With Indication Or Control Of Landing Patents (Class 701/16)
  • Patent number: 10293924
    Abstract: The runway state determined on the ground by an aircraft and provided to the aircraft on approach does not make it possible to account for possible degradation of the runway occurring since the previous determination of that runway state. Updating of this runway state on the basis of a simple comparison between a desired deceleration and an observed deceleration resulting from a degraded runway is not satisfactory either. The disclosure herein thus provides for obtaining a local stopping distance according to a local runway state characterizing a runway zone on which the aircraft is in movement at the time of the landing, this local stopping distance being estimated based on local measurements made in the aircraft; obtaining a reference stopping distance according to a reference runway state; then comparing these two distances with each other to determine whether the local runway state is more degraded than the reference runway state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignees: Airbus (S.A.S.), Airbus Operations (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Erwan Le-Bouedec, Rémi Morin, Jérémie Briere, Mathieu Reguerre, Nicolas Daniel
  • Patent number: 10248737
    Abstract: A method and a system for determining the state of a device in an aircraft, this state being specified by a current version of the device as implemented in the aircraft. The method according to the invention comprises: transmitting a request to a database and receiving in response a list of updates previously performed on the device, each update specifying an earlier version and a later version; and from a directed graph, such that each edge corresponds to an update of a set of updates associated with devices of the type of the device of interest, determining a sub-graph corresponding to the list.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Airbus (S.A.S.)
    Inventor: Julien Astier
  • Patent number: 10228694
    Abstract: A system may be configured to manage at least one robotic device. The system may comprise one or more databases and one or more processors in communication with the one or more databases. The one or more processors may be configured to provide an operating system for the at least one robotic device, control motion of the at least one robotic device, configure at least one sensor removably coupled to the at least one robotic device, process data collected by the at least one sensor, and/or perform localization and/or area mapping for the at least one robotic device by comparing data collected by the at least one sensor with data in the one or more databases to generate localization and/or area mapping data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2019
    Assignee: Animusoft Corporation
    Inventor: Daniel Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10203700
    Abstract: Autoland systems and processes for landing an aircraft without pilot intervention are described. In implementations, the autoland system includes a memory operable to store one or more modules and at least one processor coupled to the memory. The processor is operable to execute the one or more modules to identify a plurality of potential destinations for an aircraft; calculate a merit for each potential destination identified; select a destination based upon the merit; and create a route from a current position of the aircraft to an approach fix associated with the destination that accounts for the terrain characteristic(s) and/or obstacle characteristic(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2019
    Assignee: Garmin International, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott K. Haskins, Noel J. Duerksen, Benjamin N. Patel, Eric Tran, Joseph Lombardo, Clayton E. Barber
  • Patent number: 10189559
    Abstract: Examples of rotor speed reduction using a feed-forward rotor speed control command are provided. In one example, a computer-implemented method includes: receiving, by a processing device, flight command indicative of a change in a flight characteristic of an aircraft comprising a rotor; generating, by the processing device, a change in load factor based on the flight command; generating, by the processing device, a change in rotor speed based on the change in load factor; generating, by the processing device, a rotor speed command based on the change in rotor speed to a flight controller to cause the aircraft to change a rotor speed of the rotor; and changing, by the processing device, the rotor speed of the rotor responsive to the rotor speed command.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2019
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventors: Derek Geiger, Ole Wulff, Jonathan Aaron Litwin, Aaron L. Greenfield
  • Patent number: 10162368
    Abstract: An aspect of the present disclosure relates to an autonomous moving machine which may maintain the self-location with high reliability. Operations of the moving machine include acquiring sensor information about the self-location, estimating the self-location based on the sensor information, calculating the reliability of the estimated self-location, recording the reliability in association with the estimated self-location. When the reliability satisfies a given condition, the operations include moving the moving machine to a position at which the reliability is high, based on the reliability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION OF AMERICA
    Inventor: Naoyuki Harada
  • Patent number: 10157617
