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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Texas Business reports: DFW AIRPORT— Dallas/Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport unveiled a new Airbus A380, though this particular aircraft will never take flight.
The airport installed a mockup of the A380, the world's largest passenger jet, at its Fire Training Research Center, where it will help DFW train its own aircraft rescue firefighting (ARFF) team and others from around the world.
The DFW Fire Training Research Center, one of the world's top facilities of its kind, is in the midst of a $29.2 million renovation program due to be completed at the end of 2012.
“We are committed to maintaining the best training firefighters and facilities in the world, and this A380 mockup is a key piece of the infrastructure that we need,” said chief executive Jeff Fegan in a prepared statement. “Our aircraft rescue and firefighting teams are known globally for their excellent training and preparedness, and we expect to share our research and best practices with airports worldwide.”
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is funding the bulk of the rehabilitation of DFW's Fire Training Research Center primarily through a federal Airport Improvement Program (AIP) grant of about $19.2 million.
The renovation will include a new propane burn pit and control system, the A380 mockup for live fire training, a new capability for training with liquid hydrocarbon, along with a new roadway from Runway 13R/31L to the fire training facility. A new two-story building will provide training classrooms, a mock operations control room and additional office space.
“DFW is once again demonstrating its leadership in aviation safety initiatives with its Fire Training Research Center,” said Kelvin L. Solco in a statement. Solco is the Airports Division Manager for the FAA Southwest Region. “Our partnership with DFW on this and many other safety initiatives goes back many years, and we are confident DFW will continue to provide outstanding fire training programs at this facility.”
The on-the-ground training provided at the DFW Fire Training Research Center prepares local, regional, and nationwide emergency response personnel, and has also trained airport workers as far away as Latin America and Europe. Over 15,000 firefighters from 29 states and 24 countries have trained at the DFW Center since it first opened in 1995.
The mockup of the A380 installed at the DFW Fire Training Research Center is a shortened version of the double-deck, wide-body jetliner. The training jet includes three interior sections, one configured for first/business class, one for economy class and one for a cargo variant of the aircraft. Training will include the ability to light the mockup on fire using propane.
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