Oregon Patent of the Month – June 2023

Flying has always fascinated mankind, pushing us to explore new ways of taking to the skies. Hood Technology Corporation, a renowned company in the field of aerial systems, has recently developed a groundbreaking method for launching fixed-wing aircraft into wing-borne flight. 

The method involves the use of an aircraft hoisting device that is releasably attached to the fixed-wing aircraft. The hoisting device consists of a front engager and a rear engager, both of which are movable between engaged and disengaged positions. The front engager contacts the leading edges of the wings, while the rear engager contacts the trailing edges. This unique configuration ensures a secure attachment between the hoisting device and the aircraft.

To initiate the launch, the aircraft hoisting device is lifted to the desired altitude. Once the aircraft reaches the appropriate height, the hoisting device is triggered to release the fixed-wing aircraft into free flight. This is achieved by moving the front and rear engagers from their engaged positions to the disengaged positions. As a result, the leading edges and trailing edges of the wings are forced away from the hoisting device, allowing the aircraft to transition into independent flight.

One of the key advantages of this method is its versatility. The hoisting device can be easily attached to different types of fixed-wing aircraft, accommodating various sizes and designs. Furthermore, the linking mechanism between the front and rear engagers enables synchronized movement, ensuring a smooth and controlled release.

Hood Technology Corporation’s invention offers numerous benefits for both military and civilian applications. In military operations, the ability to launch aircraft quickly and efficiently can enhance reconnaissance, surveillance, and combat capabilities. For civilian purposes, this method could facilitate aerial transportation, aerial surveying, and environmental monitoring.

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