    Abstract: A method for providing a flight display to an aircrew of an ownship aircraft includes receiving, at a radio communications module of the ownship aircraft, a voice transmission on an air traffic control first radio frequency from an air traffic controller, the voice transmission comprising a conditional clearance, wherein the condition clearance comprises a condition instruction and a clearance instruction, transcribing, using voice recognition software installed on the ownship aircraft, the voice transmission into an electronic, textual format, thereby generating a digital transmission record, and automatically, displaying, on a display device of the ownship aircraft, the condition instruction using a multi-format symbology and in a multi-step sequence over time, and waiting for and detecting an aircrew input corresponding to the clearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Raghu Shamasundar
  • Patent number: 10150563
    Abstract: An autonomous moving machine system continuously maintaining moving machines thereof at higher reliability is provided. Each moving machine measures a self-location thereof with a sensor thereof, and autonomously moves to a target location by controlling a mover. Operations of the moving machine includes acquiring sensor information, estimating the self-location in accordance with the sensor information, calculating the reliability of the self-location, transmitting the reliability to the other moving machine. Operations of a particular moving machine further includes recording history information that associates the reliability, the self-location, and an identifier identifying each of the moving machines, selecting a moving machine to restore the reliability in accordance with the history information and moving the selected moving machine to a location where the reliability of the selected moving machine increases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: PANASONIC INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY CORPORATION
    Inventor: Naoyuki Harada
  • Patent number: 10134135
    Abstract: Described is a system for finding open space for robot exploration. During operation, the system designates a straight forward direction as a default direction. It is determined if a filtered 3D point cloud has a sufficient number of cloud points. If not, the system determines if an obstacle is too close in a previous time. If so, a backward direction is set as a target direction and if not, the straight forward direction is set as the target direction. Alternatively, if there are a sufficient number of points, then calculate a distance of each point to a sensor center and determine if a number of times that the distance is smaller than a distance threshold is greater than a fixed number. The system either sets the backward direction as the target direction or estimates an openness of each candidate direction until a candidate direction is set as the target direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2018
    Assignee: HRL Laboratories, LLC
    Inventors: Lei Zhang, Kyungnam Kim, Deepak Khosla, Jiejun Xu
  • Patent number: 10120376
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method includes: monitoring, by a computer device, a charge level of a battery of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV); determining, by the computer device and based on the monitoring, the charge level is less than a threshold level; docking the UAV on a host vehicle; charging the battery using wind-induced rotation of a rotor of the UAV while the UAV is docked on the host vehicle; determining, by the computer device, the UAV is moving away from a destination while the UAV is docked on the host vehicle; and undocking the UAV from the host vehicle based on the determining the UAV is moving away from the destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gregory J. Boss, Jeremy R. Fox, Andrew R. Jones, Kevin C. McConnell, John E. Moore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10106263
    Abstract: A pressure control system includes a first sensor, and a second sensor which is dis-similar to the first sensor, where the second sensor generates a same processed data as the first sensor does, but in a way different from the first sensor does. A receiving unit is connected to the first sensor and the second sensor by a wireless connection to receive the processed data from the first sensor and the second sensor. In addition, the receiving unit is connected to the first sensor by a second connection different from the wireless connection to receive the processed data from the first sensor. Additional receiving units are connected to the first sensor and the second sensor by the wireless connection to receive the processed data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Darrell W Horner
  • Patent number: 10096253
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for presenting a list of potential diversion destinations. One exemplary method involves obtaining status information associated with the vehicle, obtaining status information associated with respective ones of a plurality of destinations, and classifying the plurality of destinations into a plurality of viability groups based at least in part on the status information associated with the vehicle and the respective status information associated with each respective destination. Each of the viability groups contains a subset of the plurality of destinations. The method continues by displaying a list of the plurality of destinations on a display device associated with the vehicle, with the plurality of destinations being ordered in the list based at least in part on their respective viability group classifications. In this regard, destinations classified into higher viability groups may be preferentially displayed over destinations classified into lower viability groups.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Zdenek Moravek, David Kunes, Filip Magula, Katerina Sprinarova
