Traffic Analysis Or Control Of Aircraft Patents (Class 701/120)
  • Patent number: 10319243
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, systems and articles of manufacture to implement computer aided dispatch of drones are disclosed. Example drone dispatching methods disclosed herein include transmitting a flight plan for a drone to a flight control platform, the flight plan based on a first location associated with a service request. Disclosed example methods also include, in response to receiving a message from the flight control platform indicating the flight plan is approved, initiating a first communication session between the flight control platform and a flight control unit of the drone to permit remote piloting of the drone. Disclosed example methods further include, in response to receiving the message from the flight control platform indicating the flight plan is approved, initiating a second communication session to exchange multimedia data between the flight control platform and a drone observation platform separate from the flight control platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2019
    Assignees: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P., AT&T Mobility II LLC
    Inventors: Barrett M. Kreiner, Thomas Rozanski, III, Mark Radice
  • Patent number: 10293922
    Abstract: A cockpit control system and method for efficiently controlling ground travel in an aircraft equipped with an engine-free electric taxi system are provided. The cockpit control system is configured with a display that provides a maximum amount of information during aircraft ground movement with a minimal amount of input from and distraction to pilots or cockpit crew to facilitate essentially hands free operation and control of aircraft ground travel. System test and drive procedures ensure safe aircraft ground travel with the engine-free electric taxi system. Constant pilot hand or other input is not required to achieve safe and maximally efficient aircraft ground travel powered by the aircraft's engine-free electric taxi system or, under selected defined conditions, by the aircraft's engines to achieve this maximum efficiency. The system may further be designed to be uninterruptible by unauthorized persons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: Borealis Technical Limited
    Inventors: Joseph J. Cox, Isaiah W. Cox, Jan Vana, Michael Spillias, Joseph Goldman
  • Patent number: 10290217
    Abstract: Improved systems and methods for the evaluation of runway changes that analyze the effect of the runway change on relevant factors, and provide intuitive visual feedback of the analysis, are provided. The provided systems and methods depict the original runway and the new runway, side by side, in a pictorial representation. Additionally, a selectable group of relevant factors for each runway is determined. The pictorial representation is overlaid with one or more symbolic indicators that distinctly demark each of the factors, alphanumeric descriptors may also be displayed alongside the symbolic indicators. The provided systems and methods additionally generate a tabular display of the information and factors. The tabular display provides a side by side comparison of the old runway, the new runway, and the relevant factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Sripathi Ramachandra, Patricia May Ververs, Thea L. Feyereisen, Karel Mundel, Mohammed Ibrahim Mohideen, Mark Pearson, Srikanth Desai
  • Patent number: 10275952
    Abstract: A method for monitoring aircraft operation status comprising the steps of transmitting aircraft operation data from an on-board monitoring system of an aircraft while in a cruising phase of flight in at least one of a continuous transmission and a batched transmission while in flight and receiving aircraft operation data in the form of at least one of the continuous transmission and the batched transmission from the aircraft in flight, the form of the aircraft operation data being responsive to at least one of phase of flight, network traffic across a communication device associated with the aircraft, or network traffic across a network associated with the aircraft. The method further comprises identifying the aircraft associated with the aircraft operation data and recording the aircraft operation data to an aircraft database.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2019
    Assignee: Satcom Direct, Inc.
