Patent Number: 6,293,141

Title: Method of determining status of aircraft landing gear

Abstract: An onboard system for use in measuring, computing and displaying the weight and center-of-gravity for aircraft, while keeping aircraft movement to a minimum. Pressure sensors are mounted in relation to each of the landing gear struts. An onboard pump and reservoirs are attached to each of the landing gear struts and are activated by a computer/controller, while landing gear strut pressures are monitored in the determination of strut stiction. The computer/controller calculates the stiction of each landing gear strut and compensates for the pressure distortions caused by landing gear strut stiction. Additional features include reducing strut stiction, measuring landing gear strut fluid levels, monitoring landing gear strut health, weight adjustments for external ice and de-icing fluids, weight adjustments for wind, monitoring aircraft landing gear strut movement.

Inventors: Nance; C. Kirk (Keller, TX)

Assignee: Trinity Airweighs LLC

International Classification: G01M 1/12 (20060101); G01M 1/00 (20060101); G01G 19/07 (20060101); G01G 19/02 (20060101); G01C 021/00 ()

Expiration Date: 09/25/2018