With Course Diversion Patents (Class 701/122)
  • Patent number: 8354932
    Abstract: A method and a device for driver assistance in which the warning threshold at which the driver is warned for example of a departure from the lane is adaptively adjusted as a function of the driver's state and/or the driving situation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventor: Carsten Schmitz
  • Patent number: 8350845
    Abstract: A method and system for visually displaying views of current transit conditions are disclosed. A user selects a transit system (e.g., bus, train, ferry) and a rundown of views of the transit system to show in a traffic report. To more easily identify the transit system in the traffic report, graphics representing the buildings and other landmarks in the geographic area of the transit system are displayed in x-ray mode, while the transit system graphics are highlighted using colors. Graphic objects are added to the views to provide additional information regarding the transit system, including information regarding incidents on the transit system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Navteq North America, LLC
    Inventors: Robert M. Soulchin, Stephen J. Reh
  • Patent number: 8332083
    Abstract: A method for calculating a safe extraction path from a terrain-challenged airport that does not depend upon published procedures. The method includes the steps of: a) defining at least one containment zone for a circling climb departure path relative to a reference location; b) receiving aircraft performance data from an on-board flight management system; c) receiving air mass parameters from on-board aircraft sensors; d) calculating the maximum allowable climb altitude (MACA) utilizing the at least one containment zone, the received aircraft performance data, and the received air mass parameters; and, e) comparing the MACA to at least one selected safe departure altitude (SDA) to calculate the lowest possible descent altitude that can be achieved while ensuring that at least one safe extraction path exists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventor: Patrick D. McCusker
  • Patent number: 8319667
    Abstract: A system and method of conveying missed approach procedures to a pilot are provided. The system and method include rendering a graphic representation of at least one leg of the missed approach procedure on a display. A determination is made as to whether the aircraft is at least substantially flying the at least one leg of the missed approach procedure. At least one visual characteristic of the rendered graphic is selectively varied based on the determination of whether the aircraft is at least substantially flying the at least one leg of the missed approach procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Roger W. Burgin, Blake Wilson, Sandy Wyatt
  • Patent number: 8321092
    Abstract: A method of predicting severity of a potential collision of first and second vehicles. The method includes determining that a probability of a potential collision of the vehicles is greater than a threshold value. Vehicle condition-defining signals are exchanged between the vehicles when the probability of the potential collision is greater than the threshold value including a first vehicle condition-defining signal developed on board the first vehicle and a second vehicle condition-defining signal developed onboard the second vehicle. The method further includes predicting onboard the first vehicle a severity of the potential collision for the first vehicle based upon input that includes the first vehicle condition-defining signal and the second vehicle condition-defining signal. A severity of the potential collision for the second vehicle is predicted onboard the second vehicle based upon the second vehicle condition-defining signal and the first vehicle condition-defining signal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Alan L Browne, Francis D Wood, Osman D Altan
  • Patent number: 8311729
    Abstract: A traffic lane deviation preventing system includes a traffic line detecting unit for detecting traffic line positions on a road, a control unit for determining a possibility of a vehicle's deviation from a traffic line based on the traffic line positions detected by the traffic line detecting unit and setting a travel target point to which the vehicle is to travel if it is determined that there is a possibility of a traffic line deviation. The control unit moves the travel target point toward the center of a traffic lane according to the passage of a control operation time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: Fuji Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Toru Saito, Shinya Kudo, Hajime Oyama
  • Publication number: 20120277986
    Abstract: A method to generate a clearance request to deviate from a flight plan is provided. The method includes receiving at one or more processors in an airborne vehicle input from at least one automatic flight-plan-relevant source, at least one of the one or more processors independently determining a revised flight route based on the received input, at least one of the one or more processors independently generating a preconfigured clearance request message to deviate from the flight plan for a flight crew user based on the determining. The method further includes providing an audible prompt to the flight crew user for one of approval and rejection of the clearance request to deviate from the flight plan. When an approval of the clearance request to deviate from the flight plan is received from the flight crew user, the preconfigured clearance request message is downlinked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Tom D. Judd, Ruy C. P. Brandao
