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1. WO2021040615 - BLOC TOILETTES D'AÉRONEF ACCESSIBLE AUX PMR

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Claims

1. A lavatory unit for an aircraft cabin,

wherein the lavatory unit is configurable between an able-bodied configuration and a PRM-accessible configuration

wherein in the able-bodied configuration the lavatory unit has a first internal floor space and there is a cabin floor space external to the lavatory unit, wherein the lavatory unit is expandable into the PRM-accessible configuration in which the lavatory unit is expanded to have a second internal floor space, the second internal floor space encompassing a region of the cabin floor space.

2. A lavatory unit according to claim 1, the lavatory unit comprising a perimeter wall that separates an internal space of the unit from space external to the unit, wherein the perimeter wall comprises a moveable wall assembly; wherein in the able-bodied configuration the moveable wall assembly is in a retracted configuration,

wherein the moveable wall assembly is moveable into an expanded configuration to expand the lavatory unit into the PRM-accessible configuration.

3. A lavatory unit according to claim 2, wherein the lavatory unit, for example the moveable wall assembly, comprises at least one panel assembly configured to cover a gap that would otherwise be created in the perimeter wall of the lavatory unit when the lavatory unit is expanded, for example as the moveable wall assembly moves from the retracted configuration to the expanded configuration.

4. A lavatory unit according to claim 3, wherein the at least one panel assembly comprises a foldable panel, for example a bi-fold panel, that expands by unfolding.

5. A lavatory unit according to claim 3 or claim 4, wherein the at least one panel assembly comprises a sliding panel, for example a panel slidably mounted for movement relative to the moveable wall assembly, and wherein the panel slides from a first position when the lavatory unit is in the able-bodied configuration to a second position when the lavatory unit is in the PRM-accessible configuration and thereby covers a gap that would otherwise be created in the perimeter wall of the lavatory unit as the moveable wall assembly moves between the retracted configuration and the expanded configuration.

6. A lavatory unit according to any of claims 2 to 5, wherein the lavatory unit comprises a door assembly,

wherein in the able-bodied configuration the door assembly is operable to an open position in which an able-bodied user can access the first internal floor space via a first door opening in the perimeter wall, the first door opening having a first effective width, and optionally a closed position in which the door prevents access to the first internal floor space via said first door opening;

wherein in the PRM- accessible configuration the door assembly is operable to an open position in which a PRM can access the internal floor space via a second door opening in the perimeter wall, the second door opening having a second effective width, and optionally a closed position in which the door prevents access to the internal floor space via said second door opening; and

wherein the second effective width is greater than the first effective width.

7. A lavatory unit according to claim 6, wherein the moveable wall assembly comprises the door assembly.

8. A lavatory unit according to claim 7, wherein the door assembly comprises a primary door and a secondary door,

wherein the primary door provides access to the first door opening; and the primary door and the secondary door cooperate to provide access to the second door opening.

9. A lavatory unit according to any previous claim, the lavatory unit comprising a crew seat mounted on an inboard side of the unit.

10. A lavatory unit according to any previous claim, the lavatory unit comprising a toilet, and

wherein in the PRM-accessible configuration, the interior space comprises a recess sized and shaped to receive the knees of a PRM sitting on the toilet and/or a PRM sitting in a wheelchair received within the lavatory unit.

11. A lavatory unit according to any previous claim, the lavatory unit comprising a sink, for example located adjacent an inboard and/or forward side of the unit.

12. A lavatory unit according to any previous claim, wherein the maximum length of the lavatory unit in the able-bodied configuration is no more than 38 inches.

13. An aircraft comprising a lavatory unit according to any previous claim.

14. An aircraft according to claim 13, the aircraft cabin comprising a row of seats, an aircraft door, and an egress pathway associated with the aircraft door;

wherein the lavatory unit is located aft of the row of seats and immediately adjacent to the egress pathway.

15. A method of reconfiguring an aircraft lavatory unit to enable access by a PRM, the method comprising expanding the lavatory unit, for example from an able-bodied configuration to a PRM-accessible configuration, such that cabin floor space that was located outside the lavatory unit prior to the expansion is encompassed within the internal floor space of the lavatory unit after expansion.

16. A method according to claim 15, wherein the lavatory unit comprises a moveable wall assembly and expanding the lavatory unit comprises displacing the moveable wall assembly, for example rearwards.

17. A sink for an aircraft lavatory unit, the sink comprising a faucet and a basin located beneath the faucet, wherein the depth of the basin is at least 7 inches and the faucet is located no more than 2 inches above the top of the basin.