    Inventors: James W. Jensen, Colin Springer, Jason Natwick, Darrell Herrera
  • Patent number: 10268196
    Abstract: A method for controlling an aircraft taxiing system, comprising the steps of: generating a nominal load command (Comm_nom); generating an acceleration setpoint (Cons_a); implementing, in parallel with the generation of the nominal load command, a processing chain (7) comprising a regulation loop (Br), the regulation loop (Br) having for its setpoint the acceleration setpoint (Cons_a) and for its command an acceleration command (Comm_a), the acceleration command being converted into an acceleration load (Eff_a), a maximum load threshold being equal to the maximum of the acceleration load (Eff_a) and a minimum load threshold (Seuil_min); and generating an optimized load command (Comm_opt) equal to the minimum of the nominal load command and the maximum load threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS
    Inventors: Clément Gorce, Julien Marques
  • Patent number: 10255818
    Abstract: Various vehicular systems may benefit from the appropriate use of detection and avoidance of potentially dangerous scenarios. For example, autonomous aircraft may benefit from systems and methods for weather detection and avoidance. A method can include sensing, by an aircraft, an environmental condition of the aircraft. The method can also include controlling, by the aircraft, flight of the aircraft based on the sensed environmental condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: AVIATION COMMUNICATION & SURVEILLANCE SYSTEMS, LLC
    Inventor: Arnold Oldach
  • Patent number: 10247574
    Abstract: A system and method for determining and displaying a minimum maneuverable altitude for an aircraft to turn back includes automatically processing aircraft characteristic data, aircraft flight trajectory data, and environmental/airport services data, in a processing system, to determine a rate of change of aircraft maneuverable altitude with respect to change in aircraft heading. At least the determined rate of change of aircraft altitude with respect to change in aircraft heading is processed, in the processing system, to determine the minimum maneuverable altitude at least engine out conditions. Terrain data is processed, in the processing system, to determine a terrain clearance height above which the minimum maneuverable altitude may be implemented. The minimum maneuverable altitude is rendered, on a display device, on the altitude tape, and a pseudo gate is rendered on the display device that represents a height above the terrain that corresponds to the minimum maneuverable altitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Jaibir Singh, Sreenivasan Govindillam K., Raghu Shamasundar, Abneesh Singla
  • Patent number: 10235892
    Abstract: A method, executed by a processor, includes the processor receiving signals information from a device located on a departing airplane; verifying an identification of the airplane and identifying an expected departure sequence of aircraft surface states; monitoring and identifying additional signals information received from the mobile device, including comparing the additional signals information to known data; logging the additional signals information, and processing the additional signals information, and determining the logged data corresponds to events indicative of an aircraft surface state; sending an aircraft surface state reached message to Local and Center flight management; and executing a statistical routine and providing statistical data from the execution relating to an occurrence of upcoming aircraft surface state event and sending the statistical data with the aircraft surface state message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Assignee: ARCHITECTURE TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
    Inventors: William Colligan, Eric R. Chartier, Paul Davis, Andrew Murphy, Douglas Sweet
  • Patent number: 10229603
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing air traffic control center data to aircraft is provided. In certain embodiments an avionics system includes a communication device configured to communicate with a data center and an air traffic control center; and a processing unit configured to execute machine readable instructions. In at least one embodiments, the machine readable instructions cause the processing unit to manage communications associated with the flight of an aircraft, wherein the communications are communicated through the communication device with the data center; distinguish identifying information received through the communication device, wherein the identifying information identifies at least one of the air traffic control center and associated aeronautical telecommunications network address; and establish a communication session with the air traffic control center using the identifying information received through the communication device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Divya Swarup Giriyappa Srinivasan, Thomas D. Judd
  • Patent number: 10210766
    Abstract: A departure sequencing system models airport operations and provides suggested gate pushback times for aircraft. In various embodiments, a departure sequencing system includes an airport state analyzer, a taxi-out predictor, and a pushback optimizer. The departure sequencing system may utilize stochastic models, and resolve aircraft conflicts using a business rules engine. Via use of the departure sequencing system, taxi times may be reduced, taxi fuel burn may be reduced, and airport throughput may be increased.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Assignee: AMERICAN AIRLINES, INC.
    Inventors: Ilhan Ince, Lourdmareddy Gumireddy, Hakan Ergan, Bo Zhang
  • Patent number: 10186157
