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.
This course is based upon information contained in the Michelin Aircraft Tire Care & Service Manual. Below is a link to this valuable resource.
Also, please find a link below to the "text" version of this course. It is provided in PDF format. The audio portion of this course is also found in the "notes" section of each page.
receive appropriate course credit for this course you must:
an account on FAASafety.gov
logged into that account
enrolled in the course
must visit each chapter of the course, using the navigation bars at the top or
bottom of each screen, and complete all the course material found on
links may take you to other sites or open windows on top of the course window.
You will need to return to this course on FAASafety.gov to complete the exam.
This might be as simple as closing all the additional windows. However, you may
find it necessary to return to FAASafety.gov, log in again, and then "continue"
the course from the Course List.
completion of the review section the button will turn blue indicating you are ready to start the
examination. Upon successful completion of the exam you are given the
appropriate course credit automatically.