Compensation For Environmental Conditions Patents (Class 701/10)
  • Patent number: 7769501
    Abstract: An electronic flight bag for use aboard an aircraft during flight is disclosed. The electronic flight bag includes an electronic storage device which acts as a container for storing various user-configurable flight-related objects, such as flight routes as defined by way-points, airport information that includes approach routes, associated fight charts or other desired charts, temporary flight restrictions, and weather information as well as any other user-defined data objects associated with the flight. For example, the electronic flight bag may be used in corporate aircraft and may include one or more data objects that relate to the corporate policies with respect to flights. The data objects may also include time-sensitive data and contain time flags that can be updated by way of a communication link during flight. In accordance with an important aspect of the invention, the data objects are user-configurable so that a user can include virtually all information that is relevant to a particular flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Robert Allen Lusardi, Scott Myles Crockard
  • Patent number: 7761234
    Abstract: A method and device for determining the lateral path of a moving body determine, from a first lateral path and a lateral distance dependent on external visibility, a second lateral path corresponding to a lateral flight path that is followed by the moving body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2010
    Assignee: Airbus France
    Inventors: Falk Winkler, Guillaume Fouet, Didier Menras
  • Patent number: 7747382
    Abstract: A system and method of automatically advising an individual, in real-time, of all available facts related to a current situation. The method is facilitated by a system, which automatically retrieves data related to a situation from a plurality of aviation enterprise systems, processes the data retrieved in real time and generates a situational awareness data that is presented in an optimal format to a user on an interface device. Processing of the data retrieved from the plurality of aviation enterprise systems comprises correlating the data in accordance with business rules and interpreting the data in view of previously stored historical information that relates to the situation. The situational awareness data generated is further processed in view of a user profile in order to create a viewable situational awareness data that has been optimized for presentation to an identified user of the system in accordance with the user profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Gregory J. Small, Lee S. Hall, Rajit Jain
  • Patent number: 7729816
    Abstract: A system includes an angular rate sensor disposed in a vehicle for providing angular rates of the vehicle, and an instrument disposed in the vehicle for providing line-of-sight control with respect to a line-of-sight reference. The instrument includes an integrator which is configured to integrate the angular rates of the vehicle to form non-compensated attitudes. Also included is a compensator coupled across the integrator, in a feed-forward loop, for receiving the angular rates of the vehicle and outputting compensated angular rates of the vehicle. A summer combines the non-compensated attitudes and the compensated angular rates of the to vehicle to form estimated vehicle attitudes for controlling the instrument with respect to the line-of-sight reference. The compensator is configured to provide error compensation to the instrument free-of any feedback loop that uses an error signal. The compensator may include a transfer function providing a fixed gain to the received angular rates of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert H. Josselson
  • Patent number: 7725220
    Abstract: A method of processing altitude measurements for an aircraft is disclosed. The method involves filtering raw altimeter data within an altimeter to substantially limit random variations in the altitude measurements for one or more altimeter measurement profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Curtis J. Petrich, David V. Hansen
  • Patent number: 7720579
    Abstract: In exemplary embodiments, braking of an airplane is controlled during a rejected takeoff. A rejected takeoff of an airplane from a runway is initiated. Position of the airplane is determined, such as by inputting aircraft position from a global positioning system. Distance remaining on the runway is determined. Deceleration to stop the aircraft in the determined distance remaining on the runway is calculated, and the calculated deceleration is provided to an autobraking system of the airplane. When the aircraft can not be stopped in the determined distance remaining on the runway, a predetermined deceleration that correlates to maximum braking may be provided to the aircraft's autobraking system. The calculated deceleration may be provided to the autobraking system until a pilot takes command of the aircraft's brakes or the aircraft has stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: William L. Goodman, Andrew J. Peck, Thomas Imrich
  • Patent number: 7698100
    Abstract: A multidimensional sensor data analyzer that includes: discretizing values in multidimensional sensor data at index locations in value surfaces that reside in a multidimensional value space; deriving surface components resulting from the intersection of a geometric beam shape function that describing the sensor beam with the value surfaces; determining minimum-maximum index location limits for the surface components; determining surface component index points by identifying the index locations that are located within the minimum-maximum index location limits for the surface components; and generating a beam value by performing a beam function using the values at the surface component index points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: George Mason Intellectual Properties, Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Hintz
