Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
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Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: Cincinnati, OH—GE Aviation acquired Austin Digital, a privately owned, Texas-based supplier of flight operations data analysis.
Austin Digital's flight operations capabilities strengthen GE's services offerings with integrated solutions for aviation customers around the world, officials said.
“GE is committed to delivering solutions that help our customers operate aircraft more efficiently, with reduced environmental impact,” said GE Aviation Service chief executive Paul McElhinney in a prepared statement. “The acquisition of Austin Digital brings some of the best flight operations technology to GE Aviation's Services business, further expanding our commitment to deliver results for our customers. We are delighted that Austin Digital is joining our team today.”
“This is great news for Austin Digital employees and our customers,” said Austin Digital chief executive Thom Mayer in a statement. “Customers will continue to benefit from the same expertise and service for which Austin Digital is known, while the strength of GE provides a platform for future innovation and growth.”
ADI is a global leader in flight data analysis technology, specializing in facilitating Flight Operational Quality Assurance (FOQA) for airlines and business jet operators. ADI uses a proprietary suite of tools to analyze digital flight data and other operational data to improve safety and efficiency for operators -- a compelling addition to GE Aviation Services' suite of customer-focused products and services.
Flight data analysis encompasses a variety of functions affecting flight operations. The most prominent use is in the area of safety, where flight data is collected and analyzed to reveal high-risk events and trends. This process enables operators to proactively and effectively manage risk. Flight data analysis is also widely used in support of maintenance and engineering. Finally, flight data analysis can generate some of the largest tangible returns on investment when used to improve efficiency through optimization of fuel usage, reduction of emissions and improvement of component life.
Austin Digital's capabilities will be integrated into GE's fuel and carbon management program focused on helping customers reduce their cost of ownership, cut fuel consumption and decrease emissions.
Austin Digital is headquartered in Austin, Texas and employs approximately 40 people.
GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE, is a provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft.
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