Wichita, KS, United States

Cessna Aircraft Company

www.cessna.com/
Wichita, KS, United States

The Cessna Aircraft Company is an American general aviation aircraft manufacturing corporation headquartered in Wichita, Kansas. Best known for small, piston-powered aircraft, Cessna also produces business jets. The company is a subsidiary of the U.S. conglomerate Textron.In March 2014 Cessna became a brand of Textron Aviation. Wikipedia.


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Patent
Cessna Aircraft Company | Date: 2016-08-19

Embodiments of the present disclosure provide a system for improved control of movement for adjusting position of an articulating aircraft seat. In an embodiment, a caliper brake engages a brake pad against a braking surface for stopping seat movement. The braking surface is linearly aligned with a desired direction of seat movement. A biasing mechanism maintains the brake pad against the braking surface to prevent movement of the seat. A release actuator counteracts the biasing mechanism for releasing the brake pad from the braking surface to allow seat movement.


An Environmental Control System (ECS) for aircraft is provided. The ECS includes a heat exchanger (HX) and an air conditioning unit (ACU) upstream of the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger receives flows of hot air bled from a plurality of aircraft engines and flows of cold ambient air drawn from the aircraft exterior for use by the heat exchanger and ACU for heating and cooling the interior cabin of the aircraft. The ECS may operate in one of several modes, whether the heat exchanger and air conditioning unit are operating normally or have failed. In a normal mode, the ACU and heat exchanger operate in series. In an ACU only mode, the ACU operates without the heat exchanger. In an HX only mode, the heat exchanger operates without the ACU. In an ECS off mode, both the heat exchanger and ACU are bypassed.


Patent
Cessna Aircraft Company | Date: 2016-04-13

Disclosed are systems and methods for grounding insulated P-clamps used to secure fuel conduits. To do so, one end of the device is adapted to be secured between the flanges of the P-clamp, and a second end is adapted to extend into the clamp to make electrical contact with the conduit. The device creates an electrical path to the grounded structure to which the clamp is secured.


Patent
Cessna Aircraft Company | Date: 2015-03-10

Systems, methods and computer-storage media are provided for use of navigational aids. Three-dimensional graphical representations of flight plans, flight paths, waypoints, etc., may be displayed to improve situational awareness. Additionally, dynamic monitoring of airports, waypoints, traffic, etc., may be performed so that real-time updates are available to users. The real-time updates will not only include updated location information and any relevant navigational markers (e.g., updated waypoints, new traffic, etc.) but will also include detailed information related to the navigational markers such as a distance from the marker, an airspeed of the marker (if applicable), and the like.


Patent
Cessna Aircraft Company | Date: 2016-05-27

Embodiments of the present disclosure include a robotic method for processing an aircraft component that includes determining feature positions by illuminating with light, imaging the reflected light with a camera, and processing images from the camera. The method further includes determining a position offset of the features by comparing to a model of the aircraft component, determining a path offset for movement by a robot arm, and modifying the aircraft component using a processing tool coupled to the robot arm. A robotic system for processing an aircraft component includes a light emitting device and a camera configured for respectively illuminating and imaging features of an aircraft component, a gripper tool for gripping and moving the aircraft component to a workstation, a processing tool for modifying the aircraft component, and a controller to control the light emitting device, camera, gripper tool, workstation, and processing tool to modify the aircraft component.


Patent
Cessna Aircraft Company | Date: 2015-03-10

The invention described herein provides a flight crew with an easier and more intuitive way to control and monitor flight-control surfaces. Specifically, the invention displays all flight-control surfaces on a touch-screen display device located in an aircraft cockpit. The invention includes graphical and numerical position indicators to continuously display actual position information for flight-control surfaces. Additionally, the invention allows a flight crew to make flight-control surface adjustments through the touch-screen device. The invention further includes an engine performance indicator and a mode controller configured to display autopilot modes and to receive autopilot mode selections. A method is presented for controlling an aircraft flight-control surface via a touch screen device. The method includes receiving an indication of a flight-control surface and enabling selection of a position change. Based on the position change selection, the method includes verifying a corresponding movement and displaying an actual position of the flight-control surface.


Patent
Cessna Aircraft Company | Date: 2016-07-25

An articulating armrest includes a first protrusion and a second protrusion that protrude from a member a predetermined spacing apart. Each protrusion aligns within a separate track within a housing configured for stowing the armrest within a seat back. The two tracks include straight and curved portions configured to articulate the armrest. Specifically, the armrest moves along a curvilinear path between stowed and deployed positions by translating along the tracks and pivoting about the second protrusion. The armrest may stow in a seat back and beneath the seat bottom to provide a full length armrest when deployed, and the armrest may stow flush with the seat back for sitting against. Mechanical tension may be provided to automatically deploy the armrest, and a rotational damper and a gas spring may be used to control the speed at which the armrest deploys.


Patent
Cessna Aircraft Company | Date: 2015-07-01

Aircraft fuel tank access door systems and methods incorporating one or more of an outer fuel tank access door completely encapsulated by a dielectric material and an inner fuel tank access door comprising at least one drainage feature are disclosed. These systems and methods reduce or prevent (i) fuel pooling on the inner fuel tank access door, (ii) moisture pooling between the inner and outer fuel tank access doors, and (iii) p-static build up and lightning attachment to the outer fuel tank access door to increase safety, reduce the likelihood of corrosion and ease installation of the fuel tank access door system.


Patent
Cessna Aircraft Company | Date: 2015-03-10

Systems and methods are described for controlling an aircraft. The systems and methods utilize a touch screen instrument panel to display information to pilots or other users, and to receive input from the user for controlling the aircraft and its components. The systems and methods include synoptic user interface panels that provide graphical or symbolic representations of the aircraft, its components, and subsystems, and display information regarding their configuration, condition, and status. The users may interact with the synoptic user interface panels through the touch screen instrument panel to control the various components of the aircraft.


Patent
Cessna Aircraft Company | Date: 2016-03-18

A method for retrofitting an aircraft air conditioning unit drainage system comprises the step of removing drain pipe from the unit housing. A hole from which the drain pipe extends is plugged. A first location within a unit housing is determined where during operation of the unit air pressure is lower than at a second location. A second location below the first location is also determined where pooling occurs. A first and a second conduit with first and second internal diameters are respectively located at the first and the second locations. The first conduit and the second conduit are connected to a third conduit which extends generally vertically and which has a third internal diameter that is generally equal to the first internal diameter. A fourth conduit with a fourth internal diameter that is less than the second internal diameter is connected to the third conduit below the second location.

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