  • Patent number: 10089892
    Abstract: A flight control module for detecting anomalies in ILS localizer signals during landing of an aircraft is provided. The flight control module includes a communication interface and a processor coupled thereto. The communication interface is configured to receive inertial data, GPS data, and an ILS localizer deviation for the aircraft. The processor is configured to compute an inertial localizer deviation based on the inertial data and a GPS localizer deviation based on the GPS data. The processor is configured to compare the ILS localizer deviation to an average of the inertial localizer deviation and the GPS localizer deviation to detect a low-frequency anomaly in the ILS localizer deviation. The processor is configured to initiate a transition from controlling the aircraft based on the ILS localizer deviation to controlling the aircraft based on the inertial localizer deviation when the low-frequency anomaly is detected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Robert E. McLees, Andrew R. Hooks, Prachya Panyakeow
  • Patent number: 10071818
    Abstract: A flight management system which is capable of monitoring changes in airplane characteristics such as fuel flow and drag. When a predetermined event is triggered, the flight management system (FMS) creates or updates a set of “dynamic” tables in a database which enable FMS performance algorithms to utilize the latest fuel flow and drag data. Using the updated aerodynamic and propulsion performance data in the dynamic tables, the flight management system is able to compute more accurate flight profile and trip prediction parameters such as estimated time of arrival and predicted fuel consumption quantity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Geun Il Kim, Roy S. Alcantara, Christie M. Maldonado, Steven J. Moskalik
  • Patent number: 10055537
    Abstract: A method is provided for performing a simulation on an aircraft. The method includes: receiving, at an onboard maintenance computer (OMC) a simulation script that includes one or more steps for adjusting at least one parameter of the aircraft; processing, by the OMC, the simulation script to determine simulation data; and sending the simulation data from the OMC to one or more signal producer member systems of the aircraft to adjust the at least one parameter of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: David Michael Kolbet, Kevin Marshall, Daniel Lutz, Charles Yager
  • Patent number: 10029804
    Abstract: A computerized, on-board flight system for an aircraft has a landing-zone evaluation system for evaluating a landing zone for the aircraft based on sensory data from numerous sensing systems, including lidar, radar, and/or various cameras, to identify potential, suitable landing sites in the landing zone. Based on data from these sensory systems, the landing-zone evaluation system geometrically and semantically evaluates the landing zone's terrain, as well as identifies moving and stationary objects in the landing zone to identify the suitable landing sites for the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: NEAR EARTH AUTONOMY, INC.
    Inventors: Lyle Chamberlain, Hugh Cover, Benjamin Grocholsky, Bradley Hamner, Sebastian Scherer, Sanjiv Singh
  • Patent number: 10013236
    Abstract: A real-time adaptive speed scheduler that optimizes the control of an aircraft's speed and speed mode through the introduction of an advisory providing an optimized speed schedule for improved fuel efficiency and aircraft predictability. This system can also be deployed to improve flight efficiency and aircraft predictability in situations where time needs to be gained or lost, or air traffic needs to be sequenced. The real-time adaptive speed scheduler disclosed herein provides a datalink solution for loading directly into an aircraft's flight management system, for operation and display on a mobile device, as an advisory to an air traffic controller for instruction to the aircraft as a voice command, any authorized subscriber, and/or as an advisory to a dispatcher at an airline operations center.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Louis J. Bailey, Ryan D. Hale, Gregory T. Saccone
  • Patent number: 9984579
    Abstract: An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) may provide an approach notification to enable people to understand and interpret actions by the UAV, such as an intention to land or deposit a package at a particular location. The UAV may communicate a specific intention of the UAV and/or communicate a request to a person. The UAV may monitor the person or data signals for a response from the person, such as movement of the person that indicates a response. The UAV may be equipped with hardware and/or software configured to provide notifications and/or exchange information with a person at or near a destination. The UAV may include lights, a speaker, and possibly a projector to enable the UAV to project information and/or text on a surface. The UAV may control a moveable mechanism to “point” toward the person, at an object, or in another direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Raymond Harris, Barry James O'Brien, Jason Leonard Peacock, Joshua John Watson, Scott Michael Wilcox
