Michelin and the FAA Safety Program (FAAST) have partnered to offer pilots and aircraft maintenance technicians a free online tire maintenance course titled The Impact of Tire Maintenance on Aircraft Safety. “Tire maintenance is often overlooked in aviation; this course will help reinforce this important part of aviation safety,” said Brad Beall, Michelin Aircraft Tire zone director for North and South America.
Authorized service centers for Michelin Aircraft Tire are running an incentive program called “Upgrade to Michelin,” which offers an instant 20-percent rebate to customers who convert all the main landing-gear tires on their aircraft from a competitive brand to Michelins. Add in nose landing-gear tires, and the discount rises to 25 percent off the whole purchase of Michelin tires.
Boeing has just chosen Michelin as the second source of aftermarket nose and main tires for the 787. Michelin will offer a combination of traditional radial designs and new lightweight near zero growth construction tires, designed to reduce cuts and wear. The 787 will use 10 tires, two for the nose gear and eight for the main landing gear. Boeing uses Michelin tires on the 737NG and 747-400ER.
Michelin still has to decide whether to offer its near-zero-growth tire technology to the Boeing 787 program. The U.S. airframer has already selected the French manufacturer as a 787 supplier, but the tire maker has yet to fully weigh the pros and the cons of employing the NZG material that is already available for the Airbus A380 and A340-500/600 airliners and Dassault Falcon 7X business jet.