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Guidelines for Aircraft Boarding Chairs

By United States Access Board

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Book Id: WPLBN0000692057
Format Type: PDF eBook
File Size: 3.23 MB.
Reproduction Date: 2005
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Title: Guidelines for Aircraft Boarding Chairs  
Author: United States Access Board
Language: English
Subject: Government publications, Access Board, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
Collections: U.S. Access Board Collection
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Publisher: United States Access Board


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Preface: Aircraft boarding chairs, wheelchair-like devices used to transport disabled passengers onto airplanes have been cited for safety and other problems. The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (ATBCB), in an effort to gain more information, distributed a survey on boarding chairs through the Federal Register (49 Fed Reg 36210, September 14, 1984). Passengers using aircraft boarding chairs responded by reporting complaints regarding safety, comfort, independent mobility, and personal dignity. In response to these problems and complaints, the ATBCB sponsored research to examine aircraft boarding chairs. The objective of the research was to develop non-binding guidelines aimed at improving aircraft boarding chair design and use. The ATBCB retained the services of a human factors engineering consulting firm to perform the research and develop performance specifications. A human factors team, which included human factors engineers and a physician and physical therapist specializing in wheelchair design and prescription, analyzed existing aircraft boarding chairs in both their static state and during use. This approach permitted a comprehensive evaluation of the physical features of aircraft boarding chairs and the human-machine interactions. A draft advisory standard was reviewed by the ATBCB, industry experts, boarding chair designers, airline personnel, airport operators and aircraft boarding chair users prior to publication for public comment.

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Table of Contents -- INTRODUCTION -- I. THE PURPOSE OF THE TECHNICAL PAPER -- 1. Why Boarding Chair Design Guidelines Were Created -- 2. Application of the Guidelines -- 3. Scope of the Guidelines -- 4. How the Technical Paper is Organized -- II. PROJECT BACKGROUND -- 1. The Need for Boarding Chair Guidelines -- 2. The Role of the ATBCB -- 3. How this Technical Paper was Developed -- 4. The Needs of Passengers and Airline Personnel -- 5. Goals for Boarding Chair Designers and Airlines


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