    Abstract: A center to assist flight management of a plurality of an entity's aircraft comprising a control unit and at least two stations and communication equipment configured to receive data signals and to transmit/receive audio signals to/from each aircraft. The control unit comprises a man-machine interface connected to a central unit, the central unit being connected to a computation unit of each station and to the communication equipment to receive data signals and to transmit/receive audio signals to/from the equipment. Each station comprises, connected to the computation unit, a screen to display the data in the data signals sent by each aircraft and an audio device for the operator to exchange audio signals with the pilots. The central unit is configured to selectively activate/deactivate, as a function of the interactions of an operator with the interface, the exchanges of audio signals with the central unit of each station.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2019
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS SAS
    Inventors: Benoit Papaix, Thibaut Poux, Benjamin Mazoin
  • Patent number: 10175699
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for automatically assisting with the landing of an aircraft on a runway from a return point (A) to a completion point (D), at which the aircraft touches the runway, by means of a data-processing device on-board said aircraft, which device is configured to be connected to an altimeter and a deviation meter, the method including: a return-navigation assistance phase including guidance of the aircraft, on the basis of measurements of the azimuth deviation of the aircraft relative to a reference direction linking said return point (A) and the position of the deviation meter (E) transmitted by said deviation meter, from the return point (A) towards the position of the deviation meter (E), determination of the position of the aircraft at a predetermined capture point (B) that is aligned with the return point (A) and the position of the deviation meter (E), and guidance of the aircraft along a predetermined path from the capture point (B) to a predetermined holding point (C)
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: SAFRAN ELECTRONICS AND DEFENSE
    Inventors: Alain Chiodini, Francois Dufresne De Virel, Sylvain Pouillard
  • Patent number: 10170007
    Abstract: Systems and methods for providing trajectory amendments are provided. In one embodiment, a method can include identifying an arrival time slot associated with a landing area. The method can further include providing to one or more second computing devices of a plurality of operators, a first set of data identifying the arrival time slot. The method can include receiving a second set of data indicating that a first operator of the plurality of operators has selected the arrival time slot. The method can further include determining one or more trajectory amendments to allow a first aircraft associated with the first operator to meet the arrival time slot associated with the landing area. The method can include sending one or more trajectory amendments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventor: Szabolcs Andras Borgyos
  • Patent number: 10170008
    Abstract: Systems and methods of the present invention are provided to generate a plurality of flight trajectories that do not conflict with other aircraft in a local area. Interventions by an air traffic control system help prevent collisions between aircraft, but these interventions can also cause an aircraft to substantially deviate from the pilot's intended flight trajectory, which burns fuels, wastes time, etc. Systems and methods of the present invention can assign a standard avoidance interval to other aircraft in the area such that a pilot's aircraft does not receive an intervention by an air traffic control system. Systems and methods of the present invention also generate a plurality of conflict-free flight trajectories such that a pilot or an automated system may select the most desirable flight trajectory for fuel efficiency, speed, and other operational considerations, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: Double Black Aviation Technology L.L.C.
    Inventor: Richard Shay
  • Patent number: 10135624
    Abstract: A Wireless Access Point (WAP) for enabling remote access to data generated by systems of an aircraft including a wireless interface having a transmitter and a receiver; and a processor. The WAP is configured to: wirelessly receive sensor data generated by a plurality of sensors on an aircraft; receive aircraft data from an avionics system of the aircraft; wirelessly receive a data request signal from a remote computing device; and, responsive to the data request signal, wirelessly transmit to the remote computing device data based on received sensor data and/or received aircraft data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignees: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED, AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Andrew Bill, Kurt Bruggemann, Timo Warns
  • Patent number: 10124910
    Abstract: A collision avoidance system includes a sensor adapted to detect at least one vehicle in the vicinity of a predetermined area and generate target data relating to the at least one vehicle. An awareness engine receives the target data and evaluates the target data for a threat of a collision. An alerting system is adapted to alert the at least one vehicle in the event of a threat of a collision, the alerting system being activated by the awareness engine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2018
    Assignee: HUGHEY & PHILLIPS, LLC
    Inventor: Eric W. Wise
  • Patent number: 10096252
    Abstract: A method, medium, and system to receive flight parameter data relating to a plurality of flights, the flight parameter data including indications of aircraft performance based navigation (PBN) capabilities, flight plan information, an aircraft configuration, and an airport configuration for the plurality of flights; assign probabilistic properties to the flight parameter data; receive accurate and current position and predicted flight plan information for a plurality of aircraft corresponding to the flight parameter data; determine a probabilistic trajectory for two of the plurality of aircraft based on a combination of the probabilistic properties of the flight parameter data and the position and predicted flight plan information, the probabilistic trajectory being specific to the two aircraft and including a target spacing specification to maintain a predetermined spacing between the two aircraft at a target location with a specified probability; and generate a record of the probabilistic trajectory for the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Liling Ren, Harold Woodruff Tomlinson, Vincent Paul Staudinger, Jeffrey Russell Bult, Mauricio Castillo-Effen, Szabolcs Andras Borgyos, Stephen Koszalka
