Patent Number: 6,253,126

Title: Method and apparatus for flight parameter monitoring and control

Abstract: Methods and apparatus are disclosed for three-dimensional flight control based generally upon measuring and comparing actual air pressures at or near various surfaces of an aircraft during flight. Sensors are provided for measuring air pressure acting on an aircraft surface. The methods and apparatus include those for measuring air pressure differentials between two or more sensors to evaluate certain critical flight parameters, such as the actual lift being produced, the air direction and speed relative to the aircraft, the air density, and the aircraft position and trajectory. The actual and comparative data provide information about the present flight conditions and performance of the aircraft, such as whether there is ice formed or forming on the wings, the direction and approach of wind shear, whether a stall is approaching, etc. The information can be evaluated by a computer, the aircraft's automatic flight control system ("AFCS"), or flight crew so that appropriate flight control measures can be taken.

Inventors: Palmer; Steven D. (Burlington, IA)

Assignee: AERS/Midwest, Inc.

International Classification: B64C 13/00 (20060101); B64C 13/50 (20060101); B64D 43/02 (20060101); B64D 45/00 (20060101); B64D 43/00 (20060101); G01M 9/06 (20060101); G01M 9/00 (20060101); G06F 007/70 (); G06F 007/76 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018