Last week LoPresti Aviation Engineering unveiled new NeverFlat Lifesaver aircraft tires, which use a carbon-fiber band embedded in the circumference to retain shape. The tires also have improved wear, traction and rolling resistance, the company said. While the first application is for the Cirrus SR20 and SR22 piston singles, the technology is scalable and NeverFlat tires could be available for some business aircraft within two years.
The FAA issued a Safety Alert For Operators (Safo) emphasizing the importance of proper tire maintenance. It discusses the potential consequences of improper tire pressure on aircraft while taxiing, taking off and landing.
Knowing your limits is sage advice, and when it comes to aircraft tire wear, it’s all about routine inspection and knowing the facts. Goodyear is offering its Tire Care & Maintenance Manual, which includes facts and maintenance tips.
Crane Aerospace (Booth No. 2916) has received certification of its SmartStem wireless tire pressure system for the Bombardier Learjet 60 following an Airworthiness Directive issued by the FAA in July.
The AD was the result of an investigation into a fatal 2008 Learjet 60 crash that the NTSB reported was caused by underinflated tires.
Having celebrated its 100th birthday last month, Dunlop Aircraft Tyres is working toward the lofty goal of doubling the size of its business, profitably, by 2013. “We made this strategy before the recession and it has become more challenging to the extent that it might push the timeline out,” acknowledged chairman and managing director Ian Edmonson.
A new Airworthiness Directive targeting Learjet 60 tires requires revising the tire-servicing section of the airplane maintenance manual and the tires limitation section of the airplane flight manual. It calls for servicing tires and checking for proper tire inflation and is based on a report of main landing-gear tires blowing out during takeoff roll.
The fatal runway overrun accident of a Learjet 60 on Sept. 19, 2008, in Columbia, S.C., has generated a flood of information about the dangers of low tire pressure and aborted takeoffs.
Yesterday the NTSB held a public meeting to issue the probable cause of a Learjet 60 runway overrun accident on Sept. 19, 2008. Both pilots and two of four passengers were killed when the Learjet, operated by Global Exec Aviation, overran Runway 11 during a rejected takeoff at Columbia Metropolitan Airport in South Carolina. One key issue in the accident was tire pressure.
Crane Aerospace and Electronics (Booth No. 2810) of Redmond, Wash., is demonstrating its SmartStem system for wireless sensing of tire pressure and temperature. SmartStem uses a sensor built into a tire’s inflation stem to detect pressure, temperature and other stored information. The sensor sends this data to a control unit onboard the aircraft or to a handheld reader.
The Learjet Model 60 is the subject of a recent FAA Safety Alert for Operators (Safo) to maintain the correct tire pressures. FAA Flight Standards Service Safo 09012 recommends measuring cold tire pressure at the intervals recommended by the manufacturer.