  • Patent number: 9911343
    Abstract: An integrated landing receiver for landing of an aircraft and a controlling method thereof are provided, in which the integrated landing receiver includes a receiver including a plurality of signal information processors that generate landing guidance information respectively corresponding to a plurality of landing support facilities, a collector collecting the landing guidance information respectively generated at the plurality of signal information processors, and an integrator generating integrated landing guidance information by using the landing guidance information collected at the collector and outputting the result. Accordingly, when a plurality of landing support facilities are installed together at an airport, the landing guidance information provided from these landing support facilities are mixed and provided so that shortcomings that each landing supporting facility may have can be advantageously compensated, thus enabling safe and effective provision of the landing guidance information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: KOREA AEROSPACE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
    Inventors: Myeong-Sook Jeong, Hyang-Sig Jun, Joong-Won Bae
  • Patent number: 9896204
    Abstract: In some examples, a system for instructing an unmanned aerial vehicle is provided. The system may include a delivery management service for processing orders for items available in connection with an electronic marketplace. The delivery management service may also determine a landing location for delivery of an item to a customer of the electronic marketplace. The landing location may correspond the customer's address. Determination of the landing location may be based on a first digital elevation dataset, a second digital elevation dataset, and parcel data corresponding to a region in which the customer's address is located. The unmanned aerial vehicle may access the landing location as part of delivering the item to the customer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Douglas Willison
  • Patent number: 9892646
    Abstract: According to an aspect, a method of performing context-aware landing zone classification for an aircraft includes accessing a landing zone map, by a context-aware landing zone classification system of the aircraft, to identify potential landing zones. A database on the aircraft includes land cover map data and impervious surface map data. The database is queried to extract context data. The context data include land cover characteristics and impervious surface characteristics associated with locations corresponding to the landing zone map. The context-aware landing zone classification system of the aircraft evaluates the potential landing zones in view of the context data to adjust classifications of the potential landing zones and produce a context-aware landing zone classification of the potential landing zones. The context-aware landing zone classification of the potential landing zones is provided to landing zone selection logic of the aircraft to select a final landing zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: SIKORSKY AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Christopher Stathis
  • Patent number: 9836871
    Abstract: A method for creating a plane panorama from point cloud data using Hough transformations is disclosed. The method involves converting the three-dimensional point cloud into a two-dimensional histogram with bins grouping neighboring points, and performing a Hough transformation on the histogram. The resulting transformed data is segmented and the method searches the segments iteratively for a major line, followed by lines that are orthogonal, diagonal, or parallel to the major line, and discards outlying data in each bin as lines are identified. The detected lines are connected to form planes, and the planes are assembled into a hole- and gap-filled panorama. The method may also use an algorithm such as a Random Sample Consensus (RANSAC) algorithm to detect a ground plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2017
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventor: Jaechoon Chon
  • Patent number: 9830829
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for integrating voice communication systems with voice recognition devices or units and myriad other data sources to provide a harmonization between intended aircraft operations and actual aircraft operations, including logical components to provide a mechanism to flag certain alert communications that signal the initiation of particular response scenarios based on detected terms and track initiation of pre-planned processes to address specific events that are signaled through the use of the detected terms. Information from myriad data sources is collected and integrated to provide an indication of intended operations for an aircraft. A data comparison device compares the indicated real-time intended operations of the aircraft with actual monitored operations of the aircraft to discern unacceptable deviations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: William George Doyen, Geoffrey A. Shapiro
  • Patent number: 9783272
    Abstract: A system for countering the rolling motion of a marine vessel, includes one or more sensors adapted to characterize a sea condition approaching the vessel, one or more control systems, a computer, and one or more active stabilizers. The computer is adapted to receive the characterized sea condition data, is further adapted to generate one or more control signals in dependence on the characterized sea condition data, and is still further adapted to transmit the or each control signal to the or each control system. The or each control system is in turn adapted to actuate the or each active stabilizer in response to receipt of the or each control signal, to counter the rolling motion of the marine vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
