US 11,052,993 B2
Spring-loaded link
Kyle Thomas Cravener, Arlington, TX (US); Christopher Edward Foskey, Keller, TX (US); and Andrew Maresh, Lewisville, TX (US)
Assigned to Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, TX (US)
Filed by Bell Textron Inc., Fort Worth, TX (US)
Filed on Oct. 11, 2019, as Appl. No. 16/599,483.
Prior Publication US 2021/0107624 A1, Apr. 15, 2021
Int. Cl. B64C 27/57 (2006.01); F16F 3/02 (2006.01); B64C 11/28 (2006.01); B64C 29/00 (2006.01); B64C 27/80 (2006.01); B64C 27/605 (2006.01); B64C 11/38 (2006.01); B64C 27/59 (2006.01); B64C 11/32 (2006.01); B64C 27/64 (2006.01)
CPC B64C 11/28 (2013.01) [B64C 11/325 (2013.01); B64C 11/385 (2013.01); B64C 27/57 (2013.01); B64C 27/59 (2013.01); B64C 27/605 (2013.01); B64C 27/64 (2013.01); B64C 27/80 (2013.01); B64C 29/0033 (2013.01); F16F 3/02 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A spring-loaded link for an aircraft, the spring-loaded link comprising:
a first rod having a cavity formed therein, the cavity comprising a cavity shoulder;
a second rod comprising a head shoulder and a head end extending from the head shoulder, the second rod slidingly disposed in the cavity, the head shoulder corresponding to the cavity shoulder;
a spring disposed in the cavity against the head shoulder and the cavity shoulder, the head end extending through a central portion of the spring;
wherein the spring, when compressed, urges the first rod and the second rod away from each other; and
a rod connector fixedly coupled to an exterior of the first rod and slidably coupled to an exterior of the second rod.