  • Patent number: 8296060
    Abstract: A method and device for assisting in the navigation of an airplane on the ground at an airport employs a display unit for automatically presenting data relating to the path to be followed by the airplane at the airport in textual form on a display screen, and a display unit for automatically presenting this data in graphic form on a display screen, using a plot illustrating said path on an airport map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Fabien Fetzmann, Pierre Coldefy, Isabelle La Vielle, Nicolas Gros
  • Patent number: 8290696
    Abstract: Methods for evaluating and implementing air traffic management tools and approaches for managing and avoiding an air traffic incident before the incident occurs. A first system receives parameters for flight plan configurations (e.g., initial fuel carried, flight route, flight route segments followed, flight altitude for a given flight route segment, aircraft velocity for each flight route segment, flight route ascent rate, flight route descent route, flight departure site, flight departure time, flight arrival time, flight destination site and/or alternate flight destination site), flight plan schedule, expected weather along each flight route segment, aircraft specifics, airspace (altitude) bounds for each flight route segment, navigational aids available. The invention provides flight plan routing and direct routing or wind optimal routing, using great circle navigation and spherical Earth geometry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
    Inventors: Banavar Sridhar, Kapil S. Sheth, Gano Broto Chatterji, Karl D. Bilimoria, Shon Grabbe, John F. Schipper
  • Patent number: 8275499
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for formulating a flight plan ensuring sufficient safety margins for a duration of a few minutes in relation to the set of flight constraints that could arise and comprising means for: detecting the surrounding moving objects (aircraft or meteorological phenomena), evaluating their type and the danger that they represent, formulating a reconfiguration flight plan ensuring a separation with these phenomena and taking best account of the constraints of the initially followed flight plan, avoiding prohibited or regulated airspaces and avoiding the surrounding relief with ad hoc operational margins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Francois Coulmeau, Manuel Gutierrez-Castaneda, Nicolas Marty
  • Patent number: 8244453
    Abstract: A method of adjusting the trajectory of an aircraft flying a climb circuit, of substantially helical form corresponding to a succession of racetracks, denoted HOLD, the last HOLD, called the exit HOLD, having predefined geometric characteristics and comprising a lock-on point, allowing the aircraft to enter and to exit in the HOLD, the aircraft attaining the setpoint altitude of the climb circuit during the flight of the exit HOLD, comprises at least three steps, including: a step of computing the prediction of the position of the aircraft when the setpoint altitude will be attained; a step of computing the remaining distance to be traveled, between the position of the aircraft when the setpoint altitude will be attained and the lock-on point; and a step making it possible to carry out an adaptation of the form of the exit HOLD so as to minimize the remaining distance to be traveled DELTA.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Antoine Lacombe, Xavier Blanchon, François Coulmeau
  • Publication number: 20120191333
    Abstract: Disclosed are algorithms and agent-based structures for a system and technique for analyzing and managing the airspace. The technique includes managing bulk properties of large numbers of heterogeneous multidimensional aircraft trajectories in an airspace, for the purpose of maintaining or increasing system safety, and to identify possible phase transition structures to predict when an airspace will approach the limits of its capacity. The paths of the multidimensional aircraft trajectories are continuously recalculated in the presence of changing conditions (traffic, exclusionary airspace, weather, for example) while optimizing performance measures and performing trajectory conflict detection and resolution. Such trajectories are represented as extended objects endowed with pseudo-potential, maintaining objectives for time, acceleration limits, and fuel-efficient paths by bending just enough to accommodate separation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 25, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventors: Bruce K. Sawhill, James W. Herriot, Bruce J. Holmes
  • Patent number: 8209115
    Abstract: Method and device for aiding the guidance of an aircraft along a flight trajectory. The device makes it possible to cause the aircraft to pass at least one particular waypoint of the flight trajectory, at an associated target time, and to do so to within an associated temporal tolerance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventors: Fabrice Lucas, Jean-Louis De Menorval