    Inventor: Colin R. Edmunds
  • Patent number: 9734728
    Abstract: A method for providing alerts or indications to an aircrew of an aircraft that is in-flight and approaching a destination airport includes receiving an aircrew runway selection from the aircrew of the aircraft, automatically generating a probable runway selection by the aircraft, and determining a position of the in-flight aircraft with reference to a threshold point. If the aircraft is prior to the threshold point, the method includes generating alerts and indications to the aircrew based solely on the received runway selection into the FMS from the aircrew of the aircraft and not on the automatically-generated probable runway selection from the aircraft. Alternatively, if the aircraft is past the threshold point, the method includes generating alerts and indications to the aircrew based solely on the automatically-generated probable runway selection from the aircraft and not on the received runway selection into the FMS from the aircrew of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Thea L. Feyereisen, Steve Johnson, Gang He, Yasuo Ishihara, Ivan Sandy Wyatt
  • Patent number: 9734727
    Abstract: A display system for an aircraft includes a processing unit and a display device. The processing unit is configured to receive data representative of a landing platform on a movable carrier, and the data includes current energy parameters of the movable carrier. The processing unit is further configured to generate display commands associated with the landing platform and the energy parameters of the movable carrier. The display device is coupled the processing unit for receiving the display commands and operable to render first symbology representing the landing platform and second symbology representing the energy parameters of the movable carrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Anil Kumar Songa, Sadguni Venkataswamy, Sudheer B M, Sandeep Alimi
  • Patent number: 9701408
    Abstract: In some examples, a landing location within a region for an unmanned aerial vehicle may be determined. The landing location may be determined based on a first digital elevation dataset, a second digital elevation dataset, and parcel data corresponding to a region. The landing location may be determined by identifying open areas within the parcel data and performing one or more slope calculations and one or more area calculations on the open areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jason Douglas Willison
  • Patent number: 9699621
    Abstract: An integrated hardware and software system for locating, disposing, and directing resources and personnel on an emergency scene. Such a system includes a set of wearable tags, each an accelerometer, a gyroscope, or a magnetometer; and a transmitter. Hubs, paired with tags, receive and process data. Servers receive the data, and a Simultaneous Locating and Mapping Module processes it to compile a map of at least a portion of the emergency scene. A command device, adapted to receive input from the servers can be provided to process the server input and to provide communications to emergency scene personnel, to control elements having emergency scene responsibility, and storing data in a data repository. A specialized tag can include a ranging unit (radar, etc.), and data from that tag can be used to create a map of the emergency scene, showing room features and responder locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: ResponderX, Inc.
    Inventor: David Andrew Jarrett
  • Patent number: 9663241
    Abstract: A vehicle display system includes a display device and a processor. The processor is in operable communication with the display device and is coupled to receive vehicle path data and vehicle state data. The vehicle path data are representative of a planned vehicle path of the vehicle, and the vehicle state data are representative of current vehicle state. The processor is configured, upon receipt of these data, to command the display device to render at least a portion of the planned vehicle path and to selectively render one or both of a speed change point symbol and an acceleration point symbol on the current vehicle path. The symbols are rendered in a manner that is more intuitive for vehicle pilots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventor: Amit Nishikant Kawalkar
  • Patent number: 9645582
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for landing aircrafts with optimal landing spot selection. In one aspect, a method includes initiating an autorotation of an aircraft in response to detecting all engine failure, determining a plurality of flight characteristics and conditions of the aircraft at a time of initiating the autorotation, the plurality of flight characteristics and conditions comprising an aircraft altitude, an aircraft velocity, and wind direction, determining total air-time for glideslope and flare control, and a geographic area within which to land the aircraft by autorotation based on the plurality of flight characteristics and conditions, and controlling the aircraft to land the aircraft by autorotation within the geographic area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2017
    Assignee: BELL HELICOPTER TEXTRON INC.
