Aircraft Preflight Route Search Patents (Class 701/528)
  • Patent number: 10102758
    Abstract: An approach is provided for routing an aerial drone while preserving privacy. The approach involves processing model data depicting at least one structure to determine one or more privacy-sensitive features of the at least one structure. The approach also involves calculating line-of-sight data between a route of an aerial drone and the one or more privacy-sensitive features. The approach further involves configuring a routing of the aerial drone based on the line-of sight data when the aerial drone is traveling near the at least one structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: HERE Global B.V.
    Inventors: Jerome Beaurepaire, Marko Tuukkanen
  • Patent number: 10068488
    Abstract: Systems and methods of providing a data update to an aircraft including requesting a data update related to a route to be flown by the aircraft, receiving flight procedure data in a data update into a component of the aircraft from a ground station in response to the request and updating the route to be flown utilizing the flight procedure data in the data update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Russell Allen Ramaker, Joachim Karl Ulf Hochwarth
  • Patent number: 10032383
    Abstract: Methods and systems for autonomous generation of shortest lateral paths for unmanned aerial systems are described. An example method includes defining an area between a source point and a target point; identifying a first no flight zone within the area; identifying a second no flight zone outside of the area; estimating a first computation time to determine a first lateral path between the source point and the target point, the estimating to consider the first no flight zone, the estimating not to consider the second no flight zone; comparing the first computation time to a reference computation time; in response to the first computation time not satisfying a threshold of the reference computation time, modifying the first no flight zone to be a third no flight zone; and estimating a second computation time to determine a second lateral path between the source point and the target point, the estimating to consider the third no flight zone.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Ernesto Valls Hernández, Francisco A. Navarro Félix, David Sánchez Tamargo, Carlos Querejeta Masaveu, Jesús Cuadrado Sánchez
  • Patent number: 10024665
    Abstract: The different advantageous embodiments provide a system and method for suggesting significant environmental waypoints along a trajectory to improve the efficiency of a flight plan. Desired information is identified, wherein the desired information is information needed to perform at least one of completing a flight plan and updating a flight plan. It is determined whether to identify environmental information points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Louis J. Bailey, Ryan D. Hale
  • Patent number: 10003919
    Abstract: A method and system of establishing a fence network is provided. The fence network comprises a plurality of fence nodes in communication with each other and a plurality of fence vertices defining a geographic fence. The method comprises configuring the plurality of fence nodes, setting up a coordinate system to determine a position of each fence node of the plurality of fence nodes, and, for each fence vertex, setting a location marker at a position of the fence vertex and using the location marker to register the position of the fence vertex. At least one fence vertex may be located at a position other than a position of a fence node. The plurality of fence vertices may be registered in sequential order and connected in order of registration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenneth L. Stanwood, David Gell, Erik Colban
  • Patent number: 9959771
    Abstract: Weather data is used to create and/or update a flight plan prior to and/or during flight by an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). The weather data may be received using sensors onboard the UAV and/or the weather data may be received from other sources, such as weather aggregators, other UAVs, other vehicles, and/or local weather stations. In some embodiments, a UAV may be prematurely grounded after initiating flight toward a destination in response to some weather conditions identified in near real-time weather data, such as heavy winds and/or heavy precipitation. In various embodiments, the UAVs may leverage air stream information included in the weather data to cause flight along with an air stream, and thereby reduce power resources used to fly to a destination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Ty Loren Carlson
  • Patent number: 9921066
    Abstract: A system for analyzing the use of a mobile resource, such as a vehicle, includes a central processing unit adapted to receive a plurality of geographic locations and create an optimal travel route between the geographic locations, and an analyzer device incorporating global positioning satellite (GPS) technology being positionable with a mobile resource for comparing an actual route traveled by the mobile resource with the optimal travel route created by the central processing unit. The central processing unit includes mobile resource management software stored therein adapted to use pre-selected criteria for creating the optimal travel route. The pre-selected criteria may include time, distance, cost, load parameters, territory, and customer requirements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Telogis, Inc.