  • Patent number: 8209072
    Abstract: A method and device to assist in the piloting of an aircraft in a landing phase may apply a maximum braking of the aircraft if there is a risk of longitudinal departure from a runway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignees: Airbus Operations SAS, Airbus
    Inventors: Fabrice Villaume, Armand Jacob, Robert Lignee
  • Patent number: 8190353
    Abstract: A computer based method, system and computer program product to assign a quality metric to an airspace design and optionally to compare it against design metrics, to determine a comparative quality metric. Factors contributing to quality of the airspace sector design are identified via user input and quantified to calculate a quality metric for the airspace sector design as a function of the quantified factors. Categories for each of the identified factors, and parameters for each of the identified categories are also identified via user input. Each parameter has an associated weight and a range of thresholds with associated multipliers. An associated multiplier from the range of thresholds for each identified parameter is also identified. The identified multiplier is multiplied with the associated weight for each identified parameter. The products for each identified parameter are then summed to obtain a quality metric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: The MITRE Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. White, Robert P. Bearer, Carla Ximena Gladstone, James M. Reed, Steven R. Kalbaugh, Sr., Patrick L. Jones
  • Patent number: 8116970
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of calculating a path which is offset laterally by a first distance with respect to a reference path, comprising the calculation of a flight plan which is offset with respect to a reference flight plan. The reference flight plan is defined on the basis of waypoints and of segments defining a reference path between the waypoints. Each segment has a start point and an end point making it possible to define a course corresponding to the direction of travel by an aircraft. The laterally offset flight plan is calculated on the basis of waypoints associated with the waypoints of the reference flight plan, called associated points and being situated at the intersection. The laterally offset flight path includes lines, parallel with the segments of the reference flight plan, offset by the first distance from the reference flight plan. It is further defined by the bisectrix of the angle formed by two adjacent segments at a waypoint belonging to the reference path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Francois Hoofd, Christophe Caillaud
  • Patent number: 8086351
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods and systems that include a method for controlling movement of a first unmanned vehicle (UV) to search an area, where the method includes generating a first trace associated with prior positions in which the first UV has been located, determining a direction in which the first UV is to move using the first generated trace, and causing the first UV to move in the determined direction. The trace may be a numerical value that decreases as a function of the time that has elapsed since the first trace was generated. The methods and systems may also include receiving data relating to a second trace, and using that second trace to determine the direction. The second trace may be generated by a second UV. The second trace may be associated with a position within a predetermined radius from a position associated with the first UV.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Icosystem Corporation
    Inventors: Paolo Gaudiano, Benjamin Shargel, Eric Bonabeau
  • Patent number: 8068039
    Abstract: Described is a system and method for displaying flight track data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Assignee: PASSUR Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: James Cole, Matthew Marcella, Ron Dunsky
  • Publication number: 20110257874
    Abstract: A method to generate a clearance request to deviate from a flight plan is provided. The method includes receiving at one or more processors in an airborne vehicle input from at least one automatic flight-plan-relevant source, at least one of the one or more processors independently determining a revised flight route based on the received input, at least one of the one or more processors independently generating a preconfigured clearance request message to deviate from the flight plan for a flight crew user based on the determining. The method further includes providing an audible prompt to the flight crew user for one of approval and rejection of the clearance request to deviate from the flight plan. When an approval of the clearance request to deviate from the flight plan is received from the flight crew user, the preconfigured clearance request message is downlinked.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Tom D. Judd, Ruy C. P. Brandao
  • Patent number: 8000848
