih Young, Kristen M. Jerome
  • Patent number: 9539867
    Abstract: A wheel position detector for a vehicle includes: a transmitter at each wheel having a first control portion for transmitting a frame with specific identification information; and a receiver at a vehicle body receiving the frame from one wheel and having a second control portion for performing wheel position detection; and a wheel speed sensor for detecting a tooth of a gear. The second control portion: acquires gear information indicating a tooth position; sets a variation allowance based on the tooth position; registers the one wheel with using the variation allowance; and performs the wheel position detection by excluding an identified wheel as the one wheel from a candidate of another wheel mounting the transmitter that transmits another frame when the second control portion identifies the one wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2017
    Assignee: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Noriaki Okada, Nobuya Watabe, Masashi Mori, Takatoshi Sekizawa
  • Patent number: 9508263
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for generating a digital flight path within complex mission boundaries. In particular, in one or more embodiments, systems and methods generate flight legs that traverse a target site within mission boundaries. Moreover, one or more embodiments include systems and methods that utilize linking algorithms to connect the generated flight legs into a flight path. Moreover, one or more embodiments include systems and methods that generate a mission plan based on the flight path. In one or more embodiments, the generated mission plan enables a UAV to traverse a flight area within mission boundaries and capture aerial images with regard to the target site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2016
    Assignee: SKYCATCH, INC.
    Inventors: Yifei Teng, David Chen, Patrick Stuart
  • Patent number: 9501061
    Abstract: Methods, devices, systems, and non-transitory process-readable media for evaluating operating conditions of an autonomous aircraft before performing a mission by executing brief near-flight testing maneuvers at a low elevation. A processor of the autonomous aircraft may receive near-flight testing maneuver instructions that indicate a near-flight testing maneuver to be executed by the autonomous aircraft. The processor may control motors to cause the aircraft to execute a near-flight testing maneuver within a testing area, obtain data indicating stability and performance information while executing the near-flight testing maneuvers, and take an action in response to the obtained data. Actions may include adjusting a position of a payload, a weight, or a portion of the aircraft based on the obtained data, and adjusting a flight plan. The near-flight testing maneuvers may include a sequence of moves for testing stability of the aircraft and payload executing a flight path under anticipated flying conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Michael-David Nakayoshi Canoy, Kiet Tuan Chau, Stephen Alton Sprigg
  • Patent number: 9495879
    Abstract: A taxiing path optimization system is provided for computing a taxi path of an aircraft using available taxi routes of a corresponding airport. An interaction means management unit manages interactions between a user and the taxiing path optimization system using an interactive device for inputting a taxi clearance. An aircraft positioning management unit manages positional information of the corresponding airport and aircraft received from a plurality of sources for augmenting an aircraft position by consolidating the aircraft position with the positional information in a complementary fashion. A taxi path display unit displays the taxi path based on the inputted taxi clearance and the augmented aircraft position, wherein the taxi path is automatically computed based on aircraft characteristics or airport capabilities.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2016
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
    Inventors: Pierre Depape, Pierre Scacchi, Pascale Louise, Francois Bounaix, Thomas Stanislawiak
  • Patent number: 9415643
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an apparatus and method for configuring a tire sensor system are disclosed. In one embodiment, the method begins with rotating a plurality of tires on a vehicle. The tire sensor associated with a first wheel location generates a data transmission in response to the rotation of the plurality of tires, the data transmission comprising at least a unique sensor identification and a motion value. The controller transmits a brake control device control signal in a first predetermined event sequence to a first brake control device associated with the first wheel location. The controller receives the tire characteristic signal and assigns the unique sensor identification with the first wheel location in response to determining the motion value of the tire characteristic signal corresponds with the first predetermined event sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Bendix Commercial Vehicly Systems LLC
    Inventors: Shawn Lammers, Sharon A. Seitz, Joseph M. Macnamara, Daniel P. Zula
  • Patent number: 9384291