  • Patent number: 7698064
    Abstract: An inertial navigation system is provided. The system includes a sensor block, an outer shell that substantially surrounds the sensor block and a plurality of gas pads connected to the outer shell that float the sensor block in gas creating a near frictionless environment to allow the sensor block to rotate in all directions. Each of the plurality of gas pads is adapted to receive pressurized gas. The outer shell and the sensor block are separated by a gap created by the pressurized gas at each pad.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Charles D. Chappell, Karl H. Becker
  • Patent number: 7698027
    Abstract: A method for assisting in verifying the path of an aircraft comprising a step of computing a path by means of a flight management computer, based on lateral constraints originating from a navigation database, characterized in that it comprises a step consisting in assisting the pilot to verify that the computed path complies with the lateral constraints in order to improve safety.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventor: Christophe Caillaud
  • Patent number: 7693613
    Abstract: In distance maps used in order to facilitate the navigation of craft such as an aircraft, the distances estimated take into account obstacles to be circumvented but not the maneuverability of the craft. The adaptation route required by the craft in order to take the right direction is not taken into account so that certain distance estimates for accessible points located in the neighborhood of the craft are unrealistic. In order to make a distance map more realistic, it is proposed that an obstacle of concave shape associated with the craft be added behind the position of the craft, forcing the estimations of distances to be circumvented an area that is inaccessible to the craft for reasons of maneuverability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Elias Bitar, Nicolas Marty
  • Patent number: 7689326
    Abstract: A method of providing heading awareness on a flight display is provided. The method comprises displaying a heading awareness symbology to indicate heading relative to track, and varying the prominence of the heading awareness symbology on a display element based on at least one sensed condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 30, 2010
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventor: Gang He
  • Publication number: 20100070114
    Abstract: A method and device for attenuating on an aircraft lateral effects engendered by a turbulence. The device (1) comprises means (2, 3, 5, 7, A1, A2) for calculating and applying a roll control order and a yaw control order making it possible to attenuate the lateral effects engendered on the aircraft by a turbulence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Publication date: March 18, 2010
    Applicant: AIRBUS France
    Inventors: Stephane PUIG, Romeo Byzery
  • Patent number: 7675434
    Abstract: A method and device for detecting, on the ground, the obstruction of a pressure tap of a static pressure sensor of an aircraft. The device includes a pressure sensor that measures the pressure inside a probe and a heating system for heating the probe. When the heating system is activated, the sensor carries out a first measurement of a parameter dependent on the pressure inside the probe. After a predetermined duration from the activation of the heating system, the sensor carries out a second measurement of the parameter. A central processing unit calculates the difference between the first and second measurements and compares this difference to a predetermined value. A warning device emits a warning signal indicating the detection of an obstruction if the difference is greater than the predetermined value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Assignee: Airbus France
    Inventors: Laurent Fontova, Sebastien Freissinet
  • Patent number: 7672758
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for assisting the piloting of an aircraft in the vicinity of a landing or takeoff point, by: determining the locus of entry and/or exit points for a given approach and/or departure altitude that are not safe for reaching the landing and/or takeoff point; and presenting a diagram including said locus on a display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2010
    Assignee: Eurocopter
    Inventor: Joel Astruc
  • Publication number: 20090326744
    Abstract: An aircraft display system (100) for illustrating a suggested crab angle has a processor (104) adapted to receive data representative of a desired ground tract (214) and representative of a ground tract deviation, and is configured upon receipt of these data to supply a ground tract rendering display command. A display device (116) coupled to receive the ground tract image rendering display commands is operable to render an icon (222) representative of the desired aircraft heading to maintain the desired ground tract (214). The method of how to maneuver an aircraft to correct for crosswind includes determining (306) a difference between a current ground track (224) and a current heading (218), determining a desired heading to maintain the desired ground track (214) based on the difference, and rendering on a display an aircraft icon (222) that is representative of the desired heading.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Gang He, Ivan Sandy Wyatt
  • Patent number: 7640083