    Abstract: The invention relates to systems for preventing off-normal situations when there is a possibility that an aircraft penetrates into a dangerous area of the vortex shedding of a vortex generator. The inventive system consists of information sub-systems for recording and storing information on the expected relative position of the aircraft and trailing vortex areas in line with danger criteria which are specified by a user and concern dangerous aerodynamic forces and torques effecting the aircraft and induced by the trailing vortex of vortex generators, and for conveying said information to said user, who can be the aircraft crew and/or flight attendants, at a preventive distance from the aircraft and at a forecast moment. Said information can be visualised in a human-readable form and in a volume sufficient for forming a directive signal for carrying out a flight manoeuvre by the aircraft in order to move away from the dangerous trailing vortex area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignees: FAPRID, Spetsfekhnika
    Inventors: Nikolai Alekseevich Baranov, Andrei Sergeevich Belotserkovski, Mikhail Igorevich Kanevski, Igor Vladimirovich Pasekunov
  • Patent number: 7979200
    Abstract: Systems and methods that coordinate assignments of aircraft operating within a controlled airspace to ground radios are provided. In one embodiment, such a system includes an air traffic control (ATC) facility (12), a plurality of ground radios (16A-16C), and a network manager (20) communicatively coupled to the air traffic control facility (12) and the ground radios (16A-16C). The air traffic control facility is responsible for controlling aircraft (14A-14I) operating within the airspace (10) and providing ATC information to the network manager (20). The ground radios (16A-16C) are operable to provide communications between the air traffic control facility (12) and the aircraft (14A-14I). The network manager (20) is operable to assign each aircraft (14A-14I) to one of the ground radios (16A-16C) based on network management considerations using the ATC information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: FM Bay, David E. Walton
  • Patent number: 7979199
    Abstract: A method to generate a clearance request to deviate from a flight plan comprising receiving input from at least one flight-plan-relevant source, determining a revised flight route based on the received input, and generating a preconfigured clearance request message to deviate from the flight plan for a user based on the determining. The method further comprises prompting the user for one of approval and rejection of the clearance request to deviate from the flight plan. The preconfigured clearance request message is downlinked when an approval of the clearance request to deviate from the flight plan is received from the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Tom D. Judd, Ruy C. P. Brandao
  • Publication number: 20110144897
    Abstract: Described herein are systems and methods for tracking suspect aircraft. One embodiment is related to a method including receiving location data and current flight data of an aircraft, analyzing the location data and current flight data using flight behavior algorithms, detecting route deviation of the aircraft, and providing a report of flight pattern analysis and the detected route deviation to at least one device on a network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2010
    Publication date: June 16, 2011
    Inventor: Ron Dunsky
  • Patent number: 7930102
    Abstract: A method is provided for constructing an offset, and includes constructing the capture path, which includes selecting a capture path start point on a first leg of the flight path and selecting a first capture path angle; determining whether a first capture path segment extending from the capture path start point at the first capture path angle intersects a) a first bisector or b) a first bisector backcourse; establishing, if the first capture path segment intersects the first bisector backcourse, the first capture path segment as the capture path; establishing, if the first capture path segment intersects the first bisector, the intersection as a first point; determining one or more subsequent capture path segments until the one or more subsequent capture path segments intersect a subsequent bisector; and establishing the first capture path segment and the one or more subsequent capture path segments as the capture path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Brent, James K. Haberstock, David L Haugen
  • Patent number: 7908079
    Abstract: Systems, methods and apparatus are provided through which an apparatus located on an airfield provides information to pilots in aircraft on the ground and simultaneously gathers information on the motion and position of the aircraft for controllers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Richard W. Dabney, Susan Vinz Elrod
  • Patent number: 7818127
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for at least semi-autonomously controlling a vehicle so as to avoid collisions are provided. A sensor is utilized to scan an area proximate the vehicle for a potential object of collision. The apparatus calculates navigational states of the potential object of collision relative to the vehicle to determine that the vehicle is on a course to enter within a predetermined miss distance relative to the potential object of collision. The apparatus alters the course of the vehicle based on the calculated navigational states.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2010
    Assignee: Geneva Aerospace, Inc.