    Abstract: A computer-based method for use in geotargeting online ads to users of search engines by allowing comparison of user's search terms with a set of geo-keywords. The method includes providing a geographic keyword generator on a server that is linked to the Internet. The method includes providing a spatial database storing classes of geographic keywords. The method continues with receiving a keyword request including a business address from a client node. The keyword generator determines a service area based on this location, and a set of geographic keywords is retrieved from the spatial database that are associated (e.g., within) the determined service area. This set of keywords is transmitted or reported to the client node (e.g., displayed in a web browser or user interface) for use in geotargeting of their online advertisements. The keyword request includes a business type, and the service area is sized based on the business type.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Inventors: Ian White, Tim Caro-Bruce, Riyaz Fazal, Nino Walker
  • Patent number: 9310477
    Abstract: Systems and methods for monitoring airborne objects are described herein. An air traffic management (ATM) system is provided that includes a memory device for storing data and a processor coupled to the memory device. The processor is programmed to receive object data associated with each of a plurality of airborne objects transmitted by at least one remote sensor device and generate an air traffic map to display a present location and a flight path for each airborne object based on the received object data. The object data includes situational awareness information for each airborne object and real-time position information for the at least one remote sensor device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Radhakrishna G. Sampigethaya
  • Patent number: 9256225
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for unmanned aerial vehicle authorization and geofence envelope determination. One of the methods includes determining, by an electronic system in an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), an estimated fuel remaining in the UAV. An estimated fuel consumption of the UAV is determined. Estimated information associated with wind affecting the UAV is determined using information obtained from sensors included in the UAV. Estimated flights times remaining for a current path, and one or more alternative flight paths, are determined using the determined estimated fuel remaining, determined estimated fuel consumption, determined information associated wind, and information describing each flight path. In response to the electronic system determining that the estimated fuel remaining, after completion of the current flight path, would be below a first threshold, an alternative flight path is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: UNMANNED INNOVATION, INC.
    Inventors: Jonathan Downey, Bernard J. Michini, Joseph Moster, Donald Curry Weigel, James Ogden
  • Patent number: 9177479
    Abstract: A method for identifying variations in aircraft operational parameters includes processing a four-dimensional (4D) aircraft trajectory for a flight along a defined route. The method also includes determining an aircraft intent corresponding to the flight along the defined route based at least in part on an aircraft performance model from a trajectory predictor. The aircraft intent includes multiple segments and corresponding intent parameters. In addition, the method includes adjusting the intent parameters such that a computed 4D trajectory substantially corresponds to the 4D aircraft trajectory. The method further includes determining a computed operational parameter based at least in part on the computed 4D trajectory and the aircraft performance model from the trajectory predictor. In addition, the method includes identifying variations between the computed operational parameter and a corresponding measured operational parameter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Mauricio Castillo-Effen, Harold Woodruff Tomlinson, Liling Ren, Benjamin Eric Shanks
  • Patent number: 9038961
    Abstract: A method for simulating the movement behavior of a fluid in a closed moving container is provided. The simulation is based on the determination of the potential movement path of the center of gravity of the volume of the fluid as an elliptical trajectory situated in a disturbance plane having certain semi-axes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: EADS Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Ronald Deslandes
  • Patent number: 9037321
    Abstract: A taxiway approach advisory system. The system may include a computer-readable memory containing runway information and a processor in data communication with the memory. The processor may include a component for ascertaining the altitude of an aircraft, a component for ascertaining the location of the aircraft, a component for accessing runway information from the memory and determining if the aircraft is within a pre-determined runway envelope based on the altitude and location, and a component for issuing an indication if the aircraft is not within the pre-determined runway envelope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Kevin J Conner, Ratan Khatwa
  • Patent number: 9026278
