Choosing the right tire is also key to retreading the tire, which can bring significant cost savings. Whether fitting radial or bias-ply tires, the better a tire’s initial quality, the better chance its casing will qualify for and withstand the retreading process. Retreading is a very important part of aviation tires. Retreads are not only cheaper than a new tire but are also just as good as the new tire and better for the environment, with fewer raw materials used to make a retread than a new tire.
Partnering with a trusted service provider
While most fleets already have some system in place, with a little help and a few improvements, a fleet can further increase the safety of its aircrafts’ tires. For that reason, some manufacturers, like Michelin, provide a technical sales force armed with helpful insight and capable of partnering and counseling fleets on their tire needs and maintenance practices.
By helping the industry properly care for and maintain its tires, tire makers are able to contribute to increased aircraft safety. Michelin, for example, also offers authorized service centers, which can provide a variety of maintenance training and service. Value-added services like these can help reduce direct maintenance costs and increase tire performance and safety.
If maintenance staff do not feel adequately trained or knowledgeable about the proper selection and maintenance of aircraft tires, training courses are available. The goal of these programs is to help maintenance managers and personnel prepare the aircraft to achieve optimum performance and safety.
Aircraft maintenance personnel are responsible for the reliable performance of the aircraft — including its tires. Time spent to properly understand tire management and maintenance will pay off in terms of increased performance, and ultimately, increased safety. AMT
Keat Pruszenski is the customer engineering support manager for Michelin Aircraft Tire Company, a division of Michelin North America. A graduate of the University of Mississippi in engineering, Pruszenski has been in his current role for eight years. He has logged more than 2,500 hours of flight time and enjoys flying his two planes (Quicksilver GT 400 and Piper Cherokee 160) as a resident of Chandelle Flight Park. Pruszenski is a member of the SC Aviation Safety Council, as well as AOPA.
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