  • Patent number: 10096250
    Abstract: A device and methods for generating and presenting aerial traffic information of at least one aerial vehicle (AV) are disclosed. The method for generating and presenting aerial traffic information may include a display system and an image generator (IG). The IG may be configured to generate image data based upon navigation data received from a plurality of AVs and message data received from the TIS provider, and provide this image data to the display system for the presentation of the aerial traffic information to one or more operators of the AV. The device and method for generating aerial traffic information may include a message generator (MG) configured to acquire navigation data from the plurality of AVs not configured with Automatic Dependent Surveillance—Broadcast (ADS-B) components and report their aerial positions in compliance with ADS-B formatted messages, allowing them to participate in an ADS-B system without ADS-B system components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Angus Laughton Malcolm Thom McLean, III
  • Patent number: 10089886
    Abstract: A vehicle decision support system and method capable of processing operational constraints, a flight plan, and appropriate environmental data to generate timely and readily comprehensible guidance are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Amit Nishikant Kawalkar, Rajeev Mohan, Piyush Varshney, Sudhir Hebbar
  • Patent number: 10074282
    Abstract: A system for providing flight interval management (FIM) instructions to a pilot of an aircraft includes a module coupled to a display device and configured to communicate with a FIM avionics device. The module generates a first output when input data from the FIM avionics device indicates that the aircraft is within 30 nautical miles of another aircraft, and a second input when a lack of valid input data indicates that the module has lost connectivity to the FIM avionics device. The first input is to the display device to present at least an indication of a paired mode of the module with the FIM avionics device, and a commanded speed reported by the FIM avionics device. The second output is to remove any information presented by the display device and present a blank screen, and then present a status message indicating the lost connectivity to the FIM avionics device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: George Wilber
  • Patent number: 10054957
    Abstract: A system for receiving feedback in a flight plan of a vehicle includes a haptic-enabled device comprising a crew seat with an inceptor mounted thereto; and a processor with memory having instructions stored thereon that, when executed by the processor, cause the system to: receive signals indicative of the flight plan for the vehicle; receive deviation signals indicative of a proposed deviation in a trajectory for the flight plan; and transmit signals to the haptic-enabled device representing trajectory constraints in the proposed deviation in response to the receiving of the deviation signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Igor Cherepinsky, Harshad S. Sane
  • Patent number: 10053228
    Abstract: The example embodiments are directed to a device and method for matching together aircraft status reports. In one example, the method includes detecting, via a user interface, a selection of an aircraft from among a plurality of aircraft that have provided aircraft status reports, determining a group of aircraft status reports, from among the received status reports, which were generated by the respective aircraft during a flight of the respective aircraft, based on metadata of the received aircraft status reports, and displaying, via the user interface, the group of aircraft status reports determined to be provided by the respective aircraft during the flight. By linking together status reports from an entire flight, analysis may be performed on data from across an entire flight instead of an individual status report thereby improving flight data analysis and subsequent actions taken based on that analysis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert Samuel Kahn, Laird Eldon Becker, III, Michael Dean Fullington, Roopa Gidugu
  • Patent number: 10051542
    Abstract: A computing system will detect when a UE engaged in a voice call hands over from a lower frequency coverage area to a higher frequency coverage area where it is raining, and the computing system will responsively take action to help improve the UE's communication quality, in an effort to help minimize the extent to which voice call quality will degrade as a result of the transition to the higher frequency where it is raining. In particular, per the disclosure, the computing system could respond to this scenario by causing the target base station to use a more robust wireless transmission mode than the source base station was using to serve the UE.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignee: Sprint Spectrum L.P.
    Inventors: Nagi Mansour, Kevin Hart, Crisanto Ponce, Kafi Hassan
  • Patent number: 10043402
    Abstract: A system includes a communications system and at least one processor coupled with the communications system and with a non-transitory processor-readable medium storing processor-executable code. The communications system is configured to receive measured air data from an air sensor system and receive flight data from a flight monitoring system. The air data is indicative of at least one air characteristic of an environment surrounding an aircraft. The flight data is indicative of at least one flight characteristic of the aircraft. The processor-executable code causes the at least one processor to detect a failed state of the air sensor system based on the measure air data and the flight data, estimate air data in response to detecting the failed state of the air sensor system, and provide the estimated air data to at least one of a display device and an automated flight control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: ROCKWELL COLLINS, INC.