    Inventor: Steven T. Brown
  • Patent number: 9858823
    Abstract: An interactive record keeping system includes a display system, a user input device, an input-output interface and a controller. The controller is configured to receive user input data indicative of a user display preference and a known waypoint location from the user input device, receive aircraft data indicative of a current aircraft operating parameter and receive environmental data indicative of a current environmental condition, both correlating with the known waypoint location. The controller is further configured to calculate an aircraft performance parameter based on the received aircraft data; generate display data based on the calculated aircraft performance parameter, the received environmental data, and the user display preference; provide the display data to the display system; and store the calculated aircraft performance parameter and the environmental data in a memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Lynn, Shimon Weichbrod
  • Patent number: 9828087
    Abstract: Systems and methods for displaying ground effect ceiling limit values associated with an operation of a mobile platform on a display are provided. The method includes receiving a preference for the display of the ground effect ceiling limit values, and determining a gross weight of the mobile platform. The method includes based on the preference, determining, with a processor, an air temperature associated with the operation of the mobile platform. The method also includes based on the gross weight and the air temperature, determining with the processor, an in ground effect limit value and an out of ground effect limit value. The method includes displaying the determined in ground effect limit value and the determined out of ground effect limit value on the display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 28, 2017
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Sriram PR, Pushpa Basavapura Veerabhadra Reddy, Shashidhara Veerabhadraiah, Subash Samuthirapandian, Swetha Balasa
  • Patent number: 9779630
    Abstract: This method for computing a conjugated airport navigation graph, from an initial airport navigation graph, is implemented by a computer. This method involves acquiring the initial graph including a plurality of navigation arcs, each including two end nodes, having at least one authorized navigation direction and being identified by its two end nodes. This method further involves determining a conjugated node for each navigation arc and for each authorized navigation direction of the arc, each conjugated node corresponding to a single authorized direction and representing the arc of the initial graph associated with the authorized direction. The conjugated graph is computed by connecting the conjugated nodes as a function of the connections between the arcs of the initial graph and the authorized directions. Two conjugated nodes connect to one another corresponding to two successive arcs of the initial graph and to a same authorized direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Rémy Auletto, Johann Dreo
  • Patent number: 9741254
    Abstract: The method of the present invention comprises acquiring input data of both aircraft performance characteristics and atmospheric data, and defining trajectory parameters to which the aircraft trajectory must be subjected, the method further comprising defining aircraft trajectory parameters; acquiring a plurality of atmospheric forecast ensembles; calculating a predicted trajectory from each atmospheric forecast of an atmospheric forecast ensemble, said predicted trajectory having associated information regarding a certain figure of merit of the aircraft trajectory, wherein an ensemble of predicted trajectories is obtained from each atmospheric forecast ensemble, each predicted trajectory of the ensemble of predicted trajectories having an associated probability derived from the probability of each atmospheric forecast within an atmospheric forecast ensemble; the system of the present disclosure comprising all the necessary equipment to carry out the method of the present disclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Francisco Navarro, Ernesto Hernandez Valls, Miguel Vilaplana, Piero Chessa, Carlos Querejeta Massaveu
  • Patent number: 9728090
    Abstract: The management system plots the route to be flown in a flight plan, at least partially, by a chaining of published navigation procedures accessible from a NavDB navigation database and constituted of sequences of waypoints and/or turn points associated with specific flight constraints. It comprises a mirror memory storing the latest versions of the published navigation procedures, modified by the crew of the aircraft during the progress of the flight plan and means of substituting these latest versions stored in the mirror memory for the published versions of the navigation procedures during a change in the route predicted in the flight plan obtained by a new chaining of navigation procedures, some of which are taken from the preceding chaining. This makes it possible, during a change of navigation procedure, to take account of specific flight constraints already entered during the progress of the flight but not appearing in the published navigation procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 8, 2017
    Assignee: THALES
    Inventors: Elias Bitar, Stephane Leriche, Christophe Caillaud
  • Patent number: 9715832
    Abstract: A navigation aid method for an aircraft flying a reference trajectory between a point of departure and a point of arrival subject to a field of wind vectors comprises: decomposing the reference trajectory into a plurality of discrete waypoints Pi, loading meteorological data comprising the field of wind vectors, iterating the following steps N times, to generate an improved trajectory: for each waypoint Pi named current point, determining a reference plane, determining an orthonormal reference frame, determining a wind curl ((?W)Pi), determining a sign of the projection of the wind curl on axis zi ((?W)zi Pi), determining a direction of displacement from the current point Pi to a new current waypoint Pi?, determining a line of displacement, determining a displacement distance, determining the new current waypoint, determining a new trajectory, assigning the new waypoints Pi? determined in the preceding iteration to the waypoints Pi for the next iteration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Christophe Pierre, Rémy Auletto, Benoit Dacre-Wright
  • Patent number: 9437107
