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1. (WO2018161144) AIRCRAFT STATIC TEST FOR PITOT STATIC SYSTEM
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Claims

What is claimed is:

1. An aircraft static test adapter assembly for applying static test equipment to an aircraft static vent comprising:

a static test head comprising

a static test opening defined about an axis adapted for communicating with an aircraft static port of an aircraft;

a conduit opening for connecting to an air conduit providing pressure; and

a sealed air passage defined between the static test opening and the conduit opening;

a seal in continuous contact with said static test head around said static test opening about said axis, the seal being adapted for pressing against an aircraft body around the aircraft static port to create a sealed passage between the static test opening and the aircraft static port; and

a biasing arm for transmitting a force to the static test head, the biasing arm having a first end and a second end and comprising at a second end a connection for connecting to the static test head and extending longitudinal away from the second end to a first end, the first end comprising a ground contacting portion adapted for resting against a ground surface.

2. The aircraft static test adapter of claim 1, further comprising a biasing mechanism for creating a biasing force on the biasing arm for transfer to the static test head to push the static test head against the aircraft.

3. The aircraft static test adapter of claim 1, further comprising a biasing mechanism comprising:

an anchor positionable away from the biasing arm in a direction towards the aircraft from the biasing arm; and

a tensioning member for applying a biasing force on the biasing arm for transfer to the static test head, the tensioning member being connectable at an anchor end to the anchor and connectable at an arm end to the biasing arm between the second end and the first end.

The aircraft static test adapter of claim 3, wherein the tensioning member comprises a cord and a spring adapted for being stretched between the biasing

and the anchor so as to apply the biasing force by an elastomeric resilience pulling the biasing arm towards the anchor.

5. The aircraft static test adapter of claim 3, wherein the biasing arm is a resilient flexible arm, and wherein the tensioning member comprises a cord the tightness of which is adjustable so as to apply the biasing force to the biasing arm to bend the biasing arm towards the aircraft.

6. The aircraft static test adapter of any one of claims 3-5, wherein the anchor

comprises a ground-supportable weight.

7. The aircraft static test adapter of any one of claims 3-5, wherein the aircraft static test adapter is a first aircraft static test adapter, wherein the anchor comprises a second aircraft static test adapter having a second biasing arm positionable on an opposite side of the aircraft and wherein the tensioning member is affixable to the first aircraft static test adapter and to the second aircraft static test adapter in a taught arrangement so as to apply tension on both the first and the second aircraft static test adapters pulling each towards the aircraft.

8. The aircraft static test adapter of any one of claims 1-7, wherein the biasing arm comprises a plurality of inter-assembling rods connectable together to form a single arm extending from the ground at the first end towards the aircraft at the second end at a height allowing the seal to rest against the aircraft body and surround the aircraft static port.

9. The aircraft static test adapter of claim 8, provided in a storage box wherein the inter-assembling rods are collapsible, and wherein the inter-assembling rods are collapsed to fit into the storage box.

10. The aircraft static test adapter of any of claims 1-8, wherein said connection

comprises a sliding contact between the static test head and the biasing arm such as to allow, in use, generally vertical sliding of the static test head with respect to the biasing arm to accommodate vertical movement of the aircraft body.

11. The aircraft static test adapter of any of claims 1-8, wherein said connection is a permanent connection.

12. The aircraft static test adapter of any of claims 1-10, further comprising the air conduit, wherein the air conduit is a flexible hose.

13. The aircraft static testing device comprising a pressure difference source adapted for creating a pressure that is greater or less than ambient air pressure, the static testing device comprising the aircraft static test adapter of any of claims 1-12, wherein the air conduit is in sealed communication with the pressure difference source to communicate the pressure created by the pressure difference source to the static test opening.

14. A method for performing a test on an aircraft static port of an aircraft pitot-static system comprising:

positioning a static test head having a static test opening surrounded by a seal against an aircraft body such that the seal surrounds the aircraft static port; positioning a biasing arm having a first end and a second end and connected to the static test head at the second end such that the first end contacts the ground; biasing the biasing arm in a direction towards the aircraft body such that a biasing force is transferred to the static test head pressing the static test head against the aircraft body.

15. The method of claim 14, wherein biasing the arm comprises providing a biasing member connected to the biasing arm and to an anchor.

16. The method of claim 15, wherein the biasing member is a tensioning member.

17. The method of claim 16, wherein biasing the biasing arm comprises connecting the tensioning member to the biasing arm.

18. The method of any one of claims 16 and 17, wherein biasing the biasing arm

comprises tightening a cord in the biasing member.

19. The method of any of claims 14-18, wherein the static test head comprises a

conduit opening in sealed communication with the static test opening, the method further comprising connecting an air conduit to the static test head in a sealed connection at the conduit opening.

20. The method of any of claims 14-19, further comprising performing testing on the aircraft static port by providing a pressure difference to the static test opening when the static test head is positioned and the biasing arm is biased.

21. The method of any of claims 14-20, further comprising extending one or more retractable bumpers on the static test head prior to engaging the biasing arm and retracting the one or more retractable bumper after biasing the biasing arm until the seal surrounding the aircraft static port contacts the aircraft body around the aircraft static port.

22. An aircraft static test adapter assembly for applying static test equipment to an aircraft static vent comprising:

a static test head means comprising means for establishing a sealed contact between an air conduit and an aircraft static port on an aircraft body;

a biasing arm means mountable between a ground-based support to the static test head for transferring a biasing force to the static test head means ; and a biasing means for providing a biasing force to the biasing arm means, the biasing force forcing the biasing arm in a direction toward the aircraft body.

23. The aircraft static test adapter of claim 22, wherein the biasing means comprises: a biasing member for applying the biasing force to the biasing means; and an anchor means connected to the biasing means with respect to which the biasing member applies the biasing force to the biasing member.

24. The aircraft static test adapter of claim 23, wherein the biasing force is one of a tensioning, compressing, and torquing force.

25. The aircraft static test adapter of any one of claims 22-24, wherein the biasing means comprises an assembly means by which the biasing means is assembled to full size.

26. The aircraft static test adapter of any of claims 22-25, further comprising a mobile connection means between the static test head means and the biasing means

allowing relative movement of the static test head means relative to the biasing means.

27. The aircraft static test adapter of claim 26, wherein the mobile connection means is a two-degrees-of-freedom mobile connection means allowing relative movement of the static test head means relative to the biasing means in two degrees of freedom.

28. The aircraft static test adapter of any of claims 22-23, further comprising the air conduit means connected to the static test head means.

29. The aircraft static test adapter of any of claims 22-23, further comprising the static test equipment means for performing a test on the aircraft static port.

30. An aircraft static test adapter as described and illustrated herein.