    Inventors: Jorge A. Alvarez, David L. Leedom, Brian E. Mishmash
  • Patent number: 10037705
    Abstract: Methods, devices, and systems for air traffic control flight management are described herein. One device includes a memory, and a processor to execute executable instructions stored in the memory to receive airport information associated with an airport, generate, using the airport information, a card panel including a number of flight cards, wherein each respective one of the number of flight cards corresponds to a different respective aircraft at the airport, and a user interface configured to display the card panel in a timeline view in a single integrated display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Vivek Kalyan, Ankita Sinha, John Joyson, Andrea Antonini, Maksood Kadike, Dinesh Ramalingam
  • Patent number: 10002538
    Abstract: A clearance enforcement system for a vehicle includes a transceiver to communicate over a data link that communicatively couples the vehicle to a control center external to the vehicle and a management unit configured to enforce a vehicle clearance policy. The vehicle clearance policy specifies that a vehicle must receive, in response to a clearance request message, an affirmative response message from a control center external to the vehicle, before executing a movement associated with the affirmative response message. The management unit enforces the vehicle clearance policy through a computer implemented method. The computer implemented method operates to first automatically determine within the vehicle when the vehicle is initiating the movement without having received the affirmative response and automatically alerting an operator of the vehicle that is initiating the movement without having received the affirmative response message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Anbazhagan Palanichamy, Varadharajan Ramachandran, Balaji Srinivasan
  • Patent number: 9965961
    Abstract: A method for en-route flight path optimization is disclosed. A plurality of alternate flight paths between an origin and a destination of the aircraft in flight is determined based on real-time weather data, air traffic conflict data, and air space constraint data. Further, flight time savings and fuel savings for each of the plurality of alternate flight paths with respect to an actual path is computed. Furthermore, an optimal flight path from the plurality of alternate flight paths is determined based on the computed flight time savings, fuel savings, and a priority for the flight time savings and the fuel savings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: AIRBUS GROUP INDIA PRIVATE LIMITED
    Inventor: Ashutosh Agrawal
  • Patent number: 9965963
    Abstract: A method for monitoring the flight trajectory of an aircraft comprises the steps reiterated in time consisting in receiving and comparing two trajectory objects, the trajectory objects being associated with two initially identical flight trajectories determined independently of each other over time; and, in case of difference between the two trajectory objects, determining a failed trajectory from the two flight trajectories by comparison with the last known state without fault, the last known state without fault corresponding to two identical trajectory objects. Developments describe the use of flight plan segments, of signatures, fault isolation simultaneously to a change of current leg, the use of levels of operational safety according to an RNP-AR procedure and the notification of the pilot of the trajectory determined as having failed. Software and system aspects are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Grégoire Jacotot, Cédric Flaven, Laurent Flotte
  • Patent number: 9967322
    Abstract: A system executes services by a “server” for a “client”. A preliminary step establishes a list of available services of the server, set up for the client, in which a processing time is determined releasable by the server for the client per code execution cycle minor frame (“MIF”). The system creates on start-up: NT execution tasks for the client, each having a priority of execution level and an allocated average duration of execution, a number of execution tasks (NT) being at least 1, the sum of durations of the tasks being at most the releasable processing time; execution rules associating each of the tasks with at least one service of the list; then, during each MIF cycle, the system executes the services on their associated tasks, a task executed by priority and for at most its allocated average time of execution, the non-executed part of a service being executed on its associated task in the next cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2018
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Francois Coulmeau, Laurent Castet, Laurent Deweerdt, Frederic Sanchez
  • Patent number: 9928747
    Abstract: A method for calculating a fuel consumption differential corresponding to an aircraft changing from an original trajectory (which incorporates the cost model of the airline through speed and altitude parameters within the flight plan) to a revised trajectory, the method including (1) calculating a first total excess energy associated with flying the aircraft at the original trajectory beginning at an execution time, the first total excess energy including excess energy due to climb and excess energy due to deviation of the original trajectory from an efficiency curve of the aircraft; (2) calculating a second total excess energy associated with flying the aircraft at the revised trajectory beginning at the execution time, the second total excess energy including excess energy due to climb and excess energy due to deviation of the revised trajectory from the efficiency curve; (3) comparing the first and second total excess energies to obtain a total excess energy differential; and (4) calculating the fuel consu