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for to creating an avoidance zone spatially proximate a venue, where the avoidance zone is created based upon identifying road segments where increased traffic congestion is expected due to an event at the venue. Information pertaining to the avoidance zone, such as a description of road segments to avoid and/or expected travel delays, may be provided to a route planner configured to develop vehicle routes. In this way, the route planner can take into consideration the impact of events on one or more road segments when planning a route.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Inrix, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher L. Scofield, Mark Daymond
  • Patent number: 9424542
    Abstract: A system for communicating between a commercial aircraft and the base of the airline that chartered the same when the aircraft is itself located on the ground during the flight preparation phases and before unloading the commercial freight or passengers. A method implements such a communication system by the commercial flight staff and/or the aircraft captain to prepare a flight and the commercial freight unloading phase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: AIRBUS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Frederic Saugnac, Valerie Renauldon-Dumain
  • Patent number: 9349296
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for providing dynamic information. Routing data for a vehicle is integrated with weather data for an area to generate contextual weather information. The contextual weather information is presented with respect to a predetermined route of the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Thorsten Wiesemann, Theo Hankers, Cindy Dorfmann, Andreas Sindlinger
  • Patent number: 9285221
    Abstract: A method, system and computer readable media for route re-planning including generating enemy force movement predictions to be used during mission planning. During a mission, enemy force movements can be compared to the predictions. By using enemy force movement predictions for an initial comparison, the enemy force movements may only need to be compared to the own force mission plan if the enemy forces deviate from the predictions. When enemy force movement deviates from the predictions, new enemy force movement predictions can be generated. The new enemy force movement predictions can then be compared to the own force mission plan to determine if a route re-plan is needed. The route can be re-planned to determine a route that reduces or eliminates the chance of a lethal encounter with an enemy or threat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2016
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventors: James C. Rosswog, Carl R. Herman
  • Patent number: 9234982
    Abstract: A display system for an aircraft is provided. The system includes a processing unit configured to receive weather information associated with a flight path of a flight plan and to generate display commands based on the weather information. The flight plan includes a first waypoint associated with a first altitude. The system further includes a display device coupled with the processing unit and configured to receive the display commands and to display symbology representing the weather information. The weather information includes first weather information for the first altitude and second weather information at a second altitude, different from the first altitude.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Vinoda Ramaiah, Kiran Gopala Krishna
  • Patent number: 9208457
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for flight planning. Routes from a start point to an end point are identified for a flight of an aircraft from a database of routes. A plurality of different types of routes is present in the database of routes. A number of characteristics of the aircraft are applied to the routes to identify a performance of the aircraft for the routes using a number of weather conditions for the flight. The routes are ranked based on the performance of the aircraft on the routes in meeting a number of goals for the flight to form ranked routes. A portion of the ranked routes are displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Rajat Agrawal, Robert A. Petrie, Jr., Jason J. Long
  • Patent number: 9171473
    Abstract: A dynamic weather route system automatically analyzes routes for in-flight aircraft flying in convective weather regions and attempts to find more time and fuel efficient reroutes around current and predicted weather cells. The dynamic weather route system continuously analyzes all flights and provides reroute advisories that are dynamically updated in real time while the aircraft are in flight. The dynamic weather route system includes a graphical user interface that allows users to visualize, evaluate, modify if necessary, and implement proposed reroutes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: The United States of America as Represented by the Administrator of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA)
    Inventors: B. David McNally, Heinz Erzberger, Kapil Sheth
  • Patent number: 9165471
    Abstract: A method for managing aircraft operations includes determining, via a trajectory predictor, an expected fuel usage for a flight along a desired route, and determining, via at least one processor, an available cargo capacity for the flight along the desired route based at least in part on the expected fuel usage. In addition, the method includes determining, via the at least one processor and the trajectory predictor, a passenger ticket price, a cargo price, and a fuel quantity based at least in part on an available seating capacity, an expected passenger demand, the available cargo capacity, and an expected cargo demand to enhance profitability of a flight network. The method also includes outputting the passenger ticket price, the cargo price, and the fuel quantity to a user interface, to a storage device, and/or to a network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Weiwei Chen, Srinivas Bollapragada, Jon David Petersen
  • Patent number: 9156542
    Abstract: A piloting system including a performance functions server which is linked to all the computers of the piloting system, which hosts all the performance functions of the piloting system and which is able to supply the results of performance functions to at least said computers of the piloting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: AIRBUS OPERATIONS (SAS)
    Inventors: Fabien Pitard, Jerome Chaptal, Matthieu Aribert
  • Patent number: 9135670
    Abstract: An operational reliability system includes a flight grouping module, a block modification module, and a pairing optimizer. The system evaluates potential modifications to scheduled flight block time and quantifies associated changes in on-time performance B0. The system also evaluates the impact of block modifications to headcount, regulatory compliance, operating expenses, and so forth. Via use of the operational reliability system, compliance with external regulations, for example Federal Aviation Regulations (FAR), may be achieved with a higher degree of probability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: US Airways, Inc.
