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07/24/2014 > 15 patent applications in 14 patent subcategories.

20140203139 - Adaptive solar airframe: Methods and apparatus for an adaptable solar airframe are provided herein. In some embodiments, an adaptable solar airframe includes an expandable body having an aerodynamic cross-section that reduces parasitic air drag at any given thickness of the body, further being able to change its shape in flight in response to... Agent: Sunlight Photonics Inc.

20140203134 - Systems and methods for retaining and deploying canards: Disclosed are systems and methods for retaining and deploying a plurality of canards and canard covers on a projectile. The projectile includes a projectile housing defining an interior chamber and a longitudinal axis, canards rotatably mounted to the housing, canard covers, a bobbin movably disposed in the interior chamber of... Agent: Simmonds Precision Products, Inc.

20140203135 - Balloon with deflation and maneuvering port: A hot air balloon with an adjustable deflation port at its upper end which can fee selectively opened and closed on the ground and during flight. The positive control of the port by the operator of the balloon in the basket allows the deflation port to be adjusted at any... Agent:

20140203136 - Airport capacity from takeoff assist: Systems and methods for ground-based aircraft thrust systems are provided. In particular, some embodiments use an electromechanical thrust assembly to accelerate aircraft using ground-based energy for takeoff. The assembly can include one or more sleds, one or more maglev tracks, and/or one or more linear motors. Airplanes are loaded onto... Agent: Exhaustless, Inc.

20140203137 - Aircraft thrust, assembly, and methods: Systems and methods for ground-based aircraft thrust systems are provided. In particular, some embodiments use an electromechanical thrust assembly to accelerate aircraft using ground-based energy for takeoff. The assembly can include one or more sleds, one or more maglev tracks, and/or one or more linear motors. Airplanes are loaded onto... Agent: Exhaustless, Inc.

20140203138 - Lighter-than-air systems, methods, and kits for obtaining aerial images: Lighter-than-air systems, methods, and kits for obtaining aerial images are described. For example, various methods for determining planned ascent, drift, and/or descent of a lighter-than-air system are described. In addition, various structural arrangements of lighter-than-air systems for accomplishing planned ascent, drift, and/or descent and obtaining aerial images are described.... Agent:

20140203140 - Method and apparatus for automated launch, retrieval, and servicing of a hovering aircraft: Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide an apparatus configured to automatically retrieve, service, and launch an aircraft. For retrieval, the aircraft drops a weighted cable, and pulls it at low relative speed into a broad aperture of the apparatus. In certain instances, the cable is dragged along guiding surfaces... Agent: Aerovel Corporation

20140203141 - Method and apparatus for retrieving a hovering aircraft: For retrieval of a hovering aircraft, a cable, bar, or similar fixture is suspended in an approximately horizontal orientation across the retrieval area between two well-separated supports. The aircraft slowly flies into this fixture, which then slides along the aircraft in a direction approximately parallel with the aircraft's thrust line.... Agent: Aerovel Corporation

20140203142 - Refractive body panels (vehicle refractive panels): Refractive body panels replace traditional metal or fiberglass panels and consist primarily of dyed and moldable plastic in a prism configuration under clear polycarbonate; a bi-layer unit working in concert to scatter and/or change the direction of light to illuminate the exterior and increase safety and performance; the bi-layer unit... Agent:

20140203143 - Front aircraft sealed bottom comprising recesses for housing cockpit equipment: A leaktight nose cone backplate for an aircraft having a first side oriented towards a radome zone intended to house a mobile antenna, and a second side opposite the first side and oriented towards a cockpit of the aircraft. The second side has at least one recess intended to receive... Agent:

20140203144 - Aircraft cargo door shield: A cargo door shield system comprising a cargo door cover movable between a shield position below the fully opened cargo door, and a storage position permitting the cargo door to be moved uninhibited by the cover between the closed and fully opened positions. The system including a pair of spaced... Agent:

20140203145 - Variation compensating assembly: An apparatus comprising an outer sleeve and an inner sleeve. The outer sleeve has a first channel with an inner wall with a first number of substantially planar surfaces. The inner sleeve has a second channel and an outer wall with a second number of substantially planar surfaces. The outer... Agent: The Boeing Company

20140203146 - Method and device for using hot air to de-ice the leading edges of a jet aircraft: A de-icing device includes a hot air circuit including an inlet for hot air bled from an engine, and a duct connecting the inlet to an outlet of the circuit which opens towards the leading edge. The device also includes electrical heating means associated with the duct, and control means... Agent: Airbus Operations S.a.s.