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Karl J. Rein-Weston, Colette A. Posse
  • Patent number: 9922571
    Abstract: A small aircraft includes a computer system configured to determine its own location, establish a datalink with a ground station and send the location information to the ground station in an ADS-B compliant format. The ground station then transmits the ADS-B compliant small aircraft information as a virtual ADS-B signal from the small aircraft to air traffic controllers and local ADS-B capable aircraft. Likewise, a ground station incorporates a virtual ADS-B In function to receive ADS-B information in a non-ADS-B datalink channel. The ground station performs ADS-B In applications without the burden of the small aircraft carrying the actual ADS-B equipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: William T. Greenleaf, Daniel J. Clark, Phillip L. Ellery
  • Patent number: 9916764
    Abstract: A common operating environment (COE) display system for vehicle operations, such as for air transport provides coordination of logistics information with dispatch or a controller. An operational plan, such as a flight plan or other operational plan describing vehicle deployment is stored, and a map visualization system displays a map region. An in-vehicle display depicts the operational plan, providing displays of current and projected operational conditions of the vehicle within different time phases of the operational plan. Communication as either text or other data allows transmission can be performed as text, attachments or a combination of text and attachments. Messages (text) and attachments (files) are exchanged only through the server, and the items exchanged are recorded for analysis and forensic purposes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: WXPOS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott T. Shipley, Mark D. Spence
  • Patent number: 9911339
    Abstract: Systems and methods for enhancing aircraft performance are provided. In one example, a method can include accessing an initial model that defines operating cost of an aircraft at a series of model operating states. The method also can include identifying one or more sample operating states for analyzing aircraft cost during flight. The method also can include receiving one or more real-time flight performance parameters indicative of aircraft operating cost while the aircraft is operating at the identified sample operating states. The method also can include generating an updated model that defines operating cost of the aircraft using the initial model as well as data defined by the real-time flight performance parameters. The method also can include determining an enhanced operating state based at least in part on the updated model and outputting the enhanced operating state for control of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: GE AVIATION SYSTEMS LLC
    Inventors: David Michael Lax, Sridhar Adibhatla, Szabolcs Andras Borgyos, Mark Lawrence Darnell
  • Patent number: 9898932
    Abstract: Mechanisms are provided for monitoring an area utilizing an unmanned vehicle. These mechanisms identify an area to be monitored by an unmanned vehicle and identify an unmanned vehicle assigned to monitoring the identified area. The mechanisms further generate, for the unmanned vehicle, a travel path to be traversed by the unmanned vehicle using a function to randomize generation of the travel path. Moreover, the mechanisms program the unmanned vehicle to traverse the generated travel path and initiate operation of the unmanned vehicle to collect data about the area while traversing the generated travel path. In addition, the mechanisms monitor the area utilizing the unmanned vehicle based on the data collected by the unmanned vehicle while traversing the generated travel path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jay A. Brown, Thomas J. Watson
  • Patent number: 9884683
    Abstract: In a method for producing a light program (22) for controlling lighting in an interior (80) of an aircraft (82) during a flight, a sequence list (2a, b) of phases of the day (4a-l) for a full day is set, wherein a time of day (6), a phase duration (8) and lighting data (La-l) for the lighting are assigned to each phase of the day (4a-l), the appropriate phase of the day (4a-l) is selected from the sequence list (2a, b) as first program section (14a) of a flight program (10) on the basis of the local time (12a) at which the flight starts and the proportional associated phase duration (8) is assigned to the first program section as section duration (16a), the appropriate phase of the day (4a-l) is selected from the sequence list (2a, b) as last program section (14b-e) of the flight program on the basis of the local time (12b) at which the flight lands and the proportional associated phase duration (8) is assigned to the last program section (14b-e) as section duration (16b-e), the flight program (10) between fi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2018
    Assignee: DIEHL AEROSPACE GMBH
    Inventor: Sebastian Fehringer
  • Patent number: 9877296
    Abstract: An electronic tag, e.g. for use as a tracker tag or combined tracker and data tag, with a cellular communication module is disclosed. The cellular communication module is configured to transmit an indication of a current geographical location to an external data server. The electronic tag can optionally receive tag data from an external tag reader and optionally comprises an output means configured to output the tag data. The tag's microprocessor is configured to switch off at least a transmitter part of the cellular communication module in response to first data contained in a Mode S signal of an aircraft transponder. Said transmitter part may be switched on again depending on data in signals from external source(s) as received in the tag.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: EC SOLUTION GROUP B.V.