    Inventor: Chip Mayer
  • Patent number: 9070285
    Abstract: A computerized aircraft system, such as an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) is provided with a cloud detection system. The UAS includes a monocular electro-optic or infra-red camera which acquires consecutively, in real time, a plurality of images within a field of view of the camera. The system identifies feature points in each of the consecutive images, and generates macro representations of cloud formations (3D representations of the clouds) based on tracking of the feature points across the plurality of images. A cloud avoidance system takes in nominal own-ship waypoints, compares those waypoints to the 3D cloud representations and outputs modified waypoints to avoid the detected clouds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: UtopiaCompression Corporation
    Inventors: Prakash Ramu, Hieu Nguyen, Sharath Avadhanam, Jason Newton, Joseph Yadegar, Anurag Ganguli
  • Patent number: 9031720
    Abstract: A method and system for the prediction of aircrafts vertical trajectory, in particular for Air Traffic Management, using the following flight calculation modules: Take-off; Climb; Cruise; Descent; and Landing, corresponding to the relevant flight phases, in which: the calculation of the predicted aircraft trajectory is effected by using a set of TEM equations using, as output variables, the vertical rate of climb or descent, the true air speed, the energy share factor, the thrust and the drag, the mass of the aircraft modeled as point-mass, and using, as input variables, the Mach number depending on true air speed and temperature and altitude, the gravity acceleration, and the fuel flow, and the flight path angle; the calculation of the predicted aircraft trajectory for Cruise phase, wherein only the mass is varies, is performed by using the following analytical solution to said set of TEM equations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Selex Sistemi Integrati S.p.A.
    Inventors: Domenico Accardo, Antonio Moccia, Michele Grassi, Urbano Tancredi, Lucio Caminiti, Luigi Fiorillo, Alberto Leardi, Giuseppe Maresca
  • Patent number: 8989923
    Abstract: A method of formulating a specification for temporal and vertical required navigation performance is described. The method assesses various flight management guidance systems methods and allows a specification to be set for an airport. The specification may be used to increase aircraft traffic into the airport. The specification sets limits on deviations in time and altitude, for example, on approach into arrivals at the airport. The method comprises: calculating temporal and vertical deviations from a reference trajectory for one or more flight management guidance methods for one or more aircraft types; and comparing the temporal and vertical deviations with operational requirements of the airport. The deviations from a reference trajectory may result from uncertainties affecting trajectory prediction, such as wind and temperature prediction accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Johan L. De Prins, Ramon Gomez
  • Patent number: 8958987
    Abstract: A method and device for determining a shifted circular segment on the basis of an initial circular segment, the shifted circular segment being shifted by a shift distance, the method being implemented by a computer dedicated to flight management, comprises: determining a shifted final point terminating a shifted circular segment, on the basis of the final point terminating the initial circular segment, through a shift of the final point determined on the basis of the shift distance and in the direction of shift, through the use of a straight line passing through the center of the initial circular segment and the final point of the initial circular segment, and determining a shifted circular segment on the basis of the initial circular segment by construction of a circular segment between the shifted final point associated with the preceding shifted segment and the shifted final point associated with the shifted segment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Emmanuel Dewas, Vincent Savarit, Francois Coulmeau
  • Patent number: 8949027
    Abstract: A system comprises a plurality of reference navigation systems, each reference navigation system configured to generate a respective reference navigation solution. The system also comprises a test navigation system, the test navigation system configured to generate a test navigation solution; and a processing unit configured to compare the test navigation solution to each of the respective reference navigation solutions to estimate one or more errors in the differences between the test navigation solution and the respective reference navigation solutions. The processing unit is further configured to update the respective reference navigation solutions to account for the corresponding one or more estimated errors. The processing unit is also configured to compare the test navigation solution to the updated reference navigation solutions to generate a performance score representative of the performance of the test navigation system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Jay Matthews, Richard S. Russell, Tom Jakel, Michael Ray Elgersma
  • Patent number: 8892349
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a method comprises receiving, in a computer-based airspace monitoring system, airspace information from a plurality of different sources via a plurality of different communication networks, receiving, in the computer-based airspace monitoring system, a first flightpath parameter from a first aircraft at a first point in time, wherein the first flightpath parameter comprises at least one of a three-dimensional position parameter, a flight trajectory parameter, or a speed parameter, establishing, in the computer-based airspace monitoring system, a first defined airspace in a region proximate the first aircraft, processing, in the computer-based airspace monitoring system, the airspace information for the first defined airspace based on the first position parameter received from the first aircraft to define a first data set of airspace information relevant to the first aircraft, and transmitting the first dataset of airspace information from the computer-based airspace monitoring system to the
