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Researchers Submit Patent Application, "Novel Helicopter Tug System", for Approval

August 20, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- From Washington, D.C., VerticalNews journalists report that a patent application by the inventors Chan, Anthony Y. (Chino, CA); Haeggstrom, Tracy J. (Orange, CA); Garfield, Grant D. (Folsom, CA), filed on April 2, 2014, was made available online on August 7, 2014.

The patent's assignee is Chan; Anthony Y.

News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Many times, an aircraft, or more specifically, a helicopter needs to be moved into or out of a hangar or to another location but cannot reasonably be moved under its own power. A tug, or tugging device can be used to move the helicopter safely, although the tug, which in some ways may resemble a pallet jack, can be cumbersome to use. An improved tugging system is needed for moving helicopters. The present invention features a helicopter tug system for moving a helicopter without initializing the drive system of the helicopter.

"Any feature or combination of features described herein are included within the scope of the present invention provided that the features included in any such combination are not mutually inconsistent as will be apparent from the context, this specification, and the knowledge of one of ordinary skill in the art. Additional advantages and aspects of the present invention are apparent in the following detailed description and claims."

As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "The present invention features a helicopter tug system for moving a helicopter without initializing the drive system of the helicopter. In some embodiments, the system comprises a helicopter having a linear first helicopter skid, and a linear second helicopter skid each horizontally located on a helicopter bottom parallel to each other.

"In some embodiments, the system comprises a powered track assembly having a track assembly frame. In some embodiments, a microprocessor is located therein and operatively connected to a power supply. In some embodiments, a drive hub and an idler hub are located on a side thereon. In some embodiments, a track is located around an outside periphery of the drive hub and the idler hub. In some embodiments, a motor is operatively connected to the drive hub and the power supply. In some embodiments, a receiver is operatively connected to the microprocessor. In some embodiments, a clamp is located on a track assembly top. In some embodiments, the clamp is mated to the first helicopter skid or the second helicopter skid.

"In some embodiments, the system comprises a caster support having a caster support frame. In some embodiments, the caster support frame comprises a wheel located thereon and the clamp located on a caster support frame top. In some embodiments, the clamp is mated to the first helicopter skid or the second helicopter skid.

"In some embodiments, the system comprises a radio control unit having a transmitter and a radio control power supply located therein and operatively connected thereto. In some embodiments, the transmitter is in communication with the receiver. In some embodiments, a first powered track assembly is located on the first helicopter skid. In some embodiments, a first caster support is located on the second helicopter skid. In some embodiments, the radio control unit sends a first signal to the first track assembly via the transmitter communicating with the receiver to move the helicopter without initializing the drive system of the helicopter.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 shows a perspective view of the track assembly, the caster support, and the radio control unit of the present invention.

"FIG. 2 shows a perspective view of the track assembly of the present invention.

"FIG. 3 shows a top view of the track assembly of the present invention.

"FIG. 4 shows a cross-sectional view of the track assembly of the present invention.

"FIG. 5 shows a perspective view of the caster support of the present invention.

"FIG. 6 shows a perspective view of the helicopter skids and the track assembly of the present invention during loading.

"FIG. 7 shows a perspective view of the helicopter skids, the track assembly, and the caster support of the present invention.

"FIG. 8 shows a perspective view of an alternate embodiment of the present invention featuring the helicopter skids, two track assemblies, and two caster supports.

"FIG. 9 shows a perspective view of an alternate embodiment of the present invention featuring the helicopter skids, two track assemblies, and two caster supports turning to the left.

"FIG. 10 shows a perspective view of an alternate embodiment of the present invention featuring the helicopter skids, two track assemblies, and two caster supports turning to the right.

"FIG. 11 shows a perspective view of an alternate embodiment of the present invention featuring the helicopter skids, two track assemblies, and two caster supports moving in a forward direction.

"FIG. 12 shows a schematic of the track assembly of the present invention.

"FIG. 13 shows a schematic of the radio control unit of the present invention.

"FIG. 14 shows a perspective view of an alternate embodiment of the present invention featuring the helicopter skids and two track assemblies.

"FIG. 15 shows a perspective view of an alternate embodiment of the present invention featuring the helicopter skids and two track assemblies.

"FIG. 16 shows a perspective view of an alternate embodiment of the present invention featuring two track assemblies attached to and integrated with two caster supports via two attaching beams.

"FIG. 17 shows a perspective view of an alternate embodiment of the track assembly of the present invention featuring two housings, and a lifting pad system."

For additional information on this patent application, see: Chan, Anthony Y.; Haeggstrom, Tracy J.; Garfield, Grant D. Novel Helicopter Tug System. Filed April 2, 2014 and posted August 7, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=5939&p=119&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140731.PD.&OS=PD/20140731&RS=PD/20140731

Keywords for this news article include: Patents, Electronics, Microprocessors.

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