20140203147 - Tip with nozzle load sensing and wireless communication functionality for refueling boom: A Wireless Communication and Sensor System (WSCC) serving a refueled entity and a refueling entity, the system comprising nozzle load sensing functionality for a nozzle Boom Tip Unit; and apparatus for wirelessly transmitting loads sensed by the nozzle load sensing functionality to at least one of a boom operator and... Agent:

20140203148 - Cryogenic thruster assembly: A cryogenic thruster assembly including: a reignitable main thruster; a first cryogenic tank connected to the main thruster to feed the main thruster with a first propellant; a first gas tank; at least one settling thruster; and a first feed circuit for feeding the first gas tank. The feed circuit... Agent: Snecma

  
07/17/2014 > 11 patent applications in 10 patent subcategories.

20140197273 - Method for producing a surface structure with lightning protection, and surface structure which can be produced in this way: A method for producing a surface structure with a lightning strike protective system involves providing a support structure based on a fiber-reinforced composite material. At least one arrangement of a lightning strike protective material made from or with a conductive material is applied onto the support structure so that the... Agent: Eads Deutschland Gmbh

20140197270 - Air vehicle with control surfaces and vectored thrust: An air vehicle, such as a missile, for example an interceptor, includes control surfaces and a vectored thrust system, both used for steering the missile. A controller is operatively coupled to both steering mechanisms, and is configured to operate in a low dynamic pressure mode, which uses the vectored thrust... Agent: Raytheon Company

20140197271 - Helicopter: A composite structure forming a load bearing composite shell for a helicopter, with a shell which defines the exterior of a fuselage and includes a central fuselage section and tail boom, a fuselage which is adapted house an engine or drive train, a layered composite crashworthy seat and support structure... Agent: Composite Helicopter Holdings Limited

20140197280 - Delta wing unmanned aerial vehicle (uav) and method of manufacture of the same: This disclosure pertains to the field of small-unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The delta wing vehicle consists of an isosceles triangular shaped lifting body milled from Styrofoam. The longitudinal axis is approximately 65% of the lateral axis. The horizontal wing projections, or tiplets, are attached to the main lifting body at... Agent:

20140197272 - Aircraft wing flap device and method of operating the same: A wing flap control system on a wing comprising at least two control plates having an opening sized to accommodate a drive shaft, a drive shaft that engages each of the openings in each of the plurality of plates, a sprocket rotatively affixed the drive shaft with the drive shaft... Agent:

20140197274 - Aircraft fuselage: A fuselage for an airplane including a frame comprising an upper truss and a lower truss extending from a front end of the fuselage towards the rear end of the fuselage, wherein the lower truss comprises one or more forward box beams, a plurality of support rings attached to the... Agent:

20140197275 - Aircraft landing gear and method of operating the same: A main landing gear system for an aircraft including a truss element including a front portion joined to a rear portion, a first support unit and second support unit affixed to the truss at the junction of the first portion and the second portion on opposing sides of the truss,... Agent:

20140197276 - Aircraft landing gear and method of operating the same: A front landing gear system for an aircraft including a swing arm rotatively coupled to a wheel, a forward link arm rotatively coupled to the swing arm, a oleopneumatic cylinder rotatively coupled to the swing arm, second extension arm and a bulkhead, a plate rotatively coupled to the bulkhead, an... Agent:

20140197277 - Aircraft support structure: A support unit for a structure within a pressure vessel that includes an external load distribution plate, an internal load distribution plate, a standoff unit between the external load distribution plate and the internal load distribution plate that extends through an opening in a pressure vessel.... Agent:

20140197278 - Airplane sidewall attachment device: A system for attaching an aircraft wall panel to an airframe member includes a top support bracket having a mating member, a lower support bracket having a mating pin, and an aircraft wall panel having a first stabilizing attachment and a first securing attachment. The first stabilizing and securing attachments... Agent: The Boeing Company

20140197279 - Kite: A kite includes a frame including first and second wings spaced apart along a vertical axis, wherein each of the first and second wings includes a leading edges and a trailing edge. The frame further includes a plurality of struts extending between and connecting the first and second wings.... Agent:

  
07/10/2014 > 11 patent applications in 10 patent subcategories.

20140191088 - Aircraft with integrated lift and propulsion system: A vertical take off and landing (VTOL) aircraft is designed to be so efficient that it can be commercially competitive with runway dependent aircraft operating in a range of 100 to 1000 miles. Improvements include a high efficiency tilting rotor and wing design that enable both vertical takeoff and efficient... Agent:

20140191078 - Airplane emergency supplemental braking system and method: A system, an apparatus, and a method for an aerospace vehicle braking system for decelerating an aerospace vehicle on a landing surface. An arm is provided having a first portion connected to the aerospace vehicle and a second portion generally distal to the first portion. The second portion of the... Agent: The Boeing Company

20140191079 - Disconnecting a rotor: According to one embodiment, a clutch may be coupled between a rotor system and a power train of a rotorcraft. The clutch may be operable to disengage the rotor system from the power train during operation of the power train. A clutch control system in communication with the clutch and... Agent: Bell Helicopter Textron Inc.

