Winter flying prep can vary wildly by your individual region and ground conditions. Take a minute to review these helpful tire inflation tips to ensure you’re ready for taxi, takeoff and landing.
- Aircraft tire pressure must be checked when the tires are cool (at ambient temperature) because heat generated during taxis, takeoffs, and landings can result in elevated pressure readings.
- Avoid overinflation as it often leads to uneven treadwear and reduced traction, making the tread area more susceptible to cuts and placing greater stress on aircraft wheels and landing gear.
- Wait 12 hours before putting new 7″ tires in service after initial inflation. All tires will stretch after the initial inflation, causing a volume increase and thus a drop in pressure.
- Always inflate aircraft tires from the low pressure side of the regulated source.
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Tips courtesy of Goodyear.com