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In a master plan of an international airport, which is already approved by the client, I face some confusion between the terminology of the PLB and the contact stand.

Sometimes they're mentioned just as the same component, not like other locations. I assumed a sort of a conflict in the master plan but I'd like to confirm this please.

Is there any benchmark like ICAO or IATA that defines such components, e.g., the gate, rotunda, PLB, contact stand, etc.?

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  • $\begingroup$ Have you consideder asking the client for clarification? $\endgroup$ Mar 18, 2017 at 15:05
  • $\begingroup$ I'm working within Client's PMC firm who joined the project recently. $\endgroup$
    – A.K.Y.
    Mar 18, 2017 at 16:15

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ICAO Annex 14, which deals with aerodrome design (not really terminals) uses the terms PLB and aerobridge.

Wikipedia lists many names for it, with the official being PBB (Passenger Boarding Bridge). The names listed are jet bridge, jetway ®, gangway, aerobridge/airbridge, air jetty, portal, and skybridge.

Official FAA documents use the term PBB. (Example.)

Contact stand most probably is used to distinguish it from a remote stand, it's not very popular according to Google. Rotunda or pivot describes that a PBB pivots, or perhaps the pivoting / telescoping part.

To answer the main question, yes they all mean the same thing, with PBB being an official name.

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  • $\begingroup$ In Germany they are colloquially called finger. I always thought that was the international term and was surprised that this is not the case. (German Finger == English finger, the ten grabbing devices attached to a human hand.) $\endgroup$
    – PerlDuck
    Mar 18, 2017 at 18:47
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    $\begingroup$ @PerlDuck: "the ten grabbing devices attached to a human hand": Some people have only five :-) $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Mar 19, 2017 at 10:52
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    $\begingroup$ @mins Some people say the thumbs don't count, which then gives only four. :-) I just wanted to make clear that finger in German is nothing else than in English (unlike e.g. chef which exists in German as well but has nothing to do with cooking). $\endgroup$
    – PerlDuck
    Mar 19, 2017 at 14:15
  • $\begingroup$ @PerlDuck: Just kidding. Read this to see the extent the kitchen lingo comes from French. The best oddity to me is maître d' (litteraly "master of"). I'm sure there is the same number of oddities in every language though. $\endgroup$
    – mins
    Mar 19, 2017 at 17:34

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