Patent Number: 6,486,798

Title: System and method of preventing aircraft wing damage

Abstract: An apparatus and method for tracking aircraft wingtip position during taxi operations to prevent collisions with nearby obstructions. A patterned illumination source is attached proximal the wingtips to project a readily discernable target pattern in the direction of taxi travel. At least a portion of the target pattern is reflected off of any obstructions that lie in the straight-line direction of travel, such that the pilot can maneuver to avoid striking the obstruction. By way of example, the patterned illumination source comprises a laser module positioned with the navigation and/or strobe light of the aircraft that is configured to project a circular pattern in front of the wingtip. The device may be retrofitted to existing aircraft without additional wiring with the control of activation being selectable via power cycling of existing aircraft lighting controls.

Inventors: Rast; Rodger H. (Rancho Cordova, CA)

Assignee: Rastar Corporation

International Classification: G08G 5/00 (20060101); G08G 5/06 (20060101); B64D 47/00 (20060101); B64D 47/04 (20060101); G08G 005/04 ()

Expiration Date: 11/26/2011