JetBridge Crosshair Alignment Device

(JCAD)

(Patent Pending No.63/200,242)

Minimizes time and aids JetBridge Docking operators to confidently maneuver PBB cab to Aircraft Door

Cost effective, Safer & Faster Deplane for connecting flights

Uses eye-safe low-intensity green or blue laser line to target the aircraft door

Plug & Play easy installation – Marker “ON” only with JetBridge Joystick activation

The JetBridge Crosshair Alignment Device℗™ (JCAD) is a precise alignment guidance Docking laser marker incorporated to any type jetBridge, to assist Operator dock the PBB (Passenger Boarding Bridge) to the Aircraft door. The intended goal is to safely and accurately simplify the closing maneuvers of the PBB operator to the parked aircraft as well as reduce the time to begin deplaning procedures and getting passengers on their way

Operational details:

The patented green, blue or red colored signature “crosshair” “L” or inverse “L” targeting left side or right of aircraft door (as desired by airlines), is only lit and enabled when the PBB is in “Operate” or drive mode and in motion (as in when the “Travel warning” alarm sounds). It remains “Off” at all other times (as in when alignment and related PBB maneuvers are no longer needed or at rest).

The design incorporates a time delay to provide a consistent uninterrupted beam should jetBridge operator change direction, release/re-engage joystick trigger. The “L” inverse “L” or crosshair targeting as installed matches the added marking of the PBB-Cab bumper for alignment to the right-side or left of the aircraft door.

  • Aids in height adjustment prior to forward movement.
  • Aids in square approach by helping in better alignment prior to moving forward.
  • Aids in making any potential last minute adjustments within the prescribed 3 feet of aircraft

    Price per assembled Kit FOB our warehouse:

    • –  1-5 kit unit price US$2,300.00 (includes enclosure and PBB interface)
    • –  10+ kit unit price US$1,990.00 (includes enclosure and PBB interface)
    • –  Delivery 3-4 weeks ARO custom assemble and wiring per installation and customer. Quotes are valid for 60 days

Inverse “L” projected at lower-right corner of aircraft (Inverse “L” is powered ON only when PBB is moving to parked aircraft)

“L” projected at lower-Left corner of aircraft (“L” is powered ON only when PBB is moving to parked aircraft)

PBB-Cab floor aligns perfectly to bottom right of aircraft door. Operator no longer has to look down to cab floor blue tape for alignment.

PBB-Cab floor aligns perfectly to bottom Left of aircraft door. Operator no longer has to look down to cab floor marking tape for alignment.

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  • The green colored inverse “L” or “L” is more pronounced as the PBB gets closer to the aircraft (when alignment is most critical).
    The alignment laser improves upon and extends the marking on the PBB-Cab floor bumper otherwise used as a rough guide.
  • PBB-Cab alignment to the aircraft-door is improved via visual feedback to the PBB-operator during the docking procedure. This reduces confusion and travel-time of the PBB to the aircraft, as well as saving crucial time for connecting flights.

If the laser fails to light up when the PBB is in motion, call service to investigate the problem.

  • The laser source is installed and located at floor level to the side of passenger foot traffic to reduce potential interference during enplane/deplane operations.
  • The laser source is exactly calibrated and aligns precisely to the bottom left corner of the aircraft door.
  • The laser-source is only activated when the PBB is in “Travel” mode (displaying inverse L when the PBB “Travel Warning” alarm is sounded).
  • The laser-source is rated Class-IIIa eye-safe (avoid direct eye contact) but also enclosed, mounted and operated to minimize any potential visibility or direct eye contact of personnel looking into it.

The mounting bracket is designed to protect the laser-source mounting and minimize concerns to nearby passengers (no rough edges that might cause injury).

The components on the JCAD assembly as designed are powered by a class 2 power supply (equivalent to a cell phone charger as an example) based on UL, CE, ULC & Ontario Electrical Safety Code 2-7-29 do not require a panel recertification or additional electrical approvals.

The JCAD has passed several Airport and airlines Safety Teams full survey as tested (JetBlue Airways, Wesjet, GTAA etc…) in the U.S. and Canada.