    Inventor: Graham Michael Kelly
  • Patent number: 9852638
    Abstract: A device moving in a space determines one or more zones around it, wherein the one or more zones are linked to the device and move together with the device through the space. The device detects if a border of a first of the one or more zones starts to intersect or stops to intersect with a border of an area inside the space. If the detecting is affirmative, the device transmits information related to the intersection. An apparatus receives this information from the device and adapts a status value of the area in dependence of the received information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: TELEFONAKTIEBOLAGET LM ERICSSON(PUBL)
    Inventors: Branko Djordjevic, Tim Lauterbach, Frank Sell
  • Patent number: 9846437
    Abstract: A preexisting FMS system may be upgraded to increase its functionality by optimizing the control of autopilot and auto-throttle functions and replacing other preexisting components with different components for enhancing the functionality of the FMS system. The preexisting IRU, CADC, DME receiver and DFGC in the upgraded FMS system are in communication with the legacy AFMC but, instead of employing the legacy EFIS, the EFIS is replaced by a data concentrator unit as well as the display control panel and integrated flat panel display, and a GPS receiver. The upgraded FMS system is capable of iteratively controlling the autopilot and auto-throttle during all phases of flight and of such increased functionality as increased navigation database storage capacity, RNP, VNAV, LPV and RNAV capability utilizing a GPS based navigation solution, and RTA capability, while still enabling the legacy AFMC to exploit its aircraft performance capabilities throughout the flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2017
    Assignee: Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc.
    Inventors: Geoffrey S. M. Hedrick, Shahram Askarpour
  • Patent number: 9836979
    Abstract: A method and system for identifying demand in a transportation system. A boarding count model is determined based upon passenger arrival information, and a geographic and time-specific generalized boarding model is determined based upon the boarding count model as well as information related to a plurality of stops on a route in the transportation system. For each of the plurality of stops, an approximated uniform arrival model is determined based upon the generalized arrival model and a time period between arriving vehicles at a specific stop, an instantaneous demand model is determined based upon the uniform arrival model, and a probability of no demand model is determined based upon the uniform arrival model. A report including the instantaneous demand and the probability of no demand determined can be generated. Based upon the report, various operational parameters for the transportation system can be manually or automatically adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: Conduent Business Services, LLC
    Inventor: John C. Handley
  • Patent number: 9836467
    Abstract: A database which receives input from a data streaming application may include in-flight streamed data within the scope of a command which alters database data. Preferably, the streaming application produces data tuples for input to at least one table of the database. A user submitting modify data commands to apply to multiple tuples meeting some specified logical parameters may define the command scope to include in-flight data in the streaming application, causing the database manager to forward the command to the streaming application. A streaming application manager invokes database agents in respective nodes of the streaming application, which identify in-flight data meeting the specified logical parameters of the command, and apply the modify data operation to such data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Company
    Inventors: Eric L. Barsness, Daniel E. Beuch, Alexander Cook, John M. Santosuosso
  • Patent number: 9824567
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable storage media provide for selective Notice to Airmen (NOTAM) notifications to be made to the crew of an aircraft according to the relevance of the NOTAM to a selected phase of flight of the aircraft. According to embodiments described herein, NOTAMs are received and parsed for subject and status codes. The subject and status codes are used with the selected phase of flight to determine a relevance code each NOTAM according to a set of relevance rules. The relevance rules provide a level of relevance of the NOTAM to the phase of flight and trigger a type of notification according to that level of relevance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nico Zimmer, Keyvan Bayram
  • Patent number: 9802716
    Abstract: An identification system and method are provided for aircraft equipped with electric taxi systems for autonomous ground movement that enables airport ground personnel and others outside the aircraft to safely and easily identify the aircraft moving on ground surfaces at an airport as equipped with a pilot-controlled electric taxi system and to distinguish these aircraft from aircraft not moved by electric taxi systems. The identification system may be mounted with nose or main landing gear drive wheels supporting the electric taxi system. The identification system includes an identifying lighting system with lighting elements of a selected number, shape, color, or arrangement positioned on at least a visible face of one or more landing gear wheels. Automatic or manual controls may actuate the identification system to identify electric taxi system-equipped aircraft when the aircraft are moved with the electric taxi system or are stopped.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2017
    Assignee: Borealis Technical Limited
    Inventors: Jan Vana, Joseph J. Cox, Isaiah W. Cox, Jonathan S. Edelson
  • Patent number: 9792108
    Abstract: Methods, systems, computer-readable media, and apparatuses for providing a scheme for managing Last-Modified information for resource requests are described herein. In some embodiments, a computing device may determine whether to round up or down an update time of a resource respectively based on whether a request from a client device for the resource is received within a window. In some embodiments, a computing device may receive, from a client device, a first validation request for a resource and a second validation request for the resource. In response to determining that the first validation request was received within a window, the computing device may round down an update time of the resource. In response to determining that the second validation request was received outside of the window, the computing device may determine whether to round up the update time of the resource.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventor: Jonathan Moore
  • Patent number: 9784586
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and apparatus for determining a path (4) for a vehicle (2). The method comprises providing starting and final positions for the vehicle (2), and using the provided positions, determining an ordered sequence of points, thereby providing the path (4) for the vehicle (2). Performing the optimisation process comprises: minimising a distance between the final position and a last point in the sequence; for each point other than a last point in the sequence, constraining a distance between that point and the next point to be equal to a predefined distance; and, for each path point other than the first and last points, constraining an angle between a line that connects that point to the point that precedes it and a line that connects that point to the next point to be greater than or equal to a predefined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: BAE SYSTEMS plc
    Inventor: Markus Deittert
  • Patent number: 9740200
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for an unmanned aerial system inspection system. One of the methods is performed by a UAV and includes obtaining, from a user device, flight operation information describing an inspection of a vertical structure to be performed, the flight operation information including locations of one or more safe locations for vertical inspection. A location of the UAV is determined to correspond to a first safe location for vertical inspection. A first inspection of the structure is performed is performed at the first safe location, the first inspection including activating cameras. A second safe location is traveled to, and a second inspection of the structure is performed. Information associated with the inspection is provided to the user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: UNMANNED INNOVATION, INC.