    Abstract: Multiple data and images are multiplexed and sequenced in order to minimize the recording and monitoring hardware required to process the images, providing a detailed record of an event, greatly enhancing event reconstruction efforts. The multi-media safety and surveillance system for aircraft incorporates a plurality of strategically spaced sensors including video imaging generators for monitoring critical components and critical areas of both the interior and the exterior of the aircraft. The captured data and images are recorded and may be transmitted to ground control stations for real time or near real time surveillance. The system includes a plurality of strategically located video image sensors such as, by way of example, analog and/or digital video cameras, a video data recorder (VDR) and a pilot display module (MCDU or MIDU). All data is in recorded in an IP format. The IP encoder may be an integral component of the VDR, or the data may be transmitted in an IP format from the data generator device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2009
    Inventor: David A. Monroe
  • Publication number: 20090298407
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided controlling aircraft cabin pressure, and more specifically engine bleed air manifold pressure, during aircraft descent. An aircraft engine bleed air manifold control pressure setpoint is to either a descent pressure setpoint or a cruise pressure setpoint by determining a rotational speed of an aircraft engine component, determining a component speed setpoint value, and determining aircraft vertical speed. The engine bleed air manifold control pressure setpoint is set to the descent pressure setpoint if either the determined rotational speed of the aircraft engine component is below the component speed setpoint value or the aircraft vertical speed is less than a predetermined vertical speed value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2008
    Publication date: December 3, 2009
    Applicant: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Mark Anderson, Karen Hosler, Greg Chapman, Wai Pak Wong
  • Patent number: 7617024
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention is a method for automatically reducing the effect of a component of an external force that is laterally incident on a rotorcraft. A signal of the rotorcraft indicative of and proportional to the component is monitored. An absolute value of the signal and a preset high limit are compared. If the absolute value is greater than the preset high limit, manual heading control of the rotorcraft is disabled and the heading of the rotorcraft is adjusted with respect to the external force so as to decrease the lateral component of the external force experienced by the rotorcraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2009
    Assignee: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.
    Inventor: Kenneth E. Builta
  • Patent number: 7599805
    Abstract: A system for determining an acoustic signature of a device is disclosed that includes a computer processor operable to determine strength and location of shock wave sound signals based on propagation of sound waves generated by the device. The strength and location of the shock wave signals are modified due to dissipation and dispersion effects in a non-uniform atmosphere. The shock wave signals are separated into even and odd numbered signals, and oscillations in the signals are smoothed by averaging even and odd numbered shock signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2009
    Assignee: Lockheed-Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Anthony R. Pilon
  • Patent number: 7580776
    Abstract: A method and system for assuring separation between an aircraft and potential flight hazards is provided. According to the method, an intended path of the aircraft is predicted. A potential hazard to the aircraft along the intended path is identified. A distance from the potential hazard that the aircraft is required to maintain is determined. An ability of the aircraft to maneuver to avoid the identified hazard and to remain further from the identified hazard than the distance is determined. A probability that the aircraft will not maintain the distance from the identified hazards is determined. A pilot of the aircraft is alerted if the probability is greater than a predetermined level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick D. McCusker, Eric N. Anderson
  • Patent number: 7551991
    Abstract: A method is disclosed for providing an indication that a vehicle has exceeded a safe driving speed. The speed and position of an obstacle are combined with a driver reaction time to arrive at a safe maximum speed. The driver reaction time is predicted based not only on generic values as in known systems, but also on at least one scaling factor which can be, for example, a scaling factor which penalises increased driving duration, or driver age, or experience, or weather conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: TDK Corporation
    Inventors: Bryan Clarke, Brian Kearns
  • Patent number: 7552005
    Abstract: A method of diagnosing a turbine engine includes the steps of acquiring engine operating parameters; calculating corresponding engine residual values; computing the mean and the standard deviation of each engine residual value; normalizing dynamically each engine residual value to yield normalized engine residuals; mapping, via a cluster technique mapping, the normalized engine residuals as input vectors into an engine condition space having clusters representing either normal vector engine conditions or faulty vector engine conditions; and identifying a closest cluster within the engine condition space to determine whether the engine under analysis is normal or faulty. A belief factor may be obtained as a function of the distances between the input vectors and specific clusters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Kyusung Kim, Charles M. Ball, Emmanuel O. Nwadiogbu
  • Patent number: 7539561
