How often does a passenger plane change its' tires?
Does anyone knows it? Couldn't find it.
- stacheairLv 41 decade agoFavorite Answer
To correctly answer your question there is not number of landing. Some new tires are changed after one landing due to damage. I have provided a lot of information about aircraft tires because they are nothing like what you have on any automotive vehicle.
Aircraft tires, tubeless or tube type, provide a cushion of air that helps absorb the shocks and roughness of landings and takeoffs: they support the weight of the aircraft while on the ground and provide the necessary traction for braking and stopping aircraft on landing. Thus, aircraft tires must be carefully maintained to meet the rigorous demands of their basic job to accept a variety of static and dynamic stresses dependably--in a wide range of operating conditions.
Dissect an aircraft tire and you'll find that it's one of the strongest and toughest pneumatic tires made. It must withstand high speeds and very heavy static and dynamic loads. For example, the main gear tires of a four-engine jet transport are required to withstand landing speeds up to 250 mph, as well as static and dynamic loads as high as 22 and 33 tons respectively.
Made of rubber compound for toughness and durability, the tread is patterned in accordance with aircraft operational requirements. The circumferential ribbed pattern is widely used today because it provides good traction under widely varying runway conditions.
During ground operation tires can be considered as ground control surfaces.
They include control of speed, braking, and cornering, and inspection for proper inflation, cuts, bruises, and signs of tread wear. Contrary to what most people think--including many beginning pilots--the toughest demand on aircraft tires is rapid heat buildup during lengthy ground operations, not the impact of hard landings.
Aircraft tires are designed to flex more than automotive tires--over twice as much. This flexing causes internal stress and friction as tires roll on the runway. High temperatures are generated, damaging the body of the tire.
The best safeguards against heat buildup in aircraft tires are short ground rolls, slow taxi speeds, minimum braking, and proper tire inflation.
Excessive braking increases tread abrasion. Likewise, fast cornering accelerates tread wear. Proper inflation assures the correct amount of flexing and keeps heat buildup to a minimum, increasing tire life and preventing excessive tread wear.
Inflation pressure should always be maintained as specified in the aircraft maintenance manual or according to information available from a tire dealer.
Even though using a tire gage is the only accurate way to spot-check inflation, a quick visual inspection of the tread can reveal if air pressure has been consistently high or low. Excessive wear in the shoulder area of the tire is an indication of under inflation. Excessive wear in the center of the tire suggests over inflation.
Tires should also be carefully inspected for cuts or bruises. The best way to avoid aircraft tire cuts and bruises is to slow down when unsure of runway or taxiing surface conditions.
Since airplane tires have to grip the runway in the same way car tires grip the road, tread depth is also important. Tread grooves must be deep enough to permit water to pass under the tires, minimizing the danger of skidding or hydroplaning on wet runways. Tire treads should be inspected visually or with an approved depth gage according to manufacturers' specifications.
Another inspection goal is detection and removal of any traves of gasoline or oil on the tires. Such mineral fluids damage rubber, reducing tire life. Likewise, tires should be inspected for ozone or weather checking. Electricity changes oxygen in the air to ozone, which also prematurely ages rubber.Source(s): A&P/IA aircraft mechanic Aviation Author http://www.stacheair.com FAA Advisory Circular AC 65.15
- 1 decade ago
There is no exact answer, it depends on the aircraft maint. manual Ex. AMM 32-41-00 Tires/Inspection
Ex. a (diagonal)cut that extends from one groove to another should be replaced.
A cut with a depth in excess of 0.050"
A lot more like you change a tire for precautionary measure when the other tire (on the same landing gear leg) across it has been running flat.
- warlickLv 43 years ago
Being as tire fail upon landing isn't an project, my idea to enhance tire existence would prepare to fee saving and that is each and each and every wheel would have a small servo motor that would, only in the previous landing, rotate the wheel as a lot as airspeed yet disengage at contact down. this may save on tire positioned on considered via that puff of smoke coming off of the tire even as landing.
- 1 decade ago
The tires usually last about 100 landings.
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- Anonymous3 years ago
I often end up posting the same question on other sites
- 1 decade ago
Contact the maintenance department of any airline.
- 4 years ago
Haven't ever thought about it in that way to be honest
- Anonymous1 decade ago
i guess jet blue doesnt do it enoughSource(s): jk they obviously obied by faa regulations