    Inventors: David S. Duggan, David A. Felio, Craig S. Askew
  • Patent number: 7786900
    Abstract: Navigation of an aircraft is facilitated through the displaying on a map of an over flown region, and of the limits of zones within range of the aircraft in an emergency situation. The points of the zones within range of the aircraft are tagged on the basis of: an estimate of the vertical margins to reach these points, taking into account non-maneuverability zones neighboring the aircraft to be circumvented; a vertical flight profile to be complied with; and a safety height margin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Elias Bitar, Nicolas Marty
  • Publication number: 20100100308
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for formulating a flight plan ensuring sufficient safety margins for a duration of a few minutes in relation to the set of flight constraints that could arise and comprising means for: detecting the surrounding moving objects (aircraft or meteorological phenomena), evaluating their type and the danger that they represent, formulating a reconfiguration flight plan ensuring a separation with these phenomena and taking best account of the constraints of the initially followed flight plan, avoiding prohibited or regulated airspaces and avoiding the surrounding relief with ad hoc operational margins.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2009
    Publication date: April 22, 2010
    Applicant: Thales
    Inventors: François Coulmeau, Manuel Gutierrez-Castaneda, Nicolas Marty
  • Patent number: 7636619
    Abstract: A device for aiding the guidance of a follower aircraft forming part of a patrol, as well as a system for aiding a patrol flight employing such a device has a calculation unit for determining: (1) a first flight trajectory allowing a follower aircraft to follow a main lead aircraft in accordance with a main patrol configuration and (2) a second flight trajectory allowing the follower aircraft to follow an auxiliary lead aircraft in accordance with an auxiliary patrol configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Assignee: Airbus France
    Inventors: Falk Winkler, Guillaume Fouet, Didier Menras
  • Publication number: 20090240424
    Abstract: An open community model for information exchange enables individuals to plan and attain superior outcomes in a dynamic environment. A continually “world model” maintains information about the dynamic environment that is valuable for individuals of the open community. An open community model application publicizes a specification of relevant types of information it receives from suppliers and provides to consumers. Suppliers provide information consistent with the specification. Consumers utilize received information to reduce uncertainties or errors in the assumed environment so they can generate improved plans or improve their expected outcomes. Consumers give feedback to the open community model about the quality of information they received. A “world model” application combines information received to update and improve its understanding of the dynamic environment and its estimates of relevant parameters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Publication date: September 24, 2009
    Inventor: Frederick Hayes-Roth
  • Patent number: 7590484
    Abstract: A Safe Runway Aircraft Arrival and Departure System Using Split Runway Design comprising a linear runway divided into separate landing strip and takeoff strip portions. Arriving aircraft land on the designated landing strip portion of the runway, while departing aircraft take off from the designated takeoff strip portion of the runway. The landing and takeoff portions may be separated by a defined buffer zone utilized by aircraft for taxiing to and from a terminal. Existing runways may be readily converted into two designated portions for arriving and departing aircraft, thereby significantly increasing the number of aircraft arrival and departure sequences, reducing the likelihood of aircraft runway incursions, eliminating dangerous intersection takeoffs, and conserving jet fuel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Inventor: Daniel G. Gellert
  • Publication number: 20090157288
    Abstract: A time factor corresponding to an airspace delay or acceleration is communicated to an aircraft. A flight management computer or other computational device of the aircraft calculates a proposed change in trajectory in order to accommodate the time factor in an optimum or nearly optimum manner. One or more proposed changes in trajectory are subject to review by the pilot or other flight personnel. An operator-selected change in trajectory is then implemented in order to accommodate a new arrival time of the aircraft at its destination or a positional point.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Louis J. Bailey, Marissa K. Singleton
  • Publication number: 20090132157
    Abstract: A method is provided for constructing an offset, and includes constructing the capture path, which includes selecting a capture path start point on a first leg of the flight path and selecting a first capture path angle; determining whether a first capture path segment extending from the capture path start point at the first capture path angle intersects a) a first bisector or b) a first bisector backcourse; establishing, if the first capture path segment intersects the first bisector backcourse, the first capture path segment as the capture path; establishing, if the first capture path segment intersects the first bisector, the intersection as a first point; determining one or more subsequent capture path segments until the one or more subsequent capture path segments intersect a subsequent bisector; and establishing the first capture path segment and the one or more subsequent capture path segments as the capture path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2009