    Inventor: ShyhPyng Jack Shue
  • Patent number: 9611053
    Abstract: A method of facilitating the approach to a platform by an aircraft. The value of the required position integrity performance (RNP) is determined for a localization system. During an approach stage, this position integrity performance (RNP) is compared with a position integrity radius (HPL) resulting from the use of a GNSS localization system, and an alert is generated if the position integrity radius (HPL) is greater than the position integrity performance (RNP).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: Airbus Helicopters
    Inventors: Nicolas Canale, Lionel Iraudo
  • Patent number: 9607521
    Abstract: The trajectory coming from a planned trajectory, managed by a system, and from at least one trajectory section sent by a third party system to the system, the method at least comprises: a preliminary step in which a knowledge base is produced comprising the calculation parameters and their field of use for the moving object, several envelopes of parameters being defined within the field of use corresponding to different operational constraints of the moving object; a first step in which the system initializes the planned trajectory according to the parameters of the preliminary step, the calculation parameters of the planned trajectory being contained in one of the envelopes; a second step in which the system receives a trajectory section sent by the third party system in order to be inserted in the planned trajectory by replacing a part of the trajectory; a third step in which the received and accepted section is simplified by segmentation in such a way that its calculation parameters are contained in the at
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: François Coulmeau, Laurent Deweerdt
  • Patent number: 9586694
    Abstract: A safety arrangement for an aircraft, especially for amphibious aircraft, being configured for determining a type of landing surface (such as water/solid ground) and including: two transceivers (301, 302); the first transceiver (301) configured to operate on first electromagnetic wavelength and the second transceiver (302) configured to operate on second electromagnetic wavelength differing from the first wavelength, and at least one of transceivers is configured to receive the reflections electromagnetic wavelengths, and determining element for determining the type of the landing surface based on the properties of two electromagnetic wavelengths reflected from the landing surface and for outputting a signal indicating the type of the determined landing surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Assignee: SUOKAS AVIONICS OY
    Inventor: Aki Suokas
  • Patent number: 9567099
    Abstract: Aircraft flight management devices, systems, computer readable media, and related methods are provided. The present subject matter includes devices, systems, computer readable media, and related methods of providing flight management control during abnormal events and/or situations requiring diversion from the present mission. In some aspects, a system for providing flight management may include a computing platform with a processor, a memory, and a flight management application module (FMAM) configured to receive data from multiple servers. The FMAM may also calculate one or more aircraft ranges and/or diversion routes based upon the received data. In some aspects, systems and devices disclosed herein may be configured to provide diversion assistance by selectively displaying information including the map, one or more of the aircraft ranges, a vertical display, and information regarding one or more airports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS (S.A.S.)
    Inventors: Thibaut Poux, Sébastien Giuliano, Sébastien Drieux, Carole Metais
  • Patent number: 9567094
    Abstract: A method of controlling a flow rate of inerting gas introduced into a vented aircraft fuel tank, the method comprising: monitoring changes in a quantity of a fuel in the aircraft fuel tank; monitoring changes in the ambient air pressure external to the aircraft fuel tank; and actively controlling a flow rate of inerting gas, {dot over (m)}(I), introduced into the aircraft fuel tank based upon changes in the quantity of fuel in the fuel tank and changes in the ambient air pressure, p. Also, an aircraft including a vented fuel tank, a supply of inerting gas for rendering inert the fuel tank ullage, and a controller for performing the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignees: AIRBUS OPERATIONS LIMITED, AIRBUS OPERATIONS GMBH
    Inventors: Franklin Tichborne, Brian Hughes, Gwènaëlle Marie Lucette Renouard-Vallet, Stephen Edward Burnell
  • Patent number: 9547991
    Abstract: A system and method of generating a landing trajectory for use in landing an aircraft onto a deck of a waterborne ship includes sensing motion of the ship, and sensing wind speed and wind direction. The sensed motion of the ship is processed to generate estimates of ship attitude and vertical speed, and the sensed wind speed and wind direction are processed to generate estimates of air-wake disturbances ahead of the aircraft. The landing trajectory is generated based on the estimates of ship attitude and vertical speed and the estimates of air-wake disturbances. The system and method implement model predictive control to calculate the control maneuvers multiple steps ahead, which provides the capability to smoothly control the timing of the aircraft touchdown phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Michael Ray Elgersma, Xiaohong Linda Li
  • Patent number: 9487302
    Abstract: The invention deals with the restriction on the mode change of an engine due to latching in the case of restarting the engine that has stopped in flight. A FADEC that controls an engine of an aircraft in accordance with a mode, includes a latch operating section that latches the mode, and an in-parking/in-flight determining section that determines whether the aircraft is on the ground or flying off the ground. The latch operating section operates when the in-parking/in-flight determining section determines the aircraft is on the ground, and does not operate when the in-parking/in-flight determining section determines that the aircraft is in fight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Assignee: MITSUBISHI AIRCRAFT CORPORATION
    Inventor: Yoshihiro Nagashima
  • Patent number: 9460629
    Abstract: A method and system and tools for optimizing an aircraft flight trajectory that determine an advantageous flight profile that takes into account developing operational conditions, air traffic constraints and aircraft performance in a timely manner that can allow tactical flight plan changes to be incorporated without unduly introducing operational or financial penalties to the operator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignees: UNIVERSITY OF MALTA, QUAERO LTD.
