Lift and baggage ramp

  • US 6,676,359 B2
  • Filed: 05/22/2002
  • Issued: 01/13/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/22/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A lift and baggage ramp for a movable elevated passenger walkway/bridge having attached to said movable elevated passenger walkway/bridge an auxiliary access stairway extending downwardly on an incline from the movable elevated passenger walkway/bridge to the tarmac, the auxiliary access stairway having an upper portion landing platform for facilitating access for airline service employees to and from the elevated passenger walkway/bridge from and to the tarmac, the lift and baggage ramp comprising:

  • elevator means for lowering and lifting an article, the elevator means including a frame from which a loading end of an inclined ramp is pivotally attached to a portion of said frame, the frame of said elevator means further having cantilevered attachment and support means for fixing said frame of said elevator means to a movable elevated passenger walkway/bridge, the cantilevered attachment and support means extending from said elevated passenger walkway/bridge adjacent an underneath side of an auxiliary access stairway'"'"'s upper portion landing platform to said frame;

    the elevator means including a generally planar platform for loading the article, wherein the planar platform is capable of being lifted from the tarmac to a level which approximately coincides with the upper portion landing platform of the auxiliary access stairway and wherein the planar platform is capable of being lowered from the level which approximately coincides with the upper portion landing platform of the auxiliary access stairway down to the tarmac;

    the inclined ramp including an unloading end resting on a tarmac surface with a generally planar conveyance surface extending between the unloading end and the loading end for the sliding conveyance of another article from said loading end to said unloading end;

    the inclined ramp being disposed near and generally parallel to the auxiliary access stairway; and

    the inclined ramp further including upstanding side walls generally along each edge of the generally planar conveyance surface, the upstanding side walls being means for preventing the sliding article from falling off the generally planar conveyance surface.

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