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Donald E. BRENT, James K. HABERSTOCK, David L. HAUGEN
  • Publication number: 20090076717
    Abstract: A method for assisting an aircraft to rejoin a flight plan is disclosed. The flight plan is composed of a number N of flight segments (LEGi, i?[1, N]) with a flight segment LEGi being defined by a departure end (WPTi?1) and by an arrival end (WPTi). A navigation mode is termed “managed mode” wherein, the aircraft has momentarily left the managed mode and has deviated from the flight plan after passing through a waypoint (WPTp, p?[1, N]), the aircraft occupying a position (PPOS) and seeking to rejoin the flight plan so as to follow it in managed mode. The method comprises a step of evaluating the separation distance (Dj, i?[p+1, N]) between the position (PPOS) of the aircraft and each of the waypoints (WPTj, i?[p+1, N]). The local minima of the distance between the position (PPOS) of the aircraft and the waypoints (WPTj, i?[p+1, N]) of the flight plan is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2008
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Applicant: THALES
    Inventors: Herve Goutelard, Francois Coulmeau, Stephane Paris
  • Patent number: 7505835
    Abstract: A system and method for displaying a three-dimensional image of airspace includes a series of translucent, horizontal “pavers” that lie like stepping stones marking the selected flight path. In addition, the display includes a series of vertical rectangles—called “wickets”—which bracket the selected flight path. One or more of the wickets may include a graphical representation of the direction of the aircraft should be flying through the wicket. The system accommodates changes in course by generating a new flight path when instructed to do so. The new flight path is created in a way that assures continuous guidance for the pilot and sufficient time for the pilot to adjust to the new course. The display can include a compass rose which indicates the aircraft's present heading and direction of flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: L-3 Communications Avionics Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford S. Brust, Gary Evans
  • Patent number: 7493208
    Abstract: A personal traffic congestion avoidance system for drivers of motor vehicles traveling on roadways in motor vehicles with GPS-based navigational systems. The system includes a GPS-based navigational system that includes a GPS receiver connected to a visual display, a map database and a wireless communication device for communicating with a remote computer over a wireless communication network. The GPS-based navigation system continuously determines the motor vehicle exact physical location in a region that is intermittently or continuously uploaded to a remote computer via the wireless communication network. The remote computer is connected to a traffic monitoring service that provides current traffic congestion information thereto. When a traffic congestion event is in the designated vicinity of the current location of the motor vehicle or on a roadway that may affect the traffic on the roadway on which the motor vehicle is traveling, a warning is generated and delivered to the GPS-based navigational system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2009
    Assignee: DAC Remote Investments LLC
    Inventor: Dean A. Craine
  • Patent number: 7483790
    Abstract: A method is provided for constructing an offset, and includes constructing the capture path, which includes selecting a capture path start point on a first leg of the flight path and selecting a first capture path angle; determining whether a first capture path segment extending from the capture path start point at the first capture path angle intersects a) a first bisector or b) a first bisector backcourse; establishing, if the first capture path segment intersects the first bisector backcourse, the first capture path segment as the capture path; establishing, if the first capture path segment intersects the first bisector, the intersection as a first point; determining one or more subsequent capture path segments until the one or more subsequent capture path segments intersect a subsequent bisector; and establishing the first capture path segment and the one or more subsequent capture path segments as the capture path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Brent, James K. Haberstock, David L. Haugen
  • Patent number: 7433779
    Abstract: This method relates to the system of ATM air traffic management with cooperative aircraft provided with a flight management computer FMS, that are linked by a data transmission system ATN to the control authority and that have presented a flight plan to the control authority. It consists in communicating to the control authority via the ATN link, the projections SPWPi,j onto the flight plan LTFP of pseudo-waypoints PWPi,j introduced by the flight management computer FMS during lateral (between two segments of the flight plan) and/or vertical (between two breaks in slope) softened transitions performed by the aircraft at the time of the changes of instructions appearing in the flight plan LTFP. By virtue of this information, the control authority estimates more precisely the actual future position of the aircraft and the changes of instruction, thereby enabling it to increase the safety level in particular for the spacing and separation of traffic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2008
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Guy Deker, Dominique Vanypre
  • Patent number: 7412324