    Inventors: Kenneth Chircop, David Zammit-Mangion, Alan Muscat
  • Patent number: 9445449
    Abstract: System for wireless communication comprises a group of wireless devices (110,120,130,140) that include at least one wireless host device (100) securely connected based on first secret data (240) shared by the group. A second secure connection is set-up between a portable wireless device (200) and a wireless host device based on second secret data (250). At least one of the wireless devices is instructed to apply a third secret data for setting up a direct wireless secure connection with the portable wireless device (200). Also the portable wireless device is instructed via the second secure connection to apply the third secret data for setting up the direct secure connections with the wireless devices based on the third secret data. Finally a respective direct wireless secure connection is set-up between the second device and a respective wireless device based on the third secret data. Advantageously latency is reduced in a secure wireless docking system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Assignee: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS N.V.
    Inventors: Walter Dees, Johannes Arnoldus Cornelis Bernsen
  • Patent number: 9412210
    Abstract: A system and method for objectively evaluating an airport runway condition, where conditions pertaining to aircraft landing factors are compiled and used to determine a runway braking condition. One set of conditions pertains to aircraft landing factors, including brake metered pressure, wheel speed, and aircraft deceleration, and a second set of factors relate to pilot controlled parameters. A condition report is generated and made available to pilots of subsequently landing aircrafts prior to landing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: HYDRO-AIRE, INC.
    Inventors: Ronald Raby, John Gowan, Gregg Duane Butterfield
  • Patent number: 9340300
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reducing the number of runway excursions (i.e., airplanes going off the end of a runway). An alerting system is provided which alerts pilots when computer calculations indicate that current airplane braking is insufficient to keep the airplane from going off the end of the runway. The current airplane braking during rollout is evaluated using algorithms which take into account the current groundspeed of the airplane, the current deceleration rate or the maximum manual deceleration rate of the airplane, and the distance from the current position of the airplane to the end of the runway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Mark H. Henderson
  • Patent number: 9296488
    Abstract: A method provides alert information, regarding an aircraft wheel braking system, to an operator of an aircraft during an aircraft landing. An input of a target deceleration rate for the landing aircraft is received prior to the aircraft having landed on a ground surface. At least one sensor electronically collects information relevant to a real-time deceleration rate of the aircraft after the aircraft has landed on the ground surface, and the real-time deceleration rate of the aircraft is calculated. The target deceleration rate is compared to the calculated deceleration rate to determine an effectiveness of the aircraft wheel braking system. A visual, audible, or tactile alert is optionally provided to the operator of the aircraft, and data from this system could also be used as an input for various other aircraft safety systems. A system for performing the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Assignee: 3RD MILLENNIUM SOLUTIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen Lyle McKeown, Peter Paul Kleinschmidt, Jeffrey Alan Laidman
  • Patent number: 9291476
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media are described herein for displaying MPA procedures on a display unit of an aircraft. An assigned MPA approach path to an arrival runway is received at the aircraft. Data regarding a number of predefined MPA approach paths associated with the arrival runway are retrieved, and the assigned MPA approach path is displayed on the display unit in conjunction with other of the predefined approach paths associated with the arrival runway.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Corporation
    Inventors: Nima Barraci, Matthew B. Hendrian, Antonio Puentes
  • Patent number: 9256830
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for identifying deformation of a structure. Training deformation data is identified for each training case in a plurality of training cases. Training strain data is identified for each training case in the plurality of training cases. The training deformation data and the training strain data are configured for use by a heuristic model to increase an accuracy of output data generated by the heuristic model. A group of parameters for the heuristic model is adjusted using the training deformation data and the training strain data for the each training case in the plurality of training cases such that the heuristic model is trained to generate estimated deformation data for the structure based on input strain data. The estimated deformation data has a desired level of accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2016
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Justin D. Kearns, Manny Salazar Urcia, Jr., Christopher Lee Davis, Clarence L. Gordon, III
  • Patent number: 9245378