    Abstract: An objective of the invention, focusing on these issues involved in the use of a small, hobby-type, unmanned helicopter, is to develop an autonomous control system comprising autonomous control systems for a small unmanned helicopter, to be mounted on said small unmanned helicopter; a servo pulse mixing/switching unit; a radio-controlled pulse generator; and autonomous control algorithms that are appropriate for the autonomous control of the aforementioned small unmanned helicopter, thereby providing an autonomous control system that provides autonomous control on the helicopter toward target values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2009
    Assignees: Hirobo Limited
    Inventors: Kenzo Nonami, Jin Ok Shin, Daigo Fujiwara, Kensaku Hazawa, Keitaro Matsusaka
  • Patent number: 7532974
    Abstract: Parameters having a correlation with a crowded condition of a road traveled by a vehicle are inputted to an ideal fuel consumption estimation model. This ideal fuel consumption estimation model estimates an ideal fuel consumption of vehicle based on the parameters. The ideal fuel consumption of vehicle estimated by the ideal fuel consumption estimation model is outputted to an output portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation
    Inventors: Tasuku Sato, Masayuki Kayano, Shogo Matsuura
  • Publication number: 20090109065
    Abstract: The invention applies particularly to the method and device for displaying forecasts on the flight plan of an aircraft. The method according to the invention consists in representing the craft by a first symbol in its current position and by a second symbol in its future position, in modifying the position of the second symbol on the navigation plan in order to change it to a future position, in displaying on the viewing screen the first symbol and at the same time the second symbol representing the craft on the navigation plan in a future position and in displaying on the viewing screen the navigation data at the instant of the future position of the craft.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Applicant: Thales
    Inventor: Jean-Philippe PINHEIRO
  • Publication number: 20090048723
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention automatically compensate control of an aircraft for an environmental condition, such as turbulence or wind shear. A sensor is configured to sense speed of air relative to an aircraft at a predetermined distance in front of the aircraft. A processor is coupled to receive the sensed speed of air from the sensor. The processor includes a first component configured to determine whether the speed of the air at the predetermined distance is indicative of an environmental condition, such as turbulence or wind shear. A second component is configured to automatically generate control signals for controlling the aircraft such that the environmental condition is automatically compensated by a time the aircraft enters the environmental condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Inventors: Mark R. Nugent, Massoud Sinai
  • Patent number: 7489991
    Abstract: A vehicle satellite navigation system is provided for generating a standard height for a geographic location where the vehicle is located. The system may include a satellite receiver (100) that is capable of generating position data as a function of signals received from navigation satellites. The position data may include a longitude, a latitude, and a ellipsoidal height. The system may store undulation values for a geographic area in an undulation grid model (146) or in a digital map. The system may determine an approximate undulation value for the position, and calculate the standard height value for the position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventor: Christian Bruelle-Drews
  • Patent number: 7483787
    Abstract: A computationally efficient method and system of finding intersections of a three-dimensional path (e.g., an airpath) through a three-dimensional space (e.g., an airspace) partitioned into multiple volumes. In one embodiment, such a method includes determining whether a current point of a current segment of the path is included within one of the volumes, establishing such volume as a current volume, determining whether a boundary of the current volume is intersected by the current segment, setting the intersection point as an exit point of the path, adjusting the current point of the current segment to the exit point, identifying a volume adjacent to the current volume that includes the exit point, changing the current volume to the adjacent volume, and setting the current point of the current segment as an entry point of the path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Jonathan Dehn
  • Patent number: 7474940
    Abstract: Logic circuits and operations respond to received various control signals, including (1) data exchange commands directing the drive to read and/or write data to a media item mounted by the drive, and (2) robotic device management commands. The logic responds to incoming data exchange commands by reading and/or writing to the loaded media item. The processor responds to at least some robotic device management signals by forwarding them to a robotic media transport device. The processor withholds the data exchange commands from the robotic device, since they are only pertinent to operations of the drive itself. The robotic device may be configured to restrict host access to library components according to predefined logical partitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert B. Basham, Brian G. Goodman, Leonard G. Jesionowski
  • Patent number: 7440826
    Abstract: A steering aid system for altitude and horizontal speed of an aircraft (4) includes: a measuring device (22) for delivering a measured signal based on the aircraft altitude and horizontal speed, a common predetermined reference value (26) for the aircraft altitude and horizontal speed, and elements (20) for slaving the signal to the reference value by pitch loop, the elements being adapted to vary automatically the pitch and/or propulsive performance of the lifting members to lock the measured signal to the reference value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifque (C.N.R.S.)