    Abstract: A method of using LIDAR on an airborne vehicle is described. A beam of radiation is transmitted to target areas at least one of above, below, and in front of the airborne vehicle, the target areas including particles or objects. Scattered radiation is received from the target areas. Respective characteristics of the scattered radiation are determined. An air turbulence factor or characteristics are determined from the respective characteristics. The airborne vehicle is controlled based on the air turbulence factor, such that turbulence experienced by the airborne vehicle is minimized. Alternatively, the airborne vehicle is controlled based on the characteristics to avoid colliding with the one or more objects. In another example, the airborne vehicle is controlled based on the characteristics to reduce headwind or increase tailwind, and substantially reduce a carbon footprint of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2015
    Assignee: Optical Air Data Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Elizabeth A. Dakin, Priyavadan Mamidipudi, Philip L. Rogers
  • Patent number: 8958930
    Abstract: Method for dynamically limiting the inclinations of monoblock flight control surfaces (FCS) in an aircraft. Dynamic limitation of the FCS is activated if a stall susceptibility condition is detected in the current aircraft environment. The real-time calibrated airspeed of the aircraft, real-time angle of attack (AOA) of the aircraft, and real-time sideslip angle (AOS) of the aircraft are obtained. The aircraft parameters may be obtained via estimation if the measured values are deemed unsuitable. The real-time local AOA and AOS of the FCS are calculated based on the obtained aircraft parameters. The inclination of each of the FCS relative to the critical values is dynamically limited according to the calculated real-time local AOA and AOS of the FCS. The aircraft may be an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and/or a V-tail aircraft. The stall susceptibility condition may include icy conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Elbit Systems Ltd.
    Inventor: Dan Malta
  • Patent number: 8942882
    Abstract: Systems and methods for managing the exchange of vehicle information between software modules with different safety importance. In one embodiment, a vehicle health management system includes a mission critical software module, a flight critical software module and a gatekeeper. The mission critical software module receives vehicle state information and provides it to the flight critical software module if the gatekeeper confirms the validity of the vehicle information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Kevin Swearingen, Kirby J. Keller
  • Patent number: 8942831
    Abstract: Apparatus and methods for controlling a system that operates responsive to a plurality of input control signals are disclosed. During operation the system generates a plurality of output status/control signals. A master controller has at least first and second controllers. The first controller outputs and inputs signals over a first communication path, and the second controller outputs and inputs signals over a second communication path. The first and second controllers output signals based on input signals received over the first and second communication paths, respectively, and also based on stored control data. A plurality of input/output modules are provided. Each of the input/output modules has first and second slave controllers. The first slave controller of each of the input/output modules inputs and outputs signals over the first communication path to the first controller, and the second slave controller outputs and inputs signals over the second communication path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: EI Electronics LLC
    Inventors: Karl A. Davlin, Adel George Tannous, Alan R. Loudermilk
  • Patent number: 8930049
    Abstract: A method of using a light detection system for increasing the accuracy of a precision airdrop is described. Radiation is transmitted to target areas between an airborne vehicle and a dropzone target. Scattered radiation is received from the target areas. Respective wind characteristics are determined from the scattered radiation and a wind velocity map is generated, based on the respective wind characteristics, between the airborne vehicle, and at least the dropzone target. An aerial release point for the precision airdrop is computed based on the generated wind velocity map and a location of the dropzone target.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Optical Air Data Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Priyavadan Mamidipudi, Elizabeth A. Dakin, Daniel C. Dakin, Philip L. Rogers, Edgar K. Dede, Peter Gatchell, Madhukiran Panabakam, Lance Leclair, Chia-Chen Chang, Rupak Changkakoti
  • Patent number: 8897935
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to a system for preventing collisions with a terrain. The system includes a detecting means for detecting risks of collision with the terrain after a predetermined forecasting delay. The system further includes a determining means for determining, based on a trajectory followed by the aircraft, a possible limit point for success of the vertical terrain avoidance maneuver. The system further includes indication means for giving indications on azimuth clearance sections, around the direction in which the aircraft is moving, suitable for success of the vertical terrain avoidance maneuver. The system further includes means for estimating a free-travel distance in each azimuth clearance sector on a straight distancing trajectory with constant gradient and over a distance correspond to more than one minute of flight, the free-travel distance being free of potential conflicts with the terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Hugues Meunier, Nicolas Marty, Julia Percier
