Patent Number: 6,757,927

Title: Beacon docking system for automatically aligning a passenger loading bridge to a doorway of an aircraft

Abstract: Disclosed is a system and method for automatically aligning an end of a passenger loading bridge with a doorway of an aircraft. A beacon is transmitted from the doorway of the aircraft. The location is sensed and from the sensed beacon a direction for moving of the end of the passenger loading bridge is determined. The passenger loading bridge is then moved according to the determined direction. The process is iterated until the docking of the bridge to the aircraft is completed.

Inventors: Hutton; Neil (Ottawa, CA), Ibrahim; Rami (Kanata, CA)

Assignee: DEW Engineering and Development Limited

International Classification: B64F 1/305 (20060101); B64F 1/00 (20060101); E01D 001/00 (); G08B 021/00 (); G08G 005/00 ()

Expiration Date: 07/02016