    Inventors: Nicolas Franceschini, Franck Ruffier, Stéphane Viollet, Marc Boyron
  • Patent number: 7429948
    Abstract: In a combined GPS/altimeter device, the calibration and hence the accuracy of barometric altimeter measurements are enhanced with the aid of derived altitudes from a GPS. The device determines the need for calibration and perform the subsequent computations necessary to facilitate the calibration. Furthermore, the device determines a correction quantity that should be applied to barometric altitude readings, thereby allowing the device to be calibrated while in motion. Both of these features ultimately result in a more accurate determination of altitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Garmin Ltd.
    Inventors: Scott Burgett, Tracy Oliver
  • Patent number: 7430460
    Abstract: A method and computer program product for determining the roll rate gyro bias of an attitude and heading reference system from true air speed, heading rate and body accelerations using centripetal force equations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Inventor: Ricardo A. Price
  • Patent number: 7417641
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for converting electronic display aeronautical chart data to aeronautical chart data that is tailored for an avionics display is disclosed. The method and apparatus received by a data processing unit, electronic display aeronautical chart data. The color palette of the electronic display aeronautical chart data is then remapped to improve viewability on the avionics quality display. Finally, signals representative of the remapped colors are sent to the avionics quality display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Sarah Barber, Lyndon L. Dunbar, Deborah Hardin, Kirschen A. Seah
  • Publication number: 20080140266
    Abstract: This invention provide systems and methods for cockpit flight crew preflight planning and subsequent, systematic recall and execution of procedures, ground/inflight navigation, and communications using portable electronic data storage and display devices. A capability is provided within a portable electronic data storage and display device to replace and replicate the typical preflight planning methodology of the individual flight crew member to facilitate execution of a procedures, navigation and communications plan from preflight to postflight. A user may create a usable subset of the potentially thousands of available pages of data or data reference pages stored in the portable electronic data storage and display device, organizing the perhaps 100 or less individual pages of data, static or interactive, desired for a specific leg of the flight in order that required information is immediately available in an expected order of need.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2004
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: ARINC INC.
    Inventor: Rolf Stefani
  • Publication number: 20080140271
    Abstract: An image change detecting system may include an image processor cooperating with a geospatial scene model database for generating a reference geospatial image corresponding to the collected geospatial image, and a change detector cooperating with the image processor for detecting a change between the collected geospatial image and the reference geospatial image. The geospatial scene model database may include 3D scene model data, and the collected geospatial image and the reference geospatial image may each include respective 2D image data. The collected geospatial image may have at least one geospatial collection value associated therewith, and the image processor may generate the reference geospatial image based upon synthetically positioning a virtual geospatial image sensor within a geospatial scene model based upon the at least one geospatial collection value.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: Harris Corporation, Corporation of the State of Delaware
    Inventors: Robert M. Garceau, Guillermo E. Gutierrez, Mark Rahmes, Todd Ham, Joseph Nemethy, Jay Hackett
  • Patent number: 7385527
    Abstract: A smart airport automation system gathers and reinterprets a wide variety of aircraft and airport related data and information around unattended or non-towered airports. Data is gathered from many different types of sources, and in otherwise incompatible data formats. The smart airport automation system then decodes, assembles, fuses, and broadcasts structured information, in real-time, to aircraft pilots. The fused information is also useful to remotely located air traffic controllers who monitor non-towered airport operations. The system includes a data fusion and distribution computer that imports aircraft position and velocity, weather, and airport specific data. The data inputs are used to compute safe takeoff and landing sequences, and other airport advisory information for participating aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Assignee: Sensis Corporation
    Inventors: Odile H Clavier, David R Schleicher, Sharon W Houck, John A Sorensen, Paul C Davis, Cornelius G Hunter
  • Patent number: 7383104
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a system that is used to provide support so that a pilot can perform flight operations that reduce noise pollution, by devising this system so that noise conditions on the ground are calculated and displayed on the basis of map information for the flight area in which facilities and the like are described, environmental conditions in the flight area such as the wind direction and wind velocity, or the temperature and density of the atmosphere, and noise generation data for the aircraft itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