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Regina I. Estkowski, Ted D. Whitley, Richard Baumeister, Neale Leslie Fulton
  • Publication number: 20140336932
    Abstract: The present invention provides a computer-implemented method of generating an aircraft intent description expressed in a formal language that provides an unambiguous four-dimensional description of an aircraft's intended motion and configuration during a period of flight. A flight intent description is parsed to provide instances of flight intent that span a flight segment, the flight segments together spanning the period of flight. The parsed flight intent is enriched with objectives and constraints according to user preferences, operational context and aircraft performance. The resulting enriched flight intent is converted into a parametric aircraft intent description by ensuring that each flight segment closes all associated degrees of freedom of motion and of configuration of the aircraft. At least some instances of aircraft intent contain a parameter range, and the method further comprises optimising the parametric aircraft intent by determining an optimal value for the parameter of each parameter range.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Javier Lopez Leones, Enrique Juan Casado Magana, Juan Besada, Guillermo Frontera
  • Patent number: 8880243
    Abstract: A present novel and non-trivial system, device, and method for presenting flight information of a plurality of aircraft on a display unit. An image generator (“IG”) is programmed to receive a first request for flight information for one of a plurality of aircraft; receive first flight information of a viewer aircraft when included in the request; send a second request for second flight information of a target aircraft for each target aircraft included in the request; receive the second flight information; retrieve terrain data corresponding the flight information of a focal aircraft; generate an image data set representative of a three-dimensional scene of a selectable view comprised of the sky, the spherical surface of the Earth, a first aircraft symbol corresponding to the received flight information, and a first curved flight path; and provide the image data set to a display unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Roger M. Duvall, Ngoc-Nga Do, Ara J. Derderian
  • Patent number: 8855906
    Abstract: An aircraft traffic alert system that minimizes false alarms and unnecessary alerts by automatically adjusting the sensitivity of the system based on proximity to an airport. The system also can use information from a flight management system (FMS) or GPS navigation system (GNS) to only adjust the sensitivity near a destination airport and to suppress potential alerts for possible collisions with other aircraft that will be moot based on planned course changes of the subject aircraft. The system also can suppress alerts related to another aircraft when the other aircraft is landing on a parallel runway to the runway on which the subject aircraft is landing. The system may use multiple sensitivity levels based on different airspace classes, each class being associated with a different sensitivity level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Avidyne Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel J. Schwinn, Edward A. Lester, Dean E. Ryan
  • Patent number: 8818576
    Abstract: The different advantageous embodiments provide a system for generating trajectory predictions for a flight comprising a flight object manager and a trajectory predictor. The flight object manager is configured to generate flight information using a number of flight plans, a number of flight schedules, and flight status information. The trajectory predictor is configured to receive flight information from the flight object manager and use the flight information to generate the trajectory predictions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Christie Marie Maldonado, Ferdinando Dijkstra, Robert W. Mead, Suzanne Elise Meador, Gregory T. Saccone
  • Patent number: 8818696
    Abstract: A method and system of managing an aerial vehicle trajectory is provided. The remote trajectory management system (RTMS) for a fleet of aircraft includes an input specification module configured to manage information specifying flight-specific input data used to generate a trajectory, an aircraft model module including data that specifies a performance of the aircraft and engines of the aircraft, a predict 4D trajectory module configured to receive the specified inputs from the input specification module and an aircraft performance model from aircraft model module and to generate a 4D trajectory for a predetermined flight, and a trajectory export module configured to transmit a predetermined subset of the predicted trajectory to the aircraft.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: GE Aviation Systems LLC
    Inventors: Joel Kenneth Klooster, Liling Ren, Joachim Karl Ulf Hochwarth
  • Publication number: 20140222337
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for processing routes is disclosed. An area of interest associated with a number of routes for a number of aircraft and an identification of a number of weightings for a number of characteristics for the number of routes are identified. The number of characteristics includes at least one of a number of environmental characteristics or a number of economic characteristics. A number of new routes are generated based on information about the number of routes associated with the area of interest. Values are identified for characteristics in the number of characteristics for each new route in the number of new routes and for each route in the number of routes based on the information. A performance value is identified for the each new route and for the each route based on the values and the number of weightings for the number of characteristics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: The Boeing Company