20140191080 - Aircraft propulsion system comprising an aft pylon fairing with lateral walls that are profiled for injecting cool air along a thermal protection floor: The invention proposes to protect a rear part of a floor of an aft fairing of a pylon of an aircraft bypass turbojet engine using a film of cool air formed of part of a bypass flow of the jet engine which is guided under the floor by two lateral... Agent:

20140191081 - Seat base for aircraft: A seat base for use in aircraft has a first cross member, a second cross member, a first leg, a second leg, and a base plate having a first bendable tab and a second bendable tab facing away from the first tab. The first cross member, the second cross member,... Agent: Cessna Aircraft Company

20140191082 - Method and arrangement for de-icing a structural element: The present invention relates to a de-icing arrangement for de-icing a structural element {170; 270; 370). The structural element could be made of a whole polymeric or metallic material. The arrangement comprises a power source (250) being electrically connected to an electrode configuration (200), said power source is arranged to,... Agent: Saab Ab

20140191084 - Ice detection and mitigation device: A method for deicing an aerostructure includes driving a sensing current through a heater element coated to an aerostructure, the heater element having a resistance that is temperature dependent. A resistance of the heater element is monitored. It is determined whether there is icing at the heater element using the... Agent: Mesocribe Technologies, Inc.

20140191083 - Ice protection system: An ice protection system (20) comprising an electrothermal device (30) responsible for maintaining an aircraft surface (14) at an anti-ice temperature greater than 0° C. An optimum power input to the electrothermal device (30) is based on outside air temperature sensed by an OAT sensor (30) and on liquid water... Agent: Goodrich Corporation

20140191085 - Outer fuel tank access cover, wing and aircraft: An outer fuel access tank cover (FTAC) of an aircraft, a wing comprising such outer FTAC of an aircraft and an aircraft are provided. In one example, an outer fuel tank access cover (FTAC) (4) of an aircraft includes an inner surface and an outer surface. The outer FTAC is... Agent:

20140191086 - Method for forming lifting force for an aircraft and wing profile for realizing said method (alternatives): Unique aeroplane wing profiles substantially increasing the aerodynamic qualities of the wing are proposed. The advantage of the proposed profiles and novel method for forming lifting force for a wing on the basis of said profiles is the complete shifting of the interaction of the windstream onto the lower contour,... Agent:

20140191087 - Aircraft and aircraft control method: An aircraft is provided with a mechanical linkage that mechanically transmits an amount of manipulation of a control stick to a rudder controlling mechanism, an amount-of-manipulation sensor that detects the amount of manipulation, and an FBW control-law computing unit that calculates an FBW control-law command indicating an amount of control... Agent: Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.

  
07/03/2014 > 7 patent applications in 4 patent subcategories.

20140183300 - Tethered payload system and method: A vehicle, especially a maritime vessel, is provided with an autogyro drawn by a tether. The tether contains mechanical strengthening components that enable it to securely retain the autogyro to the vehicle. The tether also contains two electrical conductors carrying different phases of AC power to the autogyro, and four... Agent: L-3 Communications Corporation

20140183297 - Boomerang link with vibration filtering ability and aircraft engine mount provided with such link: A boomerang link for aircraft engine mounts, including a first orifice and a second orifice both designed to connect the boomerang link to an aircraft pylon, and a third orifice designed to connect the boomerang link to an aircraft engine. The third orifice is offset relative to a plane passing... Agent:

20140183298 - Flexible linking device for an aircraft propulsion system: A linking device including two hinge pins and having flexibility allowing vibrations between these two shafts to be filtered. The device includes a stack of plates connected to one another by layers of elastomer material. Plates of a first type are coupled to one of the shafts in relation to... Agent: Airbus Operations (sas)

20140183296 - Gas turbine engine having fan rotor driven by turbine exhaust and with a bypass: A gas turbine engine has a core engine incorporating a core engine turbine. A fan rotor is driven by a fan rotor turbine. The fan rotor turbine is in the path of gases downstream from the core engine turbine. A bypass door is moveable from a closed position at which... Agent: United Technologies Corporation

20140183299 - An aircraft comprising a cockpit delocalized outsided the nose: The invention concerns an aircraft comprising a cockpit situated outside the nose of the aircraft. The cockpit is situated in a lower part of a fin, the latter advantageously extending to a front end of the aircraft. Preferably, the aircraft has a lancet-shaped nose.... Agent: Airbus Sas

20140183302 - Aircraft cabin bin retrofit: Disclosed herein is an asymmetric luggage stowage bin arrangement, with a pair of compartments attached to a single bin housing. The compartments being unequal in length, to optimize the storage capacity of the bin housing relative to the most common luggage dimensions on the market. In one form, the asymmetric... Agent: Heath Tecna Inc

20140183301 - Aircraft ventral fairing with an improved storage capacity: The invention provides an aircraft with a ventral fairing able to store equipment and systems in lateral zones. The ventral fairing (20) comprises a first zone of length L1 along the X-axis, where the area of the cross-section perpendicular to the X-axis increases in the direction of the air flow... Agent: Airbus Operations Sl

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