    Inventors: Hirokazu Ishii, Kohei Funabiki, Yoshinori Okuno, Hiromi Gomi
  • Patent number: 7383106
    Abstract: An active noise control system for aircraft includes a headset for use by a pilot of the aircraft. A plurality of sensors are mounted on the aircraft at predetermined locations to sense aircraft noise. The aircraft noise at each of the sensors has a first sound waveform in a first phase. A plurality of actuators are operatively connected to respective sensors and communicate with the headset. Each actuator generates a second sound waveform in a second phase. A controller commands each of the plurality of actuators, and dictates the second phase of the second sound waveform, such that the first and second sound waveforms interact out of phase in a manner sufficient to control the aircraft noise. The controlled aircraft noise enables auditory detection of remote environmental disturbances outside of the aircraft thereby enhancing pilot sensory awareness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: Lester C. Coonse, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7383105
    Abstract: A device performs oxygen flight planning calculations for estimating oxygen usage. The device includes a storage device, an input device for inputting a known flight parameter value into the storage device, and an output device for outputting the known flight parameter value input by the input device. A logic device is configured to control the storage device, the input device, the output device and provide to the output device a further flight parameter. A value of the further flight parameter is calculable by the logic device from the known flight parameter value previously input into the storage device. Upon the further flight parameter being selected by use of the input device, the logic device calculates the value of the further flight parameter and provides the value of the further flight parameter to the output device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Inventor: John D. Conroy, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7363152
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method and a system for calculating a flight route between a first position and a second position. According to the method, the first position is chosen as the current position, and the following steps are then repeated until the second position is reached: a loss function is determined corresponding to each flight path in a set of flight paths that are predefined in relation to the current direction of flight; a flight path that yields the most advantageous value for the loss function is selected; a subsection from the current position and a predetermined number of positions forward are registered for the selected flight path, and the position at the end of the subsection is chosen as the new current position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2008
    Assignee: SAAB AB
    Inventor: Zoran Sjanic
  • Patent number: 7346437
    Abstract: A safe interactive navigation apparatus and method allows the crew of an aircraft to prepare and follow a safe flight plan without relying on instrument flying infrastructure. An aircraft navigation assistance method calculates a continuous, three-dimensional projected path on board the aircraft as a function of data related to the route and characteristics of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: Eurocopter
    Inventor: Jean-Paul Petillon
  • Patent number: 7343228
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for controlling a plurality of solar panels of a spacecraft is described. The method comprises the steps of providing a first step command to a first solar panel, and providing a second step command to a second solar panel at a time of a transient zero-crossing of a dynamic response of the spacecraft body to the first step command, wherein the second solar panel is disposed on an opposite side of the spacecraft from the first solar panel. The apparatus comprises a processor; a first solar panel driver, communicatively coupled to the processor, for providing a first step command to a first solar panel, and a second solar panel driver, communicatively coupled to the processor, for providing a second step command to a second solar panel at a time of a transient zero-crossing of a dynamic response of the spacecraft body to the first step command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2008
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Arun Prakash, Hanching Grant Wang
  • Patent number: 7333030
    Abstract: The invention relates to methods and devices for aircraft's safe operation and is embodied in the form of a method and system for informing a user, for example an aircraft crew and/or a flight controller, on the probable penetration of the aircraft into dangerous areas of the vortex shedding of vortex generators which are located near the aircraft at a forecast time when the aircraft passes through a simulated control plane situated at a preventive distance in the direction of motion of the aircraft, said distance being calculated on a basis of a sufficient forecast period so that the aircraft carries out a flight evasive manoeuvre.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2008
    Assignees: Joint Stock Company “Spetstekhnika”, FAPRID
    Inventors: Nikolai Alekseevich Baranov, Andrei Sergeevich Belotserkovski, Mikhail Igorevich Kanevski, Igor Vladimirovich Pasekunov
  • Patent number: 7321813