  • Patent number: 8798899
    Abstract: An airline operations control system for an airline having multiple aircraft and multiple routes formed by one or more flights where the airline operations control system includes a computer searchable database a query module configured to query the database and a display module and a method of controlling operation of the airline having the multiple aircraft and the multiple routes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: James Kenneth Aragones, Amy Victoria Aragones, Mark Thomas Harrington, Jonathan Mark Dunsdon
  • Patent number: 8793070
    Abstract: A process of providing an aviation navigation chart over a computer network includes receiving a request by a server computer from a client computer. The client computer is in communication with the server computer via the computer network. The request is received over the computer network. The request includes an indication of a departure point and a destination point selected by a user of the client computer. The process also includes generating, at the server computer, a composite travel navigation chart in response to the request. The composite travel navigation chart includes a travel chart image with the departure point and the destination point and a route line extending between the departure point and the destination point. Furthermore, the process includes delivering the composite travel navigation chart from the server computer to the client computer for display by the client computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Inventor: Roger M. Stenbock
  • Patent number: 8788196
    Abstract: The different advantageous embodiments provide a method, computer program product, and apparatus for presenting a position of a vehicle on a chart. In one advantageous embodiment, a method for presenting a vehicle on a chart is presented. A current position of the vehicle is identified. The method then determines whether the current position of the vehicle is on a path between two points in a plurality of points. A first indicator at a first location on the chart indicating a position of the vehicle on the path relative to the two points is presented responsive to a determination that the current position is on the path. A second indicator on a second location on the chart is presented responsive to an absence of a determination that the current position is on the path, wherein the second indicator points to a closest point in the plurality of points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Brian B. Kennedy
  • Patent number: 8788187
    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: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Reagan Doose, Richard W. Ellerbrock, Glade L. Hulet, John M. Jauglias, Matthew T. Majka
  • Patent number: 8762040
    Abstract: A method and device to help an aircraft change altitude in case of reduced separations is disclosed. The device, embarked on board the airplane, comprises means for determining a performing time range during which the altitude change maneuver within reduced spacings being desired by the pilots is able to be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations (SAS)
    Inventors: Pierre Depape, Christophe Maily, Jerome Gouillou, Julien Frard, Yohann Barbe
  • Patent number: 8744768
    Abstract: A method and device establishes trajectory planning, predictions and guidance so as to obtain the satisfaction of a time constraint (RTA). This objective is achieved by undertaking a computation of a trajectory up to the point where the flypast time constraint applies, on the basis of a profile of altitude and speeds, and then by computing the profile of speeds and altitudes making it possible, throughout the computed trajectory, to comply with the RTA. The method is also a method for readapting the trajectory and the vertical profile when during a mission, the data outside the aeroplane have caused the time predictions to drift and the constraint is no longer complied with under the initial speeds and trajectory assumptions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Thales
    Inventors: Manuel Gutierez-Castaneda, Philippe Chaix, Benoît Dacre-Wright
  • Patent number: 8742927
    Abstract: The invention relates to the automatic detection of the presence of non-authorized persons in the vicinity of an apparatus of the aircraft type. To this end, the invention comprises equipping persons with radio transmitters for identifying them as authorized personnel. The aircraft are also fitted, such as at the existing PODs, with a transceiver device of a radio identification system of the RFID type for recognition of the persons wearing the radio transmitters. Only the persons who are not authorized in the vicinity of the aircraft initiate an alarm procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Airbus Operations SAS
    Inventor: Pujol Olivier
  • Patent number: 8731811
    Abstract: Methods and systems are provided for completing and displaying a taxi clearance for an aircraft at an airport. One exemplary method involves receiving an input taxi clearance including a first taxi path of a plurality of taxi paths at the airport and a second taxi path of the plurality of taxi paths that succeeds the first taxi path in the input taxi clearance, and determining a plurality of possible taxi routes between the first taxi path and the second taxi path. The method continues by identifying an optimal taxi route from among the plurality of possible taxi routes, and graphically indicating that the taxi clearance for the aircraft includes the optimal taxi route between the first taxi path and the second taxi path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Jan Bilek, Ondrej Pokorny, Tomas Marczi
