The FMT T-Bridge type of Passenger Boarding Bridges were developed in the mid 1970’s for use at airport stands where the geometric conditions not allow for Nose-Loader type of bridges.
The T-Bridge takes the slope in the long sloping tunnel from the terminal building. One large advantage with the T-Bridge is the always horizontal telescopic section which connects to the aircraft door. A very convenient passage for passengers, especially elderly and disabled persons.
The Telescopic tunnel section is elevated by a hydraulic cylinder. Since the Nose-Loader type of bridge is fixed along the axis parallel to the lead-in line the need for a high precision Docking Guidance System is obvious.
The combination when installing FMT T-Bridge and FMT VDGS will lead to safe, smooth and exact connection of the bridge to the aircraft.
The T-Bridge type of bridge has advantages with regards to simple service and maintenance with low costs due to less movable parts compared to Apron Drive type of Passenger Boarding Bridges. The T-Bridge type of bridge is a preferred type for airports with extreme environmental conditions like cool and snowy winters and/or hot and humid summers with hard winds.