    Abstract: The present invention is a flight management system with precision merging that may determine a rejoin turn location based upon a heading to allow proper spacing between an aircraft and an identified target aircraft. The flight management system may monitor for deviation from assigned airspace, winds, turn radius and desired airport speed profile for the approach to further refine a turn-back location. Advantageously, a delay in landing of the target aircraft may not affect the landing approach of other aircraft. This may result in more accurate spacing between aircraft which are closer to the allowed separation minima and may provide an increase in capacity especially in high-density areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Charles J. Bagge, Donald J. Whalen, Bechara J. Mallouk
  • Patent number: 7256728
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an avoidance system and method for directing an aircraft away from an exclusion zone. The exclusion zone may be any three dimensional space for example about a building or city. The avoidance system uses a constant signal from a ground based transmitter and an aircraft's receiver which receives and processes the signal and activates the avoidance system by engaging the flight director system or autopilot to steer away from the exclusion zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2007
    Inventors: Craig Anthony Kenny, Gary John Rushton, Gregory John Litster
  • Patent number: 7151995
    Abstract: In a method for the prediction of air-traffic events, with sending means being distributed on the sites of the air-traffic actors, and with data-processing means communicating with these sending means through at least one communications network, an event is predicted by the processing means as a function of information distributed to the different sites and sent out by the sending means. The method can be applied especially to the optimizing of the management of air traffic, especially during the approach phase and in airports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventor: Philippe Jasselin
  • Patent number: 6789011
    Abstract: A computer program product, that allows an aviation system to temporally allocate aircraft slot times during a specified period for the flow of a plurality of aircraft toward a specified fix point, has, according to the present invention: (1) a means for collecting and storing specified data and criteria, (2) a means for processing, at a specified instant for which it is desired to allocate the slot times, the specified data applicable at that instant to each of the aircraft and associated resources so as to predict an arrival fix time for each of the aircraft at the specified fix point, (3) a means for accepting and storing a request by the operator of each of the aircraft for one of the slot times, (4) a means for accepting and storing a request by an operator of the present invention to create slack time in the specified period, (5) a means, utilizing the slot and slack time requests and the predicted arrival fix times for any of the plurality of aircraft for which a slot time request was not made, for pre
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventors: R. Michael Baiada, Lonnie Bowlin
  • Publication number: 20040006412
    Abstract: A method and system for providing taxiway navigational information to a crewmember of an airplane taxiing at an airport. An airport taxiway navigation system (“ATNS”) that executes on an onboard computer system that displays a map of the taxiways of an airport, receives the name of each taxiway of the taxi route specified by the taxi clearance, and highlights the taxiways on a displayed map to provide a visual indication of the cleared taxi route for the crewmembers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2003
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Inventors: Reagan Doose, Richard W. Ellerbrock, Glade L. Hulet, John M. Jaugilas, Matthew T. Majka
  • Patent number: 6606553
    Abstract: Weather problem resolution in air traffic flow management is accomplished by automatically deriving a flow of constrained areas from a weather forecast product, generating a candidate flight list including conflict flights predicted to be affected by the flow constraint areas for each conflict flight from the candidate flight list order, generating reroute corridors available, and selecting the best available reroute corridor. Sector workloads are estimated which are affected by rerouting of the conflict flight onto the selected corridor. The corridor is accepted for the conflict flight if sector workloads are below preset limits, or, if the flight would cause the sector workloads to increase beyond the preset workload limits, a check is made for ground delaying the flight, and if found impossible, rejecting the corridor and examining the next available corridor for rerouting the flight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: The Mitre Corporation
    Inventors: Stephen M. Zobell, Celesta G. Ball, Joseph E. Sherry
  • Patent number: 6564149
    Abstract: A method of determining conflicting flight paths between a first and a second airborne vehicle is provided, wherein each vehicle comprises an aircraft-to-aircraft navigational communication system having a navigational device. First, a position and a velocity vector are determined for each of the airborne vehicles. A cylindrical volume is then defined about the first airborne vehicle. A separation distance is then determined between the vehicles at a selected time and using a great circle earth model. An accuracy factor is thereafter determined for the position of each vehicle. The separation distance is then modified by the accuracy factor. A determination is then made as to whether the modified separation distance is within the cylindrical volume about the first airborne vehicle during a time range to thereby determine whether conflicting flight paths exist between the vehicles. An associated system and computer software program product are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Assignee: United Parcel Service of America, Inc.