    Abstract: Present novel and non-trivial system, device, and method for generating surface data are disclosed. An image generator is configured to receive navigation data; retrieve first surface data representative of a plurality of elevations; retrieve second surface data representative of location and elevation information (and possibly dimensions and the locations of at least one surface feature) of at least one reference point; determine shading data as a function of the first surface data; modify the first surface data as a function of the second surface data; and generate image data as a function of the modified first surface data and the shading data, where the image data is representative of a three-dimensional perspective of a scene outside a vehicle comprised of at least one flattened surface feature area having one elevation and to which the shading represented in the shading data is applied.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 26, 2016
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Victor E. Villagomez, Travis S. Vanderkamp, Christopher A. Scherer
  • Patent number: 9187182
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a method of controlling operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) having a flight control system comprising: a flight controller for implementing a flight control strategy; and an engine control unit interfaced with the flight controller for controlling engine operation. An engine speed target is set for the flight control system in response to one or more signals communicated by the flight controller to the engine control unit which controls engine operation to achieve the engine speed target by closed loop control over fueling without requiring throttle position control.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: ORBITAL AUSTRALIA PTY LIMITED
    Inventors: Geoffrey Paul Cathcart, Terran Ambrose Barber, David Richard Worth
  • Patent number: 9188978
    Abstract: A method for aiding navigation for an aircraft between a descent start point and a computation end point, comprises the computation steps of: collecting a flight plan consisting of a succession of waypoints and of the associated vertical constraints; determining a corridor consisting of a floor trajectory and of a ceiling trajectory defining the minimum and maximum altitudes permitted to the aircraft; splitting the corridor into several cells defined between two waypoints furthest apart and between which the ceiling trajectory is distinct from the floor trajectory; determining for at least one cell a vertical trajectory complying with the altitude constraints and comprising the longest possible IDLE segment; and a step consisting in determining and displaying maneuvering points of the aircraft making it possible to follow the target vertical trajectory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Jerome Sacle, Johan Boyer, Francois Coulmeau
  • Patent number: 9179063
    Abstract: A camera triggering system for panorama imaging is provided. The system comprises a mounting member comprising holes, wherein a predetermined number of magnets are coupled within the holes. The system further comprises a base plate with the magnetic proximity sensor coupled to it. The system further comprises a camera mount coupled to the base plate. The system further comprises mounting connectors to connect the system to a camera support structure such as an unmanned aircraft or a tripod. The base plate and camera mount carrying the camera rotates with respect to the mounting member. As the sensor passes by the magnets, the trigger for the shutter is activated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: Dennis J. Vegh
  • Patent number: 9171474
    Abstract: Navigation aid instrument for an aircraft pilot including: a first display device (R3) extending horizontally, wherein the center of the display device embodies the longitudinal axis (X) of the aircraft, a mobile marker can move on either side of the center of the first display device (R3) indicating the aircraft flight direction relative to the ground, and the mobile marker is further away from the center of the display device (R3) the further the aircraft drifts from the rectilinear flight path, and/or two left (R2) and right (R1) display devices that extend vertically at a distance from each other and have the function of indicating the angle of inclination of the aircraft wings relative to the horizontal respectively on the left side or right side of the aircraft, wherein a mobile marker can move either along the left display device (R2), or along the right display device (R1) to indicate to the pilot which way his aeroplane is inclined and the value of the inclination is higher the further the mobile
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: Omega SA
    Inventors: Claude Nicollier, Emmanuel Fleury, Reto Galli
  • Patent number: 9159239
    Abstract: The method according to the invention comprise the following steps, dynamic measurement of the current geographical position of the aircraft, and its current ground speed, calculation of a first length representative of a flight phase of the aircraft, and calculation of a second length representative of a ground phase of the aircraft, calculation of the position of the stop point based on the first length, the second length and the current geographical position. The calculation of the first length comprises a phase for dynamically estimating a distance traveled by the aircraft during at least part of a flare phase of the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: DASSAULT AVIATION
    Inventors: Nicolas Le Corre, Sébastien Lepage, Alain Boucher