    Inventors: Brett Michael Bethke, Hui Li, Bernard J. Michini
  • Patent number: 9728093
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for presenting contextual weather information with respect to a predetermined route of a vehicle. Routing data for a vehicle is integrated with weather data for an area to generate contextual weather information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Thorsten Wiesemann, Theo Hankers, Cindy Dorfmann, Andreas Sindlinger
  • Patent number: 9715831
    Abstract: A permanent wireless onboard to ground operations communications system is provided for an aircraft equipped with a pilot-controllable drive wheel drive system for autonomous ground movement without reliance on the aircraft's engines or external tow vehicles, including an onboard wireless communications link installed to remain permanently with the aircraft designed to interface wirelessly with ground personnel at any airport, aerodrome, or airfield where the aircraft lands immediately upon landing. The permanent wireless onboard to ground operations communications system provides a substantially instantaneous connection between a pilot and ground personnel to facilitate guidance of pilot-controlled autonomous ground movement during taxi, parking in nose-in and parallel orientations, and pushback without reliance on visual signals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Borealis Technical Limited
    Inventors: Isaiah W. Cox, Joseph J. Cox, Joseph Goldman, Jan Vana
  • Patent number: 9696795
    Abstract: The technology disclosed relates to a method of realistic rotation of a virtual object for an interaction between a control object in a three-dimensional (3D) sensory space and the virtual object in a virtual space that the control object interacts with. In particular, it relates to detecting free-form gestures of a control object in a three-dimensional (3D) sensory space and generating for display a 3D solid control object model for the control object during the free-form gestures, including sub-components of the control object and in response to detecting a two e sub-component free-form gesture of the control object in the 3D sensory space in virtual contact with the virtual object, depicting, in the generated display, the virtual contact and resulting rotation of the virtual object by the 3D solid control object model.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: Leap Motion, Inc.
    Inventors: Alex Marcolina, David S. Holz, Paul A. Durdik
  • Patent number: 9691276
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, computer program product, and device with various means are disclosed for determining the time it takes to a traverse a transportation structure by enclosing a representation of a transportation structure with a bounding polygon, specifying a plurality of gates which represent legitimate entry or exit points of the transportation structure as one or more edges of the bounding polygon, and computing the travel time for a probe traveling through the bounding polygon via the gates. Computing the probe's travel time comprises generating a location trace of movement of the probe, determining an entry and exit time, and calculating the difference between the exit time and the entry time. Determining the entry and exist time can be done by interpolation. An average of a set of computations can be used to get an average of the time it takes traverse the transportation structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Bo Xu, Matei Nicolae Stroila, Jane Macfarlane
  • Patent number: 9672747
    Abstract: A common operating environment (COE) display system for vehicle operations, such as for air transport provides coordination of logistics information with dispatch or a controller. An operational plan, such as a flight plan or other operational plan describing vehicle deployment is stored, and a map visualization system displays a map region. An in-vehicle display depicts the operational plan, providing displays of current and projected operational conditions of the vehicle within different time phases of the operational plan. Transfer of updates of the operational plan is performed without replacing substantial portions of the stored data for the operational plan, allowing synchronization of the operational plan with a remotely located facility. The system permits a controller or dispatcher to screen share the in-vehicle display based on information previously stored, as updated by the updates, and permits review of the modified operational plan.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Assignee: WXOPS, INC.
    Inventors: Scott T. Shipley, Mark D. Spence