RA’ALLOY RAMPS Ltd of Telford, UK, has launched its new Remote Stand Boarding Ramp.
This product is designed to give free and easy boarding access to all passengers, including people with reduced mobility from small commuter aircraft to Boeing 737 / Airbus 321 sized aircraft.
Manufactured from lightweight aluminium, Aviramp is easily positioned alongside an aircraft ready for use by just two operators.
The height adjustable top gangway is simply hand-winched to the correct level and then the top platform is manually extended to the aircraft door, minimising the chance of damage to the aircraft.
The patented design compresses 92ft (28m) of ramp at around a five-degree angle thus making an approximate 1:12 access rise. With a maximum single ramp span of approximately 16ft 4in (5m) the product ensures self-propelled wheelchair access is in line with EU directives for public buildings.
Commercial airline pilot and co-developer Adam Corfield commented, “I have worked in the low-cost airline industry and one of the biggest delays on turnarounds was waiting for Ambulifts. Very often we would wait for up to an hour after arrival, usually because of breakdowns or use at other stands.
“This was frustrating for crew and passengers. As an operational commercial pilot I could instantly see the benefits that Aviramp would offer. They are instantly available on stand, provide access for all and, more importantly, allow airlines and airports to operate much more cost effectively. With Aviramp costing roughly 18% of a traditional Ambulift, the airport gains the ability to release capital investment and eliminates their maintenance costs. In turn this provides the airport with an opportunity to operate with a more modern and cost-effective strategy, which should appeal to each and every airline.”