  • Patent number: 8874288
    Abstract: A method is provided, for displaying dynamically updated weather information for a vehicle using a computer system comprising a processor and a memory. A table is stored in the memory, the table defining, for a predetermined plurality of different weather conditions, a corresponding predetermined plurality of sets of visually distinguishable icon settings, wherein each weather condition corresponds to a corresponding respective set of icon settings, the respective set of icon settings defining the appearance of a first weather icon configured to appear on a display in operable communication with the processor, wherein the appearance of the weather icon, by itself, is sufficient to convey at least one weather condition. The appearance of the first icon is dynamically updated, during at least a portion of the travel by the vehicle along its travel path, to correspond to changes in the first set of weather data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Raytheon Company
    Inventor: Kaiser Siddiqui
  • Patent number: 8862289
    Abstract: A power electronic control circuitry device comprises the following intercommunicating distinct hardware physical entities: a digital microcontroller unit (UNMC) for managing the operation of the device, hardened to withstand the effects of radiations in space; a digital fast regulation unit (UNRR) for controlling priority and real-time processes, hardened to withstand the effects of radiations in space; a digital communication unit (UNC) for communications external to the device, hardened to withstand the effects of radiations in space; a digital tracing and debugging unit (UNTD) for detecting errors in the design of the device; and a digital non-volatile memory (MRN) for storing information representative of the initial configuration of the device, hardened to withstand the effects of radiations in space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Marc Fossion, Marc Durvaux
  • Patent number: 8838298
    Abstract: An active wing and lift surface control system for an aircraft is described. The wing and lift surface control system includes an aeroelasticity measurement system configured to provide at least one of real time wing twist measurements and real time measurements of aircraft body bending, at least one actuator mechanically coupled to a control surface of the aircraft, and a control system communicatively coupled to the aeroelasticity measurement system and to the at least one actuator. The control system is operable to receive the measurements from the aeroelasticity measurement system and generate control signals, based on the real time measurements, to operate the at least one actuator to adjust a drag associated with one or more of the wing and the aircraft body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Harris O. Hinnant, David J. Black, Darin W. Brekke, Mark A. Castelluccio, Matt R. Dickerson
  • Patent number: 8830090
    Abstract: Systems and methods are disclosed for displaying the current trends (i.e., turning or going straight) or the future positions of vehicles of interest on a traffic display unit. The position, orientation and geometry of the displayed symbology is a function of parametric information broadcast by the vehicles of interest and processed by a computer system that controls the traffic display unit. In particular examples disclosed herein, the traffic display unit is a navigation display on an aircraft or a traffic display unit at a traffic controller's station. However, the methods disclosed herein have application to vehicular traffic other than aircraft, such as boats or ships.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Syed Tahir Shafaat
  • Patent number: 8831798
    Abstract: Present novel and non-trivial systems and methods for positioning a heading-based image within a track-based image and for generating steering commands for a forward-looking image capture device of an enhanced vision system (“EVS”). The positioning system is comprised of a source of navigation data, a source of first image data representative of a track-based image, a source of second image data representative of a heading-based image, and an avionics system processor (“ASP”) configured to receive the navigation data, the first image data, and the second image data, determine image positioning data, and merge the first image data with the second image data as a function of the image positioning data. The steering commands generating system is comprised of a source of navigation data, the ASP configured to generate steering command data commensurate to a wind correction angle, and the EVS configured to receive the steering data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Sarah Barber
  • Patent number: 8820678
