AVIRAMP – A new airport board ramp built by Ra’alloy Ramps – was unveiled at RAF Cosford, Shropshire, UK, on January 18. Essentially a portable airbridge, Aviramp is designed to assist the boarding and disembarkation of passengers with mobility problems.
Initially it will be manufactured in three standard model sizes; Continental, Regional and Domestic. The Continental unit is designed for use with airliners such as the Airbus A320 / Boeing 737 families while the Regional and Domestic versions are aimed at BAE 146 / Fokker 50 and Dash-8 airliners respectively.
Designed to be operated by one person, the three versions are all height adjustable and between them cater for aircraft door heights from approximately 31.5 inches (0.8m) to 134 inches (3.4m). All are manufactured from a combination of galvanised steel and aluminium and weigh in the region of 2.5 tonnes.
The height of the Continental model is adjusted by using a small diesel engine that drives a hydraulic pump, which in turn drives a hydraulic motor. This option is also available with the Regional and Domestic versions, which are also capable of being adjusted manually.
An Aviramp model that will handle larger aircraft types, such as the Boeing 777, is currently under development.
The company plans to exhibit its new product at inter airport Europe in Munich this October.