The Impact of Tire Maintenance on Aircraft Safety - FAA Course

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The Impact of Tire Maintenance on Aircraft Safety - FAA Course

Introduction  
 

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.

 
For more information regarding aircraft tire care and service, contact Michelin Aircraft Tire Company through the following web link:

 
http://www.airmichelin.com

 
Lee Bartholomew
[email protected]
1-864-458-4356

 

 

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.

 

 

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  View the file 4222_12Mair_CSM_Interactive.pdf   used for alignment   Michelin Aircraft Tire Care & Service Manual - Revision D, 15 Dec 2011
4222_12Mair_CSM_Interactive.pdf (10.23 MB)
 
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  View the file Tire Maintenance.pdf   used for alignment   Text Version of Course
Tire Maintenance.pdf (21.32 MB)
 
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COURSE CREDIT

To receive appropriate course credit for this course you must:

  • Have an account on FAASafety.gov
  • Be logged into that account
  • Be enrolled in the course
  • You 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 each.

FAA Course Link: http://www.faasafety.gov/gslac/ALC/CourseLanding.aspx?cID=269

 

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For those of you non-military trained techs or if you're not familiar with the KISS Principle [Keep It Simple Stupid], we are talking about back to the basics here and, at times, the basics can make you look like a genius.

When your customer sez 'my plane pulls to the left [or right]' or 'it feels like the brakes are dragging' or 'it seems I need more throttle to taxi lately' - KISS and check the tires! EVERY time you approach any aircraft, among other things, peruse the tires for condition, wear and pressure - KISS. If you make this a simple, conscious response to a subconscious habit, you'll be a winner!

Not only is it a back to basics approach to maintenance, it's the same for your business! Nine times out of ten, these problems are tire pressure related and are solved by simple servicing. So you service their tires, smile and say 'you're good to go - no charge' and you've just made your customer very happy and elevated their level of trust in you and your shop, not to mention the priceless word-of-mouth advertising you just sent away happy.

The FAA Course notwithstanding, Michelin Tire Company offers an excellent tire training program for you and your techs. I was educated by a lovable curmudgen named Jay O'Connor, their erudite Mid-Atlantic sales manager who made it an even more enjoyable experience. It's a multi-level, educational and worthwhile certificated training program offered at a very reasonable price - FREE! An added benefit is you'll be able to answer the trivia question "What is the Michelin man's name?" and who knows when that can come in handy.

Besides the obvious maintenance bennies, it's a sound business decision as well because it affords the opportunity to increase your parts sales. From my experience, our training and becoming a Michelin Tire Authorized Service Center was a very lucrative move for us. It is, without debate, a win - win situation and they don't come along too often... especially the free ones!

BTW, Mr. Bibendum or Mr. Bib for short, is the trivia answer...

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