To design, develop, and demonstrate a low-level loading bridge (LLLB) for boarding passengers in wheelchairs onto small commuter aircraft.
This project is based on earlier TDC work that developed the concept and indicated the feasibility of using an LLLB with small aircraft.
The contractors defined specifications, drew up a detailed design, and then constructed a prototype loading bridge. After functional testing, the prototype was modified to correct the shortcomings indicated by the tests.
A one-year technical and ergonomic evaluation in service at Ottawa International Airport led to further improvements. The bridge now meets both the Canadian and the Americans with Disabilities Act standards for barrier-free access. It features:
The bridge is in use in Edmonton and at several U.S. regional airports.
For optimal cost-effectiveness, purchase of the bridge should be factored in to plans for airport upgrades or renovations.