    Inventor: Chih Lai
  • Patent number: 6542805
    Abstract: A device for controlling at least one vehicle motion quantity which describes a motion of a vehicle is presented. For this purpose, the device contains a control arrangement for activating actuators to control the vehicle motion quantity. The device also contains a determining arrangement for determining a poor road stretch quantity which describes the travel of the vehicle on a poor road stretch. The control arrangement is affected as a function of the poor road stretch quantity so that the sensitivity of the control arrangement is adapted to the travel of the vehicle on a poor road stretch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Rolf-Hermann Mergenthaler, Ansgar Traechtler
  • Patent number: 6480789
    Abstract: A positioning and proximity warning method for vehicle includes the steps of outputting global positioning system signals to an integrated positioning/ground proximity warning system processor; outputting an inertial navigation solution to an integrated positioning/ground proximity warning processor; measuring air pressure, and computing barometric measurements which is output to the integrated positioning/ground proximity warning processor; measuring time delay between transmission and reception a radio signal from a terrain surface, and computing radio altitude measurement which is output to the integrated positioning/ground proximity warning processor; accessing a terrain database for obtaining current vehicle position and surrounding terrain height data which is output to the integrated positioning/ground proximity warning processor; and receiving the position, velocity and time information or said pseudorange and delta range measurements of said global positioning system, the inertial navigation solution
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: American GNC Corporation
    Inventor: Ching-Fang Lin
  • Patent number: 6405107
    Abstract: A self contained electronic system for manual or automatic control and navigation of fixed winged aircraft using electronic position sensing such as GPS, DGPS, WAAS, and the like, as the primary sensor and making use of known flight characteristics of the aircraft to determine aircraft attitude without any interaction with the aircraft, its controls, or the outside environment and without any moving mechanical devices other than switches, dials and connectors. The automatic and visual interface between the system and the pilot provides for simplified flight controls, and a new solution to the hazard of disorientation, and will reduce the time needed for a pilot to become proficient in VFR and instrument flying. A single instrument replaces many of the conventional instruments used for flight. Navigation data is provided in an easy to understand graphical format. The pilot is told explicitly where to move aircraft controls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Inventor: Gary Derman
  • Patent number: 6405124
    Abstract: In the present invention, an imaginary aircraft, called the “shadow aircraft,” flies the original flight plan and, in turn, causes the true aircraft to fly the offset course. The offset course has the same number of legs as the original course, and for each leg of the original course, there is a corresponding parallel leg of the offset course. Except for an initial waypoint and a final waypoint, the locations of offset course waypoints are defined to be the intersections of the straight lines parallel to the original legs at the specified offset distance. The range and bearing to the offset course initial waypoint are chosen to be the same as the range and bearing to the next waypoint. For the interior legs of the flight plan, the lengths of the offset course legs vary from the corresponding “true” course leg.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Maurice F. Hutton
  • Patent number: 6393358
    Abstract: A method of and computer software for minimizing aircraft deviations needed to comply with an en route miles-in-trail spacing requirement imposed during air traffic control operations via establishing a spacing reference geometry, predicting spatial locations of a plurality of aircraft at a predicted time of intersection of a path of a first of said plurality of aircraft with the spacing reference geometry, and determining spacing of each of the plurality of aircraft based on the predicted spatial locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2002
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
    Inventors: Heinz Erzberger, Steven M. Green