The Impact of Tire Maintenance on Aircraft safety at Sun N Fun 2013

Michelin Aircraft Tires
Trade-A-Plane's good friend, Keat Pruszenkski with Michelin Aircraft Tire Company, led a course for the FAA on the importance of proper aircraft tire maintenance at Sun 'n Fun 2013. The course was streamed live and is available for viewing below along with a general course description.

Aircraft Safety is a top priority, but there is one component that is often overlooked with varying consequences as a result: aircraft tires. Aircraft tires operate at the most extreme conditions for load and speed. They are extremely well engineered and tested, and when operated properly are relatively dependable and last an acceptable life.

Aircraft tires, however, have several threats to their safe operation. This module discusses some of these threats, but focuses in on two threats that can be mitigated or prevented with a specific focus of effort:

Tire inflation pressure
Foreign Object Debris (FOD)

This course focuses on the importance of tire maintenance on aircraft safety. It reviews common causes for tire related events, consequences of tire under and over-inflation, recommended inflation schedule, and compensating for ambient temperature effects. The course also focuses on FOD, FOD impact on safety, FOD sources and FOD damage effects. It provides removal criteria for tires damaged by FOD. It also discusses how to mitigate FOD and the benefits of doing so.

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