APRONAUT® provides the most complete PBB training possible, removing the need to use real Passenger Boarding Bridges during training and reducing the risk of accidents to 0%

APRONAUT® is a computer-based simulator principally designed to train new Passenger Boarding Bridge drivers in how to control and drive these bridges in a safe and secure manner. It simulates every single operation and manoeuvre performed during the docking and undocking processes of different aerobridges on a large variety of aircraft models.

The APRONAUT® patented software allows users to visualize the various types of aircrafts and airport environments as well as the movements of an aerobridge, adapted to any situation. The software also keeps a historical back-up, enabling trainers to access and manage all the results from the docking manoeuvres performed by operators-in-training, compare this information with statistics, and assess whether trainees are ready to obtain their PBB operator certificate.

* These fields are required.


Airlines and handling agents must ensure that aircraft handling personnel are properly trained, monitoring and auditing operation procedures of docking a Passenger Boarding Bridge. Turnover among personnel is typically high, training is inconsistent, and operating procedures are often non-existent or ignored.

Training with an aerobridge simulator is key to prepare personnel for the responsibility of docking a PBB.

Time & Cost Reductions
Time & cost reductions

Initial PBB docking training with a simulator instead of mock-ups or real PBBs: drastic reduction in time and costs involved.

Confident Staff
Confident staff

Train repeatedly with a simulator before operating a real PBB: operators gain confidence and avoid real accidents.

Up To Date Training
Up to date Training

Retrain personnel with a simulator to keep up to date with essential docking skills and security procedures.

PBB Docking Simulator Technical Components

The hardware consists of a flat-screen displaying the renderings of an aircraft and aerobridge cabin, as generated by the software, and a control & drive console for the simulation of real-time docking manoeuvres.

Online detailed real-time reports on docking operations

The simulator has an active internet connection that allows the results of all docking operations
to be stored on a secure remote database. Using the website, users can view the mentioned results
and statistics, as well as manage operators’ data.


APRONAUT® CLOUD provides a quick overview of all operators’ training progress, the top operators on your team, and results classified by aircraft model, to create visual reports.

The general view gives high-level information on all the operators, giving trainers a fast and intuitive idea of how well their operators are performing.


Advantages of APRONAUT

Installing APRONAUT® at an airport, presents many advantages over traditional Passenger Boarding Bridge training methods

100% risk reduction

Designed for safe and comprehensive real-time training of both new and experienced PBB operators, covering multiple docking situations and without risking expensive equipment.

Realistic virtual apron environment

Offers a rich interactive multimedia experience, providing a virtual environment in which operators can make mistakes without consequences.

Fast Training for all types of aircraft

Numerous simulations can be carried out over a short period of time. APRONAUT® allows docking simulations with any type of aircraft, providing the most complete PBB training possible.

Rapid learning of procedures

APRONAUT® allows repeated practice of docking and undocking operations, which leads to rapid learning of PBB drive procedures, ensuring that staff are confident and familiar with the apron environment.

Custom-made hardware and software

Custom-made to match the specific airport where the simulator is used, including the taxiway configuration, number of PBBs, types of aircraft, staff to be trained, etc.

Detailed reports for trainers

APRONAUT® generates detailed reports that show the results of all past docking operations, including compiled and individual statistics. This is also useful for experienced staff to improve specific aspects of their driving skills.


Discover how the world’s first software-based
Passenger Boarding Bridge docking simulator works

Explore recent projects

ADELTE has extensive experience in the design, manufacture, installation and
maintenance of PBBs at airport, cruise and ferry terminals around the world