  • Patent number: 8725417
    Abstract: The present invention is a method for providing rapid intervisibility determination in resource-constrained computational environments. The method may be applied to various real-time applications, such as real-time flight planning and ad-hoc network management. The method includes pre-processing terrain elevation data into an ELDETREE data structure, which uses a 3-D grid coordinate system for each zone inside a multi-zone planning area, for expediting intervisibility determination. Along with promoting increased intervisibility computation efficiency, the method further promotes reduced memory usage for intervisibility computation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Shih-Yih Young, Kristen M. Jerome
  • Patent number: 8718931
    Abstract: A computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer usable program product for cross checking required navigation performance procedures. A required navigation performance procedure in a flight management system is executed in an aircraft. A global positioning system signal in an electronic flight bag or other independent data processing system located onboard the aircraft is received while executing the required navigation performance procedure. A current position of the aircraft based on the global positioning system signal is presented on a moving map. A set of containment lines on the moving map are displayed to indicate whether deviations from the required navigation performance procedure have occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Robert C. Belcher
  • Patent number: 8700363
    Abstract: A system and method for analyzing a risk of extended operations (ETOPS) dual independent engine in-flight shutdown (IFSD) using an ETOPS IFSD risk calculation means is disclosed. A two-engine aircraft/engine combination performance data set is provided to obtain flight specific data, and a user input variable array is also provided. Flight times are calculated based on the flight specific data and the user input variable array. Dual independent engine shutdown total thrust loss probability values for various phases of an ETOPS flight are calculated based on the user input variable array, the flight specific data, and the flight times. A calculated risk of dual independent engine in-flight shutdown on the ETOPS flight is calculated based on a sum of the dual independent engine shutdown total thrust loss probability values.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Daryl W. Heinzerling
  • Publication number: 20140081569
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for flight planning. Routes from a start point to an end point are identified for a flight of an aircraft from a database of routes. A plurality of different types of routes is present in the database of routes. A number of characteristics of the aircraft are applied to the routes to identify a performance of the aircraft for the routes using a number of weather conditions for the flight. The routes are ranked based on the performance of the aircraft on the routes in meeting a number of goals for the flight to form ranked routes. A portion of the ranked routes are displayed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 20, 2012
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventors: Rajat Agrawal, Robert A. Petrie, JR., Jason J. Long
  • Patent number: 8660719
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for displaying information for an aircraft. Information is identified for the aircraft. An aeronautical chart is displayed on a display system. An envelope is displayed in the aeronautical chart based on the information. The envelope defines a space flyable by the aircraft that meets a number of objectives.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Nima Barraci, Thorsten Wiesemann
  • Patent number: 8645006
    Abstract: The Electronic Kit Bag (EKB) is a computerized, portable pilot “kit bag” that accepts input data, manipulates said data, and outputs solutions. The EKB consists of standard and state-of-the-art computer parts and peripherals, interfaced for maximum utility. The central operating program of the device assesses the relationships of input data through logic based, three-dimensional decision-making algorithm. Data output is utilized either directly by the user, by the user through an aircraft system, or directly from the EKB to an aircraft system or autopilot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Inventor: Angela Masson
  • Patent number: 8643508
    Abstract: The present general inventive concept relates to methods and systems to select and display information on an avionics display screen. The systems and methods allow for the selection and display of information using knobs to highlight and select the desired information for display, eliminating the need for a cursor function. The systems and methods also provide for multiple pages and/or multiple windows or “tiles” within these pages and/or windows simultaneously on a single screen of a display, with each window, page, and/or tile being fully controlled independently when selected. The present general inventive concept also relates to systems and methods to provide multiple cues on an electronic display system altitude tape to a pilot in advance and impending approach to a predefined altitude. The present general inventive concept also relates to systems and methods to employ variable resolution topographical data based on display range for an avionics navigation display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Aspen Avionics, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian Turner