    Abstract: The positions of balloons in a communication network of balloons, such as a mesh network of high-altitude balloons, may be adjusted relative to one another in order to try to maintain a desired network topology. In one approach, the position of each balloon may be adjusted relative to one or more neighbor balloons. For example, the locations of a target balloon and one or more neighbor balloons may be determined. A desired movement of the target balloon may then be determined based on the locations of the one or more neighbor balloons relative to the location of the target balloon. The target balloon may be controlled based on the desired movement. In some embodiments, the altitude of the target balloon may be controlled in order to expose the target balloon to ambient winds that are capable of producing the desired movement of the target balloon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Wayne DeVaul, Eric Teller, Clifford L. Biffle, Josh Weaver, Dan Piponi
  • Patent number: 8825234
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for managing a touch screen system. Data generated by an acceleration detector about acceleration of the touch screen system is received. The acceleration detector is located within the touch screen system. An action is initiated by an input manager when the acceleration of the touch screen system reduces usability of the touch screen system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Jeffrey L. Williams, Susan Anne Foster, Jason W. Clark, Samantha Ann Schwartz, Aaron Daniel Pilcher
  • Patent number: 8818572
    Abstract: The method and system may be used to control the movement of a remote aerial device in an incremental step manner during a close inspection of an object or other subject matter. At the inspection location, a control module “stabilizes” the remote aerial device in a maintained, consistent hover while maintaining a close distance to the desired object. The control module may retrieve proximal sensor data that indicates possible nearby obstructions to the remote aerial device and may transmit the data to a remote control client. The remote control module may determine and display the possible one or more non-obstructed directions that the remote aerial device is capable of moving by an incremental distance. In response to receiving a selection of one of the directions, the remote control module may transmit the selection to the remote aerial device to indicate the next movement for the remote aerial device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventors: Nathan Lee Tofte, James M. Freeman, Brian N. Harvey
  • Patent number: 8818581
    Abstract: A method is described that includes performing a), b) and c) below with an electronic control unit of a parafoil: a) after being dropped from an airborne vehicle, wirelessly receiving the parafoil's desired landing location; b) determining a flight path for the parafoil that lands at the desired landing location; and, c) controlling the parafoil's flight path consistently with the determined flight path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Eugene Bourakov, Oleg Yakimenko
  • Patent number: 8818577
    Abstract: A device includes means for generating and applying to an aircraft protecting orders avoiding a flight with an excessive descent rate. More specifically, the device includes components configured to perform a series of operations including measuring the current vertical speed and the current height of the aircraft and comparing these flight parameters with a safety envelope defining couples of vertical speed and height that are indicative of an excessive descent rate. If the current vertical speed and height are located in the safety envelope, a protection is triggered by generating protecting orders to remove the aircraft from the safety envelope and applying those protecting orders to control surfaces of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventors: Pascale Louise, Emmanuel Cortet, Erwin Grandperret
  • Patent number: 8818576
    Abstract: The different advantageous embodiments provide a system for generating trajectory predictions for a flight comprising a flight object manager and a trajectory predictor. The flight object manager is configured to generate flight information using a number of flight plans, a number of flight schedules, and flight status information. The trajectory predictor is configured to receive flight information from the flight object manager and use the flight information to generate the trajectory predictions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Christie Marie Maldonado, Ferdinando Dijkstra, Robert W. Mead, Suzanne Elise Meador, Gregory T. Saccone
  • Patent number: 8818705
    Abstract: In general, a method performed on a vehicle includes determining that the vehicle is located within a predetermined range of a beacon, the beacon being associated with a beacon identification, navigating the vehicle to a first location based on determining that the vehicle is located with the predetermined range, generating a first report based on determining that the vehicle is located at the first location, the generating including: specifying the beacon identification, recording navigation data that includes an altitude, a distance from the beacon, and a bearing relative to the beacon, and recording environmental data. The method further includes transmitting the first report from the vehicle to a base station, the first report including the beacon identification, the navigation data, and the environmental data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Accenture Global Services Limited
    Inventor: Gregory P. Spata