    Abstract: Conventional terrain anticollision equipment formulates, around the short term forecast trajectory of the aircraft which is equipped therewith, virtual volumes of protection of maneuver charted by feelers and signals a risk of terrain collision as soon as it detects an intrusion of the terrain into these virtual volumes of protection of maneuver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2008
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventor: Hugues Meunier
  • Publication number: 20080010004
    Abstract: A system and method of automatically advising an individual, in real-time, of all available facts related to a current situation. The method is facilitated by a system, which automatically retrieves data related to a situation from a plurality of aviation enterprise systems, processes the data retrieved in real time and generates a situational awareness data that is presented in an optimal format to a user on an interface device. Processing of the data retrieved from the plurality of aviation enterprise systems comprises correlating the data in accordance with business rules and interpreting the data in view of previously stored historical information that relates to the situation. The situational awareness data generated is further processed in view of a user profile in order to create a viewable situational awareness data that has been optimized for presentation to an identified user of the system in accordance with the user profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 10, 2006
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Inventors: Gregory J. Small, Lee S. Hall, Rajit Jain
  • Patent number: 7313404
    Abstract: A method and system for determining a location of a vehicle, the method comprises determining reception location data within a first cell of a work area for a vehicle. A reception quality estimator estimates reception quality data for the corresponding reception location data for the first cell. Optical location data is determined within a first cell of a work area for a vehicle. An optical quality estimator estimates optical quality data for the corresponding optical location data for the first cell. A data processor selects at least one of the reception location data and the optical location data as refined location data associated with the first cell based on the estimated reception quality data and estimated optical quality data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Noel Wayne Anderson
  • Patent number: 7286912
    Abstract: An E-field sensing system is provided to detect the presence of obstacles, including wires, power lines or trip wires, as well as towers, guy wires, buildings and elevated terrain, in which a variation or tilt of the iso-potential electrostatic field adjacent the obstacle is detected. In one embodiment the bearing to the obstacle is ascertained. The result is the detection of power lines from as far away as at least 1,000 feet and unpowered wires from as far away as at least 100 feet, thus reducing pilot anxiety for low level missions as well as providing for wire strike avoidance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2007
    Assignee: BAE Systems Information and Electronic Systems Integration Inc.
    Inventors: Eugene S. Rubin, Paul A. Zank
  • Publication number: 20070219677
    Abstract: Method and device for determining the lateral path of a moving body, in particular of an aircraft. The device (1) comprises means (7) for determining, from a first lateral path and a lateral distance dependent on the external visibility, a second lateral path corresponding to the lateral path of the path, in particular a flight path, which is followed by the moving body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2007
    Publication date: September 20, 2007
    Applicant: AIRBUS FRANCE
    Inventors: Falk WINKLER, Guillaume Fouet, Didier Menras
  • Patent number: 7266446
    Abstract: A helmet mounted tracking system for target designation includes an airplane azimuth sensor, a helmet mounted azimuth sensor, an airplane pitch sensor, a helmet mounted pitch sensor, and a processor. The airplane azimuth sensor determines an azimuth heading for an airplane. The helmet mounted azimuth sensor determines an azimuth heading for a helmet that is worn by a pilot. The airplane pitch sensor determines a pitch for the airplane. The helmet mounted pitch sensor determines a pitch for the helmet that is worn by the pilot. The processor is in operative communication with the airplane azimuth sensor, the helmet mounted azimuth sensor, the airplane pitch sensor, and the helmet mounted pitch sensor and the processor is processes instructions from each of the sensors to determine a target pitch and a target azimuth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2007
    Inventor: Michael J. Pelosi
  • Patent number: RE41396
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for the efficient entry and display of ground taxi routes on an electronic airport map display. The system may include a touchscreen entry device, a display device, a computer, a map database, a vehicle position sensor and a transmitter/receiver. The system may be configured to check the ground taxi entries to ensure that each successive segment is contiguous with the last or next segment, and any gaps or discontinuities in the displayed taxi instructions may be annunciated. An intelligent display of next possible segments may be incorporated into the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Samuel T. Clark, Wayne R. Jones, Michael P. Snow, Eddie J. Trujillo