Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. | Date: 2017-04-05
An emergency lighting system (ELS) 200, 500, 800 for an aircraft 100 has a capacitor 206, at least one of an onboard power system 116 and a ground power unit 118 configured to charge the capacitor, and a light emitting diode (LED) 220, 222 selectively powered by the capacitor.
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. | Date: 2017-01-20
This description relates to a strapped windshield assembly for a rotorcraft. In some implementations, the rotorcraft includes an airframe, a windshield, and a plurality of independent straps connected to the airframe and the windshield, the straps operative to move independently with respect to one another. The independent movement of the straps allow relative movement of portions of the windshield in response to a strike. In some implementations, the straps are spaced every 4-6 inches along an edge of the windshield. In some implementations, the straps are over an edge of the windshield. The straps can have a modulus of elasticity of 8-12 millions of pounds per square inch (MSI). The windshield can include polycarbonate material.
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. | Date: 2016-12-19
Embodiments refer generally to systems and methods for providing autorotative enhancement for helicopters using an autorotative assist unit coupled to the transmission of the helicopter. Methods of utilizing an autorotative assist unit as well as retrofitting an autorotative assist unit to an existing helicopter are also disclosed. By employing an autorotative assist unit, improved autorotation can be achieved without the need to increase the weight of the rotor.
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. | Date: 2015-11-04
A system includes a first mast torque transfer system, a second mast torque transfer system coupled to the first mast torque transfer system, and a torque limiting system. The torque limiting system includes a first sensor configured to determine a torque of the first mast torque transfer system, a second sensor configured to determine a torque of the second mast torque transfer system, and a processor configured to determine a differential torque between the torque of the first mast torque transfer system and the torque of the second mast torque transfer system and configured to control at least one of a torque input and a torque output to at least one of the first and second mast torque transfer systems as a function of the determined differential torque.
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. | Date: 2015-10-23
According to one embodiment, an aircraft component is manufactured from a plurality of separate materials comprising a first material. The first material is physically associated with a tracking device comprising a first storage medium featuring line-of-sight accessible information and a second storage medium featuring non-line-of-sight accessible information. The line-of-sight accessible information and the non-line-of-sight accessible information each comprise information regarding the first material physically associated with the tracking device.
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. | Date: 2016-07-18
According to one embodiment, a flight control system includes a pilot control assembly and a flight control computer. The pilot control assembly can receive commands from a pilot. The flight control computer can receive, from the pilot control assembly, a pilot command to change a first flight characteristic, wherein changing the first flight characteristic would result in an expected change to a second flight characteristic. The flight control computer can instruct, in response to the received pilot command, the flight control system to change a first operating condition of the flight control system based on an inherently-coupled relationship between the first flight characteristic and the second flight characteristic. The flight control computer can instruct, in response to the expected change to the second flight characteristic, the flight control system to change a second operating condition of the flight control system.
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. | Date: 2017-01-26
A drive system for a tiltrotor aircraft includes a first gearbox rotatably mounted to the airframe and rotatable about a longitudinal axis to operate the tiltrotor aircraft between helicopter and airplane modes. A second gearbox extends generally normal to the longitudinal axis of the first gearbox. A common shaft, rotatable about the longitudinal axis, transfers torque from an output gear of the second gearbox to an input gear of the first gearbox. A support assembly couples the second gearbox to the airframe and includes a fixed joint proximate the longitudinal axis, a first directional reacting joint remote from the longitudinal axis providing a first radial growth degree of freedom to the second gearbox and a second directional reacting joint remote from the longitudinal axis providing a second radial growth degree of freedom to the second gearbox that is not parallel with the first radial growth degree of freedom.
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. | Date: 2017-02-09
A mechanism for transitioning a tiltrotor aircraft between rotary and non rotary flight modes. The mechanism includes a gimbal lock positioned about a mast that is operable to selectively enable and disable a gimballing degree of freedom of a rotor assembly relative to the mast. A blade stop assembly, positioned about the mast, includes a plurality of arms having a radially contracted orientation and a radially extended orientation. A blade lock assembly is operably associated with each rotor blade assembly. Each blade lock assembly is operable to selectively enable and disable a folding degree of freedom and a pitching degree of freedom of the respective rotor blade assembly. A swash plate is operable to change the pitch of the rotor blade assemblies in the rotary flight mode and fold the rotor blade assemblies in the non rotary flight mode.
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. | Date: 2017-02-07
A method of controlling an audio system includes generating a situation response model for a situation parameter, determining a situation parameter value, and at least one of (1) providing an audio system output as a function of the situation response model and the situation parameter value and (2) receiving an audio system input as a function of the situation response model and the situation parameter value.
Bell Helicopter Textron Inc. | Date: 2017-05-24
A system (230) includes an engine cover (124; 200) covering a side-facing rotorcraft engine (120) and having an opening (204) and an ice protection member (126; 210) mounted on the engine cover (124; 200) between the opening (204) and the engine (120), an area of the ice protection member (126; 210) smaller than an area of the opening (204). The ice protection member (126; 210) is configured to partially cover the opening (204) to prevent ice having a particular size from entering into the engine (120) and to allow air flow downstream into the engine (120).