04642775 is referenced by 224 patents and cites 19 patents.

A flight planning system for obtaining flight plans and/or weather information is provided with a portable computer having a display unit, keyboard, memory, built in modem and a built in disk drive that can be connected via telephone lines to a ground based data center. The basic flight planning data and/or weather request data is input in response to menu driven prompts and reviewed on the display by the pilot. The portable computer is then connected to the data center which generates a series of optimized flight plans and provides desired weather information. After the desired flight plan and/or weather information has been selected by the pilot, it is loaded onto a floppy disk in the disk drive. The aircraft is provided with a data transfer unit which accepts the floppy disk and downloads the flight plan and requested weather information into the onboard computerized navigation system. In addition the aircraft is provided with a VHF radio system for inflight communication with the data center so that the flight plan and/or weather information can be updated.

Title
Airborne flight planning and information system
Application Number
613987
Publication Number
4642775
Application Date
May 24, 1985
Publication Date
February 10, 1987
Inventor
George D Ward
Prescott
AZ, US
Stanley H Feher
Corona
CA, US
James A Wilson
Prescott
AZ, US
J Douglas Cline
Mission Viejo
CA, US
Agent
Christensen O Connor Johnson & Kindness
Assignee
Sundstrand Data Control
WA, US
IPC
G06F 15/50
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